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London Chess Classic Details Announced

The full details are now available for the 2018 London Chess Classic, the flagship event of Chess in Schools and Communities, which will run from Saturday 8 - Tuesday 18 December. The Classic itself is also the final of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour and will feature...

London Chess Classic 2018

  Details of the 2018 London Chess Classic have now been announced and entries are invited for a whole range of tournaments and other events. Here are essential details. 'Book your place at the 2018 London Chess Classic: Enter online today! Join us at the...

World Chess Championship 2018

It was recently confirmed that the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his official title challenger, Fabiano Caruana, have both now signed the contract for their big match in London. There were nagging doubts that the match might be taken to America instead, due to a...

Knights to Remember

Pre-tournament favourite Michael Adams went on to win the 2018 British Chess Championship but not without having to endure a nervy play-off against Luke McShane. The two Rapidplay play-off games ended 1-1 but Adams triumphed 2-0 in the subsequent Blitz encounters....

The 2018 British Chess Championships

The 2018 British Chess Championships start today. The venue is the Hull City Hall and the action will continue all the way through until Sunday 5 August. The full schedule, for all of the sections, can be found here. Of the many sections, the main focus of attention...

Balance of Power

World Champion Magnus Carlsen is currently playing in the Biel Grandmaster Tournament, which will serve as one of his last opportunities to play before he attempts to defend his crown in November's title match against Fabiano Caruana. Carlsen is already in sole first...

Your Move! Solutions

Last time I left you with four positions from top-level chess and invited you try and find the best moves. Now is the time to see if your answers matched those of the world's top players. Anand - Kramnik Anand played 1 Qd2+, forking Black's king and rook. Anand -...

Tips for the Gigafinal

With the Gigafinals approaching fast this weekend I thought it would be useful to post some pointers for players - especially players for whom this is their first Gigafinal. This post contains some general advice about the day and also some chess advice. Though some...

Your Move!

Most of the world's best chess players are currently competing in the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Imagine you can step up to their tables and play for them at critical moments. Would your tactical ability be up to the mark? Can you find the winning moves in the following...

False Economy

Once children discover how to play for the four-move checkmate they rarely want to do anything else in their games. We all know the moves; they spread like wildfire through our junior tournaments. There are slight variations, but typically the games begin like this. 1...