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British Chess Championships 2019

The 2019 British Chess Championships are happening right now! The venue is the Riviera International Centre in Torquay and the event will run until 4 August. There are lots of sections, as can be seen by clicking here. One good way to improve at chess is to watch the...

About the Terafinal 2019

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Gigafinal – Sections and Rules

Sections The following sections will be run for each Gigafinal Saturday Boys under 7s Boys under 8s Boys under 9s Boys under 10s Sunday Girls under 7s Girls under 8s Girls under 9s Girls under 10s Girls under 11s Mixed under 12s Mixed under 13s Mixed under 14s Mixed...

Mega Result for Hallfield

Although the UKCC is an individual competition we do like to draw attention to strong performances from schools. In a 'Mega' performance Hallfield School have managed to produce 10 Supremo/as in the 2019 Megafinals - a fantastic achievement. The full list...

Guide to Gigafinals 2019

Gigafinals – What to expect This year there are four Gigafinals taking place in Manchester, Solihull, Twickenham and Surrey. We are expecting around 2,500 children to take part with around 200 Terafinal spots up for grabs. It goes without saying that the...

Tips and Advice for Players – 2019

Tips and Advice for players Last year I posted some advice for players playing their first Gigafinal (though this advice is still applicable if you have played in one previously). I thought I would update that post and share with the ‘Class of 2019’ as the...

First Ever Chess Kid Games

1st Ever ChessKid Games Our partner ChessKid are running the first ever ChessKid Games in June. Full information can be found here The UKCC were asked to nominate an eligible player from our competition and we are pleased to announce that George Clarkson...

Game Changer: Pawn Sacrifices and Open Lines

Today we conclude our coverage of this very important new book, which is enabling chess players of all ages and abilities to drastically reassess the way in which they play chess. AlphaZero, developed by DeepMind at Google HQ in London, taught itself how to play chess...

Game Changer: Pawn Sacrifices and Knight Manoeuvres

We now reach our penultimate blog on Game Changer (previous features can be found via the blog's main page). There are so many fascinating ideas in this book that it is impossible to do more than merely scratch the surface on this blog. Instructive snippets are...

Megafinals – What to expect

Megafinals have been open for a week now and the entries are coming in ! With events taking place in Edinburgh, Devon, Belfast and Sandwich we really are covering all corners of the UK ! We thought it would be useful to post a guide about what to expect from a...