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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

Megafinal 2020 entry is now open and entries are pouring in ! With events taking place in Edinburgh, Devon, Belfast and Sandwich we really are covering all corners of the UK ! As is tradition we thought it would be useful to post a guide about what to...

What’s New for 2019

“Every year is a chess game. New Year is a new chess game! You make the right moves, you win the game!” - Mehmet Murat Ildan (Turkish playwright) Whilst many things are staying the same for 2019 we are introducing a few new things to make the show bigger...

Game Changer: Alpha Zero on the Attack

Last time in our investigation of this fascinating new book, we saw Alpha Zero squeeze the 'life' out of Stockfish 8. This time we will see an example of a much more direct attack, with the two bishops proving to be an especially strong team. Stockfish 8 - Alpha Zero...

Game Changer: The AlphaZero Squeeze

As previously mentioned, we are taking a good look at this fascinating and important new book over the next few blog posts. It is a big book (over 400 pages) but it really is a case of all killer, no filler. I want to jump straight into the action to present a snippet...

Game Changer

Chess certainly isn't what it used to be. There was a time when people seriously doubted that a computer could ever beat a human at chess but when Garry Kasparov was defeated in a six-game match by IBM's Deeper Blue back in 1997 it opened the floodgates and ended the...

New Training Material

Chess tutors and coaches are always looking out for new material. I am pleased to report there is a new magazine aimed at juniors that is crammed full of excellent puzzles and problems. I first saw a copy of Rochade Kids - a new German chess magazine - while I was...