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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...

Battle Commences!

The 24th Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge has now started. Schools all across the United Kingdom have received their boxes full of prizes and everything else required to run the initial phase of the tournament. The UKCC will be the first tournament for the vast...

6th London Chess Conference

The London Chess Classic has established itself as one of the most important tournaments on the international calendar. Apart from the main event (which saw a great triumph for Hikaru Nakamura) the Classic offers a rich and varied festival of events, including...

World Champions of 2018

A short time ago we posted about the World Chess Championships of 2018. Both champions managed to retain their titles after tough struggles in both competitions. Congratulations to women's champion Ju Wenjun, who won a KO tournament, and to Magnus Carlsen who defeated...

Launch of Chess Laboratory

We are delighted to announce that the ‘Chess Laboratory’ is now live! We are lucky to have so many great chess resources available online now – and we will be providing links to the best resources within the Chess Laboratory. However, we felt what was...