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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 Gigafinals...

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 advice is...

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 will...

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 expect from a...