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...

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...

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...