RIP Mike Basman

RIP Mike Basman

Michael John Basman (1946 – 2022) sadly passed away on 26 October 2022. Mike was the founder of the UK Chess Challenge, and his efforts encouraged me and millions of other kids to enjoy the wonderful benefits of this game. I won the girls edition in the first...
Terafinal 2022

Terafinal 2022

The 2022 Delancey UK Chess Challenge concluded with the Terafinal held at Blenheim Palace 16th and 17th October. 60 players took part across 5 “all-play-all” age group sections (U8/10/12/14/18). All players had done remarkably well to make it to this stage...
UK Junior Chess Organisations and Tournaments

UK Junior Chess Organisations and Tournaments

Junior chess in England is loosely structured with many competing organisations offering competitions and training. This document aims to make some sense of this and give parents some guidance as to which junior tournaments are worthwhile. Organisations English Chess...
Your First Tournament – Survival Guide

Your First Tournament – Survival Guide

So you are taking your youngster to their first chess tournament – very exciting but perhaps you are feeling a little bit nervous about what to expect? Here are our top tips on how to get the most out of the experience. 1) Come prepared A bottle of water is...

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...

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...