Your Move!

Most of the world’s best chess players are currently competing in the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Imagine you can step up to their tables and play for them at critical moments. Would your tactical ability be up to the mark? Can you find the winning moves in the...

False Economy

Once children discover how to play for the four-move checkmate they rarely want to do anything else in their games. We all know the moves; they spread like wildfire through our junior tournaments. There are slight variations, but typically the games begin like this. 1...

A Sudden End

Some games of chess end suddenly and with an unexpected result. Vidit – Gelfand Karpov Poikovsky Tournament, 2018 This position looks very good for White and one would expect him to go on to win, thanks to his material advantage very active pieces. Indeed, the...

Endgame Danger

World Champion Magnus Carlsen has won many games thanks to his legendary endgame technique, enabling him to steer a very slim path to victory even at the very highest level. Indeed, a forthcoming book (due out in July) called Endgame Virtuoso Magnus Carlsen will deal...

Chess!

Back in December I mentioned that Chess – The Musical was heading back to London. I went to see it last weekend at the impressive London Coliseum. It was all I hoped it would be: great cast, extremely effective set, live orchestra and packed to the rafters with...

Candidates (Part 3)

The exciting Berlin Candidates tournament is now over and the official challenger for World Champion Magnus Carlsen is Fabiano Caruana. Caruana was the only winner in yesterday’s games. Showing great determination, he played a long game against Grischuk and...

Candidates (Part 2)

We said there would be more twists and turns at the Berlin Candidates tournament and the games in yesterday’s penultimate round didn’t disappoint. It is never easy to bounce back after any defeat but Caruana, with the eyes of the chess world upon him, won...

Candidates

There is a fierce battle going on at the Berlin Candidates tournament, with eight of the world’s top players desperately trying to become the official challenger to World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Fabiano Caruana looked to be in control of the tournament but a...

“C’est la vie”

Yesterday I witnessed a sudden end to a hard-fought game in the last round of one of my Delancey UK Chess Challenge games. White, who had played very well up until now to achieve an easily winning position, had just moved in for the kill with Bf4-d6, attacking the...

Blunders by the Best (3)

Last time we looked at this position. Saemisch – Capablanca Karlsbad, 1929 Capablanca played 9 …Ba6 here, to start pressuring White’s potentially weak pawns. Saemisch replied with the very strong 10 Qa4!, forking Black’s bishop and knight. The bishop now...

Blunders by the Best (2)

Last time we looked at a position from the Steinitz – Chigorin World Championship match of 1892. Chigorin blundered with 32 Bb4?? and Steinitz now forced a checkmate in two moves with 32 …Rxh2+, which enabled him to win the match 10-8 and retain his title....

Blunders by the Best (1)

Imagine you are playing against one of the world’s greatest players – and you have a chance to win! Would you be able to find the path to victory, despite feeling under pressure? Our next few blogs will feature positions in which players competing at the...

Act Now!

If your school still hasn’t entered the UKCC then NOW is the time for action. All you have to do is head here to enter. Please remember this magnificent event is open to ALL UK schools. Every child will win a prize, from chess badges upwards. The top scorers...

Three For London

London will be the place to be in 2018. Three top events will all be happening during the course of the year. First, we have the much-anticipated return of Chess: The Musical, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (from ABBA) and Tim Rice. It is now time book...

Do You Want to Improve?

Do you want to improve your chess skills? Here are some easy ways… Play more games. Play against: school friends, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, cousins. If nobody in your family can play then teach them the basics. It won’t take long....

Let’s Keep It Simple

Let’s keep it simple… Enter your school for the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge and you will receive a box with everything you need to run the tournament in your own school. Play the seven rounds over a seven-week period (or play two games per...

Take the Challenge!

Entries are now due for the 2018 Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge. It is important to remember that the tournament is open to all UK schools and chess clubs and not just those who have entered in previous years or who have any sort of history with the world...

Sarah’s Teesside Simul

Recently I posted about the basic details regarding simultaneous displays. Today produced excellent evidence of the impact such an event can have in schools, when WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty), England International and former British Champion (not to mention...
Special Events

Special Events

Simultaneous Display There are lots of different special events that can be used to boost a chess club. One such event is a simultaneous display, in which a strong player plays a number of games at the same time. This can be a very large number indeed. For example,...
Six Simple Steps to Starting a School Chess Club – Part 2

Six Simple Steps to Starting a School Chess Club – Part 2

Part 2 You have a person to run the club. You have a suitable room and all the equipment you need. Time to continue the journey…   Step 4… Players This is the easiest step of all. Send a note around a school asking if anyone would like to join a new chess club and the...
Six Simple Steps to Starting a School Chess Club – Part 1

Six Simple Steps to Starting a School Chess Club – Part 1

Part 1 Eddie Cochran revealed the Three Steps to Heaven back in 1960. Many have since followed in his footsteps, with varying degrees of success. I cannot offer a comparable path to such an exalted plain but I can offer advice on a more terrestrial matter. Here are...
Chess and Special Needs Education

Chess and Special Needs Education

Between 20% and 25% of children are classified as ‘special needs’ and diagnosed with a wide range of neurological conditions. For many of these children, chess can have a dramatic effect on their lives. But it is exactly these children, who have the most...