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UK Chess Challenge 2020 – Online !

For the first time the UK Chess Challenge will be being held online. Throughout the summer there will be a festival of chess with all the regular events (Megafinals, Gigafinals and Terafinal) and a host of other championships including chess 960, chess variants and a Blitz championship. We will also be holding regular simultaneous displays with masters and past champions.

Unlike previous years once you have entered the competition you have a ticket to the full event – no requirement to pay extra for gigafinals or the terafinal if you get that far.

There are three options; i) “Competition Pass” which gets you access to all of the competitions; ii) “Season Ticket” which includes everything in “Competition Pass” PLUS 1 x bootcamp (targeted training session with master coach) and access to special events such as the simultaneous displays versus masters and past champions; iii) “VIP Pass” which has everything in “Season Ticket” PLUS 2 x training sessions (in small groups) with past UKCC champions such as Sarah Longson and David Howell and a tailored report on your performance with tips on how to improve.

The events take place on lichess.org – the best place to play chess online and completely free registration. All participants will have access to full training on how to use the platform and all the safety features (though most will be able to just “pick up and play” as it is very easy to use).

All participants get:

  • Access to all tournament competitions (though qualification required for some events)
  • Digital certificate of participation
  • Access to video library – “How to learn and play chess online”
  • Access to the live stream – daily tournament commentary, lessons and more

Blitz Pass

  • Entry to the Blitz Championship
  • Entry to the Variants Championship
  • Entry to the 960 Championship

Competition Pass

  • Entry pass to competitions (excluding simuls and special events)
  • Access to training resources – “How to learn and play chess online”
  • Digital certificate of participation
  • Access to daily live chess stream (tournament commentary, lessons and more)

Season Ticket

All Features of “Competition Pass” PLUS

  • 1 x “Boot Camp” – 2 hour training session with experienced master coach designed specifically for tournament success
  • Access to weekly simuls (where multiple students play against an experienced player) versus masters and past champions
  • Access to other “special” events – to be announced nearer the time!

VIP Pass

All Features of “Season Ticket” PLUS

  • 2 x training session with past UKCC champions including Sarah Longson (UKCC Director) and David Howell (3 x British champion)
  • Personalised report and analysis of games in the competition and tips on where to focus time studying
  • Welcome pack