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Apr
19

Delancey UK Chess Challenge announces timing for 2021 events, starting in June

The Delancey UK Chess Challenge team have announced the format and timing for this year’s tournament. The 2021 the UK Chess Challenge takes part over three stages: 1) Megafinals (online)- June (see below) 2) Gigafinals (online) – July (see below) 3a) Terafinal preliminaries - online in September 3b) Terafinal ‘Elite’ (Over the Board) Players must [...]
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Apr
18

5th June: ChessKid UK Championship!

On Saturday 5th June the inaugural ChessKid UK Championship will crown several national championship teams and individuals. The UK has the second-most number of ChessKids. Any student in Year 1-13 whose school is anywhere in the UK, is eligible! That includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and any British Overseas [...]
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Apr
14

Intercontinental ChessKid/FIDE Challenge Returns on 19th June! Advanced notice!

Chesskid.com has announced that, following the tremendous success of the first edition, the Intercontinental Chesskid FIDE Challenge will return! This second edition will be on Saturday 19th June 2021 and is once again open to any child aged 12 and below. Local junior player Max Teverson played in the first challenge back in January and […]

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Apr
11

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles

Take the Challenge This week's puzzles from the UK Chess Challenge team... Remember - all players completing the challenge will be entered into a random prize draw with 1 ticket per correct answer! In each level there are 4 questions. Follow the buttons below to try. Level 1 Take the Challenge Level 2 Take the [...]
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Apr
03

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles

Take the Challenge This week's puzzles from the UK Chess Challenge team... Remember - all players completing the challenge will be entered into a random prize draw with 1 ticket per correct answer! In each level there are 4 questions. Follow the buttons below to try. Level 1 Take the Challenge Level 2 Take the [...]
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Apr
01

Dorset Junior Chess – recent March online Chess events

The last two Friday’s in the run up to the Easter holidays have seen two further fun flagship Dorset Junior Chess Friday evenings online chess coaching and tournament albeit with slightly fewer juniors following the return to school.  This regular Friday evening event continues to be a highlight of the week for many of the [...]
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Mar
28

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles

Take the Challenge This week's puzzles from the UK Chess Challenge team... Remember - all players completing the challenge will be entered into a random prize draw with 1 ticket per correct answer! In each level there are 4 questions. Level 1 Take the Challenge Level 2 Take the Challenge
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Mar
21

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles

Here are this week's UK Chess Challenge puzzles. Apparently, the new format of the puzzles was very popular. The links to this week's challenges are below: Level 1 - Take the Challenge Level 2 - Take the Challenge All players completing the challenge will be entered into a random prize draw with 1 ticket per correct answer! [...]
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Mar
16

Dorset Junior Chess – 12th March online Chess event

This Friday, 12th March saw another excellent and fun, flagship Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening with online chess coaching and tournament. This regular Friday evening event continues to grow in popularity and is becoming the highlight of the week for many of the juniors, even despite the re-opening of schools this week. Coaching We continue [...]
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Mar
14

UK Chess Challenge weekly chess puzzles – NEW FORMAT!

For the past few weeks we have been posting the UK Chess Challenge puzzle booklets. This week the team at UK Chess Challenge (Sarah and Alex) have introduced a new interactive format, as shown in the screenshot below Sarah says, “This week we are trying out a new format for the weekly chess puzzles. The […]

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Mar
07

Dorset Junior Chess – 5th March Online Chess event

This Friday, 5th March saw another excellent and fun, flagship Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening with online chess coaching and tournament. This regular Friday evening event continues to grow in popularity and is becoming the highlight of the week for many of the juniors. Coaching We continue to run online coaching in two virtual rooms to cater [...]
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Mar
07

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet has a whole variety of puzzles for different levels: Deca: attacking enemy pieces safely Mega: forks Giga: mates in 2 Tera: harder mates in 2 Exa: safe or otherwise [...]
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Feb
28

International online tournament for junior chess players – TODAY Sunday 28th February

The next tournament in this International online chess championship is today, Sunday 28th February, at 7pm – 8pm UK time. Harry from the Dorset Libraries Junior chess played in the January tournament and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The tournament is open to players aged U8 to U20. Why not join Harry today in the next […]

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Feb
28

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet has a whole variety of puzzles for different levels: Deca: safe squares Mega: mate in 1 Giga: mate in 2 Tera: trapping pieces Exa: safe or otherwise captures This [...]
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Feb
22

Dorset Junior Chess – 17th& 19th February: two online Chess events this week

As it has been half term, Dorset Junior Chess has run two coaching sessions this week. The first one on Wednesday 17th February, with 15 people attending, covered: Three fun and brain tingling chess puzzles. A “hand and brain” match with the juniors taking on the coaches, Andy and Martin. The juniors outplayed the more experienced (??) […]

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Feb
21

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet has a whole variety of puzzles for different levels: Deca: unprotected pieces Mega: getting out of check Giga: consequative move mates Tera: removing the defender Exa: best defences This [...]
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Feb
18

Half Term Special Newsletter + Newsletter 10.

A Special Half Term Newsletter is now out! This newsletter contains  video clips featuring Magnus Carlsen and fooballer Ben Chilwell and some fun puzzles. Junior Newsletter 10 came out a few days ago and is a great read. In this newsletter Nikki covers: The Christmas Quiz results Our online junior chess events Weekday junior tournaments [...]
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Feb
17

Dorset Junior Chess – 12th February Online Chess event

Coaching Another excellent and fun, Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening online chess coaching and tournament evening took place this week. This regular Friday evening event continues to grow in popularity and the junior chess players taking part are becoming increasingly confident, both in their chess and with chatting. All the juniors are talking to each [...]
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Feb
14

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet – This Week: Mixed Tactics

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet is full of puzzles where you have to decide which tactical idea to use: forks, pins, deflections, discovered attacks  and more are needed. This week's prize draw puzzle is [...]
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Feb
08

Dorset Junior Christmas Quiz – Answers

We hope you had fun with the Christmas Quiz.  Here are the answers to all the puzzles! Question 1. A warm up question In the Christmas nativity scene which chess piece came to visit the baby Jesus bearing gifts (in fact more than one came)?   Answer: King - the three kings Question 2. White [...]
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Feb
07

Dorset Junior Chess Christmas Quiz Winners

Many congratulations to Florence Spirling and Larissa Cuthbert who came in joint first place in the Dorset Junior Christmas quiz with a fantastic score of 13 out of 15. Well done to both of you! Not far behind in joint third were Harry and Poppy Mercer with a very worthy 11 points. A great performance. [...]
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Feb
06

Dorset Junior Chess – 5th February online chess event

Coaching The Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening online chess coaching and tournament continues to grow in popularity and this week, including the coaches and parents, there were more than 20 people online. This is great to see. We have continue to run online coaching in two virtual rooms to cater for all levels and abilities. [...]
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Jan
31

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booket – This Week Forks and Mates

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet focuses on forks. Forks are one of the most important tactical weapons and there are a range of puzzles from one move forks to combinations in which a fork [...]
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Jan
31

Dorset Junior Chess – 29th January online Chess event

Coaching The Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening online chess coaching and tournament continues to grow in popularity and this week, including the coaches and parents, there were once again more than 25 people online. This is great to see. We have continue to run online coaching in two virtual rooms with the extremely keen Rookies [...]
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Jan
31

Intercontinental Chesskid.com FIDE Challenge: well done to Max!

Congratulations to Max Teverson who played in the international tournament on Chesskid.com last weekend and came 52nd out of 524 under 8s - in the top 10%! The Intercontinental ChessKid/FIDE Challenge took place on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 and included more than 1,900 players from 86 countries and six continents. The tournament included the most [...]
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Jan
24

Dorset Junior Chess – 22nd January online Chess event

Record Turnout for Friday Evening Our flagship event for the Dorset junior chess is the very popular free Friday evening coaching and tournament sessions which is rapidly becoming the highlight of the week. This Friday saw 18 juniors attending which, with parents and coaches, meant that up to 25 people were online, including a very [...]
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Jan
24

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booket – This Week Checkmate Puzzles

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week’s puzzles. This week’s booklet focuses on checkmate! The puzzles range from mate in one move up to mate in four moves. There are also the usual fun puzzles: a Triple Loyd, a move […]

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Jan
18

23rd of January: Intercontinental Chesskid.com FIDE Challenge

Following the success of our Dorset Junior chess sessions on a Friday evening which include tournaments on the Chesskid.com platform, we thought that many of the junior chess players aged 12 years or under would be interested in the following Chesskid.com Intercontinental tournament on 23 January 2021. Chesskid are partnering with FIDE to bring us […]

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Jan
18

Delancey UK Chess Challenge 2021 – register now for Megafinal waiting list!

The Delancey UK Chess Challenge is the world’s largest chess competition and is a four stage event across five age groups, starting with the Megafinals, then the Gigafinals and finally on to the Terafinal, getting tougher with each round. Delancey, a specialist real estate investment company, has repeatedly sponsored the event. The chess challenge is [...]
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Jan
18

Latest UK Chess Challenge Puzzle Booklet

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week’s puzzles. This week’s booklet contains a mix of puzzles, from attacked pieces escaping to mating combinations, together with the usual fun bonus puzzles. Don’t forget the prize draw puzzle which this week asks […]

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Jan
18

Dorset Junior Chess – 15th January: online Chess event now with Rookies and Improvers groups

Due to the popularity of the Friday evening junior chess sessions, we last week trialled the split of the online coaching into two virtual rooms, the Rookies and the Improvers. This format proved very successful so we repeated it once again this week and plan to keep this format going for the foreseeable future. In [...]
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Jan
03

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet – Advanced Pawns!

This week’s Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Activity Booklets focuses on advanced pawns and how to make the most of them. The booklet, together with those from previous weeks and answers can be found here. Don’t forget that each week there is a prize draw puzzle.

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Jan
03

Dorset Junior Chess – 30th December online Chess event has record number of attendees

Due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day being Fridays, the latest Dorset junior chess evening was run on Wednesday 30th December and, despite the festive season and pending transit into Tier 4 for many, a record number of 16 juniors attended. The session was another highly enjoyable online chess coaching and tournament for the [...]
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Dec
23

Dorset Junior Christmas Quiz

Welcome to our junior chess Christmas quiz. This year’s Christmas quiz features lots of different quizzical questions and chess puzzles to test your knowledge. What you can be certain of – they all relate to chess in one way or another! Please submit your answers to [email protected] by 4th January 2020. We will announce the [...]
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Dec
21

Dorset Junior Chess – Friday evening online Chess event with Santa and Christmas jumpers.

This Friday (18th November) saw another highly enjoyable online chess coaching and tournament for Dorset junior chess players. An amazing 15 juniors, 3 coaches (Andy Baskett, Martin Simons and Nikki Forster) plus several parents attended and the whole evening proved such great fun and very successful. The evening started at the usual 5pm slot with […]

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Dec
20

Delancey Activity Booklet – Your Weekly Puzzle Challenge!

The latest Delancey Activity Booklet is now available here, together with past booklets and answers. These are superb booklets that have: five levels of puzzle, suitable for complete beginners up to strong county level players some special fun puzzles a chance to win a prize each week. Doing these puzzles each week will help develop […]

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Dec
14

Dorset Junior Chess – Friday evening online: discovered attacks and checks

This Friday (11th November) saw another highly enjoyable online chess coaching and tournament for Dorset junior chess players. The evening started at the usual 5pm slot with a very enthusiastic interactive chess lesson led by Andy Baskett. Each session starts with recap from the previous week, in this case Forks. The puzzles were enthusiastically solved [...]
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Dec
13

Delancey Activity Booklet – Tactics!

Have fun and improve your chess The latest booklet is on our Delancey Chess Activity page, together with the answers to last week's booklet (Lichess answers to follow). This week's booklet is about tactics and advanced pawn endings . Puzzle of the Week with Prizes Every week one of the puzzles in the booklet is [...]
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Dec
07

Dorset Junior Chess – Friday evening online Chess event is lots of fun.

Friday (4th December) saw another highly enjoyable online interactive chess coaching session and tournament for Dorset junior chess players led by Andy Baskett. The coaching session covered a summary of the previous week's session on ‘Counting the attacking and defensive pieces’ and then a Chesskid.com video on Forks (not the kind of fork that you eat with!) which created a great [...]
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Dec
06

Delancey Activity Booklet – A Chance to Win a Prize!

Have fun and improve your chess The latest booklet is on our Delancey Chess Activity page, together with the answers to last week's booklet. This week's booklet is about openings and castling. Puzzle of the Week with Prizes One of the puzzles in the booklet is marked with a purple star to indicate it is [...]
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