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Wijk aan Zee Tata Steel 2020. World Chess Champion GM Magnus Carlsen back in action.

Posted by ian on January 11, 2020 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Super strong 13 round all play all starts to day.  Games start 12:30 pm GMT

Live games Masters

Livw games Challengers

Players in the Masters

Players in the Challengers

Live Commentary GM Jan Gusti and GM Peter Svidler

Photo Credit @ Official website.

Manchester Junior Chess Tour. Shanghai July 2020.

Posted by ian on January 9, 2020 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)




Following successful visits over the last ten years to Poland (x2), Germany, Eire (x2) Spain and Russia (x2), Manchester Junior Chess has agreed with the Shanghai Ex Pat Chess Academy for a summer tour to Shanghai in July 2020.

The itinerary would include chess matches against children in Shanghai, an open Rapidplay and some social chess against our hosts. There will also be opportunities for seeing Shanghai.

Travel arrangements will be organised by Howards Way Travel who have done excellent service for us in the past. Their unconfirmed itinerary would be as follows.

5 July Manchester/Doha/Pudong Shanghai

0940/1950/2145/1035 on the 6 July (twelve hour plus flight)

11 July (But checking in 10 July) Shanghai/Doha/Manchester



Staying 4 nights Holiday Inn Shanghai Downtown hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis

£799pp based on 2 to 3 sharing a room.

Flying with Air France Manchester/Paris/Pudong Shanghai

All children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Want to know more or book a place, email


ECF Arbiters Course 15-16th February 2020 in Daventry.

Posted by ian on January 8, 2020 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The ECF will be running an ECF Arbiters course at the Daventry Court Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry NN11 0SG on 15th – 16th February 2020. The lecturers will be Adrian Elwin and Alex Holowczak. For more details and registration go to

Congratulations to Bolton Chess Club's IM Joe Mcphillips. Who won the Telford Open at the weekend.

Posted by ian on January 6, 2020 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Bolton Chess Club's IM Joe Mcphillips 4.5/5 who won the sponsored Telford Open,outright this weekend. Beating IM Ameet Ghasi 2497 in the final round.To score 4.5/5 winning £1000. Open results.   All Tournament results

Women's World Chess Champioships 2020. Six games in China then Six games in Russia. More details below.

Posted by ian on January 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Women's World Chess Championship game 1 GM Alexandra Goryachkina vs GM Ju Wenjun GM Nigel short and WGM Zhang Xiaowen live now with commentary

Official website

Caplin Hastings international Chess Tournament 2019-2020.Gets underway this afternoon.

Posted by ian on December 28, 2019 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Caplin Hastings international Masters 2019-2020 starts today. strong field this year GM David Howell is number 1 seed pairings round 1 can be found here.

Live games. 14:15 GMT each round.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. All the best for 2020.

Posted by ian on December 23, 2019 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers.  Watch out for chess being featured on Coronation Street early in the New Year.

Bolton Rapidplay December 2019.Cross tables and Photos

Posted by ian on December 11, 2019 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

  Thanks to all the all the players who took part in the Bolton Rapidplay December 2019. Thanks to Rod Middleton for the cross tables which can be found at the link below. Also thanks to Barbara Bennett for the wonderful  photographs taken at the event.

Cross tables can be found on the download page of the MCF website.

Photos can be found here from the event.

London Chess Classic Brtish KO qualifier live now.

Posted by ian on November 30, 2019 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

3Cs IM Andy Horton and Bolton's IM Joe Mcphillips are playing in the event.

Live games round 1

Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 1st December.

Posted by ian on November 26, 2019 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 Bolton Rapidplay This coming Sunday 1st December. New time limit this year of 25 minutes plus 10 seconds a move. Entry form download with all the details can be found here. still time to enter, email your entries to