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3 January 2020

Following on from their members' survey regarding the ECF grading system (see below), the governing body of chess in this country have decided to change the current 3-numbered grading system to one containing 4 numbers and that a new list will then be issued every month.

It is proposed to start this when the updated grading list for the current system is due to be issued in July 2020.

However, in order to have a "trial run" before the actual new scheme is officially implemented, the 6-monthy list to be issued towards the end of Janaury 2020 will include both a 3 and a 4 numbered grade for each player although it will only be the former which will be used to calculate a player's grade for the next 6-month period.

For players to be able to calculate their new 4 digit grade they need to use the following calculation ....
(3-digit grade x 7.5) + 700 = New 4-digit grade.

Alternatively, to find what their 3-digit grade would have been when the new scheme begins they need to do the following ...
(New 4-digit grade - 700) '/. 7.5 = 3-digit grade.

A more detailed explanation of the changeover can be seen via the following link .....

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29 March 2019

The English Chess Federation recently asked its members whether they might wish for its grading system to change from the current 6-monthly periods to grades being issued every month. 77% of members voted in favour. The matter will now be discussed by the ECF board.

23 December 2019

The FIDE World Grand Prix - comprising of four events during the year in Moscow, Riga, Hamburg and Jerusalem - has concluded with Russian pair Alexander Grischuk and Ian Nepomniachtchi qualifying for the World Championship Candidates tournament in March 2020.

In that event they will join Fabiano Caruana (USA), Teimour Radjabov (AZE), Ding Liren (CHN), Wang Hao (CHN), Anish Giri (NED) and Kirill Alekseenko (RUS) to compete for the right to face Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship decider later in the year.

8 December 2019

Ding Liren of China became the Grand Chess Tour Champion for the first time, triumphing over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave at the London Chess Classic to clinch the title 15-5 and take the winner’s prize of $150,000.

More details of the London event via this link ...

20 September 2019

The website of FIDE, the governing body of world chess, has had a makeover in order to provide a more easy-to-navigate product. Access the website's home page via this link ...

However most players would probably use the website to check their current FIDE rating ... to go direct to the ratings page just click on the link below and then put your name in the "Seach database" box.

31 March 2020

Monthly FIDE Ratings - World Top 10

1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2863
2 Fabiano Caruana USA 2835
3 Liren Ding CHN 2791
4 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2784 5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2778
6 Alexander Grischuk RUS 2777
7 Levin Aronian ARM 2773
8 Wesley So USA 2770
9 Teimour Radjabov AZE 2765
10 Anish Giri NED 2764

The table below (courtesy of "2700chess.com") shows the "live" FIDE ratings of the World's top 10 players (ie: The ratings will change after every game played).

Click anywhere on the list for further information on the "2700chess.com" website.

16 December 2018

OK, we all know that Magnus Carlsen is currently the leader at chess .... but it appears he is also at the top of another game - Fantasy Football.

In the latest tables for the official Premier League Fantasy Football League the current World Chess Champion is top of the list. For more details click onto both of the following links ....

12 June 2019

FIDE, the governing body of world chess, have signed a co-operation agreement with leading soft drinks company Coca-Cola. A statment from FIDE concerning the situation can be seen via this link ...

Coca-Cola Chess ...... 3Cs - it's the real thing !

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31 March 2020

The British players in the World top 100 rankings
37 Michael Adams ENG 2701
40 Matthew Sadler ENG 2694
55 Luke McShane ENG 2680
67 Jones, Gawain ENG 2670
75 David Howell ENG 2663

The 3Cs' players in the English top 100 rankings
9 Gordon, Stephen ENG 2506
44 Ashton, Adam ENG 2379
45 Horton, Andy ENG 2375
76 Longson, Alex ENG 2298

The main FIDE website can be seen via the following link ...

The full list of all players' FIDE ratings are available via this link ...

The list below (courtesy of "2700chess.com") shows the all-time list of players with the highest FIDE rankings.

Many of the world's top players in Paris, looking as though they've invented a new defensive move ..... The French Resistance !!!

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