British Chess Magazine

British Chess Royalty • Founded in 1881

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The British Chess Magazine contains 64 pages packed with exclusive articles and annotations.

  • Blitz Online or OTB? By GM Aleksandar Colovic
  • Carlsen and Lagno win Steinitz Memorial By GM Aleksandar Colovic
  • The strongest Russian Blitz online event so far: Play for Russia Grischuk’s victory and Kramnik’s dominance By GM Aleksandar Colovic
  • Fifty years since the (first) 'Match of the Century' The naïve Max Euwe and the cunning Soviets By Vladan Dinic
  • Openings for Amateurs Navigating Tricky Waters, Part II By Pete Tamburro
  • Bats, Balls and Rabbits By GM Ray Keene OBE
  • English Online Blitz May 2020 By Shaun Taulbut
  • Quoetes and Queries British Chess in 1970 By Alan Smith


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What are you waiting for? The chess world deserves a magazine like today’s BCM with its great content, great design, great photography, and simply great value. In paper and digital formats BCM will truly engage you and also provide real help to players eager to improve their play.

Forget about skimming the surface. Throughout we have deep authoritative analysis by leading GM and IM chess professionals. BCM's goal is to entertain, inform and offer the best in high-class chess insight, stories and research. And a touch of glamour as well!


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As a new subscriber may I say that I'm delighted with the two issues that I have received in Jan & Feb 2020. It is brilliant to be reading Ray Keene still!

Jerry Dowlen, UK

Ray Keene's column 'Following Your Heroes' that started in the October issue of BCM is just great and I loved it! Excellent highlights of Hastings.

Jonathan Crumiller, USA

Thanks for maintaining the quality of BCM in these (hopefully) abnormal times. No checkmate by the virus!

Peter Ibbett, , UK


Founded in 1881 by John Watkinson, from humble origins in Yorkshire, British Chess Magazine has long been regarded as British chess royalty.

Don’t just take our word for it — Queen Elizabeth II was pleased to have a chess problem dedicated to her in BCM on the occasion of her wedding in 1948, and we understand that BCM may even have been read by Queen Victoria (known to be a keen chess player). With our two longest serving monarchs, BCM readers are in great company!

Published continuously during the reigns of six British sovereigns, twenty world chess champions, twenty-five British prime ministers, and two world wars, BCM has featured the play of every world champion, from Wilhelm Steinitz through to current world champion Magnus Carlsen.

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