The world’s oldest chess journal, published continuously since 1881.

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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.

Since 1881.

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

British Chess Royalty

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!

A touch of glamour!

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!


British Chess Magazine appears monthly and is packed with in depth informative content about the Royal Game.


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Published continuously during the reigns of six British sovereigns, twenty world chess champions, twenty-six British prime ministers, and two world wars, BCM has featured the play of every world champion since 1881, from Wilhelm Steinitz through to current world champion Ding Liren.

As a new subscriber, I'm delighted with the first issues that I have received. It is brilliant to be reading Ray Keene still!

Jerry Dowlen, United Kingdom

Ray Keene's column 'Following Your Heroes' is just great and I loved it! Excellent highlights of Hastings. 

Jonathan Crumiller, United States

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

Peter Ibbett, United Kingdom

British chess scene

BCM has a unique focus on the British chess scene while covering major news and events internationally. Readers will enjoy coverage of the important annual Hastings and Gibraltar Masters tournaments and the British Chess Championship.

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