Chessable Legend Becomes Youngest Grandmaster in the World!

Every chess player will be familiar with the question: ‘How long does it take to become a Grandmaster?’ Usually we give a vague answer. After all, why should we know? However, today, we have an answer you can happily quote. Here is the script: Q: ‘How long does it take to become a Grandmaster?’ A: ’12 […]

A Course Exploring Chess Tactics

Studying chess openings is all well and good, but there are many other aspects of chess which deserve your attention. This brings us very neatly to Exploring Chess Tactics, the brand new Chessable course by the enigmatic National Master mn79. Tactics, Tactics, Tactics… This course follows up National Master mn79’s first course on tactics. The introduction explains the mission […]

Introducing Karel van Delft

Karel van Delft

Introducing Karel van Delft – Our New Science Project Manager We are delighted to welcome Karel to the fast-expanding Chessable team, having courted his expertise for some time. Karel will be known to many chessplayers across the world for his longstanding passion for chess science, and for his remarkable networking skills – few chessplayers can match his ‘social […]

An Interview with Adam Ledford

Your weekend reading is here as we proudly present an interview with Adam Ledford. Adam has recently created brand new and exciting artwork for our Lifetime Repertoires series of Chessable courses. We spoke with the artist known as Adam Genesis (and also Dr. Genesis) to discuss art, chess and Chessable. Adam’s Early Steps in Art […]

Chessable White Rose at the 4NCL Semi-finals

Last night brought more action for our chess stars, with all three Chessable White Rose teams in action at the Four Nations Chess League (‘4NCL‘) semi-finals. Two weeks ago, our teams had secured their respective places at the knockout stage with a series of excellent performances. Now they were focused on reaching the final part […]

Chessable Make New Moves With FIDE

Last week we reported on the Return of the FIDE Candidates Tournament, which will determine who will be Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger for the title of World Chess Champion. We have major news today as we see Chessable make new moves with FIDE. We are very excited to reveal news of an historic new partnership between […]

Chess Opening Basics: The Grünfeld Defense

What is the Grünfeld Defense? The Grünfeld Defense is one of Black’s most combative opening lines against 1.d4 2.c4. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 The Grünfeld Defense The defense is named after the Austrian chess player, Ernst Franz Grünfeld (1893 – 1962). Black allows White to build a big centre after: 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 The […]

Brutal Chess Tactics

  Our series on chess tactics continues today with three intriguing positions from our new Chessable course on Brutal Chess Tactics, by Grandmaster Temur Kuybokarov and International Master Ortik Nigmatov. There are three parts to the course: Eldorado, Brutality and GM Challenge, offering challenging material for players rated from 1600 to 2800. Here are three positions to consider. […]

Chessable White Rose: Round Five of the 2021 4NCL

Round five of the Four Nations Chess League (‘4NCL’) brought wins for all three of our Chessable White Rose teams, with a 3-1 result in each case. Chessable White Rose Team 1 Team 1 beat Warwick University 3-1, but it was a tougher match than the score would suggest. Gawain Jones and James Adair were […]

Lifetime Repertoires: The Symmetrical English

Yesterday we looked at the basics of 1.c4 c5 and today it is time to delve into the new Chessable course on the subject – Lifetime Repertoires: Symmetrical English. International Master David Vigorito is a noted chess author who specialises in works on the opening phase of the game. Lifetime Repertoires: Symmetrical English is his first course for Chessable […]

Chess Opening Basics: The Symmetrical English

What is the Symmetrical English? The Symmetrical English occurs when Black replies to 1.c4 (the English Opening) with 1…c5. The English Opening The Symmetrical English It should be noted that different move-orders are also available. Black could, for example, start with 1.c4 Nf6 and then play 2…c5 on next move. There is good logic at […]

Spring Clean Your Chess

‘The sun is shining where clouds have been Maybe it’s something to do with Spring!’ Noël Coward, 1932 Time for the Big Spring Clean It is time for the big Spring clean! I am sure there are plenty of people out there who would prefer to study chess rather than tend to the housework. Believe me, […]