The BCM team is proud to publish British Chess Magazine which is the world’s oldest chess journal, having been published continuously since 1881. British Chess Magazine has been part of Britain’s chess playing tradition for over 130 years, and we are privileged to have a distinguished editorial team and writers committed to those traditions and to today’s generations of chess players and enthusiasts.
The BCM appears every month, and each issue has in-depth and informative content about the chess world. We work hard to provide high quality games and analysis, reports on recent tournaments, articles and analysis about chess openings, interviews, independent book reviews, instructional articles and regular features on chess problems and endgame studies. Articles about famous players of today and from the past reveal the game’s greatest talents and rich history. The BCM has a unique focus on the British chess scene, and collaborates with the English Chess Federation, while also covering major chess news and events on the international scene.
We make sure that the BCM caters for players of all ages and strengths, whether beginners or master players, and features both men’s and women’s chess. Our goal is to entertain, inform and help every reader improve their play and results. We do hope that you enjoy reading British Chess Magazine, whether in hard copy or in digital format on Kindle, iPad, iPhone (and any other platform!), and that you will join us.
In 2015 we were judged to be the best magazine of 2015 by the Awards Committee of the English Chess Federation: a testament to the hard work and dedication of the BCM team.
International Master Shaun Taulbut
Chairman, The British Chess Magazine
I believe in magic … There is magic in the creative faculty such as great poets and philosophers conspicuously possess, and equally in the creative chessmaster. – Emanuel Lasker
We don’t really know how the game was invented, though there are suspicions. As soon as we discover the culprits, we’ll let you know. – Bruce Pandolfini
A Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe that you have an advantage, and the third … when you know you’re going to lose ! – Savielly Tartakower
When you don’t know what to play, wait for an idea to come into your opponent’s mind. You may be sure that idea will be wrong. – Siegbert Tarrasch
You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5, and the path leading out is only wide enough for one. – Mikhail Tal
Genius. It’s a word. What does it really mean? If I win I’m a genius. If I don’t, I’m not. – Bobby Fischer