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Magazine Features

Have you seen the latest British Chess Magazine? It’s very special as it is dedicated exclusively to a celebration of the hugely successful London Chess Classic. Moreover this edition marks an exciting step forward in the 135 year history of the magazine


All new look and content

Total makeover to make you feel proud to read your copy of BCM

Much more GM content

Many more top UK and international Grandmasters now write for BCM

More pages than before

64 pages means more games, more analysis, more comment, great photos, great value

Now also in ChessBase format

In addition to print and digital versions, you can now browse BCM content in CBH & PGN format

Exclusive top level articles

Our world class writers provide exclusive in-depth original articles, analysis and comment

Collaboration with Informator

We're now partnering with the world's renowned publisher Chess Informant, founders of ECO code

Inside BCM?

Original articles written by numerous Grandmasters and International Masters

Now writing for BCM are Luke McShane, David Howell, Pentala Harikrishna (India), Stuart Conquest, Nick Pert, Karsten Muller, Keti Arakhamia-Grant, David Smerdon (Australia), Andrew Martin, Yang-Fan Zhou...


HOW MAGNUS WON - by Luke McShane

Magnus Carlsen, winner of both the London Classic and million dollar Grand Tour, takes pride of place on the cover. Then we get straight down to business with a leading article by English grandmaster Luke McShane on How Magnus Won. Here, Luke annotates the key moments in those games by the World Champion which proved decisive in this landmark Category 22 tournament.


IT'S A KNOCKOUT! - by David Howell

BCM is proud of the fine contribution by the great hope of British chess, England No.2, GM David Howell who reports on his victory in another London Classic event – the British Knockout Championship. On the other hand, fellow finalist Nick Pert has chosen to annotate a game that was the talking point of the entire festival – his non-stop-action win against British Champion Jonathan Hawkins.

Sample Pages

Enjoy premium chess content with BCM!

The January issue of British Chess Magazine contains 64 pages packed with exclusive articles and annotations. Here, as a teaser before you get your own copy, please take a look at a few samples:

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Our January 2016 issue reconnects BCM with its tradition of dedicating some issues each year to major chess events. Here we focus exclusively on the London Chess Classic super-tournament and its exciting supporting events

What are you waiting for? The chess world deserves a magazine like the BCM is today!



Great value with hours of reading enjoyment, it provides instruction for enthusiastic players eager to improve their standard of 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!


Capturing the Moment

The essence of chess through the camera's eye. With photo-artists such as David Llada, BCM captures those unforgettable moments.

Readers Corner

We value your feedback highly. Let us know your thoughts about new BCM!



I just wanted to write a short note having downloaded the January issue on the iPad app today. The new magazine is OUTSTANDING. I have not subscribed to BCM for at least 10 years now, but judging from the quality of this issue I will be a regular going forward. The mixture of (mostly) British writers, top class writing and analysis and outstanding design is wonderful — comparable in quality to New in Chess. Many thanks for bringing BCM back to life.


Modern look

The more modern look is certainly very appealing, and the writing remains of exquisite quality. You should certainly be very proud, as should everybody in the BCM and Chess Informant team! It truly feels that the BCM has moved to the 21st century with this update.