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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

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

The September 2016 issue of British Chess Magazine is a special Olympiad issue packed with superb content. There is extensive coverage of the 42nd Chess Olympiad held in Baku in Azerbaijan where 170 teams took part in the Open competition and 134 teams in the Women’s competition.


Facts, Figures and Fragments from
the Baku Olympiad


Highs and Lows for the England team at Baku Olympiad, by GM Nick Pert


After Rio – Even More Olympic Golds
for the USA, by Theo Slade


Ian Watson’s Endgame studies and 100th birthday wishes to Richard Guy, a former BCM Study Editor

  • Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro featuring the Schliemann defence to the Ruy Lopez, a dangerous attacking weapon for Black to surprise
  • Quotes and Queries by Alan Smith with an Alekhine lightning game from London 1922
  • Problem World by Christopher Jones featuring four compositions
  • Find the Way to Win; nine positions to test your tactical ability
  • News from Abroad featuring the very strong Abu Dhabi Masters, three games from the event, results from the Vienna Open and Sinquefield Cup

Sample Pages

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

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Modern look

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About Us

British Chess Magazine — published continuously since 1881

British Chess Magazine - year 1923

Reinvigorated, refreshed, redesigned, relaunched. BCM is back!

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 june 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 since 1881, from Wilhelm Steinitz through to current world champion Magnus Carlsen.

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