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Dommaraju Gukesh – India

DOB: May 29, 2006 – The youngest player!

Rating: 2747 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2758 in Sept. 2023

Qualified: 2023 FIDE Circuit Winner

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John Bain


The Record!

At 17 years old, India’s Gukesh is history’s youngest winner of the International Chess Federation aka FIDE’s Candidates tournament, making him also the youngest Challenger to compete for the World Chess Championship title.


The 2024 Challenger!

Youngest Candidates Winners History

D. Gukesh

Later in 2024, Gukesh will compete against the 31-year-old reigning world champion China’s Ding Liren in the 2024 World Chess Championship–a 14-game match to determine the 2024 World Chess Champion.

In the case of a tie after 14 games, the match will go to tiebreaks to determine the winner. The date and location are not yet determined.


Final Standings – OPEN Candidates

2024 Candidates Final Standings - Open


Here’s a Curious Coincidence

2024 Candidates Champions with trophies raised - Tan Zhongyi & D Gukesh

A Fun Trivia Fact!

The Women’s Candidate Champion, China’s Tan Zhongyi, and the Open Candidate Champion, India’s Gukesh, both share the same birthday–May 29th!


The 2024 WOMEN Challenger

The Winner!

Tan Zhongyi sitting behind black pieces looking at chessboard hands in prayer position below her chin

Tan Zhongyi – China

DOB: May 29, 1991

Rating: 2521 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2530 in Aug. 2018

Qualified: 2023 Grand Swiss 2nd Place


Final Standings – WOMEN Candidates

2024 Candidates Final Standings - WOMEN

Later in 2024, Tan Zhongyi will compete against the reigning Women World Chess champion China’s Ju Wenjun in the 2024 Women’s World Chess Championship–a 12-game match to determine the 2024 World Chess Champion.

In the case of a tie after 12 games, the match will go to tiebreaks to determine the winner. The date and location are not yet determined.


The Reigning Women’s World Champion!

Ju Wenjun Women's World Chess Champion rated 2559 ranked #330 in the world

Ju Wenjun – China

DOB: Jan. 31, 1991
Rating: 2559 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2604 in Mar. 2017
Qualified: 2023-2024 Reigning Women’s World Chess Champion


The Reigning World Chess Champion

Ding Liren reigning World Chess Champion 2024

Ding Liren – China

DOB: Oct. 24, 1992
Rating: 2762 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2816 in Nov. 2018
Qualified: 2023-2024 Reigning World Chess Champion


CHESS FOR STUDENTS

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Tan Zhongyi & D. Gukesh play chess!

2024 Candidates Champions Tan Zhongyi & D Gukesh

Beginner’s Book – Chess Rules For Students

Chess Rules For Students workbook

Chess Rules For Students is a workbook for students learning the game of chess and for beginning students returning to the game. No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Parents unfamiliar with chess will find this booklet a valuable guide to their child’s new interest.

Chess Rules For Students is designed with students, coaches, and parents in mind. Reading level is appropriate for grade-school use. All major rules of chess are covered, and algebraic notation worksheets are included. Each page is in easy-to-use worksheet format.

A student-friendly Answer Key makes self-correction fun!


Beginners & Intermediate Book – Checkmate! Ideas For Students

Checkmate! Ideas For Students

Checkmate! Ideas For Students is a workbook for beginning and intermediate students. Checkmate! covers the tactics used in checkmate attacks with clear explanations, diagrams and arrows to pinpoint the key features.

Unlike many other basic checkmate books, Checkmate! categorizes the checkmates by the tactics used to force the checkmate–like Pins, Sacrifices, Removing the Guard, Attraction, Clearance and Attacking Flight Squares–rather than only the checkmate pattern itself.

The worksheets and Answer Key are clear and simple for the student to use, and easy for the parent, teacher and coach to correct! Fun!


Intermediate & Advanced Book – Chess Tactics For Students

Chess Tactics For Students workbook

Chess Tactics For Students contains 434 carefully selected problems in worksheet format.

Chess Tactics has been extensively field tested with elementary, middle-school, and high-school students over a four-year period. This book is ideal for independent seat work as well as for homework and classroom instruction.

The worksheet format and Answer Key enable self-correction with minimal dependence or direct help from a chess teacher, coach, or parent.


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Chess Rules For Students Workbook
An instructional workbook designed for students learning the game of chess. Click here to learn more!
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Checkmate! Ideas For Students
An instructional workbook containing tactics in worksheet format used to checkmate--like Pins, Sacrifices, Removing the Guard, Attraction, Clearance, and Attacking Flight Squares!
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Chess Tactics For Students
An instructional workbook containing 434 carefully selected problems presented in worksheet format.

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