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USA’s Fabiano Caruana

#2 Rated Chess Player in the World

USA’s Fabiano Caruana the #2 rated chess player in world is now just 20 points behind Magnus Carlsen in the February 2020 World Chess Ratings!

Fabiano is Peaking!

Fabiano is peaking just in time for the 2020 Candidates Tournament–an eight-player double round-robin tournament where the top 8 players in the world will compete in Yekaterinburg, Russia from March 15 to April 5, 2020 for the opportunity to challenge world champion Magnus Carlsen for the title.

Fabiano must win the Candidates Tournament to meet Magnus in the World Chess Championship match in November 2020.

They played for Championship before!

Fabiano met Magnus in the 2018 World Chess Championship in a 12-game match in London, and played 12 draws Classical Chess–drawing all 12 games, only to lose the match in a Rapid Chess tiebreak playoff.

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen

#1 Rated Chess Player in the World!

2020 February Magnus Carlsen is the #1 chess player in the world

World Chess Champion

Rated 2862!

Born: November 30, 1990 (age 29 years) in Tønsberg, Norway

Magnus at 2862! Will he reach 2900 in 2020?

Only 38-points to go!

Top 10 Players in World – February 2020

Ratings 1-10 February 2020

Top 10 Women in World –

February 2020

Hou Yifan 2020 at chessboard

#1 – China’s Yifan Hou

Rated 2664

Born: February 27, 1994 (age 25 years) in Xinghua, China

Top 10 Women in World – February 2020

Ratings 1-10 Women February 2020

Overall at 2664, Hou Yifan is now the #75 strongest rated chess player in the world!

Hou Yifan Relinquishes Title!

Hou Yifan relinquished her Women’s World Chess Champion title in 2018 to pursue her studies at Oxford, and played only a few Classical Chess games in 2019.

2020 Women’s World Chess Championship

The 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship between World Champion #2 ranked China’s Ju Wenjun (rated 2664) and her challenger, Russia’s #4 ranked Aleksandra Goryachkina (rated 2579), took place in January 2020 in two parts–one part held in Shanghai, China and one part in Vladivostok, Russia.

Ju Wenjun and Aleksandra each won 3 games and drew 6 games in the exciting match of 12 Classical Chess games, which ended in a tie.

However, Ju defeated Aleksandra 
in a Rapid Chess tiebreak playoff to retain her title!

Interesting, though, is that Ju lost one rating point and Aleksandra gained 1 rating point!

Ju Wenjun

Game 3 champion Ju Wenjun under pressure pawn behind at chessboard in chair

Women’s World Chess Champion
China’s Ju Wenjun

#2 Rated: 2664

Aleksandra Goryachikina

Aleksandra Goryachkina in white sitting at chess board behind black pieces.

Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachikina

#4 Rated: 2579

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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
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Chess Tactics For Students
An instructional workbook containing 434 carefully selected problems presented in worksheet format.

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