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World Chess Champion

Magnus Carlsen smiling big.

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen

Rated 2876!

Born: November 30, 1990 (age 28 years) in Tønsberg, Norway

Magnus at 2876! Will he reach 2900? 24-points to go!

In August 2019, Magnus’ rating reached 2882–an all time high for anyone!

Nevertheless, World Champion Magnus Carlsen’s last loss in Classical Chess was over one year ago!

In Classical Chess, he’s now played 79 games–29 Wins, 61 Draws and 0 Losses–against opponents whose average rating was 2764, for a 2888 performance rating in the past year.

Top 10 Players in World – October 2019

2019 October Top 10 PLAYERS

#1 Rated Women in World – October 2019

China's Yifan Hou, rated 2662, #1 Rated Woman in the World

China’s Yifan Hou

Rated 2659

The #87 Rated Player Overall in the World

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

Top 10 Women in World – October 2019

2019 October Top 10 WOMEN

The #1 ranked woman in the world, China’s Yifan Hou (rated 2659), is on a Rhodes Scholarship, currently studying at Oxford University since 2018.


The 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship match pairs World Champion #2 ranked China’s Ju Wenjun (rated 2586) and her challenger, Russia’s #4 ranked Aleksandra Goryachkina (rated 2575).

The match will take place in two parts, one held in Shanghai, China and one in Vladivostok, Russia in January 2020.

China’s Ju Wenjun rated 2586 is the Women’s World Chess Champion

Women’s World Champion
China’s Ju Wenjun


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

Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachikina

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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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Below are the weekly prizes we send out! If you don’t win, try again the following week for your chance to win! Click on the prize to learn more about it.

Checkmate In One Prize
Chess Rules For Students Workbook
An instructional workbook designed for students learning the game of chess. Click here to learn more!
Checkmate In Two Prize
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!
Checkmate In Three Prize
Chess Tactics For Students
An instructional workbook containing 434 carefully selected problems presented in worksheet format.

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