Travail Pursuit #24: The Hardest Loss

They say there is no rest for the wicked. If that’s the case then I have been a very bad boy indeed! After a summer ‘hiatus’ for the Fantasy Chess Olympiad I now realise what ... Continue Reading →

Champions Challenge 2014

Champions Challenge Bradford Knights          11 Leeds CCCC               10 Sheffield Nomads         8 Sheffield Ecclesall       7½ Bradford 160                ... Continue Reading →
Ukraine's board 3 Anna Ushenina makes her feelings for the Russian opposition very clear indeed. Photo by David Llada and used here with permission

FCO 2014 R10: Ukraine tell Russians where to go

Open Section highlights What a truly splendid round 10 it was in Tromso! There were surprises, twists, drama and intrigue. As I was watching Chess24’s excellent coverage I therefore ... Continue Reading →
At least this time you get to cast the votes yourselves rather than relying on some corrupt FIDE delegates to make the right choice! This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from the European Parliament Flickr photostream

No, no, not another poll!

FCO 2014 ‘Best Team Name’ competition Just when you thought it was safe to forget about voting and elections… we choose this moment to launch our FCO 2014 ‘Best ... Continue Reading →
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FCO 2014 R8: Peruvians rule!

As we get to the sharp and pointy end of proceedings both in Tromso and here at the FCO it’s time to introduce you all to our ‘FCO 2014 Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards’. ... Continue Reading →
This wonderful piece of artwork by Nette Robinson could be yours if you donate to our chess education and development fund. We'll be making more announcements about our 'Donors prize Draw' in the coming few days.

FCO 2014 R7: Champions fall

Apologies to all our readers and participants for a brief period of radio silence from Fantasy Chess Olympiad over the past 24 hours. We needed a little longer than usual to get round ... Continue Reading →
Daughter: What is the problem with knight takes rook?
Garry: It's clear 11.Ng4 Bxe4 12.Rxa7 Rxa7 13.Qxa7 Nc4 14.Ba1 Kf7 15.Nf3 Ne7 16.0-0 Qc6 17.Nd4 Qb6 18.Qxb6 Nxb6 19.Nb5 Nc4 20.h3 h5 21.f4 h4 22.Re1 Rh5 23.Nc7 e5 24.fxe5 Rxe5 25.Rxe5 fxe5 26.Kf2 Kf6 27.Kf3 Kf5 28.b5 g5 29.g3 e4+ 30.Kg2 hxg3 0-1
Daughter: OK
Caption by Sanket Keni
Photo by Georgios Souleidis of Chess24

FCO 2014 R5: The Kasparov Effect

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Garry Kasparov has an infectious love for the game of chess. Yesterday I watched as he joined Lawrence Trent and Jan Gustafsson in the ... Continue Reading →
Swedan's Pia Cramling is right in the hunt to be FCO 2014's Most Valuable Player. Photo by Georgios Souleidis for Chess24 and reused here with permission

FCO 2014 R4: All change again at the top!

Round 4 results are now live! Fantasy Chess Olympiad (just like chess itself) is a hard, cruel game. One round you are riding high and the next your back to earth with a bump. Selecting ... Continue Reading →
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Sicilian Knights

White Rose on tour When Kevin Winter posted details of the chess event in Sicily I was sufficiently intrigued to get more details from him. The flights from Manchester to Trapani ... Continue Reading →

FCO 2014: New Prize Sponsor

We are very pleased to be able to announce that we have a new prize sponsor for the Fantasy Chess Olympiad. Small Luxury Hotels of the World TM have generously agreed to donate a ... Continue Reading →