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April 2021: The year-long trial of the option for online exams has now been completed successfully and, following a review, the option will continue to be available as a permanent alternative to the traditional supervised writted group exam sessions as the latter start to re-commence as lockdown restrictions are eased. We take this opportunity to thank the coaches who have used the online option whilst face-to-face coaching was on hold.
April 2020: We are now introducing, on a trial basis, the option for coaches to supervise candidates taking exams online at Levels 1 - 4. That is to say that a coach, who will be in possession of the exam paper, can read questions to the candidate over Skype/WhatsApp etc. and arrange for him/her to set up their board as the question may necessitate and then record the candidate's oral answer. The candidate must not have sight of the exam paper. This extension to our standard exam system of traditional written group exam sessions is intended to assist the increasing trend towards online coaching without compromising the integrity of the exam scheme. Guidelines for the conduct of these online exams individually will supplement existing guidance relating to group exam sessions. To obtain these, please contact us or tick the relevant box on the Order Form for Exam Papers when placing an order.
October 2019: A new Level 5 Syllabus and Revision Guide has been published in replacement for the pre-existing Level 5 Revision Guide and Supplementary Notes for Level 5. In addition to the contents of the pre-existing Supplementary Notes, there are sections on A) Attacking Kings on Opposite Wings, B) Bishops of Opposite Colour, C) the Power of the 2 Bishops, D) Checkmating with 2 Bishops, E) Checkmating with Bishop and Knight and F) Psychology - Preparation, Planning and Analysis. This completes the review at all Levels, which commenced in mid-2016. No further material changes at any Level are foreseen before 2026 at the earliest.
August 2019: 3 new sections have been added to the Level 4 Syllabus and Revision Guide on A) Exchanging Pieces, B) Positional Sacrifices and C) Prophylaxis. A major update to the Level 5 Syllabus and Revision Guide is currently underway. We hope to publish this by early October as an addition to the existing Supplementary Notes for Level 5.
November 2018: GM Magnus Carlsen, 27 (Norway) retained his World title in London by defeating GM Fabiano Caruana, 26 (USA) 3-0 in a rapid play play-off after the standard play championship match finished in a 6-6 tie.
April 2017: A second booklet of 4 practice/past papers at both Level 1 and Level 2 is now available on our Order Forms page. The price of all booklets will rise by £1 to £10 and of all individual past papers will rise by £1 to £5 from 8 May 2017. This is our first price rise since 2010 and results from increased postage and stationery costs. The price of current exam papers will remain unchanged.
November 2016: GM Magnus Carlsen, 25 (Norway) retained his world title in New York by defeating GM Sergey Karjakin, 27 (Russia) 3-1 in a rapid play play-off after the standard play championship match finished in a 6-6 tie.
September 2016: 2 new sections have also been added to the Level 3 Syllabus and Revision Guide on A) Defending the King and B) Playing too Passively. We do not anticipate making any further material changes to the Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 Syllabuses or Revision Guides during this decade. There will be no material changes to the Level 4 or Level 5 Syllabuses or Revision Guides before July 2017.
August 2016: 2 new sections have been added to the Level 2 Syllabus and Revision Guide on A) Attacking and Defending Pieces and B) Tournament Chess.