UKCA Solving Chess Challenge Moving to attempt a new Guinness Record! (Newcastle, Nov 20, 2016)

With the Overwhelming support and experience of the Children getting into Solving Chess Challenge with the Giga and Tera-finals.

For the first edition: We had more than 250 entrants, with more entries from 7 to 10 years. It is a good start. We have now learned a lot from both the Online  and hands-on engagement competitions.

Now, it is time to move on with the next challenge: 

Entry fee: Just £5/- (All participants receive a certificate for participation / Completion)

A new Record Making challenge on the 20th of November, on the occasion of 800 Year of Mayoralty and Freemen in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

The Online competition positions will be downloadable from our website: Only 800 invitations! So rush to enter.

The solution can be entered through “” – We will send you the token number once you register:

” Of course, they are Multiple choice Solutions to guide problem solving”, so it is easier to manage!

A participation certificate for all children.This will be signed by the Organisers.

A Completion Certificate for constructively spending a minimum of 1 hour for working out upto 30 Chess problems ( Classics to Computer Generated), getting 60% of the problems attempted and 50% of those solution correct.

This will be signed by Mike Basman, Sainbayar and the Organisers.


Watch for Updates!

Problem Solving Contest adds a New Flavour to Delancey Challenges!!

Wow! Another Hectic Day at the Giga-finals.

We had 7 out of 13 possible Ultimo/ Ultimas at our problem Solving Contest and 32 children who had attended and 21 parents who is starting to work on the ProblemSets back home”.

We are yet to give the Best Day prize! IM Mike Basman had agreed to award this to the best solver for online programme. So the DGT Starter Box is still intact for anyone to win. Select your 30 Problems and give us – the solution. 

As promised, Our Top 3 children so far: (They are yet to complete the set 30 problems though, but they are heading there definitely…)

1.Boris  Stoyamov –  U8 Berkshire

2. Shahjahon Saidmurdov – U10 Berkshire

3. Daniel Shek -U7 Hampshire

Good Luck for you to win the Solving Challenge…

The Solving Challenge is still on, If you did not have chance/ time to register and just register online by paying £5/- top get into the Online Challenge for the  Giga-finals North. The Problem Solving goes till Aug 10, 2016

(Click Here to Register)






Solving Challenge: Solver’s Page now Launched!! with New!! Updates!!

Dear Parents!

Thank you all for all the Support for the Solving Challenge 2016!! 

The Edition at Giga-finals – North, brought so many suggestions from the Parents, and concerns that they were all missing something wonderfully exciting…

We have listened every suggestion, constantly improving the Solving Challenge. Surprisingly, the Challenge is ongoing for all of them, including the Megafinalist.

As we all realise this is a two-stage process, which  runs in parallel to the main event. We are best trying to complementing it in all respects to help your child to focus in Giga-finals.

Your children can engage in the following ways,

1 Learn about Problem Solving through 5-min (or even instant) coaching techniques – Please come down to the Desk for group Session! (Sessions are Free, last only 5 mins max.)

2. Understand how to approach “chess problem solving” and attempt to Solve the Problem, during the time available in between the rounds. You can win the Day’s Top Solver’s Prize through the (Best Progress, you had in total).

Parents Please feel free to help your children, (it is not a test of ability, but it is  a test for understanding),Problem tougher as they go, but if they understand, the time they take to solve the next problem drastically keep reducing. 5-min Solving sessions will give you more insights into Problem solving.

3. If you wish to Take it Slowly, then your can learn to Solve the Problems with the clear aim to focus on Qualifying to Tera-finals Solving Challenge.  Turn in your Solutions, in partial and get the feedback on your solving ability. We will register to online Challengers. Top 20 children in each category from Online Challenge will be included to Tera-finals challenges.

4. For Each Problem Set attempted during the Giga-finals,You will have an equivalent of 1 point. This will be added to your final Giga-Finals score, to help you get the 3.5.  Children who get 3.5 and more, automatically qualify for the tera-finals Solving Challenge. Top 20 solvers in each category, from the Online Solving Competitions and Automatic Tera-finalists, will join them.

5. All Ultimo/Ultima Qualify to Solving Challenges! Automatically.

Still you have not managed to get it, take the Online Solving Challenge, which starts, as soon as your Giga-finals is over. You can always request us new problem set, if you have amazingly solved everything….

Chess Study has amazing Problem Compositions and Solving exercises!! (It is a fascinating World to Discover!!)

The Updated Practice Problems Sets – For Online Solvers,

Launch of the Problem Set – for the Silver plate Qualifiers!

Look through this Sample Set of Problem Set: Try to work them out, Email us with your Working and Register Yourself with your Favourite Piece! These are some of the favourite Classical Problems Since the 1600s.  Due Credits, to Du Mont, who brought them all into a compilation named- The Basis of Chess Combinations.

Choice 1: Knight Journeys! Deadline 

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Choice 2:  Bishop Skewers!!

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Choice 3: Rooks’s Demonstration!!!

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Choice 4: Queen’s Prowess

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Choice 5: King, the Ultimate Chess Piece

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Choice 6: Pawns – “The Soul of Chess”

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Choice 7:  No Favourites, Then find the Chess Combinations from Combinations of Pieces”

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The Online Solver’s Challenge will be Launched on Giga-Finals- South Sunday, and will be open till Aug 01, 2016.

This will combine, the Giga-North / Giga South and Mega-Final Solvers to race for the Silver Plate Qualification and the Terafinal’s Solver’s Challenge for the Ultimate prize of DGT Board.






UK Solving Challenge Giga-Finals!

Thanks for the overwhelming Support During the Giga-Finals North for the first ever edition of problem solving contest…

We had a lot of positive feedback of this event. Mike Basman, was very happy indeed to launch this unique competition to give an extra boost to your Giga-finals points to enable qualification to the Silver-Plate events.

Children’s Reaction:

The Young Solvers were very enthusiastic…  tough with us, collaborative, and very ethical in their approach, and allowed other children to solve the problems, while they whispered the solution in our ears.

Few even accidentally were close to missing their rounds.


We had one winner who, solved the most problem, on the Saturday.

Parent’s Suggestion:

Parents were excited as children brought their parents inside to allow them to enter the competition.

One thing was certain: Children learned to relax through problem solving and  it was extremely disciplined event! U7/U9 thoroughly enjoyed themselves!!

What’s More:!!! All these Children Now, feed into the Online Challenge, where 6 Problem Sets that were meant to be done, will be given for the children. Each Problem Set, is worth 1 Point, for those who did not play the Giga-finals, and 0.5 addition to the scores for those who played the Giga-Finals.

We all know, reaching 3.5 means Qualification to the Silver Plate Event!!!

The sample Problem sets, you all enjoyed at the Giga Finals, can be found in Downloads shortly!

You can also view these additional Problems: Click here


Keep watching,  The First Problem Sets go Live this evening!!  and you will receive an email too from the organisers.








Problems getting Generated by Chessthetica!!! Please find a human composed one.. Computer composed to test you tomorrow


We are launching the count down for the Problem Solving Contest, with the first set of problems Composed by our Chessthetica getting ready, as we compose this post!!

Sunday, you can enjoy with the first set of easy and tough problem set.  Guess the first move!!! for the Mate in 3.. 36 More to solve when come to the Giga finalsProblem Easy 5

F.A.Q and problem set launch

We are receiving unprecedented number of emails and calls on this UKCA Problem Solving chess challenge 2016.

Thanks for this overwhelming response. Please enter your children into the challenge we need to print the problem sets appropriately.

Jul 1, 2016. We will make the practice problem set available. Based on your Megafinals category and score your first rounds of problem will change and then you will be given the standard problems.

Remember, full attempt of a problem set will give 50% credit equivalent to 0.5 score. Any score of 50% or more will give 1 point equivalent experience.

Maximum number of positions scored will be the eligibility, while your score will be the indicator of progress.

We are developing over 10 different problem sets (720 positions) for this challenge which is tested rigorously for enjoyment. Daniel Shek’s favourite problem (see earlier post)attracted 15 parents and 25 children on the problem solving day.


First Entry for Problem Solving For Giga-North

First Girl, to register for UKCA Solving Challenge 2016, she is going to attempt it from Manchester.



First Girl, to register for UKCA Solving Challenge 2016, she is going to attempt it from Manchester.

First Girl, to register for UKCA Solving Challenge 2016, Prachi Arora, of Cragside primary is going to attempt it from Manchester. She is keen on solving problems.