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♖ FPL CHESS GRANDMASTER EDITION. League Code: 144102-30189
♘ Welcome to season 2018/19.


We had last season around 800 players but more are welcome. The code to join us in the 2018/19 season is 144102-30189, or click the auto-join button. Auto-join

Check out the FPL CALENDAR and strategical column over the summer months in preparation for next season. As soon as dates are available, the calendar will be populated. Similarly with the strategic column, it will reflect any new rules, and strategies.

There's plenty of links to keep you updated during the summer: Embedded twitter accounts, You Tube channels, fantastic podcasts, and links to great FPL sites that provide you with underlying stats etc., for help with player selection. Plus links to all the FPL Champions' interviews and their winning strategies going back to 2010-11.

FPL Chess is also now responsive to mobiles, tablets, and desktops. ⚽

FPL Site

⚽Top 10 Final Result 2017/18:

♜ FPL Chess ♞ Grandmaster Edition⚽

    A fantastic finish with an International flavour at FPL Chess, with long-time leader Thi Ha Za reclaiming No. 1 spot on the final day. He also won the Global Myanmar League. Fantastic.

    The classy Kenneth Tang (four sub-400 finishes and now No.11 in the FFS Hall of Fame) takes the runner-up slot; although still came 9th in the Global Hong Kong League. Nice one.

    Kevin Weisz' beautifully named 'The Desperate Donuts' claimed 3rd in FPL Chess and 16th in the Global South Africa League. Great stuff.

    Matt Carter's Shatner's bassoon was 4th in FPL Chess and 2nd in the Global Uganda League - Brilliant.

    Liam McAllister's Beanflicktas was 5th and 105th in Ireland. Awesome.

    Måns Axelsson's MånsGoaldiggers 3.0 was 6th and 40th in Sweden, Jake Batten's DannyBoffinTruckFC 7th and 1006th in England, Stuart Wilson's Laurelhill 8th and 86th in Scotland, Peter Manning's Prolific Pros 9th and 188th in Ireland, and Victor Ekström's Weeping Viggos was 10th and 80th in Sweden.

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    ⚽Roll of Honour:

    ♜ FPL Chess ♞ Grandmaster Edition⚽

    • Thi Ha Zaw 2017-18 {299th in the world, out of 5,910,135}

    • John Somerset 2016-17. {581st in the world}.

    • Luke Cotter 2015-16.

    • Michael Atkins 2014-15. {Previous season 13th in the world}.

    • Mark Goodinson 2013-14. {7,458th in the world}

    • John Somerset 2012-13. {1,509th in the world}.

    • Mark Goodinson 2011-12.

    • Daniel Wright 2010-11.
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⚽Roll of Honour:

♜ FPL Chess ♞ Family & Friends Edition⚽

  • Justin Kampel 2017-18 {7,189th in the world, out of 5,910,135}

  • Justin Kampel's Rocky Raccoon FC is the inaugural winner of FPL Chess Friends & Family Edition, and comes 28th in our Grandmaster Edition with a top 10K (7,189th) overall finish. Fantastic stuff. Nice one Justin.

    Chris A Munks' CAPT Tattybojangles was 2nd and 92nd in the Grandmaster Edition and 35,295th overall. In third we have Gary Walker's 3rd Time Lucky - who also wins a cash prize at work, Tracy Nixon's Football Chemistry takes 4th (and is winning the 2 Pint Super6 Trophy at my local!), Pinder Takhar's Vardy Bum is 5th, and Bill Nixon's Geordie Pride - who remarkably, as he was in intensive care for much of the season, takes 6th - which means I have to buy him beer. Again!

  • Registered 2010 to 2016 as FootballChess.net - then our 37-strong league grew to 800 under the new name of FPLChess.net. Still trying to gather the original 37 in the new F&F Edition - so we know how you're getting on. We can't see you easily amongst the 800. We miss you. Please use the 'contact us' form to ask for the F&F code.

@fplkernow League Tables. Recommend following on Twitter for immediate access to pinned tweets.

FPL Points League from players in current squad. Up to and including GW38. Courtesy of @fplkernow

FPL Points League

FPL points scored in last 4 games with points breakdown by position. Up to and including GW37. Courtesy of @fplkernow

Last 4 Points Breakdown

FPL points against : over each team's last 4 games up to and including GW37. Courtesy of @fplkernow

Points against : Last 4

This team (produced by @fplkernow) could have scored 2552 points and won @OfficialFPL 2017/18 season without using a single chip or making a single transfer.

2552 points

Sixteen up-to-the-minute 'Information-rich' Twitter Accounts
(Please let us know if we've missed your favourite twitter feed!)

Twitter

Fantasy Football Scout

Tips, News and Views on all things Fantasy Football. Followers must be 18+

Twitter

Fantasy Premier League

The official Twitter account for Fantasy Premier League. The official Premier League app includes full #FPL team management. Download: http://preml.ge/app

Twitter

PremierFantasyTools

Official http://premierfantasytools.com account. Tools for sophisticated fantasy football managers.

Twitter

James Egersdorff

Director at ESP & Fantasy Football Enthusiast. Number 1 ranked FFScout Hall of Fame. Writer for @FantasyFootyMag & 105th place FPL 16/17. FPL YouTube vlogger

Twitter

Ben Dinnery

Freelance Injury Data Analyst. http://premierinjuries.com

Twitter

FF Pundits

Providing #FPL advice, opinion & insight for the 2017/18 Fantasy Premier League season. World Cup Fantasy coming soon! Contact: info@fantasyfootballpundits.com

Twitter

Who Scored?

The largest detailed football statistics website. Follow @WSTipster for betting tips. Powered by Opta data.

Twitter

FPL Editor

http://fantasyfootballfix.com Content Editor / Providing #FPL editorial & analysis / 4x Top 20k finishes in 6 seasons / OR 16,973 info@fantasyfootballfix.com

Twitter

FPL Updates

Providing daily Fantasy Football news | Tips | Injury Updates | Line-ups | For FPL Fans, by FPL Fans

Twitter

Fantasy ⚽ Manager

The official Twitter account for Fantasy Premier League. The official Premier League app includes full #FPL team management. Download: http://preml.ge/app

Twitter

FF 247

Fantasy Football 247 is a website dedicated to providing #FPL managers with daily articles, advice, news, tips, and banter on our popular community chat.

Twitter

FPL General

Fantasy Premier League veteran. Four consecutive top 1% finishes. Current overall rank: 1,302. Weekly podcast @59thMinutePod. Enquiries: thefplgeneral@gmail.com

Twitter

FPL Fly

#FPL Addict since 06 / Highest FPL finish 676th / Testicular Cancer Survivor - I'm half the man I once was

Twitter

FPL Tips

Providing #FPL YouTube videos | Previews, Players to Watch, Team Selection & more EVERY Gameweek! SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/FPLtipsSUB

Twitter

FF Geek

Twitter site for http://www.fantasyfootballgeek.co.uk For #FPL fantasy premier league and fantasy football managers for all formats. Get tips & advice

Twitter

FPL Chess

FPL Chess (previously Football Chess) a free FPL mini-league and information-rich website. 800+ players.



Sixteen of the best FPL You Tube Channels
(Let us know if we've missed your favourite channel!)

FF Scout

FF Scout
You Tube Channel

Let's Talk FPL

Let's talk FPL
You Tube Channel

James Egersdorff

James Egersdorff
You Tube Channel

FPL Family

FPL Family
You Tube Channel

FF Fix

Fantasy Football Fix
You Tube Channel

FPL Tips

FPL Tips
You Tube Channel

FPL Nymfria

FPL Nymfria
You Tube Channel

FPL Boss

FPL Boss
You Tube Channel

The Football Republic

You Tube Channel
You Tube Channel

Football World

Football World
You Tube Channel

FPL TV

FPL TV
You Tube Channel

ArsenalFanTV

ArsenalFanTV
You Tube Channel

FullTimeDevils

FullTimeDevils
You Tube Channel

100PercentChelsea

FPL Boss
You Tube Channel

Esteemed Kompany

Esteemed Kompany
You Tube Channel

The Redmen TV

The Redmen TV
You Tube Channel

Some of the best FPL Podcasts
(Let us know if we've missed your favourite Podcast!)

WhoGotTheAssist?

PODCAST

WhoGotTheAssist?

Planet FPL

PODCAST

Planet FPL

The 3 Amigos

PODCAST

The 3 Amigos

Always Cheating

PODCAST

Always Cheating

The Punt

PODCAST

The Punt

Just Offside

PODCAST

Just Offside

FPL General

PODCAST

FPL General

FF Surgery

PODCAST

FF Surgery

FF Noise

PODCAST

FF Noise

FML FPL

PODCAST

FML FPL

The Game of Football

PODCAST

The Game of Football

FPL PODCAST AWARDS 2017/18

Premier Fantasy Tools
Twitter @FPLPodAwards

FPL Podcast Awards

A few of the best FPL websites
(Let us know if we've missed your favourite site!)

FPL Players Stats

Stats Centre
Shots on Target, etc.

FF Scout

FF Scout
Don't miss their You Tube Tuesday night Scoutcast. Great website, and great underlying stats for members.

Premier Fantasy Tools

Premier Fantasy Tools
Consistant Top 5K FPL Manager stats : Great for trying to reverse engineer their thinking! Fantastic site.

Who Scored?

Who Scored?
Great for free underlying stats : Shots per Game 'SpG'.

FF Geek

FF Geek
Bandwagons and Sinking Ships; Gameweek Analysis; Top FPL Managers; Great stuff.

Ben Dinnery

Ben Dinnery
Finger on the pulse for all Premier Injuries.

FF Fix

FF Fix
Predictive fantasy football algorithm and free Price Change Pridictor app (IOS & Android).

FPL Addicts

FPL Addicts
The talented MattCraigDT, and Jerome's match reports, are on hold. Please hurry back guys.

FF 247

FF 247
Lovin' this website. Particularly the Full Fixture Tracker. Ed.

FPL Discovery

FPL Discovery
Stats from top 10K FPL Managers. Recommended by Jonty of FFS fame.

FPL Statistics

FPL Statistics
Fantasy Player Price Change Predictions.

FF First

Fantasy Football First
Help, tips and stats for Fantasy Football managers.

FPL Updates

FPL Updates

My Little Nuts

MLN

FourFourTwo

FourFourTwo

Chess.com (Not FPL)

Play Chess for Free

Interviews with Champions - How they did it - Every season back to 2010-11 when a lesser-spotted ♖ Football Chess ♘ arrived on the scene.

Yusuf Sheikh
2017-18 FPL Champion.
Yusuf Sheikh

To listen to Yusuf, click link and scroll down to FPL Show Ep 41: FPL champion's secrets to success.

Ben Crabtree
2016-17 FPL Champion

Ben Crabtree

Dimitri Nicolaou
2015-16 FPL Champion

Dimitri Nicolaou

Simon March
2014-15 FPL Champion

Simon March

Tom Fenley
2013-14 FPL Champion

Tom Fenley

Matthew Martyniak
2012-13 FPL Champion

Matthew Martyniak

Sam Pater
2011-12 FPL Champion

Sam Pater

Chris McGurn
2010-11 FPL Champion

Chris McGurn

FPL Calendar : Immediate Gameweek tactical advice AND Strategic FPL : Long-term options and considerations

FPL Calendar : Immediate Gameweek Tactical considerations

This Calendar points you in the direction of immediate gameweek tactics. It tries to advise when and how to negotiate International breaks, wildcards, and chips, as in using them during the season's blank gameweeks (last season GW31 & GW35) and double gameweeks (last season GW34 & GW37).

Along with the FPL Strategic column, it attempts to explain what is considered 'best practice' - as in the best time to utilise the tools given, and how best to deploy them.

After FFScout appraisal of 2017/18 season, is was shown that this calendar correctly suggested GW35 over GW31 for the Free Hit (marginal victory), GW34 over GW37 for the bench boost, GW32 over GW33 for the Wildcard, and GW37 for the Triple Captain (tied with GW38). Fairly pleased with that.

  • 14th June Premier League Fixtures released.
  • 10th and 11th July: World Cup Semi-Finals.
  • 15th July (4pm British Summer Time) World Cup Final
  • 26th July: Fantasy Football book 'Wasting Your Wildcard' by David Wardale will be out; endorsed by FFS.
  • 9th August: (5pm BST) Transfer Season Closes.
  • 11th August: Gameweek 1 deadline at 11.30am (BST) (UTC/GMT+1)
  • 3rd to 11th September: International break.
  • 8th to 16th October: International break.
  • 12th to 20th November: International break.


Strategic FPL : Long-term options/considerations aka Kasparov's column - last updated 30th May 2018 - but still completely relevant

Firstly, pre-season, you should avail yourself of the information at FFS Pre-Season Guide

Previous overall winner Ben Crabtree (See Interview in Champions section), recommends what some people call a mini-wildcard. You carry a transfer over, then take a 4-point hit, and change altogether three players. It's just like a mini-wildcard, and costs you 4-points. The major difference is that you can't always do what you want with only swapping two players. When swapping three players however, a whole new realm of possibilities open up. Making strategic hits, rather than guilt-ridden hits, will be liberating. Set yourself free of guilt. Make it part of your strategy. BUT don't exceed 15 hits all season, and keep below 10 if possible. Last year's FPL Champion Yusuf Sheikh took just 9 hits all season.

Your editor plans on playing his wildcard on the 2nd International break. This is where the majority of the top 50 players last season, played their wildcard. But to help get there he's also planning on playing the already mentioned mini-wildcard in the first International break, and then will be tweaking it with a another 4-point hit and mini-wildcard in the 3rd International break. The ability to pick up early bandwagons at their inception should substantially increase both team value and points, in theory! Providing we give the players time to increase £200,000 before shipping out (so we get the £100,000). This won't always work to our benefit. We have to be both good and lucky. Doing it on international breaks however, when genuine bandwagons are first emerging, is a strategy to consider. BUT, wait until the Friday or Saturday morning before locking them in. The stats show that most of the top 50 players followed this trend - rather than buying early to save £100K.

After the 3rd International break it's an ideal time to switch from a defensive strategy to an attacking strategy. By this I mean it appears often a good idea to spend more on your defence from GW1 to about GW12. We shouldn't try to find three 4.5 and two 4.0 defenders. I've tried rotating cheap defenders from the off and it just doesn't work for me. I think we should have three solid and attacking, expensive defenders to start with; and have two defenders who are a bit cheaper but will play every week as cover. Having 15 players - who actually play - will save us from doing knee-jerk hits when the injuries and suspensions are racking up. From GW12 we'll have a better idea of cheaper defenders - and where the value is, so we can switch to them and spend the money on attackers - and possibly five good midfielders.

I've always believed that the best predictor for goals, is goals. Form over fixtures every time. A player, who is out of form, won't necessarily find form just because he's against one of the lower sides; especially when they park the bus. (continued next page...)

I think however, I've been guilty of underestimating stats. Stats could show when a player is coming back into form, but hasn't translated it into goals yet. So ideal territory when scouting for differentials who are facing weaker sides. Some experts firmly believe that underlying stats can be a better guide than form or fixtures. They rave about shots on goal, shots in the box, or big chances, for instance, suggesting the player is getting into the right position and will surely click anytime now. FF Scout provide this service but I believe it's only for paid-up members. Our web site links however, include sites that offer underlying stats at no charge. A list of the best free ones we found (that include top FPL Manager stats) are:

Shots on Target
Premier Fantasy Tools (a great site - have a good look round)
Who scores Home and Away
Who Scored?
FF Geek Top FPL Managers
FF Geek Gameweek Analysis
FPL Statistics : Price Change Predictions
Football Fallout : Stats & Tools
FPL Discovery

The last one is stats based on us, rather than the footballers, and it is recommended by Jonty of FF Scout. This is a site that gathers stats from just the top 10k FPL Managers. The quick way to know which players each week to get rid of, and which players to put in their place is check out the dropdown box on the FPL site itself - and sort by 'Transfers in (round)' and 'Transfers out (round)' - but that only tells you what all 5 million FPL Managers are doing. This site provides stats from only the top 10,000 FPL Managers. Also, as already mentioned - if you're keen on stats, check out Premier Fantasy Tools I'm trying to reverse engineer how top FPL Managers finish in the top 5K every season ~ Awesome! Another idea - a much simpler one - is watching MOTD on a Sunday morning and making notes. Not the daftest idea I've ever heard. I should really give that a go myself rather than trying to commit everything to memory.

A key strategy is to have one or two differentials in your team. These are players with low ownership that you have a good feeling about - perhaps due to the previously mentioned underlying stats. You could even play them as Captain on a week when the Captain choice isn't obvious. To reiterate that point: Only try a differential with the Captain's armband on, when the Captain choice isn't clear-cut. When it is clear-cut, just follow the herd, and pick the market leader. As in Poker, and Snooker, sometimes you have to play the percentage game - FPL works along similar lines.

Stats also show that the top 50 players do the majority of their transfers on a Friday or Saturday. They don't worry about the odd 100,000 midweek price rise. If a player injures themselves in training on the Thursday, then it's a waste of a transfer and a hit might be required! Speaking of hits... The top 50 players, including last season's winner, have less than 10 hits all season. I've already advised that your editor is going for a mini-wildcard on two of the first three International breaks; however, a lot of the top 50 players drop their 1st wildcard in GW4. This may be so they only have to play the fixtures on the first three games, and then on their wildcard they put in the players from their watchlist that are cutting it - with regards to stats - and whom they are expecting to have a great season. So your hits would then be 1 x hit in the 2nd International break and 1 x hit in the 3rd International break; rather than my route of 1st & 3rd International breaks.

If you're going to have a £13million player in your squad, then he should be captain. It's alright the odd week putting it on someone else, but if you're going to spend that much money on a player then he should really only be in your squad when he is clearly the number one Captain choice; otherwise, you should get rid of him and share the money out amongst other players. Harsh but fair! I know there's a fear factor, of you shipping him out and him getting a hat-trick, but that will only really hurt when "everyone" is on him - due to him being the "clear" gameweek captain favourite. And whenever there is a "clear" Captain favourite - you need to be on him.. This means - if you're spreading the money around your squad, that you leave an exit strategy so you can ship him back in with the minumum of fuss. Managing this aspect of the game successfully - is very hard - but the rewards are there if you're up to it.

The following links to Fantasy Football Scout are available even for non-members. The pre-season match reviews are necessary reading.



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