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♖ FPL CHESS GRANDMASTER EDITION ♘ CONGRATULATIONS TO ~ THI HA ZAW ~ "DaddyBellay" WHO SCORED A MAGNIFICENT 105 ON THE FINAL DAY TO TAKE THE FPL CHESS CROWN. He also won the global Myanmar League (and I believe he plays for Ayeyawady Utd AND Myanmar). FANTASTIC STUFF.


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Check out the FPL Calendar and strategical column over the summer months in preparation for next season. As soon as the 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

♜ 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. A fantastic achievement. I think he even plays for Myanmar, and Ayeyawady United. Awesome.

    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 - fantastic.

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

    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's Rocky Raccoon FC wins the 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

Who Scored?

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

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

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

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

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 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 Tips

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

Twitter

FF First

World's best Fantasy Football blog winner. Get a #FPL boost from our best-in-class algorithm & experienced managers. Free help, tips, stats & point projections.

Twitter

FPL Fly

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

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 Tips

FPL Tips
You Tube Channel

Football World

Football World
You Tube Channel

FPL Family

FPL Family
You Tube Channel

FPL Nymfria

FPL Nymfria
You Tube Channel

FF Fix

Fantasy Football Fix
You Tube Channel

The Football Republic

You Tube Channel
You Tube Channel

FPL Boss

FPL Boss
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

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

WhoGotTheAssist?

PODCAST

WhoGotTheAssist?

The 3 Amigos

PODCAST

The 3 Amigos

Waiting on the bonus points

PODCAST

FPL Herald

Planet FPL

PODCAST

Planet FPL

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 Gaffer Tapes

PODCAST

The Gaffer Tapes

The Game of Football

PODCAST

The Game of Football

Always Cheating

PODCAST

Always Cheating

PODCAST

PODCAST

PODCAST


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.

Who Scored?

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

Premier Fantasy Tools

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

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 wildcards, and chips, through blank gameweeks (GW31 & GW35) and double gameweeks (GW34 & GW37).


Gameweek 1 deadline will appear here when known! (BST : British Summertime) (UTC/GMT+1)

This calendar is not only aimed at new players, to help with tactical options (International breaks, double-gameweeks, blank-gameweeks, and advice on how best to use your chips) but also seasoned players to remind them of important dates. 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. For player selection we offer a vast array of links to great FPL twitter accounts, podcasts, and links to great FPL sites that provide you with underlying stats etc. Plus links to all the FPL Champions' interviews and their winning strategies going back to 2010-11.

Have a great summer everyone.


Strategic FPL : Long-term options/considerations aka Kasparov's column - last updated 27th March - but still completely relevant

Ben Crabtree, 2016-17 overall winner (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.

Your editor is going to test this approach, and play a mini-wildcard during each International break at the beginning of the 2018-19 season, and save his proper wildcard until December. 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. You have to be both good and lucky. Doing it on just the opening gameweeks however, when genuine bandwagons are first emerging, is a strategy to consider.

Making strategic hits, rather than guilt-ridden hits, will be liberating. Set yourself free of guilt. Make it part of your strategy.

I believe 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.

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. Some experts firmly believe that underlying stats can be a better guide than form or fixtures. They rave about shots on goal, or shots in the box, 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 FPL Stats, Premier Fantasy Tools, Who Scored? FF Geek Top FPL Managers and FF Geek Gameweek Analysis, FPL Statistics : Price Change Predictions, Football Fallout : Stats & Tools, and 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, 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! The Three Amigo's podcast (see Podcasts) suggested another idea: 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.

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 could be the key to propelling you up the league.

The following links to Fantasy Football Scout are available even for non-members. They also have pre-season match reviews in the summer months, that I always look forward to. I'll update these links accordingly.



Editor's column - sneaked under FPL Calendar and FPL Strategies

GW38

From 2018-19 How your editor gets on..
strictly following the FPL Chess strategic and tactical (calendar) columns

Next season (this might be embarrassing!) your editor is going to be reporting in this space, on how he's getting on when strictly following options suggested in our FPL Calendar, and FPL Strategies columns. It may end in tears!

Hope you like the new layout of our webpage. The previous code wasn't responsive to mobile or tablets so it needed upgrading. I know it's still not brilliant but hopefully I can soon sharpen up the pages a bit, and with your feedback I hope to improve it further so that we're cooking on gas ready for the start of next season. The weekly tactical information and suggestions are still in the FPL Calendar, and the long-term strategic options are still in Kasparov's Kolumn, aka FPL Strategies. The twitter accounts are populated with ones that are a constant source of valuable information, rather than just being chatty - but I'd welcome any suggestions of good ones that I've missed, along with You Tube channels, podcasts, websites, etc. See Contact us on the main menu (or scroll to the bottom). Thank you.


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