♖ FPL CHESS GRANDMASTER EDITION.
Private League Code: 144102-30189
♘ Welcome to season 2018/19.
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We have again got around 800 players. The code to join us in the 2018/19 season is 144102-30189, or click the auto-join button.

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I'm delighted to see FPL Chess Grandmaster Thi Ha Zaw is back to defend his title. Runner-up Kenneth Tang has also rejoined. Great stuff.

Check out both the FPL CALENDAR and strategical column for lot of ideas and options throughout the season. And I hope you like the fact that it's an advert free site.

There's plenty of links to keep you updated: 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

Fantasy Football

Current leader in 2018-19 season is Scott Ireland with an awesome 112 points; closely followed by FPL Chess' old friend Michael Atkins, who was Champion when we were called Football Chess (back in the day). He once came 13th in the FPL overall. Michael drop us a line. In third place is Sebastian Budniak on 107 points. Mark Wood, Karan C, and John Idowu tie for 4th place, then in 7th comes my dear friend Ben Rose, with Nick Gilbert.

⚽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.

  • 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. Hopefully these are soon updated to reflect the new season's stats.

FPL Points by team after GW1 Courtesy of @fplkernow

FPL Points by team

Last season's FPL points league. Soon to be updated for this season. Courtesy of @fplkernow

FPL Points

Last season's FPL points against league. Soon to be updated for this season. 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 {Click on the Picture}
(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

FPL Toilet

PODCAST

FPL Toilet

A few of the best FPL websites {Click on the picture}
(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.

We'll advise you in this calendar of the best time to play your chips. Don't play them yet!

  • 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.
  • 17th August at 8pm CET: Serie A and Serie B clubs transfer deadline.
  • 18th August: Gameweek 2 deadline at 11.30am (BST) (UTC/GMT+1)
  • 31st August: The date English Fooball League clubs, including the Championship, have until to sign players on loan.
  • 31st August at 6pm CET: Bundesliga transfer deadline.
  • 31st August at 11.59pm CET: La Liga and Ligue 1 transfer deadline.
  • 3rd to 11th September: International break, after GW4. A popular time to play your 1st Wildcard.
  • 8th to 16th October: International break, after GW8. Another popular time to play your 1st Wildcard.
  • 12th to 20th November: International break, after GW12.
  • 29th December 14:00hrs. The date and time your first Wildcard is valid until. The 2nd Wildcard is then available and will be until the end of the season.


Strategic FPL : Long-term options/considerations
previously known as Kasparov's column
last updated 16th August 2018 - but still completely relevant

Hopefully pre-season, you availed yourself of the information at FFS Pre-Season Guide and, since GW1, visited PremierFantasyTools.com FPL Team Analyzer to look at what players the FPL celebrities/ex-champions have in their teams, and analysed how your team shapes up. A fantastic site.

An even amount of the top 50 players last season, played their wildcard in the first and second International breaks. I expect similar this season, when the World Cup players have returned to their respective squads, and are fit to go. Ben Crabtree, the 2016-17 FPL Champion recommends what they call a mini-wildcard, on occasions. This is where you save your transfer for the following week, so that you have two transfers, and then you take a 4-point hit and do an extra transfer. Two transfers are quite limiting but when you've got three transfers then a whole new realm of possibilities opens up. Don't do it too often though, Last year's Champion Yusuf Sheikh only took 9 hits. In fact in season 2017-18 the top 50 players had less than 10 hits on average (8.2) all season. The ability to pick up early bandwagons at their inception should, in theory, substantially increase both team value and points. Ideally 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. Playing a mini-wildcard on international breaks, 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 transferring in early in the week to save £100K. This is especially true after an International break, as we want to see they've returned from International duty in one piece.

It's been said that after the 3rd International break it could be an ideal time to switch from a defensive strategy to an attacking strategy. By this I mean it can be 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 (or anyone else probably). I think we should have three or even four solid and attacking expensive defenders to start with, and have one or two defenders who are considerably 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 (I'm not knocking it, you get lots more. I couldn't imagine not being a member). 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 : top of the list for a reason!
Premier Fantasy Tools (a great site - have a good look round)
Who scores Home and Away (eye opening!)
Who Scored? Excellent stats.
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 Joe (aka 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. Another idea - a much simpler one - is watching MOTD on a Sunday morning, and Sky football, 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. The General @FPLGeneral - see his podcast on this site - recommends putting the players who take your eye into your Watch List on the FPL site. His credentials include three sub-500 finishes in the last four years. ~ Awesome!

One of the key strategies 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 (KDB after GW1 injured himself on the Wednesday is a case in point), then it's a waste of a transfer and a hit might be required!

If you're going to have a £13million player in your squad (and you should have!), then he should be captain. It's alright the odd week putting it on someone else - that's fine - 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... he needs to be in your squad. 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 I imagine the rewards are there if you're up to it.

An important strategy is to have the heavily owned top players in your squad, so that if they have a good week you're not left behind; however, for absolute budget players the opposite is true. Having heavily owned bench fodder means that if they're not starting people will ship them out and they'll lose value. 4.0m players will drop to 3.9m etc. So when recruiting these players, it may be better to do your homework and find lesser owned bench fodder, who still might be able to get you a couple of points.

The following links to Fantasy Football Scout are available even for non-members. The pre-season match reviews are necessary reading, and following their team selection verbatim for GW1 would have got you 80-odd points.



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