‘Chess Not Checkers’

The association between Hip Hop and chess is an amazing and unexpected development that has breathed new life into our ancient game. And I especially like the fact that the Hop Hop Chess Federation seem to have a martial arts aspect too.

The expression ‘chess not checkers’ appears to have emerged from this culture, its meaning being discussed here. But before any irate checkers players write in to complain, I hasten to add that this is not my opinion or that of any personage representing Chess Improver Enterprises Inc..

Meanwhile I searched hard on Youtube for a ‘chess not checkers’ video without too many rude words and finally came up with this one. It wasn’t my favourite but it seems like the most shareable:


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: