Features short online movies to show how the pieces
move. Slow to download on a modem, but a great idea.
A useful reference for those new to the game, offering
links or brief definitions to common or obscure chess
of Chess from Chess Variants
A very nicely designed page explaining the basic
rules of the game.
Tutorials for beginning and intermediate players.
The advanced site was not ready when I visited.
The Instructor by Mark Dvoretsky
A wonderful series of articles at Chess Cafe. You can also download previous articles or see them at the Chess Cafe Archives.
on Improving Your Game by GM Jon Levitt
One of the most complete and well designed instructional
Many tutorials here, from basic to intermediate, with
some good opening coverage.
These coaching pages offer great advice to young
and beginning players.
John Coffey's chess pages.
From the Euwe Chess Academy of India. The site features
several Online Lectures and Sample Lessons that are
really worth checking out.
Lessons from Beginner to Master
More from the Logical Chess site.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced chess theory
with good diagrams and explanations.
A good collection of tutorials and links for learners.
Scroll down for the lessons section.
Home page of the NM, writer, and chess coach.
Great site for club players with both free and paid
chess lessons and other features.
See the section on Chess Training especially.
A light commercial site with a beginner focus features
puzzles, tutorials, and news.
A text-based site that explains the game to beginners
and offers a chance to philosophize about what chess
is all about.
Tips for the Lazy and Stupid
Tips on the opening, the middlegame and ending.
Alexander Khalifman's coaching site.
A growing site devoted to a wide range of players,
with good tutorials for beginners.
Chess Games for Beginners by Douglass and Ian
Some very instructive games here.
vs The World
Probably the single most analyzed game in history!
Kasparov took on the world via the internet and played
an amazingly deep game to win. If you have time to
wade through some of the enormous commentary, this
site is really worth studying. You can't help but
learn something from the game and the analysis.
Chess in Every Move
Several games with annotations for every move.
Games of the Best Players
Annotated games by some of the best known players
in the game. Learn about the players while you learn
more about the game.
Play through games by taking on the challenge of guessing
the best move. An interactive online chess quiz.
Solutions - Free Manuals
Two free e-books to download.
to Improve Your Chess by Ignacio Marin
Good advice on studying the opening, choosing an
opening repertoire, and working toward master. Plus
a miscellany of interesting games and ideas.
Openings: The Diagrams
A good overview of openings from Edwin Schoen.
A Basic Guide to Chess Openings
A nicely designed series of pages that introduce
many important openings.
to Win with Your Defense by Randy Bauer
Good general advice on developing a personalized
Ace Chess Openings by Nick Cummings
Geared toward the beginning club player, recommending gambit openings and the rather original (if strange) Gibbens Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.g4?!! Nxg4 3.e4 with space and initiative.
Middlegame and Tactics
Evans Teaches Chess
A collection of screen-shot articles written by Larry
Game Planning, Part One and Part
Two by Georgi
Tactics for Amateurs by P. D. Joseph
Go to his Tactical Problem Tablebase. This is
an amazing tutorial for all levels of players.
The graphics can be a little slow on a modem
This is a great collection of test positions for
teaching or self-study.
An online library of tactics, with a good collection
of links too.
Amazing online lessons that explain tactical
and positional motifs.
An excellent introduction to chess
tactical motifs for beginners.
Scroll down a bit for a review of tactical motifs.
of the Anthology of Chess Combinations
Some tough and testing postions -- mostly for advanced
or ambitious players.
Pawn Endings by Georgi Orlov
Great introduction to the opposition and key squares.
Some excellent endings with commentary and analysis.
Features some deep endgame analysis.
Go to his Endgame Tablebase. This is an amazing tutorial
for all levels of players.
Chess Club Handouts
Excellent mini-tutorials on the basic endgames.
Basics of Rook and Pawn Endings
Covers the basic winning ideas in Rook endings, including
the Philidor position.
Endgame Corner by Karsten Müller.
A bit advanced but quite excellent stuff. You can also download all his previous articles or find them in the Chess Cafe Archives. It appears that his column has been suspended due to illness, but we hope he will return.
The Instructor by Mark Dvoretsky
A wonderful series of articles at Chess Cafe which often features endgames. You can also download previous articles or see them at the Chess Cafe Archives.
Thompson's Comprehensive Endgame Database
Perhaps a bit advanced for beginners, this site offers
a complete analysis of piece endings. The interface
is easy to use, though, and I think anyone will learn
something from just playing through the lines.
Benefits of Chess
For chess coaches or teachers who want to make the
case that chess is good for kids.
Chess for Schools
Like the entry above, this article offers authoritative support for the benefits of scholastic chess.
Chess in the Schools
A model program of academic-based chess instruction.
Chess, "An Inquisitive Mind" by Steve Goldberg
The first in what promises to be a new series at
ChessCafe devoted to Scholastic Chess.
and the Soul of Chess by Tom Braunlich
An interesting counter-point to Goldberg's piece,
above. Braunlich offers a very interesting meditative
essay about the way scholastic chess has altered
the landscape of American chess generally and kept
the U.S. out of the top tier of world
competition by channeling funds more broadly to all
kids rather than narrowly to the most promising.
It is both an interesting argument and a great history
of scholastic chess.
A fun site with lots of kid-friendly graphics.
A fun site with a newsletter and other features.
Chess for Juniors
Robert Snyder's chess pages, intended to promote
his instructional services.
Advice on teaching chess to kids.
A good site for kids and young beginners, with information
for schools, parents, and players. A kid-friendly
site, though registration is required for some areas.
for Parents, Chess
J. Duif Calvin's FAQs pages
Scholastic Chess Foundation
The place to go for Scholastic Chess in the U.S.
York Chess Kids
A scholastic chess page with news, links, and features.
The home page of the D.C.-based scholastic chess organization.
Chess: Beginners and Improving Your Play
The USCFs page for those new to the game offers some
useful information and links.
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