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Beginner and Instructional Sites


The resources on this page will help you learn more so you can get more out of chess -- including The Basics, General Instruction, Annotated Games, The Opening, The Middlegame, The Endgame, and Scholastic Chess. In many places, the materials will be as useful to coaches as to students.

The Basics

Chess Is Fun by Jon Edwards
A comprehensive introduction to chess, covering the moves of the pieces, the openings, the middlegame, and the ending. Excellent.

Index of Topics
Updated Chess Sites
Best of the Web
Beginner Sites
Play on the Web
Opening Analysis
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Web Publishing Links
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Game Collections
Searching the Web
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Chess Shopper's Guide

Chess Corner
A great site for those starting out, with everything you need.

Chess Haven
Offers some good instructive articles on some basic issues like chess notation.

Chess Warrior
Features short online movies to show how the pieces move. Slow to download on a modem, but a great idea.

Chessmayne Chess Dictionary
A useful reference for those new to the game, offering links or brief definitions to common or obscure chess terminology.

Rules of Chess from Chess Variants
A very nicely designed page explaining the basic rules of the game.

Basics of Chess
Tutorials for beginning and intermediate players. The advanced site was not ready when I visited.

General Instruction

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.

Advice on Improving Your Game by GM Jon Levitt

Chess Kit
One of the most complete and well designed instructional sites.

Chess Corner Tutorial
Many tutorials here, from basic to intermediate, with some good opening coverage.

Exeter Chess Club
These coaching pages offer great advice to young and beginning players.

365 Chess Lessons
John Coffey's chess pages.

Chess Trainer
From the Euwe Chess Academy of India. The site features several Online Lectures and Sample Lessons that are really worth checking out.

Chess Lessons from Beginner to Master
More from the Logical Chess site.

Chess for Success
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced chess theory with good diagrams and explanations.

Chess Land
A good collection of tutorials and links for learners.

Chess Doctor
Scroll down for the lessons section.

Dan Heisman
Home page of the NM, writer, and chess coach.
Great site for club players with both free and paid chess lessons and other features.

Claude Kaber's Page
See the section on Chess Training especially.

Just Chess
A light commercial site with a beginner focus features puzzles, tutorials, and news.

Chess Dominion
A text-based site that explains the game to beginners and offers a chance to philosophize about what chess is all about.

Chess Tips for the Lazy and Stupid
Tips on the opening, the middlegame and ending.

GM Chess School
Alexander Khalifman's coaching site.

Chess Kit
A growing site devoted to a wide range of players, with good tutorials for beginners.

Games and Analysis

50 Chess Games for Beginners by Douglass and Ian MacGregor
Some very instructive games here.

Kasparov 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.

Logical Chess in Every Move
Several games with annotations for every move.

Best 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.

Master Move
Play through games by taking on the challenge of guessing the best move. An interactive online chess quiz.

Chess Solutions - Free Manuals
Two free e-books to download.

The Openings

How 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.

Chess Openings: The Diagrams
A good overview of openings from Edwin Schoen.

ChessOps: A Basic Guide to Chess Openings
A nicely designed series of pages that introduce many important openings.

Playing to Win with Your Defense by Randy Bauer
Good general advice on developing a personalized opening system.

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.

The Middlegame and Tactics

Larry Evans Teaches Chess
A collection of screen-shot articles written by Larry Evans.

Middle Game Planning, Part One and Part Two by Georgi Orlov

Chess Tactics for Amateurs by P. D. Joseph

John Tamplin's Tablebases
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 though.

Puzzles from Chessbase
This is a great collection of test positions for teaching or self-study.

Chess Book
An online library of tactics, with a good collection of links too.

Chess University
Amazing online lessons that explain tactical and positional motifs.

Chess Tactics
An excellent introduction to chess tactical motifs for beginners.

Chess Tactics
Scroll down a bit for a review of tactical motifs.

Preview of the Anthology of Chess Combinations
Some tough and testing postions -- mostly for advanced or ambitious players.

The Endgame

Basic Pawn Endings by Georgi Orlov
Great introduction to the opposition and key squares.

Chess Kit Endgame
Some excellent endings with commentary and analysis.

Achim's Chess Page
Features some deep endgame analysis.

John Tamplin's Tablebases
Go to his Endgame Tablebase. This is an amazing tutorial for all levels of players.

Exeter Chess Club Handouts
Excellent mini-tutorials on the basic endgames.

The 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.

Ken 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.

Scholastic Chess Links

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.

Scholastic Chess, "An Inquisitive Mind" by Steve Goldberg
The first in what promises to be a new series at ChessCafe devoted to Scholastic Chess.

Scholastics 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.

Academic Chess
A fun site with lots of kid-friendly graphics.

Kid Chess
A fun site with a newsletter and other features.

Chess for Juniors
Robert Snyder's chess pages, intended to promote his instructional services.

Chess Class
Advice on teaching chess to kids.

Chess Kids Academy
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.

Chess FAQs, Chess Guide, Chess for Parents, Chess for Kids
J. Duif Calvin's FAQs pages

National Scholastic Chess Foundation
The place to go for Scholastic Chess in the U.S.

New York Chess Kids
A scholastic chess page with news, links, and features.

U.S. Chess Center
The home page of the D.C.-based scholastic chess organization.

Scholastic 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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