Chess Cafe
Chess City
Chess Curiosities
Chess History

Chesslab DB
Chess Mail
Chessnews Wkly
Chess Talk
Chess Variants

Jeremy Silman
Jon Edwards
Lars Balzer
LA Times
Net Chess News
NIC Database
Pakistan CP
Pitt Archive
Russian Chess
Tim Mann
Bill Wall
Washington Post

The Best of the Web for Chess


Chess Cafe
Hanon Russell's award winning site is so full of content you can just get immersed in it for hours. Taking the form of a monthly chess magazine, this site offers the best chess writing anywhere in print let alone the best available on the web.
A very good and growing site, with one of the most comprehensive links pages anywhere on the web. I also think their Forum is one of the more active and interesting sites for chess discussion.

Index of Topics
Updated Chess Sites
Best of the Web
Beginner Sites
Play on the Web
Opening Analysis
Chess History
Web Publishing Links
Links to Links
Just for Fun
Game Collections
Searching the Web
Chess Libraries
Chess Book Reviews
Chess Shopper's Guide

Chess Curiosities
Author Tim Krabbe's immense collection of commentaries and curiosities. Like visiting a chess museum with a brilliant guide.

A great news site with lots of great reference resources. Also a great place to shop for software or books (especially since they teamed up with Chess Digest). Be sure to check out the ChessBase Online Database of games.
A very wide-ranging site with tons of content -- some deeply buried but all great.

Chess Variants
A probably complete collection of all variants on the game of chess, with wonderful articles documenting the rules. Includes coverage of bug-house, Fisher Random, Kriegspiel, Shogi, Star Trek 3D Chess, and literally a thousand more you never heard of before. A truly amazing site. Those interested in Chess Variants may enjoy the Chess Variant Club.

Arena 1.1 Chess GUI
A wonderfully user-friendly Graphical User Interface for chessplay and study. The power of free programs is really top notch these days, and you can actually download the program with several pre-installed. I say you better get it while it is still free.

Scheming Mind
A highly intelligent web site featuring fascinating articles on the entire world of chess, from chess variants, to correspondence, to chess history and everything in between. The content here is growing and continues to impress. Also features great web design and excellent user interface. A very smart site all around.

ICC: The Internet Chess Club
A great place to play and home to

TWIC: The Week in Chess
You want the latest chess news and games? Look no further. Excellent archives of relatively recent games too.

Net Chess News
A fun site featuring news and recent games to play right on the web.
If you have purchased Garry Kasparov's "Predecessors" books, you may find this site very interesting. Offers a forum for discussion and some follow-up on the books. Also, you should check out this page at ChessBase.

The Washington Post Chess Column by Lubomir Kavalek

Chess Lab
Home of over 2 million games in their Position Search Database, and online chess chess too.
Offers an international chess club atmosphere where you can view games in progress, play various opponents, view analysis, get some instruction, read the latest chess news, and interact with other players. An interesting chess community. Registration required for some features.
Terry Bohannon's growing play and study site, with players' pictures and other interesting features. Most content requires membership.

Grandmaster Chess
An interesting and expanding site featuring articles (including some from the Petersburg Chess Digest Magazine), recent game downloads, and lessons.

I used to hate the chess site with its pop-up ads and commercially-driven content. But it is now much better and likely one of the best sites around for beginners to about 1500-strength rating due to its strong content and frequent updates.

NOTE: I have had trouble accessing this site with Netscape and older browsers. Use Internet Explorer. A Spanish-language web site with some amazingly good content, Hechiceros proves that in the world of chess, you really don't need to know the language to poke around and learn something. And if you know any Spanish, you'll find tons of great stuff here

A great place to begin any web expedition in search of interesting chess sites, Chessopolis has the best links and book reviews on the web. It also features articles, news, file downloads, and a discussion forum. What more could you want from a chess site?

New in Chess
This site mostly promotes the excellent journal and yearbooks of the same name but also features its own NIC Database.

The Chess Player by Georgi Orlov
An interesting site featuring articles, instruction, and opinion.

This site promises a lot of interesting opening analysis, but it requires a login and does not provide any information (or none I could find) on how to establish membership. One suspects it is by invitation only... What content I have seen in the past (before the login requirement was established) or which I find I can still get to is very strong. So I find this site interesting if a bit of a mystery. Write me at the address below if you figure out how to login.... :-)

Previously Chess Assistant. A good variety of material, including downloadable databases, analyzed games, and other instructional material.

e4e5 Database
An interesting interface that allows access to a wide range of games.
This site seems to be going through some transitions and may emerge as one of the better sites on the web. Check it out.

The official International Chess Federation web site has useful information on Federation-sponsored events, especially the World Championships.

Pakistan Chess Player
Who knew that the people of Pakistan had enough interest in chess to support an amazing chess site? This is one of the best of the web, with great access to current games and news.

Chess Today
Billed as the first daily chess newspaper. By subscription, but you can check out some sample issues and some free content here.

Chess Informant
The site of the Informator series of chess publications, with some online content.

Australian Chess News
A weekly column with game to play on the web.

The Scotsman, by John Henderson
No longer updated, but worth a visit for those who like sifting through archives.

Chess Archaeology
A great place to get serious about chess history, this site features some of the best articles about the royal game's fascinating past.

Chess Talk Message Board
Perhaps a bit too Canadian-focused, but still worth a visit. A good place to go to chat about chess on the web.
Chess chat at the message board. The searchable archives are of more value than the current chat.
There are several newsgroups besides (which has become the main one due to its accessibility on the web). It is difficult to provide links to them online, though, so I have instead provided links to the wonderful site with its digest of useful information that has been posted in these news groups. See also chess/gnu-faq,,

Grandmaster Square
GM Baburin's site features games, articles, recent pictures of GM events and other things. A bit unfocused, but worth a visit.

Just Chess
Includes a blog, puzzles, list of the top players (with photos and bios), and useful tips for young players.

Remember Solitaire Chess, where you would guess the next move for points? Here is the web version. Very nicely designed interface.

Hull Chess Club
This is one of the better club sites in the world, with lots of interesting links and materials.

Correspondence Chess
One of those sites where you have to scroll to the bottom of the page and read nearly illegible characters to find the links before you can get to the great content.

Russian Chess
Recent and archived Russian games are one of the best features of this site.

U.S. Chess Online
The home page of the USCF and Chess Life Magazine.

Wholesale Chess Store
A great site for buying teaching, club and tournament supplies.


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