A very wide-ranging site with tons of content -- some
deeply buried but all great.
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
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.
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.
The Internet Chess Club
A great place to play and home to Chess.fm.
The Week in Chess
You want the latest chess news and games? Look no
further. Excellent archives of relatively recent games
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.
Washington Post Chess Column by Lubomir Kavalek
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.
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 About.com 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?
This site mostly promotes the excellent journal and
yearbooks of the same name but also features its own
Chess Player by Georgi Orlov
An interesting site featuring articles, instruction,
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.
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.
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.
Billed as the first daily chess newspaper. By subscription,
but you can check out some sample issues and some
free content here.
The site of the Informator series of chess publications,
with some online content.
A weekly column with game to play on the web.
Scotsman, by John Henderson
No longer updated, but worth a visit for those who
like sifting through archives.
A great place to get serious about chess history,
this site features some of the best articles about
the royal game's fascinating past.
Talk Message Board
Perhaps a bit too Canadian-focused, but still worth
a visit. A good place to go to chat about chess on
Chess chat at the Google.com message board. The
searchable archives are of more value than the current
There are several newsgroups besides rec.games.chess
(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 faqs.org site with its digest of useful
information that has been posted in these news groups.
See also chess/gnu-faq,
GM Baburin's site features games, articles, recent
pictures of GM events and other things. A bit unfocused,
but worth a visit.
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.
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
Recent and archived Russian games are one of the best
features of this site.
The home page of the USCF and Chess Life Magazine.
A great site for buying teaching, club and tournament