Online Games and Tactics
Sites useful for learning to play or improving your chess. Some are entirely free, others are free at beginner levels.
ChessKid (interactive lessons! Ideal for young kids.)
Chess Strategy Online (new, growing website)
Chess24.com (Learn chess with GM Viswanathan Anand )
- Chess Fundamentals – YouTube videos [John Bartholomew]
- Instructional YouTube videos – Beginner to expert [Robert Ramirez]
- From Beginner to Chess expert in 12 steps [a guide for improvement]
- Lichess: Learn & practice [tactics and mating patterns]
- Chess Strategy Online [new, growing website – free source of tutorials and books]
- Chess.com – Lessons (Beginners to advanced)
- Exeter Chess Club [free source of tutorial materials for all levels]
- St Louis Chess Club [youtube instructional videos ]
- Chess Fundamentals [youtube videos – middle game strategies]
- Ideas behind Chess Openings [youtube instructional videos]
There are literally thousands of chess books. New books are published on a regular basis. These days, online books are also available. It’s not possible to make recommendations which suit everyone. The following lists may help you decide what’s best for you.
For teens & adults:
See our Links page for booksellers.