The following chess sites are those I have
found to be the best and most useful on the web,
though I admit this is a subjective list. Specific-opening and beginner sites
are discussed elsewhere, so I have generally
focused on quality sites with interesting content.
I have listed them in very rough order from best
to less than best (IMHO), though all are worth
a visit for a variety of reasons.
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.
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.
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 too.
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
The best weekly newspaper column.
Home of over 2 million games in their Position
Search Database, and online chess chess too.
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
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
This site mostly promotes the excellent journal and yearbooks of the same
name but also features its own NIC
Chess Player by Georgi Orlov
An interesting site featuring articles, instruction, and opinion.
Previously Chess Assistant. A good variety of material, including downloadable
databases, analyzed games, and other instructional material.
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
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 the web.
Chess chat at the Google.com message board.
The searchable archives are of more value than
the current chat.
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, rec.games.chess.computer, rec.games.chess.misc.
GM Baburin's site features games, articles, recent pictures of GM events
and other things. A bit unfocused, but worth a visit.
Remember Solitaire Chess, where you would guess the next move for points?
Here is the web version. Very nicely designed interface.
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 content.
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 supplies.