Instructional Chess Links
The resources on this page will help you learn more
so you can get more out of chess -- including The
Basics, General Instruction, Scholastic
Chess and Annotated Games.
In many places, the materials will be as useful to
coaches as to students.
Is Fun by Jon Edwards
A comprehensive introduction to chess, covering the moves of the pieces,
the openings, the middlegame, and the ending. Excellent.
A great site for those starting out, with everything you need.
Offers some good instructive articles on some basic issues like chess notation.
Features short online movies to show how the pieces move. Slow to download
on a modem, but a great idea.
A useful reference for those new to the game, offering links or brief definitions
to common or obscure chess terminology.
of Chess from Chess Variants
A very nicely designed page explaining the basic rules of the game.
Tutorials for beginning and intermediate players. The advanced site was not
ready when I visited.
Instructor by Mark Dvoretsky
A wonderful series of articles at Chess Cafe. You can also download
previous articles or see them at the Chess
on Improving Your Game by GM Jon Levitt
One of the most complete and well designed instructional sites.
Many tutorials here, from basic to intermediate, with some good opening coverage.
These coaching pages offer great advice to young and beginning players.
John Coffey's chess pages.
From the Euwe Chess Academy of India. The site features several Online Lectures
and Sample Lessons that are really worth checking out.
Lessons from Beginner to Master
More from the Logical Chess site.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced chess theory with good diagrams and
A good collection of tutorials and links for learners.
Scroll down for the lessons section.
Home page of the NM, writer, and chess coach.
Great site for club players with both free and paid chess lessons and other
See the section on Chess Training especially.
A light commercial site with a beginner focus features puzzles, tutorials,
A text-based site that explains the game to beginners and offers a chance
to philosophize about what chess is all about.
Tips for the Lazy and Stupid
Tips on the opening, the middlegame and ending.
Alexander Khalifman's coaching site.
A growing site devoted to a wide range of players, with good tutorials for
Scholastic Chess Links
For chess coaches or teachers who want to make the case that chess is good
Like the entry above, this article offers authoritative support for the benefits
of scholastic chess.
64 Square Jungle by ChessDad64
A wonderful blog by a committed "chess dad" designed to promote
chess among kids and their parents in Illinois and focused on the Chicago-area
scholastic chess scene. Well written and interesting.
in the Schools
A model program of academic-based chess instruction.
Chess, "An Inquisitive Mind" by
The first in what promises to be a new series at ChessCafe devoted to Scholastic
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.
A fun site with lots of kid-friendly graphics.
A fun site with a newsletter and other features.
Chess for Juniors
Robert Snyder's chess pages, intended to promote his instructional services.
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
Chess FAQs, Chess
for Parents, Chess
J. Duif Calvin's FAQs pages
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.
Beginners and Improving Your Play
The USCFs page for those new to the game offers some useful information and
Games and Analysis
Chess Games for Beginners by Douglass and
Some very instructive games here.
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.
Chess in Every Move
Several games with annotations for every move.
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.
Play through games by taking on the challenge of guessing the best move.
An interactive online chess quiz.
Solutions - Free Manuals
Two free e-books to download.