I'm aware of several excellent youtube channels that are free and provide some great insight into the game, such as:

What are a few other good resources (free only please!) that a new player can find and how can I use them effectively to improve?

  • Hi Mog, I closed this question because right now it's very subjective - it's more or less asking for a list of available free learning sites/resources. For more information you can also check the StackExchange blog.
    – Andrew
    Commented Sep 9, 2012 at 18:31
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    Well I totally agree with you, it's asking for a list of available free learning sites/resources. Though, I can't understand how that'd be subjective. Free is not subjective, and whether or not one can learn from a resource shouldn't be either.
    – Mog
    Commented Sep 9, 2012 at 18:32
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    Fair enough! Sad though, would have been interesting for lots of people.
    – Mog
    Commented Sep 9, 2012 at 18:38
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    I reworded the question slightly in order to reopen it. Questions that solicit just links are less good, so hopefully now answers will be lengthier.
    – Andrew
    Commented Sep 9, 2012 at 19:22
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    Thanks a lot for taking the time to turn this into a nice question!
    – Mog
    Commented Sep 9, 2012 at 22:24

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Here are some sites that I have found to be of great value:

chessopenings.com - NM Dereque Kelley explains openings very well.

The Chess Website - Excellent videos.

ChessVideos.tv - An abundant resource of top notch videos.

Exeter Chess Club coaching section - Excellent articles

ChessCafe columns (especially Dan Heisman's Novice Nook columns and Mark Dvoretsky's Instructor columns) - I can't recommend Dan Heisman enough, his videos on ICC (not free) are excellent. Note: since the demise of the ChessCafe site these links point to the archive.org saved version.

50 Chess Games for Beginners - I stumbled upon this. Looks helpful, especially since the games are annotated.

Chess Visualization Training - Improve your visualization.

  • Exeter Chess Club's pages are a fun read, although some of the content is fairly 'old' and no longer withstand today's engine scrutiny.
    – prusswan
    Commented Sep 17, 2012 at 4:22
  • @xaisoft: Great additions! Unfortunately, ChessCafe is now fee-based. They will give you access to all of the PDF archives of articles, including Dan Heisman's Novice Nook, for a donation of $25 to their educational fund. As a result of the new member login requirement, the link you included no longer hits the right landing page; it generates a 404 Page Not Found error instead.
    – jaxter
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 13:07

A bit of self-promotion, I put together this PDF:

A solid understanding of pawn structures and their corresponding plans will improve your game by leaps and bounds, because books rarely do a good job of explaining this powerful area of chess knowledge so it will probably be mostly new information. Hope you find it useful! :)

  • Very nice, I have Soltis's book, but haven't read it all the way through yet, since I keep putting it aside for other books that I think are more my level. I think it's still a bit advanced for me. When I do read it, your pdf will make a great companion/supplement. Thank you. Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 3:00

I notice (unless I missed it) that no one has mentioned Daniel King's youtube channel Power Play Chess. You can subscribe for free. I enjoy his "what happens next?" series, where he plays through a grandmaster game, stops at a crucial moment, and asks the viewer to pick the correct continuation from two possibilities. The viewer then clicks one of two links to find out if they are correct.

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    didn't know about it. Seems like it is a great channel, thanks :)
    – Mog
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 5:16
  • Just to clarify after almost one year: DK's channel proved to be amazing during this last year. I think I even prefer it to ChessNetwork (which is crazy considering how much I like ChessNetwork). The analysis is of really good quality and DK has a visible passion for the game that is very nice indeed (this last sentence was an hommage, it's an expression he uses a lot :D).
    – Mog
    Commented May 2, 2014 at 12:29

There is an absolutely PHENOMENAL book on tactics, oriented towards beginners, available for free on the web. It's called "Predator at the Chessboard", by Ward Farnsworth, and you can find it at http://www.chesstactics.org/

The depth of coverage is good for even intermediates. But he really takes time to explain the tactics in English, which makes it very understandable to beginners.

  • This has been a really useful book to me as a beginner. The book breaks down a bunch of ways that you can attack pieces and come out with an advantage. Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 19:30

I've found Mark Weeks' Chess for All Ages to be an excellent, free resource. There is a lot of advice for beginners and intermediate players alike on topics such as

  • Building an opening repertoire
  • Tactics and positional ideas for the middlegame
  • Explanations of basic endgames

There are also a dozen or so annotated "classic" games, where every move is explained in depth. I found this to be especially useful because I often missed the point of quiet moves.

Some of the material is quite dated and a few of the links are dead, but don't let that put you off - the overall quality of the articles is excellent.

  • Please provide some explanation and context, see the message under the question. Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 9:25
  • @DagOskarMadsen Done :)
    – Ralph
    Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 10:44

Chess Strategy Online - A new site with free tutorials for beginners and novices.


one best game one can download through torrent that is "KASPAROV CHESSMATE" there are such many examples to solve with kit ta have many ideas.

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    I know you're talking about obtaining Kasparov Chessmate for free, but is that software actually intended to be free?
    – ETD
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 1:15
  • It seems like there is a free version (limited) and that it's not even possible anymore to buy the full version, since its developper doesn't maintain the necessary infrastructure for that.
    – Mog
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 15:01
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    @Mog, I see; thanks. Dhaiwat, could you give some more detail about the useful features of Kasparov Chessmate? That will make your answer more helpful to other users.
    – ETD
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 19:11
  • yap.. definitely... you can have certain examples of master minds as Garry Kasparow, Vishvanath anand and many more. Except this you can play this this game through LAN on internet via cable. It also provides to save your game which can be played at locally and with your mate to have a look on that game future. Commented Sep 11, 2012 at 9:07

I think the best of the Learning material is Chessgames.com . There you have a Tool called Guess the move . This allows you to make a move and then gives a Score to your move . Often it is best to be at par with GM thinking lines .

link below


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