I'm interested in teaching online chess lessons to my students. But I haven't found any software plaftorm for this purpose. Are there any one? I don't mind if it's commercial or open-source.

  • Skype + a FICS gui like Babaschess? Just opening up a board to examine on the server and have your students observe you may work well for the intended purpose. I don't know of a specific software platform for this particular type of purpose. You will probably have to pick and mix a few different applications.
    – Scounged
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 22:21

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There are several ways to teach online chess for free.

1. Skype + Chessbase. An old version of Chessbase Reader can be downloaded for free (just google "free download Chessbase"). This program will have everything you need to play, analyze, and save games, along with many other options. With this program, you can use the "share screens" option on skype, where you have the chessbase program open, and your student can see the board on his screen. You can then proceed with the lesson via voice call. This is all 100% free.

2. Skype + Online Analysis Board. Some websites, particularly chess.com and ICC, have ways for two users to share a board, meaning that both can use the board. For example, on ICC (requires membership), you two can share a board, and make a call, and have the lesson.

These are just two ways, and the first should suffice completely.

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