As the title says, is there a site that provides (legal) online access to free chess books?

  • If you had said illegal I could have offered you a really good one lol – user2137 Oct 3 '15 at 16:33
  • @BU982T Illegal is fine, please comment. – 4444 Oct 5 '15 at 3:24

Open Chess Books is a site that aims to “republish classic chess books, with all diagrams transformed in animated boards, and release them for free.”

They only have two books at the moment (Modern Ideas in Chess and Chess Fundamentals), but it's a great resource so far.

Predator at the Chessboard by Ward Farnsworth is a great primer on chess tactics that's available to read for free online or purchase in print form.

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  • Is there a possibility for downloading them as an application? – MikhailTal Aug 31 '14 at 13:10
  • Or as another digital format? – MikhailTal Aug 31 '14 at 13:38
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    Chess Fundamentals is available as a free interactive download in the e+Chess Books app for iOS. I'm not aware of an alternative app version of Modern Ideas. – Nick Aug 31 '14 at 18:20
  • Is this actually legal to do this? I thought that I would have problems if I will just take someone's book, retype it and put online for free. – Salvador Dali Sep 1 '14 at 7:47
  • Their copyright time has ended, at least in the European Union. Their work is public domain, at least for those two books. Most modern books won't be available for the next 100 years. – MikhailTal Sep 1 '14 at 7:58

The Internet Archive is probably the largest repository of free ebooks. Project Gutenberg has old classics by Staunton, Bird, Ed Lasker and Capablanca.

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