Here is the section you all wanted to see! If you are a chess parent reading the previous section you now hate me because I gave you a bunch of boring words about chess, but you will now love me for this section because I’m giving you options and resources to use! If you are an aspiring chess player you might have read the last section and said “ok boring old guy who writes a lot, just tell me what I need to do to improve!”, well this section is for you!
The Chess Primer – Free Self-Learning Workbook by Chris Felix
Chess books, especially tactics books are extremely good for aspiring chess players to go through. They teach and train many important skills in a variety of areas. Here are some of the top books I recommend:
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
First chess book I ever read and a major impact on my playing ability. I recommend every beginning chess player go through this book. Note that the first few sections are easy and elementary, but it has some more advanced concepts near the end.
Chess Tactics for Champions
While more advanced than the above book, it’s a book all about learning and practicing different types of tactics. I use this as my primary tactics training resource for my intermediate students. Note that you can go through this book many times! Once you’ve done all of the puzzles and reviewed your answers, you can then flip to random sections/pages and solve the puzzles again!
Winning Chess For Kids by Jeff Coakley
Jeff Coakley has a series of books with puzzles, problems and teaching strategy. These are EXCELLENT books and I strongly recommend them for well-balanced chess study. Jeff makes things fun with unique types of chess problems and exercises. Perfect for self-study or a parent working with their child.
Silman’s Complete Endgame Course
This is a great book which focuses only on endgame study from beginner knowledge all the way up to national master. I use this as my primary source for endgame study for all of my students.
Online Tools and Websites
Internet Chess Club (ICC)
This website is an amazing website for playing chess and getting in valuable practice. Additionally there are many learning videos available with lectures by International Masters and Grandmasters. Additionally many chess coaches (myself included) give lessons (additional charge) over ICC using Skype for voice. 1 year membership is $69.95 USD, but juniors get double the time!
Another website that offers live playing over the internet, written articles by masters, learning videos by masters, unlimited chess tactics puzzles and more. It is also focused primarily at kids.
Car Games: Chess
Website offers tons of chess information and resources. Everything from history and rules to tactics and strategy.
Chess Tactics Server
This is an online tactics server that is free to sign-up and use! Solve unlimited number of tactics and strategy puzzles and get a tactics rating in the process which helps you track your improvement.
Another website that has many resources for chess improvement including solving chess puzzles online. It is free to sign-up for basic features, but a paid premium memberships is available.
Computer Training Guide to Chess
Website with tons of links and information on chess, including history, strategy, relationship to mathematics, etc.
Practice is extremely important! The Junior Chess Club meets at Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth from September until May and is an amazing spot to play chess. Don Bidgood, I and a few other strong players are there to help and guide aspiring chess players. This club is completely free!
You can also check out other places to play on our Chess Clubs page.
Coaches are a great way to improve under the focused guidance of other strong players. Check out a listing of local coaches on our Chess Coaches page. Additionally, many coaches are available through the Internet Chess Club. This is a great resource to guide chess players on a path to improvement and understanding of the game.