Five Places or Websites to Learn Chess Online
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Generally speaking, most chess sites offer a balanced variety of resources for playing chess and learning how the game works. They also offer options for playing casual ranked matches as well as tournament play.
The sites are also great for analyzing games and watching live streams of pros playing in global tournaments, and most are compatible with tons of languages as chess is an internationally-beloved game.
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Chess.com is one of the most popular online chess communities in the world right now. The website lets you play against a human player, a computer, and even walks you through the basics if you’re just getting started. If you’re looking to pit your skills against a human player of a similar level, Chess.com is probably the best place to find a good match. The site has lots of video tutorials to help you improve your game too. The free tier is ad-supported, but if you are willing to pay Rs. 265 per month, you get access to 10 lessons per day, unlimited tactics, and computer analysis of your moves, as cited by Gadgets360.
It’s an open-source server, so there are no ads or premium paywalls, and you can access the site online or via its iOS and Android apps. You can play games against a friend or AI, or choose to participate in Swiss tournaments, daily or monthly Arena tournaments, or Simultaneous exhibitions. If you’re a beginner, you can jump in with Lichess’ Chess Basics feature, try your hand at a variety of puzzles, practice and study, or even hire an expert chess coach.
In addition to standard games, Lichess also allows for variant game types like Crazyhouse, Chess960, Kling of the Hill, Three-check, Antichess, Atomic, Horde, and Racing Kings, and you can set your own parameters for increments and minute per side. The site has integration with Twitch, so you can watch chess players from around the world stream without leaving the site. You can also review historic games in the site’s library, or browse the community forum to look for information about the site or game, according to ReviewGeek.
Although the site’s home page makes it seem like it’s focused on tournaments, chess24 (free with premium options) actually has fantastic tools for training as well. There’s a tab for watching live tournaments and other events in between games, or you can find something to buy from the site’s merch shop.
New players have plenty of options for learning, like chess24’s lovely chess courses, video series (with lessons from top players), ebooks, tactics trainer, and move database and analysis. Chess24’s Playzone makes it easy to play a game, with options for playing ranked opponents with varying time controls, or in a tournament. There is a player leaderboard that stays regularly updated, and a tactics trainer that’s available on both the web and the iOS app.
To access some of these features, however, you’ll need to upgrade to one of the premium plans, which range from $9.90-$14.99 per month. Upgrading gets you full access to everything on the site, like ebooks and videos, tactics training, game analysis, live premium training from experienced coaches, and more.
Chessable is relatively new to the world of online chess, but it has a couple of features that separate it from the crowd. Unlike other sites in this list, Chessable focuses only on teaching chess. It uses a few innovative methods to ensure that you improve your game, such as teaching via repetition. If you are taught a few good moves and you practice them over and over, you’re more likely to remember those. The free version of the site has significant resources even for experienced players. You can download free chess books on the site, and practice tactics, opening game, or end game. The paid version isn’t cheap at $10 (around Rs. 650) per month, but it has one feature that you might value a lot — the ability to figure out moves that trouble you the most, and to practice them more than others.
Flash Chess III
This requires Adobe Flash to play but it has a nice interface and the website plays a good game against you with three levels of difficulty. You use your mouse to move your pieces around the board and there's a time limit.