Top 10 Best Sites to Play Chess Online for Free
Playing chess site. Photo: Chess.com

There's no better way to improve at chess than to play lots and lots of games. Unfortunately, we don't have an online play feature here at Chess Strategy Online, but there are plenty of servers out there where you can find opponents of all levels, day and night. Here on this page are links to the best of them.

Chess.com - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

With over 28 million members, chess.com is the internet's biggest online chess community. You can play both live chess at various time controls, or correspondence-style games with days per move. Basic membership is free, but premium users gain access to extra training features, videos, and statistics, according to Chessstrategyonline.

DroidFish - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

DroidFish is another basic no-nonsense chess game. The features aren’t new but you get to choose from different themes and chess engines. The game gives you control over subtle aspects like a vibrate or sound alert for when your AI opponent plays its move.

Further complimenting its simplicity is the fact that the application is completely free and without any ads.

Chess24 - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

Top 10 Best Sites to Play Chess Online for Free
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Founded in 2014, chess24 has rapidly become one of the top chess playing and learning sites on the net. Basic membership is free, but a premium upgrade allows full access to a wealth of training material such as video series and ebooks. Premium members also have the opprtunity to challenge titled players during a live stream.

Play Magnus - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

Play Magnus is a 2D Chess game with personality. Your opponent here will be Grand Master Magnus Carlsen, and you can choose to play against 5-years old to 27 years old Magnus. The chess engine has been fed every single game Magnus has played and the AI opens with the same opening moves Magnus has used through different ages.

If you don’t give a damn about Magnus, the game has a beautiful and clean interface and uses modern colors. There are also things like “Brain Power” boost and Magnometer that lets you see through Magnus’ poker face. The app also includes training videos and tournament option, as reported by Smartprix.

Lichess - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

Lichess is notable for being a free and open source online chess server. You can even embed it in your own website. It provides a variety of online play modes, as well as training features, and the competition is decent. Although it lacks the training content of chess24 and chess.com, Lichess has a slick and fast interface and round the clock tournaments.

Internet Chess Club (ICC) - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

Top 10 Best Sites to Play Chess Online for Free
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ICC was, for a long time, the premier chess playing site. If you wanted to play against International Masters and Grandmasters, ICC was by far the best choice. However, in recent years it has been overtaken by rivals such as chess.com and lichess. Membership is not free, but there is a one month free trial period.

Chess Tactics Pro - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

If you are looking for a chess app that lets you exercise your brain and learn new tactics, the Chess Tactics Pro is what you must try. The app has a clean interface and lets you solve simple and complex chess problems (Easy, Medium, Hard).

Real Chess 3D - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

Top 10 Best Sites to Play Chess Online for Free
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Real Chess 3d by EivaaGames is one of the best 3D Chess games on Play store. It looks like a real board and you can Zoom-in, Zoom out or even rotate the board 360 before you settle at an angle that works for you.

Tranquil music plays in the background but you can always turn it off. And you can also switch to 2D mode anytime. If you like an experience akin to playing chess in real, this app is the one you should try.

Playchess.com - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

Playchess.com is run by ChessBase, the makers of the most popular chess database software. There are fewer strong players than on ICC, but the site is fully integrated with the ChessBase software and other ChessBase programs such as Fritz.

Battle Chess 3D - Top 10 websites to Play Chess Online for Free

Battle Chess 3D is a little dramatic Hogwarts-style chess board. The pieces are real men and they walk across the board when you play a move. You can opt for 3D or 2D view and maneuver chess pieces using touch or Joystick controls.

Above is a list of 10 sites to play chess games for free that KnowInsiders wants to introduce to you. If you have any further recommendations, add them to the comment section below, and don't forget to like, share, and follow KnowInsiders for more interesting news!
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