Resources for Improving at Chess using Online Materials.
Many parents and students ask me about good resources for chess practice and self learning. Of course we can be quite overloaded by so many choices and options so I thought I would compile a list of some of my favorite training options.
Endgames Studies are the poetry of chess and some would say a (legal) steroid. It is no mistake that when Bobby Fischer's trove of books was discovered there was a prominent collection of endgame study texts. This web resource is jam packed and very comprehensive. I would suggest learning some names of the famous endgame composers and then search by name; try starting with Prokes. Suggested Rating 1800+
Studying chess tactics is an essential for chess improvement. Of course chess.com offers an excellent tactic trainer program, but some may prefer a more workbook style of learning. Dejascacchi is an excellent collection of tactics from chess history as well as having a great archive of King and Pawn and Rook endings. These are perfect for printing off when you want to study without a screen. Suggested Rating 1400+
Elometer is a fun chess test that will give you an approximate idea of your skill level (a bit on the high side in my opinion). This test is also a good thing to review with a coach looking over your shoulder as it is comprehensive and may show some blind spots in your game.
Suggested Rating 1000+
Lichess is one of the best servers for playing and learning out there. It has a smooth playing interface and many fun chess varients (crazy house anyone?). Suggested Rating 500+
An odd but fun challenge created by Grandmaster Rashid Ziatdinov. You click a square and then you have to click the new piece that appears on the board. It sounds simple right ? Well I know of no human that can get a perfect score! Suggested Rating UNR+
I hope that you enjoy and learn from these chess resources! While you are at it check out my website www.OhioChessAcademy.com where student's of the game are always welcome to join.
Until next time,