Chess For Dummies
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Many great chess websites are available today, providing all kinds of information and learning opportunities. For example, most member nations of the International Chess Federation, or Fédération Internationale des Échecs (also known as FIDE, pronounced FEE day), offer their own sites.

Here are some sites you might be interested in:

Some of the most important chess information you can get online is about other chess players. All three of the above sites give you the contact information for every official club in each nation. US Chess alone has hundreds of community and school clubs across America. These are the perfect places for you to go to get involved with chess in your area.

Playing games and going over them afterward with other club members is a great learning experience. And the best part of chess is still social. Despite the wonderful resources online, playing other people face-to-face remains the most fun!

More chess news, information and instruction

In addition to connecting you to other chess players, many sites give you a lot of information about chess. Below, are some popular sites. Like most developed chess websites, they offer you lots of good books and equipment to buy. But they also give lots of information away for free — including essays on how to improve your game and reports on the latest chess events around the world.
  • Chess News — A digital publication of ChessBase, providing the latest and greatest in chess current events. ChessBase is primarily known as a provider of top chess software, and it has programs specifically designed to teach chess to kids, such as Chesster.
  • Chessdom — Another site that does a good job covering current chess events.
  • Jeremy Silman's website — This is primarily dedicated to chess book reviews. If you are thinking about buying a chess book, this is a good place to do preliminary research.
  • Chess Life Magazine online: This is a digital publication of the US Chess Federation. It covers the latest U.S. chess events in an entertaining fashion.
  • — As a premium service, provides a comprehensive library of instructional videos and a child-safe site, ChessKid, offering appropriate lessons, videos, and tactical quizzes.
  • — For chess videos and book reviews.
  • ChessUSA — Also for chess videos and book reviews.
  • Chessopolis — For free chess instruction, as well as extensive links to chess tutorials and lessons.

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James Eade became a US Chess Federation Chess Master in 1981. International organizations awarded him the master title in 1990 (for correspondence) and in 1993 (for regular tournament play). Today, he writes about and teaches chess.

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