A (Down) Load of Information: General Chess Websites

By James Eade

Many great websites are available to give you general information on chess. For example, most member-nations of the World Chess Federation (also known as FIDE, its French acronym) offer websites. Because you’re reading this in English, here are three sites you may be interested in (for national websites, check out World Chess Federation):

Some of the most important chess information you can get from your computer is about other humans. All three of the preceding 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!

In addition to connecting you to other chess players, many sites give you a lot of information about chess. The following are a few of of my favorites. Like most developed chess websites, they offer you lots of good books and equipment to buy. But they 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.

  • Although primarily known as a producer of top chess software, Chess News provides the latest and greatest in chess current events.
  • Another site that does a good job covering current chess events can be found at Chessdom.
  • Jeremy Silman’s website 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 Online: Head to US Chess’s website, scroll down a bit and click US Chess News. This online magazine, edited by former U.S. women’s champ Jennifer Shahade, must be singled out. It covers the latest U.S. chess events in an entertaining fashion.