Greater Peoria Chess Foundation

The Greater Peoria Chess Foundation is a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to encouraging chess in our community and school systems. Chess helps students to develop many life skills that will help them as they navigate with challenges that lay ahead.

Resources

This is a list of the free but useful chess resources online. Anything I should add? Thoughts?


News

  • Chessbase News up to date news site.

  • Russian Chess News. Big site for chess news. It's in Russian, but you can read articles by using the Google Chrome translate function.

  • This Week in Chess - TWIC - Current chess news, databases, live events, etc. Weekly Chess news roundups. Number One independent chess news site for decades.

  • Zwischenzug.org is a weekly computer generated news site that automatically accumulates chess news and information. This site was specifically created for the chess interests of GPCF students.

For Playing:

  • chess24.com is primarily a chess news site. Good video coverage of major international events. Premium members get the full benefit. Not extremely great for playing.

  • Internet Chess Club is the most popular playing site on the Internet. It also provides plenty of ways to learn and improve your chess.

  • lichess is an Open source, Ad-Free chess server that looks very very good. A ton of chess variants, a tactics trainer, opening trainer, and coordinate trainer. Free computer analysis on all games played, or games entered. Play blitz or standard games against members on the site. Play atomic, 3-check, horde, chess 960, King of the Hill, Antichess, or standard, live or correspondence. 100% free, no premium accounts to speak of. Best site for playing Internet chess at the club level by far, only downside is a smaller player pool.

The Basics:

  • Chess for Novices covers rules, how to play and basic checkmates, tactics & strategy. A good place to start.
  • Chess for Life is a successful web site built around starting & building chess clubs integrated into the school environment. Offers a curricula & tools for a school club. Guided by master Elliot Neff, it's another good place to start.
  • Chess Kid(s) is chess.com's kid's entry level program. Problems are mixed level of difficulty and not focused on topics to be taught. It also wants to force you to use a browser of their choosing and stops entry to older browser versions. Not recommended.

For Problems:

  • chesstempo.com - tactics or endgame problems, slightly better than the lichess.org or chess.com tactics trainer

Free Books:

  • Project Gutenberg - Free chess books and other topics. The original project to save literature online.

Articles:

  • Chessbase Articles covering chess events, news, etc, by top players.

  • Chess Motion - Norweigen Fide Master Epsen Forsa writes articles for free on his website. Fantastic for learning.

Live Tournament Coverage:

  • Chess24, while not really worth playing on, is the best site to watch tournaments of top players. Engine analysis of live games, occasional live coverage by a correspondent.

  • Chessbombis the bomb! Every single tournament using a DGT board is here, probably. Following a professional player? Use this to find tournaments they're in.

  • Chessdom - The same as above. More pleasing visuals.

Chess on YouTube:

Chess on Twitch:

  • Twitch Chess Directory Want to ask strong players questions as they play chess? Want to watch someone play chess live, with commentary? Twitch.tv is a service typically used by people who stream video games, but chess players have been using it to have "live shows" regarding chess. Use this link to find out who's streaming chess at any given moment. Favorite channels of mine:

  • National Master John Chernoffplays variants, blitz, and simultaneous exhibitions while giving comments. Just ask, and he'll go over one of your games and give tips - I've had at least two games analysed on stream by him; it was extremely helpful.

  • chess.com twitch channel, enjoy chess.com live events without annoying comments from chatters on chess.com

  • Internet Chess Club - Like watching top players, but don't want to pay 75$/year for ICC? This is the next best thing - watch live events from the Internet Chess Club.

Create an account on twitch.tv to get email notifications when your favorite streamers go live.

Games by Top Players:

  • Chess Games an Online chess database, nearly every top game ever played in an international tournament. Reading a chess book, and don't want to break out a board to look at game? You can most likely find it on this website. I found games that a random Scottish expert played in 2014 when I went on a search - if a game was submitted to a TD, or broadcasted somewhere, it's probably here.

Chess Playing & Database Software:

  • Chessbase Reader 2017 is a free version of Chessbase. Some options have been eliminated (can't save etc) but if you just want to view games in either PGN or Chessbase format, it works great.
  • SCID --> the original open source program - set a up a free chess database - analyze your own games, see percentage breakdowns of how effective your openings were, enter variations, analyze games with an engine. You can use this to look at databases of top players, look at openings, etc. Uses PGN files. Takes a little while to learn, though.
  • ChessX A fork of SCID, perhaps a little easier to use.

Discussion Forums:

  • USCF discussion forums, everything chess. including US Tournament rules and conditions.
  • Reddit's /r/chess Discussion board for chess, users post problems, games of their own to be analyzed, and current events.

  • Chess Pub - a chess discussion forum for ChessPublishing.com, an opening theory site.