There are a variety of online learning tools and chess puzzles. Here are a few of our favorite software sites for improving your chess game anytime, anywhere.
Chess Master: The Art of LearningIf you cannot seem to find a way to get your child away from their iPad, then it might be a good time to try new tactics. This game will keep them busy for a long time, improve their chess skills, and you can feel better about getting them that hand-held system for their birthday! Link
Chess Master 10th EditionGreat learning at an extremely affordable price and tailored to different strengths, this program also analyzes your games to show you better moves. Courses and chess puzzles are provided for players of all levels by Grandmasters and International Masters like Josh Waitzkin. Link
Shredder ChessThe best way to learn and improve your chess on your computer. Solve our daily updated chess puzzles with three levels of difficulty. Link
Internet Chess ClubWhere many Grandmasters play online. This site offers online games with players all over the world, lessons, articles and puzzles. Highly recommended. Link
There are no shortages on books written about chess. Because there are so many out there, it can be very confusing to try and find one worth spending your money on. Here are some that Wizard Rob recommends to his students:
- How To Beat Your Dad At Chess, by Murray Chandler. A good book containing “fifty deadly checkmates” and some interesting attacking ideas.
- Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Fischer, Margulies, and Mosenfelder. Simple introduction to basic tactics and lots of checkmate practice!
- Chess Tactics For Champions by Susan Polgar. Excellent introduction to tactical themes, and of course lots and lots of good chess puzzles.
There are many other great books out there for kids and adults. A good idea to filter the bad ones from the good ones, and the good ones from the great ones, is to read the user reviews from sites like Amazon. If you are looking for more advanced books for your child, please email Wizard Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org for a recommendation according to the abilities of your child!