How to learn chess? You are passionate about this game and you want to increase your knowledge.
How to learn chess for free!
You don’t need to invest money to learn chess because there are A LOT of free sources out there to reach a good level, I would say around 2000-2100 ELO.
You can start by watching chess videos from the Saint Louis Chess Club where various GMs can explain chess in a simple and enjoyable way. You can find videos on different topics: openings, middlegame strategies, endgames, mating patterns, etc.. At a first glance, you can find these videos boring but actually if you have started to play the game and you want improve, you become really interested in learning all the different aspects of the game.
The first step you should take to improve your chess is to search for a “beginner” video and understand all the tactics such as fork, pin, check, etc.. , the different types of checkmates (Anastasia, Smothered, Morphy, etc..) and how the game is divided into opening, middlegame and endgame.
Once you understood these first topics, you should spend time on understanding the endgame as this is the most important part of a chess game. Once you saw one of the videos on endgame, you can go the section of this website dedicated to endgames and practice there (click here).
You can also follow Agadmator’s channel on Youtube where you can find all the most important chess games analyzed in a simple and enjoyable way. In each video, Antonio Radic (the real name of the owner of the channel) shows the entire game and highlights different lines of the strongest (or weakest) moves played. During each video there are also moments in which the viewer is asked to pause the video and find the best move.
In addition, the channel covers the matches played by the great champions like Fischer, Morphy, Capablanca so you can truly understand different chess styles and how the chess was played in the past decades.
Then, you can also watch the tournaments live and a good streaming platform for this event is Chess24. They stream the tournaments where GMs play and provide high-level commentary with strong GMs like Peter Leko and Peter Svidler. In the beginning, you may find quite hard to follow the commentary but once you understand the basics of the game you can learn a lot, such as why a certain move of the game was played in that moment. This is possible because Grandmasters have the ability to look at chess positions and talk about them in detail. You can find all the tournaments here.
From my part, I will be posting on this website some of my best chess games and provide analysis with the engine: I am not a master but you can understand how the game is played and how I made certain mistakes or blunders 🙂 thanks to the engine analysis.
We have a channel called “Chessgratis.com” where you can find videos of my games, interviews of the great champions (Carlsen, Kasparov, Karpov, etc..) and everything related to chess that is cool to watch!
Eventually, you can have a look at the greatest games that we have been collected on this website: these are our favourite games and maybe you cannot find everything you would like, however, our goal is to build a complete database with all the best games (click here to go to the section )
What you wanna do now?
Below you can find my analysis and our collection of the best chess games!
- The smooth game
- Chess analysis #9: never resign and find the brilliancy!
- Chess slaughtering
- Festival of tactics
- The Magnus Effect
- Sacrificing the queen casually!
- Chess analysis #8: punishing mistakes like an engine!
- Morphy’s Immortal Game
- The Immortal Sacrifice game
- A game or a puzzle?
- Castling is important!
- Prime Fischer
- The Immortal Zugzwang
- Chess analysis #7: rook endgame trap!
- Great double bishop sac!
- Perfect positional queen sac!
- Nakamura Style!
- Chess analysis #6: checkmate by promoting to a knight!
- Zukertort’s Immortal
- Smyslov’s Immortal
- Tricks for KIDs, good lord!
- 2 players on a knife edge
- Greatest queen sacrifice of 2020
- Best defense Euwe
- The Evergreen Game
- The rise of Chinese chess
- 2021 begins with a queen sac!
- Karpov’s Immortal
- Tal’s Immortal
- Master of the Endgame
- The Battle of Hastings
- Queen sac? No problem, I need only 1 pawn
- Chess analysis #5: keep calm and bishop pair!
- The Opera Game
- The Brisbane Bombshell
- The Gold Coin Game
- Rubinstein’s Immortal
- Nezhmetdinov’s Immortal
- How to destroy the kingside
- Anand’s Immortal
- The GOAT chess move?
- Chess analysis #4: INSANE attacking festival!
- Kasparov’s Immortal!
- Anand laughs at the Scandinavian too!
- The “Windmill” Game of the Century!
- What a King March!
- Supreme positional understanding!