What are the best resources for learning to play chess?

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    #1Fritz 15

    Fritz 15
    Fritz is probably the world's most popular chess program. Offers training features and management and analysis options with access to playchess.com and a database with 2 million games.
    Software

    Windows

    $69.95

    Philip Chapman
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Fritz 15 is a great chess playing program, probably one of the best. As far as learning chess, it's not nearly as good. There are many better websites that will offer you an easier, more insightful way to up your game."
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    #2Simply Chess

    Simply Chess
    If you are a chess enthusiast or someone who just likes to play a game now and again, this is what you've been looking for. You can play locally against the computer or/and online.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Sun Su
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "Simply Chess really lives up to its name; it's all about Chess. And that's what I wanted. I'm pretty new to Chess, having only played it here and there, but I wanted to play more and get better. The cool thing is that the AI can be set to newb-level (like I am) all the way to Grand Master, and I can play against real players too! I really liked that there were multiple graphics settings too, from simple 2d to pretty nice looking 3d. This let me focus on the matches more, or soak in some eye candy if I wanted to. Overall, I found this to be a great package to learn the game in."
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    #3ChessBase 13 Academy

    ChessBase 13 Academy
    Chessbase Academy is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the standard throughout the world. ChessBase in not a chess video game. It is an educational tool designed for serious chess players for training and preparation purposes.
    Games

    Windows

    $149.99

    Christian Hicks
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "ChessBase 13 Academy is an incredibly popular tool for learning how to excel in chess. It isn't really intended for casual players and goes deep into the strategy of chess. For many that would be a pro, though some may consider it a con."

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    #43 Basic Opening Strategy Principles (Chess)

    3 Basic Opening Strategy Principles (Chess)
    On this chess video, from Howcast YouTube Channel, Rebecca Taxmen talks about the three principles to help you to create a strong and confident opening strategies for this game.
    Videos

    Free

    Roy Spencer
    Written on April 26, 2017
    "This Youtube channel is great for learning how to play chess. In the very first video I watched, I was able to learn how to play chess better than I could have hoped. I learned about how the middle of the board is control. I have played chess very few times in my life, but I did not have the slightest clue that the center of the board was the main control. I think this resource is one of the best for beginners and advanced players."
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    #5PowerPlayChess Channel

    PowerPlayChess Channel
    Grandmaster Daniel King shares his expertise and passion for the game of chess. On his YouTube channel, you can find tournament reports, interviews, classical games and much more.
    Videos

    Free

    Harini Trivedi
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "I learned to play chess when I was growing up, but I never really learned to play chess. I recently started playing more seriously and realized there was so much information and strategy available. I started with the youtube channel for Grandmaster Daniel King and I learned so much. My gameplay has definitely improved and I feel more confident in my skills overall!"
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    #6ChessNetwork Channel

    ChessNetwork Channel
    On this channel, created by the National Master in chess out of Pennsylvania, USA, you can find numerous content related to chess, from tricks to tournaments commented on.
    Videos

    Free

    Marie Barrett
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "My husband loves to rub it in my face that he can obliterate me every time we play chess. So, I looked online trying to find something that would help me learn to play better. That's when I found ChessNetwork Channel on Youtube. It's an amazing resource. The video's are easy to follow and had me playing much better very quickly. The next game I played with my husband, I won! His surprised face was priceless."
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    #7Chess: From Beginner to Club

    Chess: From Beginner to Club

    Chess: From Beginner to Club is an app that contains a complete teaching program and introduces you to the rules and laws of chess. This also helps you improve your chess knowledge, consolidate the acquired knowledge into practice, and more.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Russell Stanley
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "I always knew how the pieces moved and the goal of chess but if people wanted to play I always declined because even though I knew the rules I didn't understand the strategy. This app is quickly helping to change that. I've actually learned a lot in this free version and now I'm ready to start playing other chess fans because now I'm starting to understand the real way to actually play the game."
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    #8Chess Tactic Trainer

    Chess Tactic Trainer
    Chess Tactic Trainer is a chess simulator for Android smartphone. From casual to professional, improve your skills and learn with more than 20.000 tactics problems provided to be solved.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jane Jackson
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "My son didn't have enough confidence to join the chess club at school and I didn't have much time to teach him how to play. This training app will help him gain the confidence and skills he needs. Since it's portable, he can use it even when he's on the go."
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    #9Learn to Play Chess for Kids

    Learn to Play Chess for Kids
    ChessKid.com is the first site for kids who love chess (and their parents & coaches too) Learn everything from the basic rules to advanced strategies, play & have fun on a site that puts safety first. (Contains Mobile App).
    Websites

    Free

    Antonio Balderas
    Written on March 11, 2017
    "I always wanted to learn to play chess. I came across this tutorial and while it is well written it just doesn't go in-depth enough for me. Probably because it's a tutorial made for kids. I'm going to have to look elsewhere for a tutorial. "
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    #10Chesscademy

    Chesscademy
    Chesscademy makes learning chess fun and easy. With a wide range of instructive online lessons and thousands of tactical puzzles, users of all levels can learn from a personalized curriculum that's tailored to their strengths and weaknesses.
    Websites

    Free

    Jaime Marín
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "My father was a chess master, and though I learned the game I was never really good at it. Now that I'm older I want to give chess another try. Chessacademy is an online resource with videos and instructional material that helps me get better at chess. Who knows? Maybe I'll be my father next time we play. "
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    #11Chess

    Chess
    Chess.com is a free online website where you can play chess. It allows you to play against other users, learn new techniques, improve your gaming or train with chess masters.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Vincent Perkins
    Written on March 29, 2017
    "Chess has always been a big unknown for me. I knew the basic moves and I knew the general rules, but I was looking for a place that would up my level of playing and understanding of the game. This resource provided a great place for me to learn the game at my own pace. Not only did it give me a solid foundation for learning the game, but it also provided great links to resources that helped me appreciate the love of the game."
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    #12playchess.com

    playchess.com
    Play chess online every day at playchess.com against other 20,000 players. From beginners to Grandmasters, log on to learn and play from all over the world.
    Websites

    Free

    Shreya Singhal
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "Playchess.com is a good resource for learning and sharpening your chess skills. As a beginner it wasn't that bad. There's a training section and it's fun to play against other players. "
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    #13LearningChess

    LearningChess
    LearningChess provides a comprehensive and thorough learning experience for anyone looking to get better at chess. With free courses, and teachers demonstrations you can improve your skills playing against AI in different levels.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Andrea Williamson
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "For anyone looking to learn to play Chess in a more serious light, I would definitely check this out. I have always enjoyed playing Chess, but have never really been too great at it, nor have I really understood some of the aspects. LearningChess is a free app that uses a school based-style curriculum with learning how to play. There is the ability to purchase in-app content for more lessons and challenges!"
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    #14Gameknot

    Gameknot
    Gameknot is a free online chess website where you can play different types of chess games. you can play several games at once, compete against online players, solve chess puzzles, play chess leagues and many other features.
    Websites

    Free

    Jeffrey Salazar
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "There isn't really so much here about learning the game and improving yourself except for one obvious thing - the chance to play it with a pretty large community. Some features like the match annotation can definitely up your game too. But if you're looking for tutorials and such, this isn't the best place."
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    #15Cheescube

    Cheescube
    Chesscube is an online browser chess site where you can play online with millions of subscribers from around the world. You can also learn through video tutorials to improve your tactics and play in tournaments.
    Websites

    Free

    Raymond Hunt
    Written on October 15, 2017
    "I really want to learn how to play chess but found this platform clunky, overall. Further, I was a lot more difficult to find people at my skill level to play with than the site suggests. I wound up looking for another solution and would advise the same."
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    #16Freechess

    Freechess
    Freechess is one of the oldest online chess web servers. It has 300.000 registered players that you can play with. The website has other resources like video tutorials, chess quizzes and allows you to play different games, like casual games, online tournaments, leagues... 
    Websites

    Free

    Jacqueline Cooper
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "I love this free website! It offers me many resources and even gives me the ability to download a graphical interface and I am able to play in online tournaments. I also have the ability to have a teaching ladder where I can download my games and have experts annotate on them. This site is definitely going to help me take my chess playing to a whole new level!"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning to play chess
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Fritz 15Software 23 Paid
2Simply ChessGames 21 Free
3ChessBase 13 AcademyGames 19 Paid
43 Basic Opening Strategy Principles (Chess)Videos 17 Free
5PowerPlayChess ChannelVideos 15 Free
6ChessNetwork ChannelVideos 13 Free
7Chess: From Beginner to ClubApps 7 Free
8Chess Tactic TrainerApps 6 Free
9Learn to Play Chess for KidsWebsites 4 Free
10ChesscademyWebsites 3 Free
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