Sometimes it is difficult to find someone to play chess face-to-face. Here are some online resources for playing and learning about chess when you cannot get to our club to play face-to-face.
Chess.com is a great place to play online. There are over 3,000,000 members and thousands of games every day. You can create an account for free. However, you will have access to more resources is you pay to join. This site also includes puzzles to solve and articles to read, and lessons that you can take. We have a club page, Big Rapids Chess, on the site as well.
ChessKid.com is a subsidiary of Chess.com. This site is dedicated to being a safe place for kids to learn and play chess. Junior members (and their parents) can set up free account here too. There are safeguards on this site to shield younger players from some of the more “free-spirited” players that you might encounter otherwise. We also have a club page for our junior members on ChessKid.
Lichess.org is another great place to play online. You can set up an account for free here too. Although it has fewer players and games played than Chess.com, it is very popular online. There is a Big Rapids Chess team page available here too.
Chessable.com is one of the best places to learn about chess online. This site provides interactive chess instruction books (some for free and others for purchase). You can create a free account to begin. The books walk you through various tactics, puzzles, endgames, or openings. You can read and then practice what you have learned right in the book. This site is highly recommended.
ChessTempo.com is our final recommendation. This site is primarily focused on developing tactical vision. Tactics are a very, very important aspect of most beginnining chess players’ play. Again, you can set up a free account here and practice solving tactical problems online.