Chess is a game of almost infinite possibilities. Even the most powerful computers struggle with its complexities. History tells us that chess was invented to teach military generals how to win real battles. What makes chess so much fun is the battle of the minds fought out over a board in the space of a few hours. There are few other games that can match chess in its emotional ups and downs. Winning is exhilarating. Defeat can be painful. Luckily for us chess fans, there are ways to get better at playing chess.


The club library has an excellent selection of chess books. If you need advice on what you need, please do reach out to Alan Young, who will pick just the right one for you.


Best things in life are free or so we are led to believe. Here’s a selection of some of the best and free online tools available that will improve your play.

Type Name URL Description
Opening Chessbase Database This vast database of grandmaster games will help you figure out how the best players play a particular opening.
Middlegame Chessbase Tactics If you find yourself making one too many blunders or missing that easy checkmate then you probably need to practice your tactical combinations a bit more. This great tool will help you do just that.
Endgame Endgame Simulations The most common endings are Rook and Pawn endings. This great tool will let you practice those and many others.
Practice Lichess Online blitz can be an effective way to test out new ideas or openings before a big game. Lichess is one of the best online sites to get some practice.