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#1 is my #1 go-to spot for chess tactics on the internet. ChessTempo’s software is incredibly easy to use, and I highly recommend it for kids. Be sure to register for an account on ChessTempo so that as you progress through the tactics, you will be awarded a rating and provided exercises of appropriate difficulty. ChessTempo also offers extensive endgame training as well as very large database of chess games at well over 2 million games. You can also play against a strong computer program if you want to test out a few opening lines. And if you have any questions whatsoever about the site or general chess affairs, the ChessTempo forum is very receptive and informative. The simplicity of ChessTempo’s site and software is exactly what makes it such an attractive option for online chess training.


ideachess is a very cool site that I stumbled across quite recently that left’s a big impression on me. One of the cool things about ideachess is that their 70,000+ chess puzzles are defended by a computer program, so if you enter an incorrect solution the computer will play it out against you to prove it! ideachess is also great for kids, offering a great section on checkmate puzzles. Another cool feature of ideachess is that you can export the FEN of tactical puzzles, so if you stumble across an excellent idea you can download the sequence and review it later with a friend or class. also uses a rating system to evaluate your continually changing playing/solving strength, which can be very effective for the competitive tournament player in analyzing what is and isn’t working in a training regimen. The only downside that I have seen at ideachess is that they do not offer a games database, and I am not too sure about the their forum isn’t very active. For such a young chess training website, ideachess is doing a great job of providing free tools to all playing levels of the chess community.

#3 Chess Tactics Server

The Chess Tactics Server is something of a hidden gem, as it is not very well known, nor do they advertise very much. However, this is a great site that focuses almost exclusively on tactics with a tight-knit community constantly competing to make it to the top of the rating system. The site is very bare bones making it ideal for people on a slow connection or accessing the internet from a phone. I recommend the use of Chess Tactics Server for intermediate and advanced chess players who want to brush up on tactics without hurting their hard earned high ratings on more well known sites. However, this is also a great alternative for any beginners that are tired of using the aforementioned chess tactics sites.


Whether you love the site’s total simplicity or think the front page looks like an eye sore full of random names, is the undisputed #1 most visited site for people looking for chess puzzles. However don’t let the lack of graphic design fool you – this is definitely a great hidden resource. is not for the light-hearted/uncommitted chess fan – there is no fluff, games database, forum, endgame tool, or fancy chess tactics software. wtharvey is only concerned with real chess puzzles that occurred in real Grandmaster and famous games, and the simplicity of the site enables the viewer to quickly and easily access what they want. Another great feature is that users can search puzzles by chess opening, making it really easy to study common traps in an opening scheme. Once again if you’re on a slow connection or surfing on a smartphone is a great site to practice some great chess puzzles. I frequently use to post puzzles on my own Facebook Page.

This article is a summary, for the full article on the best chess training websites available for free, please visit William’s website.

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