Getting Started with Chess

If you are new to chess or just want to find out more about chess improvement  - here are some ideas on where to look. Please feel free to pop down on a Monday evening and join us for some social chess or a chat as well.

ECF resources for beginners


The following web page from the English Chess Federation  ECF has some great links to useful resources for beginners - https://www.englishchess.org.uk/new-to-chess/

Websites
 

Chess.com has a bunch of great resources for learning about the game - some require a paid subscription but some are free e.g. https://www.chess.com/lessons/skill-level/beginner
 

LiChess is a completely free site where you can play online, study and learn - https://lichess.org/learn#/
 

chess24 is another site with lots of resources for playing, studying and learning - https://chess24.com/en/learn/school
 

On all these sites you can play against other players, test your strength against computers on various levels, learn / study , play through master games etc.
 

LiChess is completely free, the other two require a subscription for access to some but not all features.


For children check out the guide on the Maidenhead junior chess club page - https://nigelwdennis.wixsite.com/mysite/club-information
 

YouTubers
 

Here are some links to some popular YouTube channels (and some we like)

https://www.youtube.com/user/AGADMATOR/videos
https://www.youtube.com/c/GMHikaru/videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/wwwChesscom/videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/STLChessClub/videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/thechesswebsite/videos 
https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerPlayChess/videos
https://www.youtube.com/c/PalmBeachChess/videos
https://www.youtube.com/c/ChessCoachAndras/videos
https://www.youtube.com/c/danheismanchess/videos

 

Chess Books and Equipment
 

If you prefer books there is a huge range of books to choose from depending on your level and what you are looking to learn about - if you want some advice just drop us a line at maidenhead.chess@gmail.com or have a browse of the extensive shop at the Chess and Bridge Shop  https://chess.co.uk/
 

Selection of chess books for beginners to 1700


If you want some ideas on where to start - here is a great YouTube video from Andras Toth running through the books he recommends from beginner to 1700 rating (good club player) level https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCwQyNLblm0&t=20s


There are more lists and book reviews here - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4WTyEhy_sF7CAgVaZJuMTalSRU7NhKwy