There are plenty of interesting and good websites online. Usually, they will have advertisements or paid products. This is normal because the website has operating expenses. The majority of them are providing some free material with the ultimate goal to promote their paid work. There are many people out there hunting free materials. There is no need to collect every single free material of a website but you can use it in order to understand his teaching styling.
Of course, the number one on the list is YouTube; hopefully, you know it already. Probably it is the best platform for someone to advertise his work. Creator, the person who produces the content, can advertise his products, become more popular, and make money from the advertisements.
The student, you, can learn some cool things, entertain himself, and hopefully improve a little his chess skills. The problem is that the materials are approximately the same; the topics of the videos are talking about the same things. For example, I'm not going to explain a very didactically middlegame strategy but definitely, I'll create a video on a trap or how to win quickly.
I hope that you already know my chess YouTube Chanel | Check it out!
2. Learn the Basics
Believe it or not, the most important and difficult part of the chess theory is not to teach the very basics to people. Chess is very popular, you can see it almost everywhere, you can see it in movies, maybe some of your friends may talk about it... Nonetheless, not all people start at the same age. For that reason, it's very difficult to find the right formula on how to explain something in detail that be understandable to a kid, and at the same time not be boring to an adult.
If you don't know the basics then I strongly suggest you study my free course “Newbie-500” | click here.
Of course, you have other options like:
- wikipedia // https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess
- Lichess // https://lichess.org/learn#/
- Chss com // https://www.chess.com/lessons
3. Solve Chess Puzzles
Yes, it's very funny and entertaining to solve chess puzzles. Indeed they can defiantly help you and improve your tactical vision. In order to see an improvement in your games, you may solve approximately 500 to 600 puzzles.
Many websites are providing puzzles according to your rating or solving abilities. Usually, they are game-zones, websites that aloud users to play chess online. Probably, they use some kind of program and compose random tactical puzzles from the games that played in their servers.
The negative side is that they are not teaching you the tactical mechanism and they are not very well organized in categories.
Nonetheless, if you like to test your tactical skills and already know the basic and more advanced tactical motives you can keep practicing. I selected some of them below:
- Lichess // https://lichess.org/training
- Chess com // https://www.chess.com/puzzles/rated
- Chess base // https://tactics.chessbase.com/en/Solve
4. Learn Openings
I mentioned it above, on YouTube, that the majority of free openings online are ultra-aggressive or just trap ideas. There is nothing wrong with aggressive openings and gambits (when you sacrifice a pawn in the opening) I like them a lot. However, if you like to improve your chess and raise up your level then you need to play the main lines.
Similarly, you need to build your opening repertoire. By opening repertoire I mean to know how to respond in all of the opponents moves, like against 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4 etc. In the same way, you need to learn the connections between the openings and the main transpositions; this is something that you'll not be going to learn on the Internet for free...
I suggest you take a look at:
- Wikipedia | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_opening
- Lichess // https://lichess.org/analysis#explorer
- The book “Modern Chess Opening Theory” by A. S. Suetin | This is a nice book if you like to learn the basics in all openings.
You can play chess in many different places online. Having so many games zones means that many people play chess! Every server has its pron and cons, so you're welcome to test them all. Usually, you just need to create a simple account, but you can play without it as well. I selected some of them:
Personally I suggest the lichess, because it's totally free, it will not ask for your money, you'll not going to see advertisements and it will not try to sell you anything. Similarly, it is translated into many different countries. It is one of the most popular websites; it is not the most popular.
6. On-line coaches
Probably this is not very relevant with the article “free materials” but in any case, I'd like to add it here in order to understand what are your options. There are big lists with coaches that odder their services. For example:
The prices for coaches are proximate with his chess title or ELO points; for example:
- Grandmaster = 30-50 Euro / hour
- International Master = 20-40 Euro / hour
- Fide Master = 15-30 Euro / hour
- 2000 = 10-25 Euro / hour