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Our Grandmasters Recommend

Dear Chess Lovers! As there are some very high-quality chess related products, platforms and so many untrustworthy sources (but with decent marketing words), in this page we’ll add everything we recommend.

Youtube Channels

On this YouTube chess channel “Chess with Suren” you can find a lot of games, chess puzzles and chess problems which are carefully selected from thousands of books and journals! Suren’s videos are laconic, thus the viewers are not getting bored as he doesn’t delve too deep into the jungle of endless chess variations. He is making chess videos not only at home but also in the wilderness which makes his style unique and allows the videos to go viral!

Facebook Chess Groups

If you are a member of our ChessMood group and looking for something else, we recommend the group “CHESS PUZZLES AND PROBLEMS”. Admins of this group put a big effort to share nice puzzles, interesting information and much more for chess lovers.

Where to solve puzzles?

There are many decent platforms and apps for this, like lichess.org, chess.com, CT-ART… We recommend less famous chesstempo.com. Their AI understands your level very fast and offers puzzles special for you. When you start to solve most of them successfully, it starts to offer you harder ones taking you to the next level.

What chess books to read?

While it’s very hard to find good video courses, there are so many good chess books written so far. Here are some of our recommendations:

  • For improving attacking skills

“60 Memorable Games” Alekhine book by A. Kotov Bobby Fischer’s

Garry Kasparov Part 1: 1973-1985

Garry Kasparov Part 2: 1985-1993

  • For improving positional skills and Endgame

“Capablanca’s Best Chess Endings”  by Irving Chernev

“Rubinstein’s Chess Masterpieces: 100 Selected Games”  by Hans Kmoch

“Grandmaster Chess Strategy: What Amateurs Can Learn from Ulf Andersson’s Positional Masterpieces”  by Jurgen Kaufeld and Guido Kern

“Anatoly Karpov’s Best Games”  by Anatoly Karpov

  • For improving the Middlegame

“Winning Chess Middlegames: An Essential Guide to Pawn Structures”  by Ivan Sokolov

“Mastering Chess Middlegames: Lectures from the All-Russian School of Grandmasters”  by Alexander Panchenko

  • For knowing the most important theoretical positions of endings

“Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual”  by Mark Dvoretsky

This list can be endless. If you have read all of them, contact us for more recommendations.

Best chess apps

Chessify


Chessify provides 2 innovative chess tools

  • You can scan chess diagrams from any 2D platform (textbook, screen, etc.)
  • You can set up any position and search it via the app to find all YouTube videos which contain that position.

The app is available both for Android (goo.gl/shx228) and iOS (goo.gl/dPNpVW) for free.  

Chess Book Study

This app is very useful for chess ebook readers. The app allows you to load in any chess book in pdf or epub format and play through the material with a split screen chess board.

Follow Chess

This is the best app so far for following chess tournaments that are happening around the world. You can also turn on their built-in engine to analyze the game. The feature we love is that it brings the games of your national players on your screen, so you don’t need to spend lots of time to find them. You can also change the setting as you wish.

Where to play

There are many good platforms, but we personally love to play in chess.com as they are very strict against cheaters.

This list will be continuously updated so you can enjoy this beautiful game using smart tools and improving your chess skills only from trustworthy sources.

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