Check out these free chess tools to up your game
The Internet is efficient, cheap, and portable. Plus, it has made knowledge accessible and equalized opportunity for all. Who would have thought that we could study, analyze, and play with just the effort of a few clicks. I have been utilizing some chess tools and sites in my practice for a long time. So I wanted to share some of them with you too, as they have enormously helped me. So, let us read on.
Chessgames.com is an online chess database and community. They are my number one go-to option for chess games. In fact, they have 1,076,000 + games! One can download, analyze, and discuss efficiently with their easy and fast user interface. They also have a members option in which one can post forums, suggest a game of the day, practice guess-the-move, and much more. It has so many features- they are impossible to cover in one article. They also have games sorted according to themes like KID, Attack, Isolated Queen Pawn, etc.
We all know the importance of practicing visualization in chess. It improves calculation, speed, and intuition. I too was struggling with this for a long time. Until I found this app which is a diamond in the rough for all the players out there. Blindfold Chess Offline – Available for all android devices, and as the name suggests doesn’t require an internet connection. It has many cool features like alarm, achievement tabloid, play with friend/computer, etc. I have personally benefited a lot from it and hope you do too!
Who doesn’t know this beloved chess website? But besides being a popular playing platform, Lichess also has many educational features. Let us see a few of them in detail.
Lichess has many variants in this:- Puzzle racer, storm, streak, etc. Using these features has helped me improve speed and tactics. Plus, there are also many themes like endgame, double-check, motifs, and many, many more.
Though I have never actually tried this feature, just from skimming through it I was convinced that it is more than enough. It starts with basic checkmates then moves onto intermediate tactics and then endgames. There are many levels.
A study in Lichess is where one can analyze his/her games, learn, and teach. I and my friends used to use the voice chat feature and do group study. It also has many inbuilt tools like board editor, opening explorer, chat, etc.
*Pro-tip – If you want to learn a certain topic, for example, The Caro-Kann/Panov attack, then go to ‘all studies’, type in search “Caro-Kann/Panov attack”. This will show a variety of public studies all created by users and even some coaches, titled players, etc. It is a quick and easy way to gain quality information on a topic.
Head over there afterward and try out some of these features and please do tell me your opinion on them.
Chess.com is another favorite when it comes to playing platforms. Analysis boards, puzzles, lessons, and a lot more make it also a great website for learning and improvement. Even though I have never played there much myself, I know it has a great user interface and quality content. If you are an enthusiast and regular player, then I highly recommend getting the subscription.* Unlimited puzzles, analysis, and video library, and much more are just some of the benefits of this. And even if you don’t have a subscription then there is still a bucket load of activities one can do like clubs, forums, games, etc
FollowChess is an app that my coach recommended to us, for following live games around the world. One can watch and follow top tournaments happening around the globe live. Plus one can keep a watchlist and search for upcoming tournaments. They also have a built-in video to see commentary side-by-side. Some other features of this app are seeing live standings, downloading games in PGN format, etc. If you have “Analyze This” then you can import games directly from there for advanced analysis.
A must-have for all the chess players out there. Enter your games with ease and analyze with or without a data connection. Also, download games and share efficiently in pgn format. Or import from LiChess and FollowChess for free downloading and sharing. You can also use the help of engines like Stockfish for analysis. Some other features are ‘comment on moves’, put annotations, etc.
So, these are some of the tools that have greatly helped me in my practice. And I am more than sure there are many more out there. One can even use social media for their improvement, for example, YouTube. So do you have any chess tools you want to share with us? Please do too in the comment section and tell me what you thought about this article. Also, check out some more of my chess articles below.