Have some chessie fun!
There are literally dozens of websites offering chess playing and chess training facilities. A few are free but most of the better ones charge after a free trail period. We are frequently asked for recommendations about which sites to use so we have listed four sites below that we use regularly and from which we receive no financial or other benefit.
Parents: Please be aware that where your children are PLAYING against someone else via the website there are facilites to "chat".
With TSK Chess you can get an Annual GOLD Subscription to www.chesskid.com for £10 (normally $50 or approximately £35)
This site provides facilities for playing against other players, via the website AND training exercises. The best all-in-one chess site in our opinion. The training includes video lessons and the excellent "Chess Mentor" which gives good descriptive text about why answers are right or wrong.
Parents: Please be aware that it is possible to "chat" with your opponents. In our experience this site is one of the best monitored against inappropriate comments.
This site provides facilites for playing against other players, via the website AND training exercises. This US-based site is aimed at the junior markets with lots of animation and cartoon-like graphics. It starts by teaching the rules and builds up from there, and we think it is very attractive to younger pupils, say aged 9 and below.
Parents: No "chat" facility between players.
TSK Chess recommends www.ChessKid.com because it:
This site provides facilites for playing against other players only. A new free service on which you can challenge your friends to an online game by simply requesting a game on the site and sending a link via email to your intended oponent.
Parents: Your opponent is chosen by you via email and not at random by the website provider.
This site provides facilites for training exercises only. We think this is a very good puzzle site with separate sections on tactics, endgames, and an Openings Database.