That's got to be the funniest Irish chess webpage I've seen yet. Puts the Brian Wall chess list
Also, so far nobody's mentioned:
- News from the chess world and a nice weekly magazine for chess improvement (puzzles and annotated games) and another on chess openings.
Youtube Channel for ChessOpenings.com
- lots of 10-15min videos introducing various chess openings in a nice, clear format.
- tactics puzzles and endgame puzzles; slightly better than the chess.com tactics puzzles because of the timer not putting the whole "blitz chess" pressure on (which is fine when you know the tactical motif and want to have a flashcard type approach but not so great when you're first learning them). Plus, I've only seen one other site that does endgame puzzles and that's the endgame simulator
cdeb mentioned on the Benildus website
Chess Forks Trainer
- simple little thing for helping speed learning the fork points and skewer points for various pieces.
And for my money, one of the best sources out there for beginners: Dan Heisman's Novice Nook columns
, all gathered in one place by Dan.
Also, for those moments after you make the most obvious, most forehead-off-the-desk-stupid of blunders, the puzzle section (pg.8) of this newsletter
shows some of the greatest names in chess (Alekeine, Karpov, Petrosian, Fischer and others) making some stupendous blunders - hung queens, missing
hung queens, missed mate-in-two, the works. Which is a bit spirit-lifting after a bad day