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New to Chess?
If you're a newcomer to this 1500-year-old game, we want to help you get better. Browse through's detailed material including the official rules, a glossary and a FAQ and chess history designed specially for those starting out.

If you learned the rules years ago, our 45-second refresher video below is perfect for you. 

We're also starting a series explaining some of the rules that couldn't be covered in 45 seconds. Watch explanations for castling and En Passant and look for more coming soon. 


Learn to Play Chess - Interactively!

In conjunction with the USCF, Chess Magnet School is offering an interactive program to teach you chess. Practice until you're good enough to play a real game! Discounts for Chess Magnet School programs are also available to USCF members.

Click here to learn the Rules of Chess, and play the computer, on