Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Awaken Your Inner ChessMaster

[ from LifeHacker ]

Whether you'd like to increase your mental health or just relax after a stressful day in the salt mines, there aren't many games more classic than chess. Over at tips and tricks blog MakeUseOf, they have rounded up a variety of ways you can both play and sharpen your chess game. One offering there is a beautifully rendered flash-based and free for download chess game called FlashChessIII. If you're concerned that all the playing in the world won't make you any better, they have a variety of resources listed for helping you not just play but increase your grasp of the game. Our favorite was Chess Problems, a site which generates "puzzles" based on chess board setups ranging from simple to extremely complicated. After some practice at Chess Problems you won't find yourself often staring down a chess board without a clue what your next move will be. If you're absolutely brand new to the game, make sure to check out a beginner's guide to getting good at chess.

The Best Online Sources to Learn and Play Chess [MakeUseOf]

(We included Chess in our look at Strategy games back in 2006)


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