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Free Chess eBooks

Updated on November 7, 2014

About This Free Chess Ebook List

If you are looking for the best free chess books available for download, the list below should come in handy. You will also find a list of links to useful websites hosting even more free chess guides and tutorials. Now you can improve your skills without spending a dime on expensive hardcovers.

The works on chess that I've compiled here are high quality books converted into digital form (using Adobe PDF format) and available for instant download or perusal in your browser.

Free Chess Books Download List

Public domain chess e-books in .pdf format

Feel free to read or download as many of free chess ebooks from the list below as you want. If you encounter a dead link, please let me know in the comments.

A popular question about free chess books is: is it legal to download them for free? The answer is, of course, yes! As you can see, all the books above are rather old and as such have been released to the public domain (meaning you can copy and distribute them as you like). If you are looking for some more modern works, however, I strongly suggest you visit my page on the best chess book reviews.

More Free Chess Guides and Tutorials

These sites are great for playing chess online, participating in tournaments, and more:

  • is probably the most-visited chess community on the web. You can play chess with friends, try your hand at tournaments, improve your game using helpful videos from the grandmasters, and practice against a computer. All-in-all, this is very modern and active site for chess players.
  • ChessZone has a great selection of chess boards, top quality sets from all around the world, chess clocks, electronic chess, and more. Shipping is within continental US only, although international customers can contact them to order on a case-by-case basis.
  • ChessManiac is a free online chess playing community where you can play against others, participate discussions and tournaments and join teams or chess clubs. The site has nearly half a million members.


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      7 years ago

      Chess is certainly easy to learn, but difficult to master. Thanks for the free resources (free is always good). I love games of all types, but have let chess lapse a bit. I am now inspired to get back into it.

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      8 years ago

      I like your article, very useful and inspiring. thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for the comprehensive list of where to find chess related books and sites. I am learning myself to play chess as my granddaughter wants to play against me and at the moment she wins all the time! (She is only 8 years old!)

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      8 years ago

      I used to play chess a lot. I played well among my friends, but never took serious time to learn all the hundreds of openings. thanks for this resource, I will use it to get back into playing the game.

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      9 years ago

      I like to play chess. Thanks for the very useful info! MB7Art

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      9 years ago

      I am very glad I have come across this site! I used to love playing chess, but kinda forgot about it for a while now... Thanks for the links!


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