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So you want to learn to play chess?

We highly recommend checking out to start learning how to play chess. It is free to set up an account and they have some great learning tools for all skill levels from the basic rules to advanced tactics and strategies.

Another great resource is This is a great site to play live chess online. If you are under 18, ask your parents to help you set up an account. (Parents, you can disable the ability to chat and add friends in settings for young children.) You can set up a free acount through as well, and you can check out their Learn to Play Chess page for the rules of chess and some beginner FAQs.

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