Last Call: Help me, I want to learn to play chess

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Dear Takeout readers: I have a request.

This week, I was struck by an urge to learn to play chess. I’ve never expressed any interest in 30-odd years, but all of a sudden I was mesmerized by the game. Maybe there’s a certain nobility in playing chess that feels prim and proper, and now I want to learn everything about it.


I’m starting from scratch. I don’t even remember which way the pieces move without referring to a guide. So tell me: Are there books, videos, websites I should pick up to help me learn and appreciate the game? Please tell me in the comments below.

Enjoy the long weekend, everyone. We’ve got a lot of exciting changes coming to the site next week.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.



Recommendations from a chess-loving friend:

“ is pretty good, with lots of great interactive lessons that take you all the way up from ‘how to move the pieces’to learning basic concepts, practicing tactics, etc.

The other benefit of the site is that you can also use it to immediately find a match with anyone in the world around your level. Practice and playing whenever you get a chance really does help you improve.”

He says this advice is in return for your series on dim sum, which he appreciated very much.