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.
- 75 Chess Problems by John Thursby (1883)
- 200 Chess Problems by Frank Healey (1866)
- 777 Chess Miniatures in Three, collected and Arranged by E. Wallis
- The Art of Chess by James Mason (1905)
- Chess Openings 2nd Edition, by Robert B. Wormald (1875)
- The Exploits and Triumphs in Europe of Paul Morphy the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes Edge (1859)
- The Elements of Chess by François-André Danican Philidor (1805)
- Globe Problem and Solution Tourney No. 2 by C.F. Stubbs (1888)
- The Manual of Chess by Charles Kenny (1864)
- The Modern Chess Instructor by William Steinitz (1889)
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:
- Chess.com 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.
Margot_C on April 21, 2013:
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.
CPDInteractive on December 15, 2011:
I like your article, very useful and inspiring. thank you.
MyKitchen on December 05, 2011:
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!)
PedroMorales1 on August 27, 2011:
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.
MB7Art on June 30, 2011:
I like to play chess. Thanks for the very useful info! MB7Art
vh0202 on June 14, 2011:
anonymous on February 05, 2011:
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!