Free Online Chess Lessons for Beginners

ZoomChess offers a free online interactive learning tool for beginning chess players, ages 4 and up. The site enables every child, anywhere in the world, to learn the rules of chess for free! There are 20 skills taught in Learn the Rules of Chess. (ZoomChess also has a paid premium version for tournament players, but the free one is designed for beginners.)

Now your child can learn to play chess well, even if you don’t play! ZoomChess enables students to work independently, at their own pace, with video lessons and matching exercises, to support every level of chess learning. ZoomChess is fully narrated so even beginning readers can learn to play chess. ZoomChess founder and homeschool mom Jill Keto provides the voice and animation to the curriculum and lessons of US Senior Master Harlan Lee, another ZoomChess founder.

The full version of ZoomChess curriculum, complete with 169 skill lessons, has helped students go on to earn many scholastic State and National Championship titles. Sign up for the free 15-day trial, available on the homepage. After the trial period, if you decide you want to continue, you will need to purchase a subscription. You can choose a monthly, 6-month, or yearly membership.

ZoomChess offers discounts for homeschoolers, so you can get a year of ZoomChess for as little as $25 per child for groups of 5 or more. Since ZoomChess is an entire curriculum, not just an online playing site, you can add ZoomChess to your child’s academic transcript. Chess is an excellent way to round out a homeschool transcript for college admission. Read more about ZoomChess and homeschooling on the Homeschool Co-op page.

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