Eventually all of us are going to have a question about chess. Maybe you rushed in and bought the latest chess software, and now you can’t get it to do the one thing you wanted. Or perhaps you got what seemed the best chess book to improve your game, say Middlegame Strategy, but what the heck is a “Carlsbad” pawn structure? Now, imagine a place online where you can go to get all sorts of chess questions answered – and for free!
Of course you could always email the manufacturer, but sometimes you wonder if hitting that “send” button really goes anywhere. Luckily, several good sources of free chess information exist, and often Wikipedia or some such will do the trick. But if you want personal answers to tough questions, our favorite spot is the Chess Exchange. Here we find a forum where really clever people take the time to answer even the weirdest questions. And chances are that your question has already been asked and answered.
How about a free chess program for web work? No problem. Been thinking about the King’s Gambit, and wonder if anyone has ideas. No problem. You can locate book reviews and advice for beginners and just about anything else at the Chess Exchange. Ask questions – get answers!
In short, there’s really no need to go without the answer to whatever pops into your head. A few clicks, a little browsing and maybe (at worst) post an inquiry. Spend a few minutes surfing the Chess Exchange…there’s a chance you didn’t even know the question!
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