3 ways to earn money by playing chess

What are the ways to earn money from chess? I saw this question much time and now I will write a full detailed answer in form of an article.

Most of the beginner players only know earning money is possible by playing chess and coaching but they probably don’t know many other ways which are available and many players who are earning a decent amount of money through it.

If we compare chess to other big sports like cricket or football then we will see that there are very low prize funds in chess if you are not On the top 10 lists. Watch the following video of GM Hikaru Nakamura to see how much top grandmasters make.

Most of the grandmasters who is below 2600 make anywhere between $1500-$4000. If you are living in top countries then this is very less because expenses are very high but if you are a grandmaster from a developing country or underdeveloped countries then it is a very good amount of money.

But this case is for the grandmaster. But what if you are a 2200 or 1800 or even 1400 rated player? How you can earn money from chess? Let’s see some of the best ways to earn money through chess.

1- Playing chess

This is a very traditional way. By playing chess top players are earning a decent amount. But if you are rated below 2000 or below 2200 then most probably it is very difficult to win the prize and live a happy life.

There are many below tournaments but in which you have limitations. You cannot play and win each and every below tournament

If you are IM or GM and even sometimes a +2200 player then you can defiantly earn money through playing leagues that pay anywhere from $100-$1000 per game!

But these league tournaments happen only in European countries so if you are not from Europe then it is very difficult to travel for league tournaments.

As per my knowledge, Only grandmasters can survive by playing chess tournaments.


Coaching is the best way to earn money to this date. Anyone can take coaching. Coaching is a different kind of skill. You can easily do coaching to your relatives, friends.

There are 2 types of coaching. Online coaching and offline coaching. Online coaching and offline coaching. Generally, offline coaching prices are 1.5x or 2x compare to online coaching.

if you are a rated player above 1400 then you will get few students easily. You can create your brochure and circulate it to your relative’s and friends’ circle. Most probably you will get your first 3-4 students very easily. 

There are many websites where you can list as a chess coach.

Following are major services

  • Chess.com
  • lichess
  •  coaches

When you start coaching, Keep in mind that give your 100% efforts towards your students.

How much you can make through coaching?

Online coaching is becoming very popular nowadays. Following are the estimated charges for online coaching. You can take 1.5x or 2x for offline coaching.

This range is very wide I will say anywhere from $5 to $125. I have excluded 2700+ grandmasters because some of them take even more than 125$

In general, the grandmaster charges $30-$120. International Master charges $20-$50. Fide master charges $10-$25.

Most players whose rating is above 2000, charge $5-$20. Below 2000 rated player charge $3-$15.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing means you promote products and you get some commission when someone purchases their products.

Many chess websites offer affiliate programs where you can sign up and start earning commissions.

How you can do affiliate marketing?

  • You can start your own chess blog and start promoting products.
  • Start your youtube channel and start promoting products
  • Start your Facebook page or Instagram page and start promoting products.

How much you can earn?

Affiliate marketing has a lot of potentials. If you focus on personal branding then affiliate marketing is very easy.

You have to create trust in viewers’ minds and then you can start earning.

Many affiliate programs give 30%-50% commission on each sale. Suppose you sell only 10 programs and each program cost 100$ then effectively you will earn $300-$500.

Affiliate marketing is a process. You continuously have to promote various products, post various things.

There are various youtube channels and blogs about affiliate marketing. You can watch videos and read blogs to set detailed knowledge.

  Some best affilate programms

  • ichess
  • chess.com
  • the chess world
  • chess24
  • chessbase
  • Amazon
  • staunton chess
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5 best book for chess openings

There are thousands of chess books are available in the market. Many of them are published by top publishers. Ofter there is an issue which book is to purchase.

Here we are going to help you with some of the amazing chess books which are written by grandmasters and top players.

Following is the list of 5 best book for chess openings

1- Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 vs Minor Defences by Parimarjan Negi

Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi got the grandmaster title when he was just 13 years old. He was a prodigy at that time.

He further studied in a university located in the USA. at that time he has written chess repertoire against e4. This book became very famous.

After this success, he launched another 2 books with quality chess publications.

In this book, he covered Alekhine, Pirc, Modern Pirc defense, and Scandinavian plus various offbeat alternatives Black may try.

Negi’s latest work continues the winning formula of his previous books: the 1.e4 repertoire is founded on established main lines and turbo-charged with the innovative ideas of a world-class theoretician, making this an essential addition to the library of every ambitious player.

2-The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit by Michael Agermose Jensen and Jakob Aabling-Thomsen

The Elephant Gambit is perhaps the boldest opening in all of the chess theory. By meeting 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 with 2…d5!?, Black takes the fight to his opponent and aims to seize the initiative as early as possible.

This line is completely new in the market and this is the first book published on elephant gambit by quality chess.

The author Jakob is an international master. Another author Michael Agermose Jensen is also an experienced chess player.

This book will cover the entire elephant opening from the black side. Basically, this opening is perfect for blitz and rapid games.

This is a new opening trend and you can prepare if you are 2000 rated or below. you can easily trick your opponent.

3-Grandmaster Opening Preparation by Jaan Ehlvest

Jaan Ehlvest is an Estonian-American grandmaster, a former Estonian Champion, and a former Soviet and European Junior Champion. Ehlvest is also an Olympiad Gold medallist and has been ranked in the top five in the world.

This book is mainly focused on how to select your openings and why engine lines are not always better.

This book is perfect for all players who are looking for choosing a good opening. This book is also focusing on isolated queen pawn structures.

This book is perfect for all players without any rating barrier.

4- Beat the Najdorf and tiamanov sicilians

Grandmaster SP Sethuraman has written this book. Sethuraman is a very strong player from India and won many major tournaments. Sethuraman also published his course on chessable.

This book is mainly focusing on Najdorf and Taimanov Sicilian. I feel this is one of the best books written ever.

He actually already has a decent reputation as a dangerous theoretician on the white side of 1.e4, and in particular against these two openings. He had shown some interesting ideas in my games over the years which were the result of his real passion for opening knowledge, a trait that has stayed with him throughout his chess career.

5- The Modernized Ruy Lopez for White 

This book Is written by Dariusz Swiercz. Dariusz is currently studying in the USA. He is one of the youngest players in history and the youngest Polish player of all time to qualify for the title of Grandmaster at the age of 14 years and seven months in 2009.

In 2018 he switched his national federation to the United States.[1] Since 2019, Dariusz has been married to Keyla Swiercz.

Ruy Lopez is the most popular opening in chess. In this book, Dariusz explained Ruy Lopez in detail.

This book is basically divided into 2 parts. In 1st part he focused on modern systems and in the 2nd part he focused on traditional systems.


Learn chess opening with this procedure

Learning chess opening is a very difficult task. There are many procedures to learn chess opening. But in this article I will tell you the perfect method to learn any chess openings. You can become a master from a beginner by applying these skills without any coaching.

If you have any coach who is teaching you then you don’t have to worry about preparation. He can help you with it. But if you are an individual player who cannot afford a coach or proper resources is not available, then you will find many difficulties

Why learning opening is a must?

leaning chess openings is a must for every player. If you don’t know openings properly then you will lose instantly. If you are playing serious chess then you know how difficult it is to play without proper opening knowledge.

learning opening helps you to beat your opponent faster and in a smoother way. The opening is a key part of the game and hence opening study is very important.

Step by step guide to learn chess opening

  1. Select your favorite opening – For selecting openings there are various criteria. If you filter with that criteria then you will find that it is very easy to prepare chess openings. Chess is so beautiful game and learning openings are way more beautiful than you expect. The first criteria are to find out which type of player you are. If you are an attacking player then you have to choose openings that are open and don’t allow many exchanges. If you like to defend then you must select openings that are closed. If you are good in middlegame then you have to choose openings that allow multiple exchanges and get your position into the easy endgame.
  2. Buy a DVD/book – To study openings you have to purchase books or DVDs. There are plenty of books which are available in the market to study. Also, there are a lot of websites that provide online material. Books and DVDs generally range from $30-$100.
    Choose a book of a top grandmaster or at least titled player. Dont purchase any random book. Study that book or DVD by heart and then follow the next procedure. You can get a lot of books from the following websites
    1- New in chess
    2- Thinkers Publications
    3- Quality chess 
    Online courses
    1- chess.com
    2- chess24.com
    3- chessable 
  3. Save notes and opening variations – After doing this full study, then you have to take notes or study your variations in that opening. Here is the procedure. First, take notes and highlight them in the book. Then download this free ChessBase reader software and play with it. Then create a database on this software and your notes there.
    Also, you can save your whole book if you have time. Also, download stockfish 13 which is a free and open-source engine.
  4. Watch various games – Watching various games will help you much. You can watch games from the ChessBase reader app only. Just open a new board and press enter key then you will find millions of game databases. You can make your moves and games will automatically get filtered.
    There are multiple other websites from which you can watch top players’ games. Watching games will help you to develop your gameplay.
  5. Play online games and practice – Play online games and prepare it the key to success. Once you learned chess opening in deep then just start playing a lot of online games on chess.com and lichess.org. These are the best websites to play chess online.
    Analyze these games by heart and learn from mistakes. Try to stick to only one opening and if possible then only one variation. This will help you a lot. After analysis, save this game on your computer. When you will play the OTB tournament then it will be much easy to study by doing this.

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3 best ways to learn chess from your home

Chess is currently in the boom. If you are interested to learn chess then this article for you! This is the best time to start your chess journey. There are a lot of ways to learn chess online and offline. We will see a few of them.

You can become a professional chess player by self-study only. If you select a coach then it is always better. You just have to invest some amount in books and you are all set to go. Following are some ways to improve your chess by sitting at home

1- Websites

there are multiple websites that help you to improve your chess journey. The top chess websites are chess.com and lichess.org. They both are getting millions of traffic in a day. You can study various things from this website

The basic motto of the online chess website is playing chess online with players from all over the world. I will suggest that you can play rapid games or blitz games and analyze your games after finishing your games.

You can also watch their video series. For players who are beginners, I will recommend them to use the chess.com video series and for players who want to improve some level then they should go for chess24 premium membership which will cost you around $100 after discounts.

Also, solve tactics from this website. Solving a lot of tactics on daily basis will automatically improve your game play and level of play. You solve at least 10-15 tactics each day.


Books are the best way to improve your chess. There are a lot of books which are available in the market. You can select any book and start studying. For the absolute beginners, we have written some articles which you can read and study that books. For those who know the basics of chess then they should go for Artur Yusupov 9 books series. These 9 chess books will help you to improve your fundamentals.

Books are also helpful to study classics. Watching old games is relaxing and enjoyable. you will also understand the history of players. I will recommend you to read Garry Kasparov my great predecessors’ series. This series is consist of 5 books and one of the best book which I have ever seen.

Selecting books is a very difficult task if you are a book lover. If you get into a lot of confusion then ask an expert or buy any famous book and study that book. Usually, all chess books are valuable.


There are a lot of applications from which you can learn and study chess from your phone or tablet. One of my favorite apps is the Play Magnus and Magnus trainer app. Magnus trainer is a complete application to improve your chess. The subscription fee for that app is around $10 per month but for beginners, it is worth it.

There are a lot of other applications which are very useful to improve your chess. Some apps include ichess, tactics frenzy, chess king applications, etc.

4- Find a good coach

Finding a great chess coach is a very important task. The coach will help you to get better at chess, explaining fundamentals at chess. For finding the right chess coach, the best way is by referral. If you know any good chess coaches start coaching with them. don’t find too many strong chess coaches. If you are a beginner chess player then don’t go with grandmaster coaches. They will be expensive for you.

Try to find a local chess coach who will teach you in person. Instead of joining an academy try to find a personal coach to improve faster.

If you are still struggling then find the best coaches from lichess coaches. Lichess lists only Fide titled holder coaches. It will be very much helpful to you to find good coaches.


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How to analyze a chess position? A complete guide for beginners!

Often players don’t know how to analyze chess positions. In this article, we are going to see some techniques to analyze the chess position.

Why analysis is important?

Analyze a chess position is a very hard and boring part of chess. If you are playing chess in the tournament then you have to analyze the chess position to make a proper plan. Analyzing a chess position is art.

Strong players often analyze games when they are studying. They analyze a single game for more than 3 hours and sometimes more than 1 day. The analysis is a great way to explore chess. In the tournament, you have to be sharp and make the right plan. If you fail to make any plan then you will be suffered a lot.

Tips to analyze a chess position in a tournament game

1- Concentrate – Analysing the position is the hardest part of chess. When you are playing a chess tournament you should concentrate on your position only. To improve your concentration power, you can practice meditation. Meditation keeps your brain sharp.

2- Proper sleep – If you want to keep your brain sharp before your game then you should sleep at least for 8 hours a day in tournament time. Proper sleep help to increase concentration power.

3- Make easy plans- Don’t make a very difficult plan and don’t spend your time In making a plan. Just check you are not doing any blunder and play the move. When you spend the time then you will get time pressure in the endgame and eventually you will be in trouble. Always make easy plans and play fast.

analyze a chess position

How to analyze chess positions at home?

1- Use various tools – If you scroll through this article you will find tools to analyze chess positions. Using various tools will help you to do analysis in a lot easier way.

2- self analyses – This is the most important part of a chess game. Analyzing chess position selfly is a very important part of chess. You should sit in one position and analyze a single position for at least 10-15 min. It will improve your sitting capacity and eventually this will be beneficial for you in a tournament


Selecting a chess position for analyzing the game.

This is a very important part of chess. Selecting a chess position is a very difficult job. Most players get confused about this.

You can use books that are based on positional chess. Here are some suggestions – Improving positional play by Boris Gelfand. The other way is to select any top-player game and start analyzing without an engine. This will help you a lot.

Always try to solve hard positions. Dont select positions which are very basic and easy to do.

Also, you can play online rapid games and analyze critical positions in the game. You can also watch agadmator’s youtube channel and learn how he analyses the game.


Best tools to analyze a chess position

1- Chessbase reader – Chess base is one of the premium software and they provide free software called ChessBase reader. In this software, you can do multiple things. This is the only software that is available which gives a complete package. You can download this software from here.

2- Stockfish engine – Stockfish is a chess engine that is completely free and open-sourced. This is currently one of the best engines available in the chess market. You can use stockfish to analyze your games, finding novelties, and prepare openings. You can download this from here.

3- Lichess – This is also a completely free open-sourced website build via Github. On this website, you can play and learn from various puzzles. Currently, lichess has millions of users and hopefully, it will become a top website in chess.

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