In this section we have gathered a few articles on how to find chess tools for use on your home computer or tablet in order to get the most out of your home study. The main focus will be on free software, however there is room to mention some commercial alternatives from time to time.

This is not intended to be a comprehensive installation guide or user instructions for each of the applications listed, rather it is supposed to be a fairly straightforward list of articles outlining where to get one or two of the strongest chess engines out there, how to hook other software up, and where to find games databases and load them into the software.

It should not matter what operating system you use, therefore the articles will try and list alternatives for the two or three most popular. So for a desktop you should find software for Windows, Mac and Linux. For mobile phones, alternatives for Android and iPhone will be listed.

Any suggestions for that we might have missed are always welcome.