How can I get better at chess?
A There are books, there are apps, there are clubs, but nothing gets you better at moving the ol’ castles and horseys than actually playing. If you lack decent opponents, you can head online – chess.com is a mecca for grandmasters and scrubs alike, and contains plenty of training tools.
For the tactile joy of slamming down pieces you’ll want a proper board, and you could spend as much as you like on a set. Hang on a little for the release of the Square Off board ($299/£230) which moves the pieces all by itself if you want something fancy, or consider a Bluetooth DGT e-Board (£895) if you want recordings of your blunders and checkmates.
above The T3 team are world chess champions. Hey, we’re nerds, it could be true, you don’t know…