Richard Hartley, Chess Aficionado, explains how the game works, the professional organizations involved, changes in technology and how it all has made his life better. Here are his recommended resources.
Chess book recommendation for beginning players:
“Bobby Fischer teaches chess.” Bantam Books, 1972. It’s also available as a kindle download.
“Chess Tactics for Advanced Players.” Yuri Averbakh, Sportverlag Berlin 1984 (It’s available in English, but was originally written for consumption in the USSR and Germany).
The ICC, Internet Chess Club
The Free Internet Chess Server (also known as FICS)
The US Chess Federation (USCF)
The International Correspondence Chess Federation
Chess in Friendship (Based in Germany)1