For those who feel they did not get exactly what they wanted for the holidays (and what chessplayer ever does?), here is a little list of chess freebies that might cheer you up:
1) Goran Urosevic helpfully reports that the latest issue of "Chess Chronicle" is available for free download. Also available for free download is the Issue 11. You can find some more free issues online at Chessville or from the Chess Chronicle Website.
2) ChessBase has posted their annual Christmas Puzzles 2005. And you can always go through their entire collection of free tactical puzzles.
3) Mig Greengard's "Chess Ninja" site offers free sample issues: White Belt #19 and White Belt #36 or Black Belt #4 and Black Belt #42 (depending on your playing strength).
4) Get some sample issues of Chess Today from their website, including one with excellent annotations of Topalov-Anand, San Luis 2005. Some additional free sample issues can be found off of Ralph Marconi's website.
5) Get some free sample issues of TWIC Theory featuring some nifty articles by Andrew Martin.
6) As a special New in Chess and ICC joint promotion, you can get an excellent free book and 2 months of ICC membership by subscribing to New in Chess. Not exactly free, but it includes a gift!
7) A great article by GM Sergey Ivanov on the Dutch Gambit in the Queen's Gambit Declined (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 c5!?) feels like a free gift, though it is just standard fare for Chessville.
And, of course, you can always find lots of free chess content on the web or in the blogosphere. May these links rekindle the holiday spirit....