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Are you ready to go beyond the basics? Learn about chess strategy, tactics, openings and endgames. Get lessons on how to improve your game from expert players and trainers.
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Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.

Basic Pawn Endgames
A review of several basic pawn endgames commonly seen in chess.

Five Ways to Improve Your Chess
Every chess player is constantly looking to improve their game, and there's plenty of debate on the best way to get better.

Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.

Time Trouble in Chess
Having trouble playing when you're low on time? Here are a few tips that can help you deal with time trouble.

Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.

Odds: Playing Chess With a Handicap
An article about playing chess with handicaps, also known as playing with odds.

Chess Tactics Server
Improve your tactical chops by practicing with over 23,000 problems.

Chess Tempo
A chess tactics server with both standard and blitz options.

Dan Heisman's Novice Nook
Despite the title, Dan Heisman's column isn't just for novices, but rather offers practical advice for the improving player.

Endgame Corner
Karsten Müller's monthly column covers practical endgame play and analysis.

Bluffing in Chess
Is there a time for bluffing in chess? Learn when you should make risky or even bad moves, hoping your opponent won't see what's really happening.

When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.

How to Pick Which Piece to Move
How to choose which piece to move in chess.

Visualization
A discussion on how to improve your chess visualization skills.

Endings Every Beginner Should Study
Learn what endgames you need to study if you want to improve your overall chess results.

Six Free Online Chess Resources
Looking for ways to improve your chess without paying for it? Check out these free online chess resources, each of which has something unique to offer.

Silman's Seven Imbalances
One of the most effective ways of forming a plan is by using Jeremy Silman's idea of imbalances.

Dealing with a Bad Chess Tournament
So, you've had a rough tournament - what's next?

Should I Play Up?
When does it make sense to play up a section in a chess tournament?

Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
Here are a few of the best channels on YouTube for learning more about chess.

Using the Process of Elimination in Chess
This time-saving technique can come in handy when you're in severe time pressure.

The Principle of Two Weaknesses
The Principle of Two Weaknesses is one of the key steps to understanding how to win a chess game strategically.

The Knight's Tour
Is it possible for a knight to visit every square on the board once without ever touching the same square twice?

Top Five Chess Books: Intermediate Improvement
A look at five books that could take you from a beginner to a solid club player.

Common Features of Pawn Structures
Pawns can come in many formations, with some being stronger than others.

The Clock as a Weapon in Blitz Chess
When playing blitz, the clock is as important as the pieces on the board.

Dynamic Equilibrium in Chess
When is equal not so equal on the chessboard?

Learning to Analyze Your Games
Struggling to analyze your own games? Here are a few tips to get you started.

Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Have you ever been confused by the annotations found in chess books? Here's a guide to the most commonly used symbols.

Corresponding Squares
What are corresponding squares, and why are they important in the endgame?

The Bishop Pair
Two bishops are definitely better than one.

Should I Trade Pieces?
When is it correct to trade, and when should such trades be avoided?

Waiting Moves
When making a useless move is the most useful play of all.

Taking Advantage of Weak Pawns
Each type of weak pawn requires a different strategy to combat it.

Commonly Drawn Endgames
Even when things look grim, there may be ways to hold out for a draw.

Quick Tip: Develop With Purpose
In chess, development should come with a purpose.

Play the Opponent or the Board?
Should you play the opponent or the board?

Quick Tip: Be Efficient
How much can each move do for you?

Quick Tip: What Does "Trading Pieces" Mean?
Chess doesn't allow us to offer our opponents trades - but we still trade pieces all the time.

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