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Your Quick Guide to Setting Up a Chess Board
How to correctly place the board and pieces at the start of a chess game.
The 10 Most Common Chess Openings
A list of the most common chess openings.
This Checkmate Will End Your Next Chess Game In...
A move by move guide to the fastest checkmate in chess, the Fool's Mate.
10 Basic Checkmates Beginning Chess Players...
A guide to ten basic checkmates that every chess player should know, presented as a series of mate-in-one problems.
Special Rules: Castling, Promotion and En Passant
A quick guide to the chess rules that cause new players the most trouble: castling, promotion and en passant.
What You Need to Know to Master the Game of Chess
A complete guide on how to play chess, including the basic rules of chess.
Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez Opening
Some of the most common variations in the Ruy Lopez opening.
5 Ways to Improve Your Chess Game
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
Check, Checkmate and Stalemate
While many beginners may confuse them because they look similar at first glance, check, checkmate and stalemate are very different situations. It is important to be able to identify each and understand what they mean.
A Quick Guide of the Rules for Playing Chess
A quick guide to the rules of chess, with links to more detailed information on chess rules.
Illustrated Guide to the Chess Pieces
The first step towards playing chess is learning how each piece moves. Each of the six pieces moves differently, and this guide will help you understand how to use each one.
The Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to basic chess tactics, including forks, pins and skewers.
Chess Immortals: The World Champions of Chess
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Common Lines in the Italian Game
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
Is Pawn Sacrifice the Film Bobby Fischer Fans...
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Basic Principles of Chess Openings
Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly with this step-by-step tutorial. Learn basic techniques and more.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
Top Five Chess Books: Intermediate Improvement
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
8 Ways for Black to Fight Back Against 1.e4
Black has several possible responses to White's most popular first move. Find out which Black replies are the most popular!
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
How to Checkmate with a King and Queen
Learn how to checkmate with a king and a queen, one of the most basic endgame checkmates in chess.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
7 Easy Tips for Beating Your Friends at Chess
Want to beat your friends or family members at chess? Here are seven easy ways to get the upper hand without tons of study or hard work.
Basic Rules of Tournament Chess
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
Six Ways for Black to Fight Back Against 1.d4
Queen pawn openings are popular, so Black needs to have a response ready when they're played. Here are six common responses to 1.d4!
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
This Opera Distraction Became the Most Famous...
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Dominguez Comes From Behind to Win Thessaloniki
Leinier Dominguez isn't necessarily a household name among chess fans, but that's perhaps unfair to the Cuban grandmaster. Dominguez has had an excellent career
Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
Five Key Ideas for New Chess Players to Work On
A few tips that new players can use to improve their chess results in a hurry.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
These Five Americans Are the USA's All-Time...
A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
Silman's Seven Imbalances
A look at Jeremy Silman's seven imbalances, and how they can help you form plans and select moves in chess.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
The 9 Moves That Start Most Chess Games
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
6 Types of Draws in Chess That You Should Know
A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
Ten Great Chess Quotes
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
The Chess Match of the Century: USSR vs. the...
In 1970, the USSR took on The Rest of the World in an extraordinary chess match.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
Improving with a Chess Engine
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
Does the Draw Offer Need to Go?
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
Top Ten Chess Players Who Never Won a World...
A list of the top ten chess players who came up just short in their bids for the world chess championship.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Who's Who in Chess Today
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Not Too Fast, Not Too Slow: The Joys of Rapid...
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
Rapid Chess
Chess games which are longer than blitz games, but shorter than standard tournament games. A typical time control for a rapid game might be 25 minutes for each player.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Toiletgate: How A Trip to The Bathroom...
An overview of the infamous Toiletgate incident during the 2006 World Chess Championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
Who Will Win the 2015 Chess World Cup?
The 2015 Chess World Cup will qualify two players for the 2016 Candidates Tournament.
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
How to Take Advantage of Open Files
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.
Short, forced sequences of moves which can be calculated and lead to an advantage, usually the gain of material. Examples of tactical themes include forks, pins, and skewers.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
America's Chess Champions, From 1845 to Today
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
This American Chess Champion Wowed the World in...
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Should the World Chess Championship Be Changed?...
Magnus Carlsen has proposed sweeping changes to how chess determines a World Champion.
Aronian Out in World Cup Upset
The third round of the FIDE World Cup saw one major upset, as top seed Levon Aronian fell to Evgeny Tomashevsky. Aronian lost his first game with White and
Who Will Play Magnus Carlsen for the World...
The 2016 Candidates Tournament will determine the next challenger for the World Chess Championship.
Is This Young Norwegian The Greatest Chess...
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Review: Bullet Chess by Nakamura and Harper
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
Ten Great Chess Players You May Not Know
Learn about ten important chess players you may not have heard of, many of whom played hundreds of years ago.
Your First Time at a Scholastic Chess Tournament
Learn the basics that every parent should know before taking their child to their first chess tournament.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
Minimizing the Damage
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
Who Dominates in Chess: The Bishop or the Knight?
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
These Famous Celebrities Loved Chess
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Bobby Fischer's Most Incredible Moments
These are the most impressive and incredible feats from the legendary career of Bobby Fischer.
Time Management
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
Basic Pawn Endgames
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
Quarterfinals Set at Chess World Cup
With Levon Aronian out, Fabiano Caruana is the top seed remaining in the FIDE World Cup, and he lived up to that billing in the Round of 16. Caruana scored a
Corresponding Squares
A discussion of the concept of corresponding squares in chess.
Choosing the Right Odds
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
Sonneborn-Berger Tiebreaks
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
Team Chess
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
What’s the Peak Age for Chess Players?
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
Class Prizes and Under Prizes in Chess...
A guide to understanding how chess prizes are awarded in most tournaments, including the difference between class prizes and under prizes.
Chess Clock
Chess games are often timed, especially in tournament play. This is done through the use of a device which contains two attached clocks, known as a chess clock. By pressing a button on their side of the chess clock after they make a move, a player stops his clock and simultaneously starts the opponent�s clock. Chess clocks are available in both analog and digital styles.
A History of the World Chess Championship
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Here's How to Play Chess on Your iPhone
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
History of Chess, Part I: Before Chess
The first article in a series on the history of chess, covering the games that led to the current rules of modern chess.
Which Chess Programs Are The Strongest in 2014?
Which computer chess engines are the best choices for players in 2014?
Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Most Popular...
An overview of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer, along with information on the book, and how the two differ.
Chess Seconds
A look at the importance of seconds in chess matches.
Bringing Your Queen Out in the Opening
A look at why it's usually incorrect to move your queen early in the opening - and when that rule should be ignored.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
A New Chess Superpower? China Crushes Russia in...
China scored decisive wins in two international chess matches against Russia this month.
Hikaru Nakamura Talks to CNN About Chess,...
Hikaru Nakamura gave an extensive interview to CNN about his chess career and his other interests.
Top 10 Holiday Chess Gifts
A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.
These 5 French Chess Players Are All-Time Greats
A list of the best French chess players of all time, as voted by About Chess readers.
Major Pieces
Queens and rooks. Chess.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
The Evans Gambit
A look at the Evans Gambit, a chess opening.
Here are 5 More Board Games Chess Players Might...
Five modern abstract board games that chess players might also enjoy.
Review: Chess Openings Wizard
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
Chinese Chess Prodigy Wei Yi
Wei Yi is a strong young chess player from China.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
Four Resolutions Every Chess Player Can Make
Four ideas for resolutions that chess players can make in the new year.
Commonly Drawn Endgames
Here's a look at some of the most commonly drawn endgames in chess.
Anatoly Karpov
A profile of chess player and former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov.
America's Top Grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Why Recording Chess Games is Important
A look at why you should be writing down moves in chess tournaments.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
Grandmaster Levon Aronian Tops Sinquefield Cup...
Levon Aronian won the 2015 Sinquefield Cup chess tournament, the second event of the 2015 Grand Chess Tour.
Chess and Go
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
Two Games at Once? Understanding the Basque...
The Basque System requires players to compete in two chess games at once.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Dynamic Equilibrium in Chess
A look at the concept of dynamic equilibrium in chess.
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