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The 10 Most Common Chess Openings
A list of the most common chess openings.
Your Quick Guide to Setting Up a Chess Board
How to correctly place the board and pieces at the start of a chess game.
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.
Fool's Mate -- The Fastest Checkmate in Chess
A move by move guide to the fastest checkmate in chess, the Fool's Mate.
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 Sicilian Defense
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez
The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez. Page 2.
Five Ways to Improve Your Chess
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
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.
Basic Chess Tactics
A guide to basic chess tactics, including forks, pins and skewers.
Basic Principles of Chess Openings
Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly.
The Rules of Chess: A Quick Guide on How to...
A quick guide to the rules of chess, with links to more detailed information on chess rules.
Best iPhone Chess Apps
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
Every Move Explained: Morphy's Opera House Game...
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
Types of Draws in Chess
A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.
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.
Top Five Chess Books: Intermediate Improvement
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
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.
Common Lines in the Italian Game
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
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.
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.
Ten Great Chess Quotes
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your 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.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Basic Rules of Tournament Chess
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
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.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
World Chess Champions
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
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.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
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.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
Top 10 Holiday Chess Gifts
A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Today's Best Chess Players
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
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.
Five Young Chess Stars to Watch in 2014
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
Unusual Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Knights vs. Bishops
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
Toiletgate: The Scandal That Rocked the Chess...
An overview of the infamous Toiletgate incident during the 2006 World Chess Championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov.
Sonneborn-Berger Tiebreaks
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Rapid Chess
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
Crazyhouse
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
Celebrity Chess Players
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
Internet Chess Club
An overview of the Internet Chess Club, one of the most popular online chess sites in the world.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
Paul Morphy
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
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.
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
Does the Draw Offer Need to Go?
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting
A look at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, an annual tournament featuring some of the world's best chess players.
The Five Best American Chess Players of All-Time
A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
Chess and Go
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
Review: Bullet Chess by Nakamura and Harper
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
Viswanathan Anand
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
Shatranj
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
Five Famous Television Chess Moments
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
What’s the Peak Age for Chess Players?
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
Basic Pawn Endgames
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
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.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
Rybka
A short profile and history of the computer chess program, Rybka.
The Rules of Bughouse
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Tactics
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.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Keeping Your Castled King Safe
A guide to keeping your king safe after castling.
Dismantling the Sicilian by Jesus de la Villa
A review of Dismantling the Sicilian, by Jesus de la Villa
José Raúl Capablanca
A profile of former World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Alexander Morozevich
A profile of Alexander Morozevich, a famous chess player from Russia.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
Chess Clubs, Chess Federations, and Ratings
A guide to organized chess, including chess clubs, chess federations, and chess ratings.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
Garry Kasparov
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
Thoresen Chess Engines Competition
The TCEC is perhaps the most prestigious and strongest tournament for computer chess programs in the world today.
Red Hot Pawn
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
Endings Every Beginner Should Study
A guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
Why Recording Chess Games is Important
A look at why you should be writing down moves in chess tournaments.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
US Chess Champions
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
Minimizing the Damage
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
Choosing the Right Odds
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
How to Take Advantage of Open Files
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.
Five Chess Tournament Don’ts
A list of five things you shouldn't do at a chess tournament.
When Computer Advice Isn't Best
A look at the times when a chess computer might not have the best ideas in a position.
1. b4: Theory & Practice of the Sokolsky...
A review of 1. b4: Theory & Practice of the Sokolsky Opening by Jerzy Konikowski and Marek Soszynski.
Borislav Ivanov
Borislav Ivanov has become famous for being accused of cheating in chess tournaments.
Corresponding Squares
A discussion of the concept of corresponding squares in chess.
Searching for Bobby Fischer
An overview of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer, along with information on the book, and how the two differ.
The First Move Advantage in Chess
A discussion of the advantage of moving first in chess.
2014 World Chess Championship
A guide to the 2014 World Chess Championship cycle.
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.
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.
Major Pieces
Queens and rooks. Chess.
Mikhail Tal
A profile of chess player and former World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal.
Odds: Playing Chess With a Handicap
An article about playing chess with handicaps, also known as playing with odds.
A History of the World Chess Championship
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
Top Five Chess Players: 1910-1919
Learn about the top five chess players of the 1910s, including several World Champions and other top contenders.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual (Mark Dvoretsky)
A review of the chess book, Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual.
Houdini
Houdini is one of the world's strongest chess playing computer programs.
Learning to Use a Chess Clock
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
The Knight's Tour
A look at the famous knight's tour, a sequence of knight moves that cover every square on a chessboard.
Review: Vassily Ivanchuk – 100 Selected...
Vassily Ivanchuk: 100 Selected Games by Nikolay Kalinichenko is an excellent celebration of the career of a great chess player.
The Clock as a Weapon in Blitz Chess
A look at how the clock can be used as a weapon in speed chess.
Nothing is Automatic in Chess
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Vugar Gashimov
A profile of famous chess player, Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Gashimov.
Knights Before Bishops?
Chess has a lot of rules of thumb that are regularly stated with some authority, especially when beginners
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
Sandbagging in Chess
What is sandbagging in chess?

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