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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.
This Checkmate Will End Your Next Chess Game In...
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.
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.
Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez Opening
Some of the most common variations in the Ruy Lopez opening.
Special Rules: Castling, Promotion and En Passant
A guide to promoting pawns when they reach the end of the board.
Illustrated Guide to the Chess Pieces
How to capture pieces in chess. Page 2.
The Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to the fork, a basic chess tactic.
5 Ways to Improve Your Chess Game
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
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.
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.
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.
The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
Common Lines in the Italian Game
A guie to the Hungarian Defense, a variation of the Italian Game.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
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.
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.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Top Five Chess Books: Intermediate Improvement
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
Basic Rules of Tournament Chess
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
Nakamura Wins US Chess Championship, But So...
Hikaru Nakamura and Irina Krush won the 2015 US Chess Championship titles.
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.
This Grandmaster Cheated with a Phone and...
Gaioz Nigalidze was disqualified for cheating at the 2015 Dubai Open.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
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!
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
World Chess Champions
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
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.
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
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.
Ten Great Chess Quotes
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
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!
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
New on the Site in May
If you're looking for some new chess material to read now that the spring weather is here, take a look at what's new here at About Chess this month: I
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
The 9 Moves That Start Most Chess Games
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
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.
Here's How to Play Chess on Your iPhone
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
New on the Site in March
With March coming to an end, it's time to take a look at what's been added to the site in recent weeks. Here's a look at a few articles that were posted during
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 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.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Borislav Ivanov
Borislav Ivanov has become famous for being accused of cheating in chess tournaments.
Top National Chess Teams to Meet in Armenia
The 2015 World Team Chess Championship will take place in Armenia.
Improving with a Chess Engine
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
Basic Pawn Endgames
An explanation of the basic king and pawn vs. king endgame. Page 2.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Knights vs. Bishops
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
Today's Best Chess Players
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
Celebrity Chess Players
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
US Chess Champions
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
Does the Draw Offer Need to Go?
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
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.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
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.
Review: Bullet Chess by Nakamura and Harper
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
Rapid Chess
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Nakamura, So Are Favorites in 2015 US Chess...
The 2015 US Chess Championship has one of the strongest fields in the history of the event.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
The Evans Gambit
A look at the Evans Gambit, a chess opening. Page 2.
A History of the World Chess Championship
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
Time Management
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
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.
Odds: Playing Chess With a Handicap
An article about playing chess with handicaps, also known as playing with odds.
Fide Grand Prix
A look at the history and impact of the FIDE Grand Prix, a series of chess tournaments that can qualify players for the World Championship.
Webster University Threepeats as American...
Webster University won the President's Cup of chess for the third consecutive year.
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of 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.
Garry Kasparov
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Five Famous Television Chess Moments
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
Types of Online Chess
A short overview of the types of chess sites that are available online.
What’s the Peak Age for Chess Players?
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
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.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
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 Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
A tactic in which a valuable piece is attacked and forced to move, leaving a less valuable piece vulnerable to capture.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
A tactic in which one piece attacks two or more opposing pieces simultaneously. Forks are most commonly made by knights, due to their ability to leap over other pieces.
Checkmate for Children by Kevin Stark
A review of the chess book Checkmate for Children, by Kevin Stark.
Tigran Petrosian
A profile of former world chess champion Tigran Petrosian.
Minimizing the Damage
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
Hikaru Nakamura
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
Dealing with a Bad Chess Tournament
What to do after you've had a rough outing at a chess tournament.
Watch People Play Chess Online
Twitch.tv has several channels devoted to live streaming chess action.
Corresponding Squares
A discussion of the concept of corresponding squares in chess.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Is Team USA Trying to Poach Top Foreign Chess...
Reports that the USA is recruiting foreign grandmasters for international competition may not be telling the whole story.
Sonneborn-Berger Tiebreaks
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
Simplification in Chess
Learn about the topic of simplification in chess.
King Safety Throughout the Game
A discussion of what it means to keep your king safe throughout a chess game.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
Which Chess Programs Are The Strongest in 2014?
Which computer chess engines are the best choices for players in 2014?
1. b4: Theory & Practice of the Sokolsky...
A review of 1. b4: Theory & Practice of the Sokolsky Opening by Jerzy Konikowski and Marek Soszynski.
A situation in which a piece cannot move because it will leave a more valuable piece vulnerable to attack. An absolute pin occurs when moving the piece is impossible because it would expose the king to check, while a relative pin exists when the piece can legally move, but only at the risk of exposing a stronger piece, such as the queen, to an attack.
1972 World Chess Championship: Spassky vs....
A summary of the 1972 World Chess Championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer.
How to Take Advantage of Open Files
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.
Five Young Chess Stars to Watch in 2014
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
Dynamic Equilibrium in Chess
A look at the concept of dynamic equilibrium in chess.
What is Hope Chess?
A look at Hope Chess, a term for a particular thought process used by some chess players that was coined by Dan Heisman.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
Is This Young Norwegian The Greatest Chess...
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
Learning to Use a Chess Clock
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
Chess Book Review: Tactics Time 2 (Brennan,...
Tactics Time 2 is a chess tactics book aimed at beginners.

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