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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
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.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
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.
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.
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 Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to basic chess tactics, including forks, pins and skewers.
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.
Common Lines in the Italian Game
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
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!
Ten Top Chess Players Battle in 2015 Sinquefiel...
The 2015 Sinquefield Cup features 10 of the world's top chess players competing in St. Louis.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Basic Rules of Tournament Chess
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
This Opera Distraction Became the Most Famous...
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
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.
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.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
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
World Chess Champions
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
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.
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
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.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
The 9 Moves That Start Most Chess Games
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in 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!
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.
Ten Great Chess Quotes
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
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.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Improving with a Chess Engine
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
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.
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Rapid Chess
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Today's Best Chess Players
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
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.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
Here's How to Play Chess on Your iPhone
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
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.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
Corresponding Squares
A discussion of the concept of corresponding squares in chess.
Minimizing the Damage
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
Review: Bullet Chess by Nakamura and Harper
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
Team Chess
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
Checkmate for Children by Kevin Stark
A review of the chess book Checkmate for Children, by Kevin Stark.
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.
A New Tour Promises a "Gold Standard" for...
The Grand Chess Tour will bring special attention to three top chess events in 2015.
The Evans Gambit
A look at the Evans Gambit, a chess opening.
Knights vs. Bishops
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
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
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Basic Pawn Endgames
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
Is This Young Norwegian The Greatest Chess...
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
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.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
How to Take Advantage of Open Files
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.
Celebrity Chess Players
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the 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.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
Paul Morphy
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
What’s the Peak Age for Chess Players?
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
Thoresen Chess Engines Competition
The TCEC is perhaps the most prestigious and strongest tournament for computer chess programs in the world today.
Sonneborn-Berger Tiebreaks
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
Viswanathan Anand
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
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.
A discussion on how to improve your chess visualization skills.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
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
Fantasy Chess Leagues
Fantasy chess can provide the same kind of fun for chess fans as fantasy football and baseball do for sports fans.
Did She Cheat? Suspicions, But No Proof, at...
A stronger than expected performance by one player led to cheating accusations, though without any proof, at the European Women's Chess Championships.
Chess Seconds
A look at the importance of seconds in chess matches.
Endings Every Beginner Should Study
A guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
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.
Descriptive Notation
A style of chess notation in which each square is given a descriptive name, based on the piece that began play on that file and the square’s rank.
Pushing Pawns
Should your next chess move be to push a pawn? Be careful before you make a move you can't take back.
A New Chess Superpower? China Crushes Russia in...
China scored decisive wins in two international chess matches against Russia this month.
America's Top Grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Red Hot Pawn
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
Major Pieces
Queens and rooks. Chess.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Commonly Drawn Endgames
Here's a look at some of the most commonly drawn endgames 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.
Why Recording Chess Games is Important
A look at why you should be writing down moves in chess tournaments.
MVL Wins Biel Chess Festival (Again!)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the 2015 Biel International Chess Festival, the third consecutive year he has done so.
Types of Online Chess
A short overview of the types of chess sites that are available online.
Time Management
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
A History of the World Chess Championship
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Learning to Use a Chess Clock
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
Taking Advantage of Weak Pawns
This guide will help you learn how to take advantage of the weaknesses in your opponent's pawn structure.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
Five Famous Television Chess Moments
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
The 6 Most Impressive Chess Tournament Results...
Who put in the best tournament performances in chess history?
Simultaneous Exhibitions
A look at simultaneous exhibitions in chess, events when one strong player takes on many opponents at the same time.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
The first phase of a chess game, when both players attempt to develop their pieces and fight for the center of the board.
Dismantling the Sicilian by Jesus de la Villa
A review of Dismantling the Sicilian, by Jesus de la Villa
Garry Kasparov
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Reviewing Chess Training for Post-Beginners by...
Is Chess Training for Post-Beginners the positional manual that's right for you?
Rook Pawns Can Be a Drawing Resource
A rook pawn often isn't enough to win a game of chess.
Chess and Go
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
What is an Open File?
Learn what an open file is in chess, and why they're important to your overall strategy.
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