Chess: Most Popular Articles
A list of the most common chess openings.
How to correctly place the board and pieces at the start of a chess game.
The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez.
A move by move guide to the fastest checkmate in chess, the Fool's Mate.
A guide to ten basic checkmates that every chess player should know, presented as a series of mate-in-one problems.
A complete guide on how to play chess, including the basic rules of chess.
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
A guide to promoting pawns when they reach the end of the board.
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
A guide to the fork, a basic chess tactic.
Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly with this step-by-step tutorial. Learn basic techniques and more.
How to capture pieces in chess. Page 2.
A quick guide to the rules of chess, with links to more detailed information on chess rules.
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
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 look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
Learn how to checkmate with a king and a queen, one of the most basic endgame checkmates in chess.
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
A guide to understanding how chess prizes are awarded in most tournaments, including the difference between class prizes and under prizes.
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
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
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.
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
The main position of the Caro-Kann Defense. Page 2.
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
April was a month of lists on the site, with several new lists -- mostly dealing with the opening -- being added this month. If you keep an eye on these
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
Magnus Carlsen finished strong to win the Gashimov Memorial tournament.
Much like during the Kasparov era, it's always notable when current World Champion Magnus Carlsen loses a game. Not that it doesn't happen, but it's enough of a
I was planning to report on the winners of the U.S. Championship this morning, but that has proven impossible. In both the Championship and Women's Championship
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
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!
A list of the top ten chess players who came up just short in their bids for the world chess championship.
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
A look at Jeremy Silman's seven imbalances, and how they can help you form plans and select moves in chess.
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
Which computer chess engines are the best choices for players in 2014?
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
A history of the chess tournaments annually held in Wijk aan Zee, which are currently named the Tata Steel Chess Tournaments.
An explanation of the basic king and pawn vs. king endgame. Page 2.
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
The 2014-15 FIDE Grand Prix will qualify two players for the 2016 World Chess Championship.
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
A few tips that new players can use to improve their chess results in a hurry.
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your 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.
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
An overview of the infamous Toiletgate incident during the 2006 World Chess Championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov.
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
A 2014 match between Alexei Shirov and Evgeny Sveshnikov.
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
During the Olympics, you may hear curling referred to as chess on ice. Find out why it has this name and what it shares with the ancient board game.
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
A game-by-game quick recap of the 2013 World Chess Championship match.
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand battled to a draw in Game One of the 2013 World Chess Championship.
A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
A review of Dismantling the Sicilian, by Jesus de la Villa
A list of the best French chess players of all time, as voted by About Chess readers.
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
A look at how chess rules have changed in the last thousand years.
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
A guide to keeping your king safe after castling.
Could FIDE decide to replace Magnus Carlsen in the upcoming 2014 World Chess Championship match?
A review of the 21st century edition of Emanuel Lasker's tournament book of St. Petersburg 1909.
An overview of the Internet Chess Club, one of the most popular online chess sites in the world.
The first article in a series on the history of chess, covering the games that led to the current rules of modern chess.
Black has several possible responses to White's most popular first move. Find out which Black replies are the most popular!
A tactic in which a valuable piece is attacked and forced to move, leaving a less valuable piece vulnerable to capture.
Bishops and knights. Chess.
A rundown of the 2013 World Chess Championship cycle.
A look at the famous knight's tour, a sequence of knight moves that cover every square on a chessboard.
Learn about the topic of simplification in chess.
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Queens and rooks. Chess.
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
A profile of Grandmaster Judit Polgar, a famous chess player.
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.
A look at why it's usually incorrect to move your queen early in the opening - and when that rule should be ignored.
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
A profile of famous chess grandmaster Samuel Reshevsky.
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
A look at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, an annual tournament featuring some of the world's best chess players.
Who put in the best tournament performances in chess history?
Chess Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
A description of the insufficient losing chances rule in chess.
A horizontal row of squares on the chessboard. In algebraic notation, ranks are numbered from 1 to 8, with the white pieces sitting on the first and second ranks.
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.
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
The TCEC is perhaps the most prestigious and strongest tournament for computer chess programs in the world today.
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.