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.
A guide to ten basic checkmates that every chess player should know, presented as a series of mate-in-one problems.
A move by move guide to the fastest checkmate in chess, the Fool's Mate.
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
A complete guide on how to play chess, including the basic rules of chess.
The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez. Page 2.
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
A quick guide to the rules of chess, with links to more detailed information on chess rules.
Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly.
A quick guide to the chess rules that cause new players the most trouble: castling, promotion and en passant.
A guide to basic chess tactics, including forks, pins and skewers.
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
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.
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.
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
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.
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
Learn how to checkmate with a king and a queen, one of the most basic endgame checkmates in chess.
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
A list of the top ten chess players who came up just short in their bids for the world chess championship.
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
A few tips that new players can use to improve their chess results in a hurry.
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
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 Jeremy Silman's seven imbalances, and how they can help you form plans and select moves in 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.
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
A look at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, an annual tournament featuring some of the world's best chess players.
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
An overview of the infamous Toiletgate incident during the 2006 World Chess Championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov.
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
A review of Dismantling the Sicilian, by Jesus de la Villa
Learn about ten important chess players you may not have heard of, many of whom played hundreds of years ago.
A guide to keeping your king safe after castling.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
A look at Hope Chess, a term for a particular thought process used by some chess players that was coined by Dan Heisman.
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
The first article in a series on the history of chess, covering the games that led to the current rules of modern chess.
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
A look at why it's usually incorrect to move your queen early in the opening - and when that rule should be ignored.
A short profile and history of the computer chess program, Rybka.
A look at why you should be writing down moves in chess tournaments.
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.
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
An overview of the Internet Chess Club, one of the most popular online chess sites in the world.
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
The TCEC is perhaps the most prestigious and strongest tournament for computer chess programs in the world today.
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
A list of five things you shouldn't do at a chess tournament.
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
Learn the basics that every parent should know before taking their child to their first chess tournament.
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
A discussion of the advantage of moving first in chess.
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
A guide to the 2014 World Chess Championship cycle.
In chess, it's important to make each move do as much as possible for your position.
A guide to organized chess, including chess clubs, chess federations, and chess ratings.
A profile of chess player and former World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal.
A guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
Queens and rooks. Chess.
Chess has a lot of rules of thumb that are regularly stated with some authority, especially when beginners
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
A review of 1. b4: Theory & Practice of the Sokolsky Opening by Jerzy Konikowski and Marek Soszynski.
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
An overview of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer, along with information on the book, and how the two differ.
A discussion of the concept of corresponding squares in chess.
A review of the chess book, Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual.
The 2014 Candidates Tournament was won by Viswanathan Anand, who earned the right to challenge for the World Chess Championship.
How to look up your chess rating, or another player's chess rating on a chess rating list.
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
An article about playing chess with handicaps, also known as playing with odds.
A look at the concept of dynamic equilibrium in chess.
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
What is the Principle of Two Weaknesses in chess?
A look at the times when a chess computer might not have the best ideas in a position.
World War II slowed down the chess world in the 1940s, but the great players kept playing. Find out who the best players of the decade were.
A review of the chess book Back to Basics: Openings by Carsten Hansen.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca.
A look at how the clock can be used as a weapon in speed chess.
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.