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 complete guide on how to play chess, including the basic rules of chess.
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
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 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.
Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly.
A quick guide to the rules of chess, with links to more detailed information on chess rules.
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
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 look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.
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.
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
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 description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
Learn how to checkmate with a king and a queen, one of the most basic endgame checkmates in chess.
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
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.
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
A list of the top ten chess players who came up just short in their bids for the world chess championship.
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
A few tips that new players can use to improve their chess results in a hurry.
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
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.
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
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 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.
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
An overview of the infamous Toiletgate incident during the 2006 World Chess Championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov.
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
An overview of the Internet Chess Club, one of the most popular online chess sites in the world.
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
A look at why it's usually incorrect to move your queen early in the opening - and when that rule should be ignored.
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
A look at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, an annual tournament featuring some of the world's best chess players.
A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
Learn about ten important chess players you may not have heard of, many of whom played hundreds of years ago.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
A short profile and history of the computer chess program, Rybka.
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team 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.
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
A guide to keeping your king safe after castling.
A review of Dismantling the Sicilian, by Jesus de la Villa
A profile of former World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca.
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
A profile of Alexander Morozevich, a famous chess player from Russia.
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
A guide to organized chess, including chess clubs, chess federations, and chess ratings.
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
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 guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
A look at why you should be writing down moves in chess tournaments.
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.
A list of five things you shouldn't do at a chess tournament.
A look at the times when a chess computer might not have the best ideas in a position.
A review of 1. b4: Theory & Practice of the Sokolsky Opening by Jerzy Konikowski and Marek Soszynski.
Borislav Ivanov has become famous for being accused of cheating in chess tournaments.
A discussion of the concept of corresponding squares in chess.
An overview of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer, along with information on the book, and how the two differ.
A discussion of the advantage of moving first in chess.
A guide to the 2014 World Chess Championship cycle.
The first article in a series on the history of chess, covering the games that led to the current rules of modern chess.
Learn the basics that every parent should know before taking their child to their first chess tournament.
Queens and rooks. Chess.
A profile of chess player and former World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal.
An article about playing chess with handicaps, also known as playing with odds.
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
Learn about the top five chess players of the 1910s, including several World Champions and other top contenders.
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
A review of the chess book, Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual.
Houdini is one of the world's strongest chess playing computer programs.
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
A look at the famous knight's tour, a sequence of knight moves that cover every square on a chessboard.
Vassily Ivanchuk: 100 Selected Games by Nikolay Kalinichenko is an excellent celebration of the career of a great chess player.
A look at how the clock can be used as a weapon in speed chess.
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A profile of famous chess player, Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Gashimov.
Chess has a lot of rules of thumb that are regularly stated with some authority, especially when beginners
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
What is sandbagging in chess?