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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.
Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez Opening
The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez.
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.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
The Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to the fork, a basic chess tactic.
The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense
The Smith-Morra Gambit in the Sicilian Defense chess opening.
5 Ways to Improve Your Chess Game
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
Special Rules: Castling, Promotion and En Passant
A guide to promoting pawns when they reach the end of the board.
Basic Principles of Chess Openings
A discussion about king safety, one of the basic principles of chess openings.
Illustrated Guide to the Chess Pieces
How to capture pieces in chess. Page 2.
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.
Common Lines in the Italian Game
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
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.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
This Opera Distraction Became the Most Famous...
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
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.
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Basic Rules of Tournament Chess
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive 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.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
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
Ten Great Chess Quotes
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
World Chess Champions
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
Top Five Chess Books: Intermediate Improvement
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The exchange variation of the French defense, also known as the French Exchange. Page 2.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Best iPhone Chess Apps
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
Today's Best Chess Players
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
New on the Site in April
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
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
Carlsen Stumbles, But Leads Gashimov Memorial
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
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.
Carlsen Wins Tournament, Sky is Blue
Magnus Carlsen finished strong to win the Gashimov Memorial tournament.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
Tiebreakers Underway at U.S. Championship
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
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
Class Prizes and Under Prizes in Chess...
A guide to understanding how chess prizes are awarded in most tournaments, including the difference between class prizes and under prizes.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The main position of the Caro-Kann Defense. Page 2.
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 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.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
Chess Seconds
A look at the importance of seconds in chess matches.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
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 Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Viswanathan Anand
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
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.
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.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
The First Move Advantage in Chess
A discussion of the advantage of moving first in chess.
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
Are Bishops Stronger Than Knights? It Depends.
Are bishops really stronger than knights in chess?
Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
Tactics
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.
Can Magnus Carlsen Beat Anand Again? The 2014...
A guide to the 2014 World Chess Championship cycle, including the World Championship rematch between Anand and Carlsen.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Five Young Chess Stars to Watch in 2014
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
Basic Pawn Endgames
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Your Guide to the Rules of the World Chess...
Learn the rules that govern the 2014 World Chess Championship.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Hikaru Nakamura
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Improving with a Chess Engine
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Celebrity Chess Players
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
Is This Young Norwegian The Greatest Chess...
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
Knights vs. Bishops
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
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.
Choosing the Right Odds
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
Rapid Chess
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
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.
Judit Polgar
A profile of Grandmaster Judit Polgar, a famous chess player.
Paul Morphy
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
Time Management
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
How Anand Can Upset Carlsen in the 2014 World...
Can Anand pull off an upset in the 2014 World Chess Championship?
What’s the Peak Age for Chess Players?
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
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!
The Development of Modern Chess Rules
A look at how chess rules have changed in the last thousand years.
Garry Kasparov
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Top 10 Holiday Chess Gifts
A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
A History of the World Chess Championship
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
History of the Wijk aan Zee Chess Tournament
A history of the chess tournaments annually held in Wijk aan Zee, which are currently named the Tata Steel Chess Tournaments.
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
Review: Chess Openings Wizard
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
The 9 Moves That Start Most Chess Games
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
2013 World Chess Championship (Anand vs....
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand battled to a draw in Game One of the 2013 World Chess Championship.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
Sonneborn-Berger Tiebreaks
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
Which Chess Programs Are The Strongest in 2014?
Which computer chess engines are the best choices for players in 2014?
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
Can Chess Repertoire Bring Opening Training to...
Chess Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
Chessboxing
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
The History of Chess, Part II: The Romantic Era
The second part in our series on the history of chess discusses the Romantic era of chess.
Who Will Win the 2013 World Chess Championship?
A rundown of the 2013 World Chess Championship cycle.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
Strategy
The long term plans and ideas that guide play beyond what a player can calculate in the short-term.
Draw Etiquette
A look at the etiquette that should be observed when offering a draw in chess.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
Team Chess
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
Ten Great Chess Players You May Not Know
Learn about ten important chess players you may not have heard of, many of whom played hundreds of years ago.
Shatranj
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
The Knight's Tour
A look at the famous knight's tour, a sequence of knight moves that cover every square on a chessboard.
Crazyhouse
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
Magnus Carlsen
A profile of grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, one of the world's top chess players.
The Other Players to Know at the 2014 World...
Learn about the minor figures who could potentially play a big role at the 2014 World Chess Championship.
Borislav Ivanov
Borislav Ivanov has become famous for being accused of cheating in chess tournaments.
Endings Every Beginner Should Study
A guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
1972 World Chess Championship: Spassky vs....
A summary of the 1972 World Chess Championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
Five Famous Television Chess Moments
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
Insufficient Losing Chances
A description of the insufficient losing chances rule in chess.
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