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 move by move guide to the fastest checkmate in chess, the Fool's Mate.
The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez.
A complete guide on how to play chess, including the basic rules of chess.
A guide to ten basic checkmates that every chess player should know, presented as a series of mate-in-one problems.
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 the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
A guide to the fork, a basic chess tactic.
A guide to promoting pawns when they reach the end of the board.
Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly with this step-by-step tutorial. Learn basic techniques and more.
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 quick guide to the rules of chess, with links to more detailed information on chess rules.
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.
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
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.
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.
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
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.
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
Learn how to checkmate with a king and a queen, one of the most basic endgame checkmates in chess.
A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.
A guide to understanding how chess prizes are awarded in most tournaments, including the difference between class prizes and under prizes.
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
A guide to understanding how time controls work in 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.
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
A game-by-game quick recap of the 2013 World Chess Championship match.
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
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
Learn about the topic of simplification in chess.
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
The main position of the Caro-Kann Defense. Page 2.
A review of the new 21st century edition of Lasker's Manual of Chess.
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
An explanation of the basic king and pawn vs. king endgame. Page 2.
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
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
Who put in the best tournament performances in chess history?
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
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
Magnus Carlsen finished strong to win the Gashimov Memorial tournament.
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
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 page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
A look at Jeremy Silman's seven imbalances, and how they can help you form plans and select moves in chess.
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
A few tips that new players can use to improve their chess results in a hurry.
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand battled to a draw in Game One of the 2013 World Chess Championship.
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
A history of the chess tournaments annually held in Wijk aan Zee, which are currently named the Tata Steel Chess Tournaments.
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
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.
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing 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.
A look at why it's usually incorrect to move your queen early in the opening - and when that rule should be ignored.
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
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.
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Could FIDE decide to replace Magnus Carlsen in the upcoming 2014 World Chess Championship match?
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.
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
A look at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, an annual tournament featuring some of the world's best chess players.
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
A rundown of the 2013 World Chess Championship cycle.
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
The first article in a series on the history of chess, covering the games that led to the current rules of modern chess.
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
Keeping your hands off the chessboard could dramatically improve your play.
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 the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
An overview of the infamous Toiletgate incident during the 2006 World Chess Championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov.
Black has several possible responses to White's most popular first move. Find out which Black replies are the most popular!
Chess960 is a popular chess variant.
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
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
Chess games which are longer than blitz games, but shorter than standard tournament games. A typical time control for a rapid game might be 25 minutes for each player.
A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
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.
A discussion of the concept of corresponding squares in chess.
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.
Bughouse is a chess variant designed for teams of two players.
A review of the 21st century edition of Emanuel Lasker's tournament book of St. Petersburg 1909.
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
Chess Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
Borislav Ivanov has become famous for being accused of cheating in chess tournaments.
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
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
A look at simultaneous exhibitions in chess, events when one strong player takes on many opponents at the same time.
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
A look at the Evans Gambit, a chess opening. Page 2.
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
A discussion of the advantage of moving first in chess.
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
A tactic in which a valuable piece is attacked and forced to move, leaving a less valuable piece vulnerable to capture.
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
A summary of the 1972 World Chess Championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik.
Chess has a lot of rules of thumb that are regularly stated with some authority, especially when beginners
A guide to the 2014 World Chess Championship cycle.
Learn about ten important chess players you may not have heard of, many of whom played hundreds of years ago.
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.