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.
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
Some of the most common variations in the Ruy Lopez opening.
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
A guide to basic chess tactics, including forks, pins and skewers.
A guide to the special pawn move, en passant. Page 3.
Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly with this step-by-step tutorial. Learn basic techniques and more.
A quick guide to the rules of chess, with links to more detailed information on chess rules.
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.
A list of the top ten chess players who came up just short in their bids for the world chess championship.
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
A history of the chess tournaments annually held in Wijk aan Zee, which are currently named the Tata Steel Chess Tournaments.
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
A guide to understanding how chess prizes are awarded in most tournaments, including the difference between class prizes and under prizes.
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
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.
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
With all the excitement over the Candidates Tournament, it was easy to miss the new material on the site this month. Here's a quick rundown of what's new at
A look at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, an annual tournament featuring some of the world's best chess players.
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
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.
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Chess Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
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A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
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
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand battled to a draw in Game One of the 2013 World Chess Championship.
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
A few tips that new players can use to improve their chess results in a hurry.
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
Chess databases are useful tools, but some of the information they provide can be misleading.
A look at Jeremy Silman's seven imbalances, and how they can help you form plans and select moves 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.
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
These are the most impressive and incredible feats from the legendary career of Bobby Fischer.
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
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 look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
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.
A rundown of the 2013 World Chess Championship cycle.
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
A review of Dismantling the Sicilian, by Jesus de la Villa
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
A look at the importance of the bishop pair 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.
The pawn game is a simplified version of chess that teaches players about pawn interactions.
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
The first article in a series on the history of chess, covering the games that led to the current rules of modern chess.
While it can often get overlooked, the Women's World Championship is still an important event. This year's edition is match between the still rising star Hou
A game-by-game quick recap of the 2013 World Chess Championship match.
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.
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
The second part in our series on the history of chess discusses the Romantic era of chess.
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
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
A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.
A profile of famous Chinese chess player Hou Yifan.
Black has several possible responses to White's most popular first move. Find out which Black replies are the most popular!
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
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 the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
A discussion of the advantage of moving first in chess.
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Is Chess Training for Post-Beginners the positional manual that's right for you?
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
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.
Learn about the topic of simplification in chess.
A summary of the 1972 World Chess Championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer.
An overview of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer, along with information on the book, and how the two differ.
A profile of famous chess grandmaster Samuel Reshevsky.
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
A list of the winning countries in the history of the Chess Olympiad.
A tactic in which a valuable piece is attacked and forced to move, leaving a less valuable piece vulnerable to capture.
Borislav Ivanov has become famous for being accused of cheating in chess tournaments.
A guide to the 2014 World Chess Championship cycle.
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
A look at Hope Chess, a term for a particular thought process used by some chess players that was coined by Dan Heisman.
A type of chess played with a very short time control.
A review of the 21st century edition of Emanuel Lasker's tournament book of St. Petersburg 1909.
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
An article about playing chess with handicaps, also known as playing with odds.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik.