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Chess: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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.
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.
Special Rules: Castling, Promotion and En Passant
A guide to promoting pawns when they reach the end of the board.
The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense
The Smith-Morra Gambit in the Sicilian Defense chess opening.
The Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to the fork, a basic chess tactic.
5 Ways to Improve Your Chess Game
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
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.
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
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
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.
Common Lines in the Italian Game
A guie to the Hungarian Defense, a variation of the Italian Game.
Top Five Chess Books: Intermediate Improvement
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
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.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
This Opera Distraction Became the Most Famous...
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
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.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
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.
Basic Rules of Tournament Chess
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
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 Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
World Chess Champions
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
Ten Great Chess Quotes
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
The 9 Moves That Start Most Chess Games
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
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.
Three Women Who Rocked The Chess World in 2014
These three women were the top female chess players of 2014.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
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
Improving with a Chess Engine
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The Advance Variation of the French Defense. Page 3.
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.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
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!
Today's Best Chess Players
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
Best iPhone Chess Apps
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
Knights vs. Bishops
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
Opposite-Colored Bishops: The Drawingest Pieces...
Learn how to use opposite-colored bishop positions to your advantage in chess.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
Basic Pawn Endgames
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Celebrity Chess Players
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The main position of the Caro-Kann Defense. Page 2.
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.
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.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
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.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
A History of the World Chess Championship
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
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.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
Five Young Chess Stars to Watch in 2014
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
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.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Is This Young Norwegian The Greatest Chess...
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
Rapid Chess
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
Sonneborn-Berger Tiebreaks
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
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.
Dynamic Equilibrium in Chess
A look at the concept of dynamic equilibrium in chess.
Endings Every Beginner Should Study
A guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
Review: Bullet Chess by Nakamura and Harper
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
Four Resolutions Every Chess Player Can Make
Four ideas for resolutions that chess players can make in the new year.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Judit Polgar
A profile of Grandmaster Judit Polgar, a famous chess player.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
The Evans Gambit
A look at the Evans Gambit, a chess opening.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
Pushing Pawns
Should your next chess move be to push a pawn? Be careful before you make a move you can't take back.
Viswanathan Anand
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
This Simple Game Shows How to Use Pawns in Chess
The pawn game is a simplified version of chess that teaches players about pawn interactions.
Major Pieces
Queens and rooks. Chess.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
These 10 Chess Players Dominated in 2014
Who were the top chess players of 2014?
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
Paul Morphy
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
Hikaru Nakamura
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Garry Kasparov
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
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.
Carlsen Wins Tournament, Sky is Blue
Magnus Carlsen finished strong to win the Gashimov Memorial tournament.
You'll Want to Watch These 5 Chess Events in 2015
These are five of the most anticipated chess tournaments coming up in 2015.
What is Hope Chess?
A look at Hope Chess, a term for a particular thought process used by some chess players that was coined by Dan Heisman.
Types of Online Chess
A short overview of the types of chess sites that are available online.
2013 World Chess Championship (Anand vs....
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand battled to a draw in Game One of the 2013 World Chess Championship.
Fide Grand Prix
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.
How to Look Up a Chess Rating
How to look up your chess rating, or another player's chess rating on a chess rating list.
Hou Yifan
A profile of famous Chinese chess player Hou Yifan.
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
Who Will Win the 2013 World Chess Championship?
A rundown of the 2013 World Chess Championship cycle.
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
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.
Why Recording Chess Games is Important
A look at why you should be writing down moves in chess tournaments.
Keeping Your Castled King Safe
A guide to keeping your king safe after castling.
Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual (Mark Dvoretsky)
A review of the chess book, Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual.
Two Games at Once? Understanding the Basque...
The Basque System requires players to compete in two chess games at once.
Learning to Use a Chess Clock
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
Draw Etiquette
A look at the etiquette that should be observed when offering a draw in chess.
Common Features of Pawn Structures
A look at some of the more common features of pawn structures.
A tactic in which one piece attacks two or more opposing pieces simultaneously. Forks are most commonly made by knights, due to their ability to leap over other pieces.
Atomic Chess
Learn how to play atomic chess, one of the fastest-paced chess variants in the world.
Baadur Jobava
A profile of grandmaster Baadur Jobava.
Chess on Ice
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.
Chess and Go
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
Five Famous Television Chess Moments
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
Mikhail Botvinnik
A profile of former World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Can Chess Repertoire Bring Opening Training to...
Chess Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
Rook Pawns Can Be a Drawing Resource
A rook pawn often isn't enough to win a game of chess.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
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