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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.
Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez Opening
The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez.
This Checkmate Will End Your Next Chess Game In...
A move by move guide to the fastest checkmate in chess, the Fool's Mate.
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.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
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.
The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
The Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to the fork, a basic chess tactic.
Basic Principles of Chess Openings
Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly with this step-by-step tutorial. Learn basic techniques and more.
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.
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.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
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.
Basic Rules of Tournament Chess
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
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.
Top Five Chess Books: Intermediate Improvement
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide 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.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
Ten Great Chess Quotes
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in 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.
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
Best iPhone Chess Apps
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
World Chess Champions
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
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.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
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
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.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The main position of the Caro-Kann Defense. Page 2.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
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
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
Carlsen Wins Tournament, Sky is Blue
Magnus Carlsen finished strong to win the Gashimov Memorial tournament.
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
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
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Hikaru Nakamura
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
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!
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.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
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.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
Which Chess Programs Are The Strongest in 2014?
Which computer chess engines are the best choices for players in 2014?
Today's Best Chess Players
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
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.
Basic Pawn Endgames
An explanation of the basic king and pawn vs. king endgame. Page 2.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
These 4 Tournaments Will Determine 2 Chess...
The 2014-15 FIDE Grand Prix will qualify two players for the 2016 World Chess Championship.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
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.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
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.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Improving with a Chess Engine
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Sonneborn-Berger Tiebreaks
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
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.
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.
Crazyhouse
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
Five Young Chess Stars to Watch in 2014
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
A Match Between Latvian Legends Ends In Victory...
A 2014 match between Alexei Shirov and Evgeny Sveshnikov.
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Shatranj
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
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.
Paul Morphy
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
Chessboxing
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
Celebrity Chess Players
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
Garry Kasparov
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
World Chess Championship 2013: Game by Game...
A game-by-game quick recap of the 2013 World Chess Championship match.
2013 World Chess Championship (Anand vs....
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand battled to a draw in Game One of the 2013 World Chess Championship.
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.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Dismantling the Sicilian by Jesus de la Villa
A review of Dismantling the Sicilian, by Jesus de la Villa
The Five Best French Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the best French chess players of all time, as voted by About Chess readers.
Time Management
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
Red Hot Pawn
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
Choosing the Right Odds
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
The Development of Modern Chess Rules
A look at how chess rules have changed in the last thousand years.
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
Five Famous Television Chess Moments
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
Keeping Your Castled King Safe
A guide to keeping your king safe after castling.
Could FIDE Strip Carlsen of World Championship?
Could FIDE decide to replace Magnus Carlsen in the upcoming 2014 World Chess Championship match?
St. Petersburg 1909 by Emanuel Lasker (21st...
A review of the 21st century edition of Emanuel Lasker's tournament book of St. Petersburg 1909.
Internet Chess Club
An overview of the Internet Chess Club, one of the most popular online chess sites in the world.
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.
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!
Skewer
A tactic in which a valuable piece is attacked and forced to move, leaving a less valuable piece vulnerable to capture.
Minor Pieces
Bishops and knights. Chess.
Who Will Win the 2013 World Chess Championship?
A rundown of the 2013 World Chess Championship cycle.
The Knight's Tour
A look at the famous knight's tour, a sequence of knight moves that cover every square on a chessboard.
Simplification in Chess
Learn about the topic of simplification in chess.
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
US Chess Champions
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Major Pieces
Queens and rooks. Chess.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
Review: Chess Openings Wizard
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
Judit Polgar
A profile of Grandmaster Judit Polgar, a famous chess player.
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.
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.
Rapid Chess
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Samuel Reshevsky
A profile of famous chess grandmaster Samuel Reshevsky.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
Viswanathan Anand
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting
A look at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, an annual tournament featuring some of the world's best chess players.
The 6 Most Impressive Chess Tournament Results...
Who put in the best tournament performances in chess history?
Can Chess Repertoire Bring Opening Training to...
Chess Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Insufficient Losing Chances
A description of the insufficient losing chances rule in chess.
Rank
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.
Fork
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.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
Thoresen Chess Engines Competition
The TCEC is perhaps the most prestigious and strongest tournament for computer chess programs in the world today.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
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