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 complete guide on how to play chess, including the basic rules of chess.
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
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.
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.
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 quick guide to the chess rules that cause new players the most trouble: castling, promotion and en passant.
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 to read and write algebraic chess notation.
A history of the chess tournaments annually held in Wijk aan Zee, which are currently named the Tata Steel Chess Tournaments.
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
A list of the top ten chess players who came up just short in their bids for the world chess championship.
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
Learn how to checkmate with a king and a queen, one of the most basic endgame checkmates in chess.
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
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.
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
A guide to understanding how chess prizes are awarded in most tournaments, including the difference between class prizes and under prizes.
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Magnus Carlsen finished strong to win the Gashimov Memorial tournament.
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
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 Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
A few tips that new players can use to improve their chess results in a hurry.
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
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
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
The Rules of Chess The Rules of Chess Learn everything you need to know to start playing the game of
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 guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
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
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
These are the most impressive and incredible feats from the legendary career of Bobby Fischer.
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
A look at Jeremy Silman's seven imbalances, and how they can help you form plans and select moves in chess.
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand battled to a draw in Game One of the 2013 World Chess Championship.
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
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.
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
A look at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, an annual tournament featuring some of the world's best chess players.
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
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
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
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
Chess databases are useful tools, but some of the information they provide can be misleading.
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
The pawn game is a simplified version of chess that teaches players about pawn interactions.
A game that ends without a winner. This can happen in several ways. The players may agree to a draw, there may not be enough material left on the board for the game to end with a checkmate, or there may be a stalemate. In tournament play, there are other situations which can result in a draw, such as triple repetition of position, or fifty moves being played without any progress (this is known as the “fifty move rule”).
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team 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 first article in a series on the history of chess, covering the games that led to the current rules of modern chess.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
Black has several possible responses to White's most popular first move. Find out which Black replies are the most popular!
A list of the winning countries in the history of the Chess Olympiad.
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
A situation in which a piece cannot move because it will leave a more valuable piece vulnerable to attack. An absolute pin occurs when moving the piece is impossible because it would expose the king to check, while a relative pin exists when the piece can legally move, but only at the risk of exposing a stronger piece, such as the queen, to an attack.
A tactic in which a valuable piece is attacked and forced to move, leaving a less valuable piece vulnerable to capture.
A rundown of the 2013 World Chess Championship cycle.
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
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.
A game-by-game quick recap of the 2013 World Chess Championship match.
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
Chess has a lot of rules of thumb that are regularly stated with some authority, especially when beginners
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
A profile of famous Chinese chess player Hou Yifan.
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
A look at Hope Chess, a term for a particular thought process used by some chess players that was coined by Dan Heisman.
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
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
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
Learn the basics that every parent should know before taking their child to their first chess tournament.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik.
A guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
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.
Is Chess Training for Post-Beginners the positional manual that's right for you?
What is the Principle of Two Weaknesses in chess?
The history of the famous Aeroflot Open chess tournament.
A discussion of the advantage of moving first in chess.
A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.