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 look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
A guide to ten basic checkmates that every chess player should know, presented as a series of mate-in-one problems.
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.
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.
How to capture pieces in chess. Page 2.
A quick guide to the rules of chess, with links to more detailed information on chess rules.
A guie to the Hungarian Defense, a variation of the Italian Game.
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
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.
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
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 list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
The exchange variation of the French defense, also known as the French Exchange. Page 2.
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
A guide to understanding how chess prizes are awarded in most tournaments, including the difference between class prizes and under prizes.
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 look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
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
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
Magnus Carlsen finished strong to win the Gashimov Memorial tournament.
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.
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 list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
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
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
A guide to the 2014 World Chess Championship cycle, including the World Championship rematch between Anand and Carlsen.
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
The 2014-15 FIDE Grand Prix will qualify two players for the 2016 World Chess Championship.
Which computer chess engines are the best choices for players in 2014?
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
A list of the top ten chess players who came up just short in their bids for the world chess championship.
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
The main position of the Caro-Kann Defense. Page 2.
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
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.
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
An explanation of the basic king and pawn vs. king endgame. Page 2.
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
A few tips that new players can use to improve their chess results in a hurry.
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 the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of 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 look at the top places online to play free chess.
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
Black has several possible responses to White's most popular first move. Find out which Black replies are the most popular!
A review of Dismantling the Sicilian, by Jesus de la Villa
The first article in a series on the history of chess, covering the games that led to the current rules of modern chess.
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
A look at why it's usually incorrect to move your queen early in the opening - and when that rule should be ignored.
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
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.
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
An overview of the infamous Toiletgate incident during the 2006 World Chess Championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov.
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
A history of the chess tournaments annually held in Wijk aan Zee, which are currently named the Tata Steel Chess Tournaments.
A 2014 match between Alexei Shirov and Evgeny Sveshnikov.
A look at how chess rules have changed in the last thousand years.
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
The Turk was a chess machine that captivated audiences in Europe in the United States around 200 years ago.
A list of the winning countries in the history of the Chess Olympiad.
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
A game-by-game quick recap of the 2013 World Chess Championship match.
A profile of Grandmaster Judit Polgar, a famous chess player.
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
A guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
Tips on how to deal with time trouble in chess, as well as how to play when your opponent is in time trouble.
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
The long term plans and ideas that guide play beyond what a player can calculate in the short-term.
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.
Chess Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
A history of the Women's World Chess Championship, including a list of all winners.
A short overview of the types of chess sites that are available online.
Learn about the topic of simplification in chess.
A look at the importance of seconds in chess matches.
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
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.
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand battled to a draw in Game One of the 2013 World Chess Championship.
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
A profile of chess player and former World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal.
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
Borislav Ivanov has become famous for being accused of cheating in chess tournaments.