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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.
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.
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.
Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez Opening
The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez.
Special Rules: Castling, Promotion and En Passant
A guide to promoting pawns when they reach the end of the board.
Illustrated Guide to the Chess Pieces
How to capture pieces in chess. Page 2.
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.
The Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to the fork, a basic chess tactic.
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.
5 Ways to Improve Your Chess Game
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
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.
Basic Rules of Tournament Chess
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
Common Lines in the Italian Game
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
Nakamura Beats Anand in Armageddon to Win 2015...
Hikaru Nakamura was the winner of the 2015 Zurich Chess Challenge.
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.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
This Opera Distraction Became the Most Famous...
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
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.
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Chess Book Review: Tactics Time 2 (Brennan,...
Tactics Time 2 is a chess tactics book aimed at beginners.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
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.
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.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
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!
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.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
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.
World Chess Champions
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
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
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
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!
Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
The 9 Moves That Start Most Chess Games
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
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.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The Winawer Variation of the French Defense. Page 7.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
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
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
Improving with a Chess Engine
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
Celebrity Chess Players
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Here's How to Play Chess on Your iPhone
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
Basic Pawn Endgames
An explanation of the basic king and pawn vs. king endgame. Page 2.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
Today's Best Chess Players
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
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.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
Knights vs. Bishops
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
US Chess Champions
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
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.
The Two Women's Chess Championships Scheduled...
There are two Women's World Chess Championship events scheduled for 2015.
Who Will Win the 2013 World Chess Championship?
A rundown of the 2013 World Chess Championship cycle.
Your First Time at a Scholastic Chess Tournament
Learn the basics that every parent should know before taking their child to their first chess tournament.
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.
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
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.
In This Version of Chess, You'll Never See Your...
Kriegspiel is a chess variant in which players can't see their opponent's pieces.
1972 World Chess Championship: Spassky vs....
A summary of the 1972 World Chess Championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer.
Paul Morphy
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
Rapid Chess
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
Team Chess
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
Pushing Pawns
Should your next chess move be to push a pawn? Be careful before you make a move you can't take back.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
The Development of Modern Chess Rules
A look at how chess rules have changed in the last thousand years.
Viswanathan Anand
A profile of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Chessboxing
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
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.
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.
Major Pieces
Queens and rooks. Chess.
The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Sonneborn-Berger Tiebreaks
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
Dynamic Equilibrium in Chess
A look at the concept of dynamic equilibrium in chess.
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.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
Anatoly Karpov
A profile of chess player and former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov.
Should I Trade Pieces?
A look at the factors you should consider when deciding whether or not to trade pieces in a chess game.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
Garry Kasparov
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Endings Every Beginner Should Study
A guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
Five Famous Television Chess Moments
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
Five Young Chess Stars to Watch in 2014
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
Crazyhouse
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
Atomic Chess
Learn how to play atomic chess, one of the fastest-paced chess variants in the world.
Simplification in Chess
Learn about the topic of simplification in chess.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Types of Online Chess
A short overview of the types of chess sites that are available online.
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.
The Evans Gambit
A look at the Evans Gambit, a chess opening. Page 2.
The 6 Most Impressive Chess Tournament Results...
Who put in the best tournament performances in chess history?
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.
Time Management
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
A History of the World Chess Championship
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
Does the Draw Offer Need to Go?
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
Why Recording Chess Games is Important
A look at why you should be writing down moves in chess tournaments.
Checkmate for Children by Kevin Stark
A review of the chess book Checkmate for Children, by Kevin Stark.
Dominguez Comes From Behind to Win Thessaloniki
Leinier Dominguez isn't necessarily a household name among chess fans, but that's perhaps unfair to the Cuban grandmaster. Dominguez has had an excellent career
Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual (Mark Dvoretsky)
A review of the chess book, Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual.
Visualization
A discussion on how to improve your chess visualization skills.
Time Trouble in Chess
Tips on how to deal with time trouble in chess, as well as how to play when your opponent is in time trouble.
Learning to Use a Chess Clock
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
Chess Clubs, Chess Federations, and Ratings
A guide to organized chess, including chess clubs, chess federations, and chess ratings.
Scandinavian Defense: The Dynamic 3...Qd6 by...
A review of the chess book Scandinavian Defense: The Dynamic 3...Qd6 by Michael Melts.
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.
Zurich Chess Challenge
A look at the Zurich Chess Challenge, one of the top invitational chess events in the world.
How to Pick Which Piece to Move
How to choose which piece to move in chess.
Dismantling the Sicilian by Jesus de la Villa
A review of Dismantling the Sicilian, by Jesus de la Villa
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
Shatranj
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.

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