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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.
Fool's Mate - It's the Fastest Checkmate in Chess
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.
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.
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.
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.
Special Rules: Castling, Promotion and En Passant
A guide to promoting pawns when they reach the end of the board.
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
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.
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.
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 description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
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.
Every Move Explained: Morphy's Opera House Game...
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
Basic Rules of Tournament Chess
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
Ten Great Chess Quotes
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
World Chess Champions
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
Best iPhone Chess Apps
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
Hikaru Nakamura
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
The Rules of Bughouse
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Today's Best Chess Players
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in 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.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
World Chess Championship 2013: Game by Game...
A game-by-game quick recap of the 2013 World Chess Championship match.
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
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
Simplification in Chess
Learn about the topic of simplification in chess.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The main position of the Caro-Kann Defense. Page 2.
Lasker's Manual of Chess (21st Century Edition)...
A review of the new 21st century edition of Lasker's Manual of Chess.
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.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
Basic Pawn Endgames
An explanation of the basic king and pawn vs. king endgame. Page 2.
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
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
The 6 Most Impressive Chess Tournament Results...
Who put in the best tournament performances in chess history?
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
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
Carlsen Wins Tournament, Sky is Blue
Magnus Carlsen finished strong to win the Gashimov Memorial tournament.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
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!
Celebrity Chess Players
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
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.
Does the Draw Offer Need to Go?
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
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.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
2013 World Chess Championship (Anand vs....
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand battled to a draw in Game One of the 2013 World Chess Championship.
Unusual Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
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.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Five Young Chess Stars to Watch in 2014
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Could FIDE Strip Carlsen of World Championship?
Could FIDE decide to replace Magnus Carlsen in the upcoming 2014 World Chess Championship match?
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
Choosing the Right Odds
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
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 Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Knights vs. Bishops
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
2013 World Chess Championship
A rundown of the 2013 World Chess Championship cycle.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
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.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
Hands Off! One Simple Rule That Will Improve...
Keeping your hands off the chessboard could dramatically improve your play.
Paul Morphy
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
Toiletgate: The Scandal That Rocked the Chess...
An overview of the infamous Toiletgate incident during the 2006 World Chess Championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov.
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!
What is Chess960?
Chess960 is a popular chess variant.
Review: Chess Openings Wizard
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
Quarterfinals Set at Chess World Cup
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
Rapid Chess
Chess games which are longer than blitz games, but shorter than standard tournament games. A typical time control for a rapid game might be 25 minutes for each player.
The Five Best American Chess Players of All-Time
A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.
How to Take Advantage of Open Files
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.
Five Famous Television Chess Moments
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
Garry Kasparov
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
Corresponding Squares
A discussion of the concept of corresponding squares in chess.
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.
Bughouse: A Chess Game for Teams
Bughouse is a chess variant designed for teams of two players.
St. Petersburg 1909 by Emanuel Lasker (21st...
A review of the 21st century edition of Emanuel Lasker's tournament book of St. Petersburg 1909.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
Chess and Go
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
Can Chess Repertoire Bring Opening Training to...
Chess Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
Borislav Ivanov
Borislav Ivanov has become famous for being accused of cheating in chess tournaments.
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
Aronian Out in World Cup Upset
The third round of the FIDE World Cup saw one major upset, as top seed Levon Aronian fell to Evgeny Tomashevsky. Aronian lost his first game with White and
Simultaneous Exhibitions
A look at simultaneous exhibitions in chess, events when one strong player takes on many opponents at the same time.
Minimizing the Damage
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
The Evans Gambit
A look at the Evans Gambit, a chess opening. Page 2.
Red Hot Pawn
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
The First Move Advantage in Chess
A discussion of the advantage of moving first in chess.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
A tactic in which a valuable piece is attacked and forced to move, leaving a less valuable piece vulnerable to capture.
What’s the Peak Age for Chess Players?
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
1972 World Chess Championship: Spassky vs....
A summary of the 1972 World Chess Championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer.
World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik
A profile of former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik.
Knights Before Bishops?
Chess has a lot of rules of thumb that are regularly stated with some authority, especially when beginners
2014 World Chess Championship
A guide to the 2014 World Chess Championship cycle.
Ten Great Chess Players You May Not Know
Learn about ten important chess players you may not have heard of, many of whom played hundreds of years ago.
Team Chess
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
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