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These Opening Moves Are The Most Popular in Chess
Learn about the most common chess openings in the game of chess.
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.
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.
Serious Chess Players Need to Know These Three...
A quick guide to the chess rules that cause new players the most trouble: castling, promotion and en passant.
Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez Opening
Some of the most common variations in the Ruy Lopez opening.
Not Sure How to Learn Chess? Start Here.
A complete guide on how to play chess, including the basic rules of chess.
5 Ways to Improve Your Chess Game
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
How to Play the Opening Like a Chess Master
Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly with this step-by-step tutorial. Learn basic techniques and more.
How Do Chess Pieces Move? A Guide for New Players
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.
The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
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!
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.
Is Your Chess Board Set Up Correctly?
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
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.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
When You Can Checkmate in Chess (And When You...
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
The Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to basic chess tactics, including forks, pins and skewers.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
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!
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
The Italian Game - The First Chess Opening You...
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
Chess Immortals: The World Champions of Chess
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
In Tournament Chess, The Rules Matter
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Chess Endgames - Checkmating with a King and...
Learn how to checkmate with a king and a queen, one of the most basic endgame checkmates in chess.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
First Computers Dominated Chess. Now Go May Be...
Google has created a computer Go program that can go toe-to-toe with the top human players in the world.
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.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Playing the French Defense, One of The Most...
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
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.
Win Chess by Knowing These Imbalances
A look at Jeremy Silman's seven imbalances, and how they can help you form plans and select moves in chess.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
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.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
The World Champion, The Duke, and The Most...
Paul Morphy's most famous game wasn't from a tournament or match, but rather an offhand casual game at an opera house.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
Not Too Fast, Not Too Slow: The Joys of Rapid...
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
How International Chess Has Become Connected to...
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was hit with sanctions by the US Treasury Department for allegedly providing material assistance to the Syrian government.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
Is Chess Banned in Saudi Arabia? The Answer...
Is chess banned in Saudi Arabia? We look at the practical effects of a recent fatwa.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
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.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
What to Expect at Your Child's Chess Tournament
Learn the basics that every parent should know before taking their child to their first chess tournament.
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
These Ten Quotes Are Chess Classics
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
The Games That Would Eventually Become Chess
The first article in a series on the history of chess, covering the games that led to the current rules of modern chess.
Chess Can Be A Team Sport, Too
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
2016 Could Be A Banner Year for Chess. Here's...
The 2016 chess calendar is filled with major events featuring the world's top players.
The 9 Moves That Start Most Chess Games
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
Who's Who in Chess Today
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Who Dominates in Chess: The Bishop or the Knight?
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.
These Great Chess Players Were Never World...
A list of the top ten chess players who came up just short in their bids for the 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.
Computers Have Changed How We Study Chess
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
When Brains Meet Brawn: Chessboxing
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
This American Chess Champion Wowed the World in...
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
These Five E-Books Are Perfect for the Chess...
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Here's How to Play Chess on Your iPhone
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
How to Play Chess on Your Android
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
Red Hot Pawn
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
How Does Chess Compare to The Asian Game of Go?
A look at the differences between two of the world's oldest games of strategy: chess and Go.
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Wins Again...
Magnus Carlsen won the 2015 Qatar Masters Open, one of the strongest open chess tournaments ever played.
Castling Can Be the Key to Saving Your King in...
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
The Queen is Powerful, But Don't Overuse Her
A look at why it's usually incorrect to move your queen early in the opening - and when that rule should be ignored.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Kasparov and Deep Blue: The Match That Changed...
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
Magnus Carlsen Starts 2016 in the Usual Way -...
Magnus Carlsen finished a point ahead of his nearest competitors to win the 2016 Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
What’s the Peak Age for Chess Players?
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
What Do Chess and Poker Have In Common? More...
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Chess By Mail - Or E-Mail - Is Still Popular
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
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
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
Play the Opponent or the Board?
In chess, you must choose between playing your opponent and playing the position on the board.
The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
Time is a Factor in Chess
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
You Touch It, You Move It In Chess
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Is Pawn Sacrifice the Film Bobby Fischer Fans...
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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
These Famous Celebrities Loved Chess
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
Six Free Online Chess Resources - Best Free...
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
America's Chess Champions, From 1845 to Today
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
Turning Pawns Into Wins in Chess
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
These Five Moments Shocked the Chess World in...
A list of five of the most surprising moments in the world of chess during 2015.
Is This Young Norwegian The Greatest Chess...
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
Who Will Play Magnus Carlsen for the World...
The 2016 Candidates Tournament will determine the next challenger for the World Chess Championship.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
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.
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Magnus, Muzychuk, and Americans Dominate 2015...
These five stories are the ones chess fans should remember from 2015.
Who Will Win the 2015 London Chess Classic?
The 2015 London Chess Classic carries added weight thanks to its place as the final event in the Grand Chess Tour.
Why Does White Have an Edge in Chess?
A discussion of the advantage of moving first in chess.
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
Josh Waitzkin: From Chess Prodigy to Martial...
Josh Waitzkin is best known as the subject of Searching for Bobby Fischer.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of 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.
Four Resolutions Every Chess Player Can Make
Four ideas for resolutions that chess players can make in the new year.
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.
Chess Clock
Chess games are often timed, especially in tournament play. This is done through the use of a device which contains two attached clocks, known as a chess clock. By pressing a button on their side of the chess clock after they make a move, a player stops his clock and simultaneously starts the opponent�s clock. Chess clocks are available in both analog and digital styles.
Does the Draw Offer Need to Go?
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
Review: Bullet Chess by Nakamura and Harper
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
Review: Chess Openings Wizard
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Here's What You Can Buy For the Chess Player In...
A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.
Who Will Win the Showdown in St. Louis?
Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana will meet in an exhibition chess match in St. Louis in November 2015.
Commonly Drawn Endgames
Here's a look at some of the most commonly drawn endgames in chess.
In Blitz Chess, the Clock Is a Powerful Weapon
A look at how the clock can be used as a weapon in speed chess.
Choosing the Right Odds
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
Development
The process of moving the pieces from their original squares to more active squares. Typically, the player who has better developed pieces will have an advantage.
Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Most Popular...
An overview of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer, along with information on the book, and how the two differ.
Watch People Play Chess Online
Twitch.tv has several channels devoted to live streaming chess action.
Yes, Russians Are Still Good at Chess
Russia won both the open and women's sections of the 2015 European Team Chess Championship.
Five Famous Television Chess Moments
A list of five famous chess scenes from popular television shows.
A History of the World Chess Championship
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
Caruana, Hou Yifan Win St. Louis Showdowns
Fabiano Caruana and Hou Yifan won their matches at the 2015 Showdown in St. Louis.
Atomic Chess
Learn how to play atomic chess, one of the fastest-paced chess variants in the world.
How to Chess Masters Figure Out Their Options?...
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
Learning to Use a Chess Clock
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
Carlsen Holds Onto 2015 Rapid Chess Title, But...
The 2015 World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship took place in Berlin, Germany, during October.
Rapid Chess - Chess at High Speeds
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.
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