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Your Quick Guide to Setting Up a Chess Board
How to correctly place the board and pieces at the start of a chess game.
These Opening Moves Are The Most Popular in Chess
Learn about the most common chess openings in the game of chess.
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.
Special Rules: Castling, Promotion and En Passant
A quick guide to the chess rules that cause new players the most trouble: castling, promotion and en passant.
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.
Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez Opening
Some of the most common variations in the Ruy Lopez opening.
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.
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.
5 Ways to Improve Your Chess Game
Learn the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
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.
The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense
A guide to the most common lines seen in the Sicilian Defense, a chess opening.
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.
In Tournament Chess, The Rules Matter
Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.
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!
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
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.
The Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to basic chess tactics, including forks, pins and skewers.
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.
Is Your Chess Board Set Up Correctly?
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
Common Lines in the Italian Game
A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.
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.
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.
Chess Immortals: The World Champions of Chess
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
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!
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
What is the Swiss System?
A look at the Swiss system, a popular tournament structure in chess.
Five Great Chess Channels on YouTube
A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.
The 9 Moves That Start Most Chess Games
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
This Opera Distraction Became the Most Famous...
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
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.
Chess Played Quickly: Who is the Fastest Gun in...
These chess players are the best when it comes to games played in a matter of minutes.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide 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.
Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
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.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free 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.
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
These Ten Quotes Are Chess Classics
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
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.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The starting position of the Caro-Kann Defense, a popular chess opening.
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.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
Here's How to Play Chess on Your iPhone
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
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.
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.
Not Too Fast, Not Too Slow: The Joys of Rapid...
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
These Famous Celebrities Loved Chess
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
Sonneborn-Berger Tiebreaks
An explanation of how Sonneborn-Berger tiebreakers are calculated.
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.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Should the World Chess Championship Be Changed?...
Magnus Carlsen has proposed sweeping changes to how chess determines a World Champion.
Is This Young Norwegian The Greatest Chess...
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
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.
Who Dominates in Chess: The Bishop or the Knight?
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
Does the Draw Offer Need to Go?
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
Chess and Poker
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.
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.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
Team Chess
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
Top 10 Holiday Chess Gifts
A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.
Who's Who in Chess Today
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
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.
Carlsen Holds Onto 2015 Rapid Chess Title, But...
The 2015 World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship took place in Berlin, Germany, during October.
Improving with a Chess Engine
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Basic Pawn Endgames
The rule of the square is explained as it relates to basic pawn endgames.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
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.
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.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
Is Pawn Sacrifice the Film Bobby Fischer Fans...
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The Development of Modern Chess Rules
A look at how chess rules have changed in the last thousand years.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
What’s the Peak Age for Chess Players?
When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
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.
These 5 French Chess Players Are All-Time Greats
A list of the best French chess players of all time, as voted by About Chess readers.
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
A History of the World Chess Championship
A brief history of the World Chess Championship.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
America's Top Grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura
A profile of American chess grandmaster and famous chess player, Hikaru Nakamura.
Can Chess Repertoire Bring Opening Training to...
Chess Repertoire is an opening study program for mobile devices.
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.
Review: Chess Openings Wizard
Chess Openings Wizard is a program that can help you learn openings rapidly and accurately.
1. b4: Theory & Practice of the Sokolsky...
A review of 1. b4: Theory & Practice of the Sokolsky Opening by Jerzy Konikowski and Marek Soszynski.
How to Take Advantage of Open Files
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.
Learning to Use a Chess Clock
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
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.
Choosing the Right Odds
How to select the best odds for a fair game in chess.
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
Betting on Chess
Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.
Minimizing the Damage
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
This Las Vegas Tournament is Bringing...
The Millionaire Chess Open takes place in Las Vegas each October, offering $1 million in prizes to players in several sections.
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.
Fantasy Chess Leagues
Fantasy chess can provide the same kind of fun for chess fans as fantasy football and baseball do for sports fans.
Red Hot Pawn
A look at Red Hot Pawn, a site where players can play correspondence-style chess games.
The Evans Gambit
A look at the Evans Gambit, a chess opening.
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
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.
In Blitz Chess, the Clock Is a Powerful Weapon
A look at how the clock can be used as a weapon in speed chess.
Review: Bullet Chess by Nakamura and Harper
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
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.
Thoresen Chess Engines Competition
The TCEC is perhaps the most prestigious and strongest tournament for computer chess programs in the world today.
Garry Kasparov
A profile of former chess player and world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Four Resolutions Every Chess Player Can Make
Four ideas for resolutions that chess players can make in the new year.
Reviewing Chess Training for Post-Beginners by...
Is Chess Training for Post-Beginners the positional manual that's right for you?
Advanced Chess
A look at Advanced Chess, a form of chess in which computers and humans work together to generate moves.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
Watching Chess Online
There are several ways in which fans of chess can watch major tournaments and matches online.
Which Chess Programs Are The Strongest in 2014?
Which computer chess engines are the best choices for players in 2014?
Wilhelm Steinitz
A profile of the first World Chess Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz.
Three Women Who Rocked The Chess World in 2014
These three women were the top female chess players of 2014.
Your Guide to the Rules of the World Chess...
Learn the rules that govern the 2014 World Chess Championship.
Chess Clubs, Chess Federations, and Ratings
A guide to organized chess, including chess clubs, chess federations, and chess ratings.
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