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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 the special pawn move, en passant. Page 3.
The Best Basic Chess Tactical Tips
A guide to the fork, a basic chess tactic.
Illustrated Guide to the Chess Pieces
How to capture pieces in chess. Page 2.
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.
Basic Principles of Chess Openings
A discussion about king safety, one of the basic principles of chess openings.
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
The Smith-Morra Gambit in the Sicilian Defense 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.
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.
Basics of Chess Strategy: Bishops
Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.
Chess Titans
A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.
Learning Openings for Beginners
A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in 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!
The Relative Value of the Pieces
Learn how much each piece is worth in chess, from the pawn to the queen and king.
Five Great Chess Movies
A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.
Can I Checkmate With These Pieces?
A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
A look at scholastic chess tournaments, including what to expect and how prizes are awarded.
Top Five Chess Books: Intermediate Improvement
A list of five books that will help beginners advance to the intermediate level.
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.
Is Chess a Sport?
Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.
A Guide to Chess Titles
An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.
Ten Great Chess Quotes
Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.
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.
Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings
A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.
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.
This Opera Distraction Became the Most Famous...
Paul Morphy's famous Opera House Game is presented, with each move by each side explained.
Suicide Chess
An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.
Chess: The Musical
A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.
World Chess Champions
A list of the world chess champions throughout chess history.
Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments
A look at common scoring systems used in chess tournaments.
Illegal Moves
A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.
Common Lines in the French Defense
The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.
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
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!
The 9 Moves That Start Most Chess Games
Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.
Top Five Chess Books: Openings
A look at the best chess books on the opening.
How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation
Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.
Time Controls
A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.
Popular Lines in the Caro-Kann Defense
The Panov-Botvinnik Attack in the Caro-Kann Defense. Page 4.
The Ten Most Famous Chess Games
A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of 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.
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.
Top Five Chess Books: Tactics
A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.
Avoiding Blunders in Chess
How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.
2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...
Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.
Speed Chess
An overview of blitz and bullet, two forms of speed chess.
Mistakes When Setting Up a Chess Board
A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.
Here's How to Play Chess on Your iPhone
A look at the top chess apps for the iPhone.
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
Tomashevsky Dominates 3rd FIDE 2014-2015 Grand...
The third event in the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix was held in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Popular Chess Variants
A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.
Understanding Chess Ratings
Learn what chess ratings are, and how to earn a chess rating.
Playing in Your First Chess Tournament
A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.
Chessmaster: The Most Famous Series in Computer...
Chessmaster was the most popular series of chess programs for computers from the 1980s to the 2000s.
Six Free Online Chess Resources
A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.
Chess Book Review: Tactics Time 2 (Brennan,...
Tactics Time 2 is a chess tactics book aimed at beginners.
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.
Improving with a Chess Engine
A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.
Avoiding the Biggest Chess Mistakes
Learn how to avoid the largest mistakes you can possible make in a chess game.
Armageddon Tiebreakers
A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.
Choosing an Opening Repertoire for Beginners
Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.
Today's Best Chess Players
A guide to the best chess players today, including the top chess players in the world.
Comparing Internet Chess Servers
A look at what each of the three major online chess servers has to offer.
How to Study Chess Openings
A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.
Knights vs. Bishops
A look at how knights and bishops stack up in 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.
Chess and Poker
An article about the similarities between chess and poker.
Celebrity Chess Players
A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.
Free Online Chess Games
A look at the top places online to play free chess.
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.
Basic Pawn Endgames
An explanation of the basic king and pawn vs. king endgame. Page 2.
Why is Stalemate a Draw?
A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess.
Paul Morphy
Paul Morphy is widely considered the greatest chess player of his era, and is often referred to as an unofficial World Champion.
The Bishop Pair
A look at the importance of the bishop pair in chess.
The Touch-Move Rule
Understanding the Touch-Move rule in chess.
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
A summary of the two famous matches played between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue.
When (and Where) to Castle
A quick guide to choosing when and where to castle during a chess game.
Time Management
Learn how to better manage your time during a chess game. Time management is an important, but often overlooked, chess skill.
Josh Waitzkin: From Chess Prodigy to Martial...
Josh Waitzkin is best known as the subject of Searching for Bobby Fischer.
Kindle Chess Books
Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.
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.
Pushing Pawns
Should your next chess move be to push a pawn? Be careful before you make a move you can't take back.
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.
A page about chessboxing, a hybrid sport that has recently gained some popularity
Cheating in Chess
A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.
Learning to Analyze Your Games
A look at how to start analyzing your own games if you've never done so before.
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.
When to Resign
When is it time to give up in a game of chess?
Is This Young Norwegian The Greatest Chess...
Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer
A profile of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
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.
How to Play Chess960
A short article about Chess960, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Shuffle Chess.
Learn all about Crazyhouse, a chess variant in which captured pieces can be placed back onto the board for the opposing player.
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.
Bruce Pandolfini, Legendary Chess Author and...
Bruce Pandolfini is a well-known chess author and instructor.
Chess for Android Devices
A look at several ways to play chess on your Android device.
Playing Chess on Facebook
Learn how to play chess on Facebook.
Choosing the Right Odds
How to select the best odds for a fair game in 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.
The Evans Gambit
A look at the Evans Gambit, a chess opening.
Candidate Moves: How to Narrow Your Choices
Learn what a candidate move is, and how candidate moves can help you improve your chess.
Types of Online Chess
A short overview of the types of chess sites that are available online.
The Longest Chess Game
A look at the longest games ever played in the game of chess.
Major Pieces
Queens and rooks. Chess.
Rapid Chess
An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.
Five Young Chess Stars to Watch in 2014
A look at five chess players under 21 who could shine in 2014.
The Principle of Two Weaknesses
What is the Principle of Two Weaknesses in chess?
Judit Polgar
A profile of Grandmaster Judit Polgar, a famous chess player.
The Five Best French Chess Players of All-Time
A list of the best French chess players of all time, as voted by About Chess readers.
Corresponding Squares
A discussion of the concept of corresponding squares in chess.
Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't
These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.
Team Chess
Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.
Simplification in Chess
Learn about the topic of simplification in chess.
Review: Bullet Chess by Nakamura and Harper
A review of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate, by Hikaru Nakamura and Bruce Harper.
The 6 Most Impressive Chess Tournament Results...
Who put in the best tournament performances in chess history?
St. Petersburg 1909 by Emanuel Lasker (21st...
A review of the 21st century edition of Emanuel Lasker's tournament book of St. Petersburg 1909.
Why Recording Chess Games is Important
A look at why you should be writing down moves in chess tournaments.
Chess Annotation Symbols Explained
Learn what the annotations in chess games mean.
The long term plans and ideas that guide play beyond what a player can calculate in the short-term.
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.
Does the Draw Offer Need to Go?
A look at the debate over draw offers in chess.
The Development of Modern Chess Rules
A look at how chess rules have changed in the last thousand years.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.
Knights Before Bishops?
Chess has a lot of rules of thumb that are regularly stated with some authority, especially when beginners
Endings Every Beginner Should Study
A guide to the essentials beginners need to study in order to improve their chess endgame skills.
Checkmate for Children by Kevin Stark
A review of the chess book Checkmate for Children, by Kevin Stark.
How to Take Advantage of Open Files
A guide to taking advantage of open files in chess.
Keeping Your Castled King Safe
A guide to keeping your king safe after castling.
Top 10 Holiday Chess Gifts
A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.
Minimizing the Damage
Learn how to keep the damage to a minimum when you're losing material in a game of chess.
Learning to Use a Chess Clock
Tips on how to get used to using a chess clock for tournament play.
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.
Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.
Correspondence Chess
A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.
The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...
A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.
Commonly Drawn Endgames
Here's a look at some of the most commonly drawn endgames in chess.
How to Use Outposts
Outposts can be powerful assets in chess, especially for knights.
A tactic in which a valuable piece is attacked and forced to move, leaving a less valuable piece vulnerable to capture.
US Chess Champions
A list of the US Chess Champions throughout history, including the winner of each US Chess Championship.
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.

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