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Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:20:47 +0000

 



Armageddon Tiebreakers

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.



Your Quick Guide to Setting Up a Chess Board

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

How to correctly place the board and pieces at the start of a chess game.



Your Guide to the Rules of the World Chess...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn the rules that govern the 2014 World Chess Championship.



These Opening Moves Are The Most Popular in Chess

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn about the most common chess openings in the game of chess.



Not Too Fast, Not Too Slow: The Joys of Rapid...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

An overview of rapid chess, an increasingly popular format for chess tournaments.



8 Ways for Black to Fight Back Against 1.e4

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Black has several possible responses to White's most popular first move. Find out which Black replies are the most popular!



Basic Checkmates Beginning Chess Players Should...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

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...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A quick guide to the chess rules that cause new players the most trouble: castling, promotion and en passant.



This Checkmate Will End Your Next Chess Game In...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A move by move guide to the fastest checkmate in chess, the Fool's Mate.



Blitz and Bullet Chess -- The Speedy Way to Play

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Blitz and bullet chess -- if you're bored with the pace of the game, check out these lighting-fast alternatives of play.



The Tiger of Madras: Meet Vishy Anand, India's...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at the career of Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion.



Toiletgate: How A Trip to The Bathroom...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

An overview of the infamous Toiletgate incident during the 2006 World Chess Championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov.



Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez Opening

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Some of the most common variations in the Ruy Lopez opening.



Who are Some Chess Greats?

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

There have been many great chess players but only a select few have been honored to hold the title of World Champion. Here is a list of the world chess champions.



Russia-China Chess Match Features Do-Or-Die...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

An interesting new team knockout format is being tried in a chess match between Russia and China.



Is Your Chess Board Set Up Correctly?

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A few common errors players make when setting up a chessboard for the first time.



These Five Films Should Be Seen By Every Chess...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A list of five excellent chess movies that any fan of the game should check out.



A History of the World Chess Championship

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A brief history of the World Chess Championship.



7 Easy Tips for Beating Your Friends at Chess

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

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.



Six Ways for Black to Fight Back Against 1.d4

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

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

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn why these are the nine most popular moves for opening a chess game.



Ways to Improve Your Chess Game

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

There's no one improvement method that's best for everyone, but here are the five best ways for novice chess players to improve their chess skills.



What to Expect at Your Child's Chess Tournament

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn the basics that every parent should know before taking their child to their first chess tournament.



These Five E-Books Are Perfect for the Chess...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Looking for a good chess book for your Kindle? Here are five recommendations.



Your One-Stop Page for the Basic Rules of Chess

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn the basic rules of chess, including the function of the pieces and how to play the game.



Top Chess Books to Take You From Beginner to...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Looking to up your chess game? Here is a list of the five best chess books that will help beginning players advance to the intermediate level.



How to Play the Opening Like a Chess Master

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn the basic principles of playing chess openings properly with this step-by-step tutorial. Learn basic techniques and more.



Not Sure How to Learn Chess? Start Here.

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A complete guide on how to play chess, including the basic rules of chess.



6 Types of Draws in Chess That You Should Know

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A description of the various types of outcomes that can result in a drawn game of chess.



Time Controls

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A guide to understanding how time controls work in chess.



The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

The Sicilian Defense may be the single most common chess opening in modern play. A guide to the most common lines seen in this chess opening.



Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

In most chess tournaments held since the middle of the 19th century, there has been a very simple chess scoring system used. Here's an in-depth look.



Rapid Chess - Chess at High Speeds

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

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.



Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Most Popular...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

An overview of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer, along with information on the book, and how the two differ.



In Tournament Chess, The Rules Matter

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Before you play in your first tournament, learn some of the most important rules in competitive chess.



Top Five Chess Books: Openings

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at the best chess books on the opening.



Tactics: The Tricks and Traps That Win Chess...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A guide to basic chess tactics, including forks, pins and skewers.



YouTube Videos That Can Make You a Better Chess...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at some of the best chess channels on YouTube.



Learning Openings for Beginners

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A discussion of the best ways to learn the openings in chess.



Computers Have Changed How We Study Chess

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A guide to using a computer chess engine to improve your own chess game.



Chess Titans

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans.



The Swiss System Is Used to Pair Players in...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at the Swiss system, the most popular tournament structure in chess. The system governs how players are ranked and paired for the games of the tournament.



Suicide Chess: When Every Loss is a Win

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

An article describing how to play suicide chess, along with some basic strategy to employ when playing suicide chess.



Don't Underestimate These 10 Crazy Chess Openings

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A guide to some of the most common unorthodox chess openings.



How Do Chess Pieces Move? A Guide for New Players

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

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.



Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A list of the top female chess players in the history of the game.



Five Key Ideas for New Chess Players to Work On

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A few tips that new players can use to improve their chess results in a hurry.



Chess Seconds

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at the importance of seconds in chess matches.



Top Five Chess Books: Tactics

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at five great books on the subject of chess tactics.



When You Can Checkmate in Chess (And When You...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A list of the pieces with which a player can or cannot checkmate an enemy king.



Check, Checkmate and Stalemate Chess Moves for...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

While many beginners may confuse them because they look similar at first glance, check, checkmate and stalemate are very different situations.



Chess: It's a Sport, Except When It Isn't.

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Is chess a sport? Here's a look at both sides of this classic debate.



Here's What You Can Buy For the Chess Player In...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at some of the best Christmas and holiday gift ideas for the chess players in your life.



Playing in Your First Chess Tournament

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A guide to participating in your first chess tournament.



The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A review of The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, by Larry Kaufman.



Win Chess by Knowing These Imbalances

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at Jeremy Silman's seven imbalances, and how they can help you form plans and select moves in chess.



These Great Chess Players Were Never World...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A list of the top ten chess players who came up just short in their bids for the world chess championship.



Four Resolutions Every Chess Player Can Make

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Four ideas for resolutions that chess players can make in the new year.



Three Things Grandmasters Do That You Shouldn't

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

These three habits of grandmasters don't work for the typical club chess player.



Chess By Mail - Or E-Mail - Is Still Popular

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A short description of correspondence chess, a form of chess traditionally played by post.



A Stalemate in Chess is a Draw, But Not All...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A review of the history behind the stalemate rule in chess, explaining why a stalemate is a draw, as well as debates about whether it's a good rule for chess.



The Italian Game - The First Chess Opening You...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A description and guide to the common openings lines which can be reached from the Italian Game.



Anatoly Karpov: Soviet Chess Legend and World...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A profile of chess player and former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov.



Playing the French Defense, One of The Most...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

The starting position of the French Defense, a chess opening.



Who Dominates in Chess: The Bishop or the Knight?

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at how knights and bishops stack up in chess.



Tired of Standard Chess? Try These Alternate...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A list of popular chess variants, with basic explanations of their rules of play.



Chess Endgames - Checkmating with a King and...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn how to checkmate with a king and a queen, one of the most basic endgame checkmates in chess.



These Five Americans Are the USA's All-Time...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at the five best chess players in history from the United States, as chosen by About.com readers.



From Class E to Grandmaster, Titles Matter to...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

An overview of the different titles awarded by national and international chess federations.



These 10 Chess Players Dominated in 2014

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Who were the top chess players of 2014?



Chess Played Quickly: Who is the Fastest Gun in...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

These chess players are the best when it comes to games played in a matter of minutes.



How to Study Chess Openings

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A guide to studying openings for chess players of different levels.



This Grandmaster Cheated with a Phone and...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Gaioz Nigalidze was disqualified for cheating at the 2015 Dubai Open.



Mastering Bishops Is Key to Understanding Chess...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn how to use the bishop in chess. Improve your chess strategy with this tutorial on bishops.



Chess - The Musical About (You Guessed It) Chess

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A discussion of the musical Chess, a musical that has remained popular for nearly 30 years.



Chess Can Be A Team Sport, Too

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn all about team chess, in which teams of chess players compete against each other.



Qe5? Understanding the Language of Chess

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.



Hands Off! One Simple Rule That Will Improve...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Keeping your hands off the chessboard could dramatically improve your play.



Illegal Moves

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A discussion of illegal moves in chess, such as leaving your king in check.



What Openings Should New Chess Players Use?

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Tips for how to choose an opening repertoire for the novice chess player.



Three Women Who Rocked The Chess World in 2014

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

These three women were the top female chess players of 2014.



Chess Tried to Get Into the 2020 Olympics. It...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Chess won't be making an appearance in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.



Whoops! How to Avoid Big Mistakes While Playing...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

How to cut down on the number of blunders you make during your chess games.



Josh Waitzkin: From Chess Prodigy to Martial...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Josh Waitzkin is best known as the subject of Searching for Bobby Fischer.



What Do Chess and Poker Have In Common? More...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

An article about the similarities between chess and poker.



Carlsen Wins Again in Gashimov Memorial

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Magnus Carlsen won the 2015 Vugar Gashimov Memorial, putting in one of the best tournament performances of his career in the process.



Opposite-Colored Bishops: The Drawingest Pieces...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn how to use opposite-colored bishop positions to your advantage in chess.



The World Champion, The Duke, and The Most...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Paul Morphy's most famous game wasn't from a tournament or match, but rather an offhand casual game at an opera house.



These Famous Celebrities Loved Chess

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A page listing some of the most famous celebrities to have played the game of chess.



Improving Your Chess Online Doesn't Have to...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A list of the best free chess resources you can find online.



Shatranj

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn how to play shatranj, an ancient form of chess that was played in Persia.



These Ten Quotes Are Chess Classics

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Ten of the best quotes about chess, with discussion on what they mean for your chess game.



Why Curling is Compared to Chess

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

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.



2 Boards, 4 Players, 5 Minutes: Learn Bughouse,...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn the rules of bughouse chess, a popular form of team chess.



Is Pawn Sacrifice the Film Bobby Fischer Fans...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

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Is This Young Norwegian The Greatest Chess...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Magnus Carlsen holds the record for the highest rating ever by a chess player.



Chess Ratings Allow Players to Compare...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Ratings in chess are numbers used to represent the playing strength of players. Ratings allow players to compare themselves to their peers.



Chess is a Gentleman's Game -- With Some...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

A look at the many ways in which players have tried to cheat at chess.



Betting on Chess

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Learn how to bet on important chess matches and tournaments.



The 6 Most Impressive Chess Tournament Results...

2016-12-04T11:20:47Z

Who put in the best tournament performances in chess history?