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About.com Chess: Most Popular Articles



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Published: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:17:15 +0000

 



Your Quick Guide to Setting Up a Chess Board

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



These Opening Moves Are The Most Popular in Chess

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



8 Ways for Black to Fight Back Against 1.e4

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Serious Chess Players Need to Know These Three...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Basic Checkmates Beginning Chess Players Should...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

A guide to ten basic checkmates that every chess player should know, presented as a series of mate-in-one problems.



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Toiletgate: How A Trip to The Bathroom...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Who are Some Chess Greats?

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z




Ways to Improve Your Chess Game

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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.



Common Lines in the Ruy Lopez Opening

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Six Ways for Black to Fight Back Against 1.d4

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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.



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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.



Top Five Chess Books: Tactics

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Not Sure How to Learn Chess? Start Here.

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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






Play Chess Titans Free on Your Computer

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

A look at the free chess program, Chess Titans which may already be installed on your computer. This game is usually used by casual players.



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Your One-Stop Page for the Basic Rules of Chess

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



The Common Lines of the Sicilian Defense

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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.



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



How Do Chess Pieces Move? A Guide for New Players

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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 Chess Books: Openings

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

A look at the best chess books on the opening.



Scoring Systems in Chess Tournaments

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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.



Blitz and Bullet Chess -- The Speedy Way to Play

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

Learn about Blitz and Bullet Chess. If you're bored with the pace of the game, check out these lighting-fast alternatives of play.



How to Play the Opening Like a Chess Master

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Armageddon Tiebreakers

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

A quick look at the Armageddon tiebreak in chess.



Win Chess by Knowing These Imbalances

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Check, Checkmate and Stalemate Chess Moves for...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



6 Types of Draws in Chess That You Should Know

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

Learn about the Swiss system, the most popular tournament structure in chess, which governs how players are ranked and paired in a tournament.



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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






Suicide Chess: When Every Loss is a Win

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Chess Endgames - Checkmating with a King and...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Mastering Bishops Is Key to Understanding Chess...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Chess Ratings Allow Players to Compare...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

Learn about ratings in chess, numbers used to represent the playing strength of players. Ratings allow players to compare themselves to their peers.



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Tired of Standard Chess? Try These Alternate...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Qe5? Understanding the Language of Chess

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

Learn how to read and write algebraic chess notation.






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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Chess Can Be A Team Sport, Too

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

Learn 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.



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



How to Avoid a Chess Disaster

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When to Resign

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

When is it time to give up in a game of chess?



These Ten Quotes Are Chess Classics

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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






Chess - The Musical About (You Guessed It) Chess

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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



Shatranj

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

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






Reviewing Chess Training for Post-Beginners by...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

Is Chess Training for Post-Beginners the positional manual that's right for you?



What’s the Peak Age for Chess Players?

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

When do chess players tend to hit their peak performance?



These Chess Games Are Truly Immortal

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

A list of ten of the most famous games played in the history of chess.



How to Use Outposts

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

Outposts can be powerful assets in chess, especially for knights.






Sabotage the Grünfeld by Larry Kaufman

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

Sabotage the Grünfeld is a 2014 opening book from GM Larry Kaufman.



Top Five Chess Players: 1920-1929

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

The 1920s saw a changing of the guard in the world of chess. Here are the top five players who played in that decade.



The Hypermodern School

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

A look at how the Hypermodern School changed chess theory forever.



Two Games at Once? Understanding the Basque...

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

The Basque System requires players to compete in two chess games at once.



Previewing the 2014 Chess Olympiad

2017-01-23T11:17:15Z

The 2014 Chess Olympiad will be held in Norway.