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  • How To Play Blitz Chess

    Blitz chess is a fast-paced chess game where each player has a limited amount of time to make their moves. The typical time limit for a blitz game is 5…

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    Analog chess clock
  • What Are The Different Chess Time Controls?

    Ever wonder why some chess games seem to fly by while others drag on for what seems like hours? The time control is the reason. As a chess player, the…

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  • How to Play Classical Chess

    Classical chess is standard chess played at a slower time control. It's the traditional form of chess that emphasizes strategic gameplay and careful planning. For over the board matches, the…

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    Garry Kasparov
  • How to Play Bullet Chess

    Ever wondered how those chess players on the park benches move so fast? They're probably playing bullet chess. In bullet chess, each player usually has less than 3 minutes total…

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  • How to Play Rapid Chess

    Rapid chess is a fast-paced version of chess where each player has just 15 to 30 minutes to complete all their moves. This means that you don't get to have…

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    Magnus carlsen resigning to abdusattorov, his opponent in FIDE rapids championship
  • Who Starts The Clock in Chess?

    The player handling the black pieces is usually the person to starts the clock to allow White to make the first move. Afterward the first move (say d4 or e4),…

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    Two chess players playing chess and using an analog chess timer
  • What Side Does The Chess Clock Go On?

    A very common practice is that the player with the black pieces chooses which side the clock goes on. This is because the player with white pieces always gets to…

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