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Openings

  • 10 Weird Chess Openings with Animal Names

    We have always been fascinated with the creative and amusing names of some chess openings. Openings like these are usually…

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    Weird Chess Openings with Animal Names
  • How to Play the Petrov Defense Like a Grandmaster

    Ever wondered how grandmasters effortlessly win chess games with the Petrov Defense? You're not alone. The Petrov Defense is one…

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    petrov defense
  • How To Play The Benoni Defense For White And Black

    The Benoni Defense is an exciting way Black can challenge the queen's pawn opening. The opening is an excellent choice…

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    Benoni Defense
  • Know Your Chess Openings: The King’s Gambit

    So we all know about The Queen’s Gambit—huge thanks to the hit Netflix miniseries. But what about that of the…

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    Kings Gambit
  • Chess News

  • “It Was More Logical For Him [Dubov] To Remain Neutral” – Ian Nepomniachtchi speaks in

    Ian Nepomniachtchi, former world championship contender has come out to clear the air regarding the recent Dubov vs Russians controversy.…

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    Ian Nepomniachtchi taking his medal at the ceremony of the 2021 world chess championship
  • Nodirbek Abdusattorov Wins World Rapid Chess Championship 2021

    Pleasant surprises make everything sweeter. Seeing underdogs triumph in a field of favorites makes the crowd go wild. Chess has…

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    Nodirbek Abdusattorov Wins World Rapid Chess Championship 2021
  • Alireza Firouzja Breaks 2800, Becomes World No 2

    Grandmaster(GM) Alireza Firouzja just became the new world #2 after crossing the legendary 2800 rating barrier. The 18-year old Grandmaster…

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    Alireza Firouzja
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi Slugs It Out With Russian Billionaire Businessman

    December 24th brought about an exciting atmosphere of Chess in Russia. The Central Chess Club located in Moscow organised a…

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    Ian Nepomniachtchi Slugs It Out With Russian Billionaire Businessman
  • Chess Basics

  • What Is Material Advantage In Chess?

    Material refers to the number of pieces and pawns on the board. An advantage in chess refers to a situation…

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    A boy studying a chess board
  • What is Stalemate In Chess?

    A stalemate is a type of draw that occurs when your opponent is unable to make any legal moves to…

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    stalemate in chess
  • How To Castle Queenside In Chess

    The game of chess is a game of strategy; It involves both the art of attack and defence. Every chess…

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    Queenside Castling
  • What Is the Exchange Sacrifice in Chess?

    An exchange sacrifice is a chess move where a player trades their rook for the opponent’s bishop or knight. This…

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    Exchange Sacrifice in Chess
  • Question And Answers

  • Why Is Chess So Popular? Here Are 5 Reasons

    It's no longer news that chess's popularity has boomed in recent years. You turn here, you turn there, you see…

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    Fischer playing against Spassky
  • Chess Etiquette: 9 Basic Dos and Donts for Players

    Chess is not all about tactics and strategies and crushing your opponents. You also need to learn how to follow…

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    round 7 of the fide candidates tournament 2022
  • Do I Have To Say Check In Chess?

    No, you don't need to. Saying check after an attack on an opponent's king used to be required but it…

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    Two friends playing chess outdoors
  • Is Chess a Hobby?

    YES, Chess is a great hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. It is…

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    Man moving the white chess pieces
  • Openings For Black

  • What Is The Best Response To 1. e4 For Black?

    Some of the most common replies to e4 are the Sicilian Defense, the French Defense, the Caro-Kann Defense, the Pirc…

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    e4 opening
  • How To Play The Alekhine’s Defense For White And Black

    The Alekhine's Defense is a hypermodern opening that starts with the development of the knight. The opening is an option…

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    Alekhine's Defense
  • How To Play The Scandinavian Defense: Major Ideas For White And Black

    The Scandinavian Defense is a way for Black to immediately challenge White's efforts to control the center from the very…

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    Scandinavian Defense
  • How to Play the Petrov Defense Like a Grandmaster

    Ever wondered how grandmasters effortlessly win chess games with the Petrov Defense? You're not alone. The Petrov Defense is one…

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    petrov defense
  • Chess Pieces Movement

  • Can A Queen Move Like A Knight?

    The answer is NO. The queen in no way moves like the knight in chess. A queen combines the mobility…

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    White queen chess piece with two white knights chess piece and black knights chess piece at its rear.
  • Which Chess Piece Can Only Move Diagonally?

    There are six(6) distinct chess pieces, and four(4) of them can move diagonally. The four chess pieces that are allowed…

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    Chess pieces that move diagonally: Queen, Pawn, King and Bishop
  • How Do Bishops Move in Chess?

    For both players (White or Black), there are two bishops each – named the light-squared bishop and dark-squared bishop. These…

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  • Can Bishops Jump in Chess?

    The answer to the question is NO. Bishops can't 'jump' in chess. These long-ranged pieces only move along diagonals and…

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    White Chess Bishops in the air
  • Chess Advice

  • How To Get Better At Chess: A 12-Step Guide

    Chess is a game that requires a lot of focus, practice, and hard work. When a player starts learning the…

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    A man concentrating at a game of chess
  • How To Start A Chess Club in 5 Easy Steps

    The entire essence of chess depends on having someone to play with. There can be no chess game without an…

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    Chess players in a chess tournament playing competitively
  • How Do Chess Engines Work?

    Ever wondered how chess engines like Stockfish are able to beat even the best chess players in the world? You're…

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    chess engines
  • How to Plan a Chess Tournament?

    Perhaps you're trying to organize a chess tournament for kids in your school or employees in your workplace but you…

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    Young TANITOLUWA ADEWUMI with the white pieces during a game of chess.
  • Openings For White

  • How To Play The Bird’s Opening For White And Black 

    The Bird's Opening is a unique opening that starts with the development of a flank pawn (1. f4). That's why…

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    Bird's Opening
  • How To Play The Queen’s Gambit Opening: Typical Ideas And Variations

    The Queen is the most powerful piece on the chess board. So it comes as no surprise that it has…

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    Queen's gambit opening
  • How To Play the Ruy Lopez Opening For White And Black

    The Ruy Lopez is one of the oldest and most decorated openings in chess. It dates back centuries ago and…

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    Ruy Lopez Opening
  • How to Play the Catalan Opening: Ideas And Variations

    The Catalan Opening is a very flexible opening that White can employ to gain a solid position before moving into…

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    Catalan Opening
  • Chess Players

  • A Biography of Josh Waitzkin (and Why He Stopped Playing Chess)

    After watching the award-winning movie 'Searching For Bobby Fischer',  a lot of people ask this familiar question: "Does Josh Waitzkin…

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    Josh Waitzkin
  • Bobby Fischer vs Garry Kasparov: Comparing Two Legends

    As a chess fan, you must've wondered what a match or even a game between some World Champions across different…

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    Fischer playing against Spassky
  • Top 5 Underrated Chess Players in History

    Chess, as we know, is a game that has been in existence for centuries. Some chess players have played the…

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    Underrated chess players
  • Top 10 chess players likely to dethrone Magnus Carlsen

    The chess world is currently blessed with a host of players that would’ve probably borne the World Champion title if…

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    Top ten players likely to overthrow Magnus Carlsen
  • General

  • African Chess Grandmasters: Who They Are And Why They Are So Few

    According to the Oxford dictionary, the word "MASTERY" means comprehensive knowledge or skill in a particular subject or activity. However,…

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    African Chess Grandmasters
  • 16 Hilarious Chess Memes From The 2021 World Chess Championship

    This article presents a compilation of funny chess memes with inspiration gotten from the 2021 world chess championship match between…

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    Chess Memes
  • The Dark Side Of Chess (And What Can Be Done)

    Chess in all its broadness, is a game that unites people from the ends of the earth. People find solace…

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    The Dark Side Of Chess
  • Where Chess Meets Christmas

    How does the world of chess join in the festivities of one of the most popular holidays in the world?…

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    Chess and Christmas
  • Fide Titles

  • How to Become a FIDE Certified Chess Coach?

    Being a certified chess instructor is a fantastic method for chess players to earn more money with their chess talents,…

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    FIDE Trainers’ Commission
  • How To Become a Candidate Master

    To become a Candidate Master (CM) in chess, you need to achieve an established classical FIDE rating of 2200.  The CM…

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    How to Become a candidate master
  • How To Become a FIDE Master

    To become a FIDE Master (FM), a player must achieve a FIDE rating of at least 2300 Elo points in…

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    How to become a Fide Master
  • How To Become a Woman Grandmaster in Chess

    To become a Woman Grandmaster (WGM) in chess, you'll need to achieve three norms and have a minimum Elo rating…

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    Priyanka Nutakki, a woman grandmaster
  • Clock And Time Controls

  • 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…

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    Magnus carlsen resigning to abdusattorov, his opponent in FIDE rapids championship
  • 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…

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    Garry Kasparov
  • 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.…

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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…

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    Player playing chess on a DGT board
  • Boards And Pieces

  • The Game Of Thrones Chess Set (And Characters Represented)

    It is not news that chess is a way of life. An excellent chess player can see life through the…

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    game of thrones chess set
  • How Wooden Chess Pieces Are Made

    Chess pieces come in different forms: plastic, ceramic, aluminium or wood. Some of the luxury ones are even made with…

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    How Wooden Chess Pieces Are Made
  • How Many Chess Pieces Are In A Set?

    The number of chess pieces in a set is 32, and each player has 16 pieces.  Chess pieces in a…

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    Chess Pieces Arranged Comfortably In a Chess Box
  • Chess Boards: A Complete Overview

    Chess is a battle of minds in which a player's wildest imaginations become reality. There are endless possibilities that can…

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    A Silicone Chess board
  • Checkmate Patterns

  • How To Play The Two Bishop Checkmate

    The king and two bishop checkmate is another basic checkmate that occurs in chess games. While this type of mate…

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  • How to Checkmate With Two Rooks? A Beginner Friendly Guide

    Checkmating with two rooks is a common form of checkmate in the endgame, especially in beginner games. It involves the…

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    Checkmate with two rooks
  • How To Play The 2 Move Checkmate

    The 2 move Checkmate, also called the Fool’s Mate, is a combination of moves in a chess game that allows…

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    2 move checkmate
  • 40 Checkmate Patterns Sure To Win You Games

    A large percentage of chess skills ride on pattern recognition. For instance, you see certain pieces placed in certain positions…

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    checkmate patterns
  • Flank Openings

  • How To Play The Bird’s Opening For White And Black 

    The Bird's Opening is a unique opening that starts with the development of a flank pawn (1. f4). That's why…

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    Bird's Opening
  • The Complete English Opening Repertoire for White and Black

    The English opening is a unique type of opening where White seeks to control the center without using the e…

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    English Opening
  • How To Play The Reti Opening For White And Black

    The Reti opening is a hypermodern opening that was created by one of the pioneers of hypermodern chess, Richard Reti.…

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    Reti Opening
  • How To Play The Larsen’s Opening For White And Black

    The Larsen's opening is an unorthodox or flank opening that starts with 1. b3. b3 is an unconventional opening that…

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    Larsen's Opening
  • Tactics

  • 12 Important Chess Tactics You Should Know

    Chess Tactics is a move or a combination of moves that pose one or more instant dangers to an opponent.…

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    chess tactics
  • X-ray Attacks vs Skewers

    The x-ray attack and skewer are two powerful tactics in chess that every chess player must know and understand. In…

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    X-ray Attacks
  • What is a Pin in Chess? A Beginner-Friendly Guide

    A pin is a common chess tactic where your opponent attacks one of your pieces, and you are unable to move it…

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    Pin in chess
  • What is a Double Attack in Chess? – ChessForSharks.com

    You're sitting across from your chess opponent, staring at the board, wondering how to gain the upper hand. A clever…

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    double attack in chess
  • Unconventional Openings

  • 10 Weird Chess Openings with Animal Names

    We have always been fascinated with the creative and amusing names of some chess openings. Openings like these are usually…

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    Weird Chess Openings with Animal Names
  • 10 Openings Named After Famous Chess Players

    There are thousands of openings (along with variations) in chess theory. Many chess players discovered chess openings and stamped their…

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    10 openings named after popular chess players
  • Top 10 Popular Chess Gambits To Try Out

    As chess players, our styles of play sometimes depend on our mood and, of course, the importance of the game.…

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    Chess Gambit
  • Chess Career

  • Top 10 Exciting Careers In Chess To Earn A Living

    You're a chess player—a chess freak even, but you don't earn from it. It's difficult to earn from it, right?…

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    Careers in Chess
  • How Much Do Chess Players Make? A Close Study

    The top 50 chess players in the world make over $100k each year and that mainly comes from playing for…

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    FIDE World Cup 2023 Closing Ceremony
  • How Much Do Chess Grandmasters Earn?

    As a chess grandmaster, a big part of your income comes from winning prize money at major chess tournaments. The…

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    Hand showing dollars
  • Chess Variants

  • Popular Chess Variants You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

    What makes a game or sport more fun than its original form is its variants. Variants of a game or…

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    Popular Chess Variants
  • How To Play Three Player Chess: A Simple Beginners Guide

    Chess is a popular strategy board game that is played worldwide. There are over 600 million people that play the…

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    Three player chess
  • Four Player Chess Rules You Should Know

    For over two hundred years, people have invented and reinvented several variants for four player chess, formed by adding a…

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    Four player chess rules
  • Endgame

  • 5 Endgame Concepts You Must Know to Play Better Chess

    At a point in the game, you say to yourself "Stockfish ought to take a few lessons from me". You…

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    Endgame
  • Chess Endgames: The Great Element Of Chess Mastery

    Introduction Chess is categorized into three phases; the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. The phases are identified to enable…

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    chess endgame
  • Books

  • 10 Of The Best Chess Books For Intermediate Players

    A huge portion of chess players gets stuck on the intermediate level. This is why attaining mastery in chess is…

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    The Best Chess Books For Intermediate Players
  • The Best Chess Books of all Time: From Beginner to Advanced – ChessForSharks.com

    Reading chess books is one of the primary ways a chess player acquires knowledge. However, the most instructive and suitable…

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    Best Chess Books
  • History

  • History Of The World Chess Championship: A Look At The Pre Steinitz-Era

    The World Chess Championship is a two-man tournament that occurs biennially (once in two years). The special tournament determines the…

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    Giovanni Di Bona (standing in white leggings) playing against sitting man in red ( Ruy López)
  • History Of Fischer Random Chess

    Ever wonder how chess would play if the starting positions of the pieces were randomized? You're not alone. On June…

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    Bobby Fischer sitting in front of a chess board
  • Middlegame

  • Improve Your Chess Middlegame With These 12 Helpful Tips 

    Many players have a good understanding of how to play the opening. They follow the good ol' opening principles: For…

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    Centralized chess pieces
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