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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 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Is Chess a Waste Of Time?

    Ever wondered if all those hours spent learning and playing chess were really worth it? You've probably heard the arguments…

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    Child Thinking Hard On Chess Combinations on the wall on tournament for kids
  • Why Is Chess Hard To Play?

    We get you. Honestly, we do. Playing chess can sometimes make you feel like literally tearing your hair out. Talk…

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    Closeup Child Thinking Hard On Chess
  • Is Chess Addictive?

    Ever found yourself playing just one more game of chess? You tell yourself you'll stop after this match, but then…

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    Man playing chess
  • Openings For White

  • How To Play the Vienna Game For White And Black

    The Vienna Game is a dynamic and flexible choice for White players who love to start a game with the…

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    Vienna Game
  • 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
  • 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
  • 15 Best Chess Openings For White

    Chess has been a popular game for centuries, and one of the most critical aspects of the game is the…

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    chess white pieces
  • Openings For Black

  • 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
  • How To Play the Grünfeld Defense For White And Black

    The Grünfeld Defense is a defense for Black that is named after the Austrian player Ernst Grünfeld. The starting moves…

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    Grünfeld Defense
  • 10 Of The Best Chess Openings For Black

    The opening is an important aspect of any chess game. More often than not, whether a player wins or loses,…

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    Black chess pieces
  • How To Play The Dutch Defense For White And Black

    The Dutch Defense is a flank opening that Black employs to gain control of the e4 square right from move…

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    Dutch Defense
  • Chess Pieces Movement

  • How Does The Queen Move in Chess?

    The queen is the most powerful piece on the chessboard. She can move any number of squares vertically, horizontally or…

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    How the queen moves in chess
  • All you need to know about Pawns in Chess

    Introduction What are pawns? Pawns are foot soldiers in chess. They are regarded as such because they carry the least…

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    All you need to know about Pawns in Chess
  • How Were Chess Pieces Named?

    The game of chess has been in existence since the sixth century. However, the six pieces used in the game…

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    Chess pieces
  • Can Pawns Move Backwards In Chess?: Understanding The Chess Pieces

    The pawn is the chessboard's worker bee. It's an eager soldier marching into battle, ready to establish a valiant front…

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    Can pawns move backwards in chess
  • 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 playing in chess club
  • Six Tips To Win At Chess

    One of the first questions every beginner chess player asks is how to win at chess.  The only way to…

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    White queen knocking over Black King on chess board
  • How to play speed chess

    Have you ever seen two chess players battling chess either in a chess club, park, street e.t.c furiously pounding the…

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    Person playing speed chess
  • Chess Players and History

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rook or Castle: Which Name Is It?

    Before answering this, let's see a little context so you can understand better. The name ‘rook’ comes from the Persian…

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    White Rook Isolated on White Background
  • 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
  • FIDE Chess Ratings: The Who, What, Why and How

    One way that chess players track their progress and measure their skill level is through the use of FIDE chess…

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    Fide logo
  • How To Become an International Master

    The International Master title is awarded to chess players who are strong but not quite at the level of grandmasters.…

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    How to become an International Master
  • 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
  • Checkmate Patterns

  • Learn The Bishop And Knight Checkmate: Understanding The Chess Pieces

    This pattern works by limiting the opponent's king to a corner of the board, where the bishop and king take…

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    Bishop and Knight Checkmate
  • How To Carry Out The Queen And King Checkmate in Chess

    The queen and king checkmate happen frequently in chess games. Many games conclude in King + Queen vs. King, with…

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    Avoiding stalemate on the chessboard
  • Can You Checkmate With Two Knights?

    The short answer to this puzzling question is YES and NO. Confused? Let's break it down. Technically, you can checkmate…

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    Hand of chess player holding up a black knight above a chess board
  • 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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  • Boards And Pieces

  • 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
  • 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
  • 10 Best Chess Sets Under $100

    Every true lover of the royalty game of chess must have that trusted set that serves as a getaway from…

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    10 Best Chess Sets Under $100
  • How To Set Up A Chessboard Easily

    The chessboard has 64 squares, 32 are dark and 32 are white. There are 32 chess pieces, 16 of which…

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    How the chessboard is set up
  • Flank Openings

  • An Introduction To Flank Openings

    Flank openings are openings where the earliest moves do not emerge from either of the centre files (c and d…

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    English 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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    Chess books
  • The Best Chess Books of all Time: From Beginner to Advanced

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

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    Chess Books
  • 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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