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Play chess online against a computer opponent or another human player for free. Enjoy one of the most popular games in human history on the LA Times website. Choose the difficulty level from easy to expert and immediately start testing your strategy skills.
Never played chess before? Not a problem! Start with the Chess Tutorial that will lead you through all the pieces, moves, and tactics of the game. The goal is to capture your opponent’s “king” by moving your pieces over the board. In case you forget any of the rules, you can use the How To section any time to refresh your memory.
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