My first wife, Susan Hollis (Holly) Bloom Heisman, passed away of breast cancer in Oct 1994. Among her social work jobs had been working with battered wives and runaway teens. She also did extensive volunteering for the American Cancer Society (I ... | Read More
People get excited by many different things. Some swoon over a good beer, others are into cars, and many live for sports. As a chess nerd, I and most experienced players go crazy over advanced holes (central holes are the most prized. From White‚Ä... | Read More
Professor: Good day, class. It‚Äôs wonderful to see you.
Zephyr and Lucian: It‚Äôs wonderful to see you, too, Professor.
Professor: As different as the two of you are, you always seem so connected.
Lucian: You mean like emotionally awar... | Read More
The current World Blitz Champion, GM Le Quang Liem, and the former World Junior Champion, GM Dmitry Andreikin, will face off in Death Match 24 on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Their average FIDE rating of 2716 makes this the highest-rated Death Matc... | Read More
A few weeks ago, I was surfing through some of my earliest games, played in 2003 and 2004 and recorded in a tattered blue scorebook that has been gathering dust in my closet forever. As I expected, positional blunders appeared in alarming quantiti... | Read More
The commentaries on chess.com and the¬†Chessbase website reported on Carlsen's second loss in a row but did not explain why Radjabov played 10...Qe8! which avoids a potential bishop sacrifice on h5. My good friend, CM Olimpiu Urcan made this poi... | Read More
For the 4th year in a row, Metropolitan Chess has attracted yet another huge star to Southern California. This year's star will be World #2 GM Levon Aronian!
Aronian has been named the official lead instructor of the 2014 Metropolitan & ACA ... | Read More
The Philadelphia Open recently concluded in my home city with the victory of the top seed, former world championship challenger, Gata Kamsky.
Kamsky has a very unusual style, a style which I think many people neither understand or appreciate. I ... | Read More
¬† ¬†¬† There are certain rare actions in chess that elicit an almost emotional response - windmills, smothered mates, advantageous underpromotions and what I want to include here:¬† Checkmate by Castling.
¬†¬†¬†¬† This type of mate is so ra... | Read More
Kasparov's My Great Predecessors series of books is a trove of invaluable information. Garry is a real King Midas of chess since whatever chess subject he touches, he turns into gold. Whether you want to improve your tactical skills, le... | Read More
(I want to thank chess.com‚Äôs finest chess historian, batgirl, for articles shared, the photos you see in this article, and her very useful feedback when I asked her about Kolisch. If you don‚Äôt follow her blogs and articles you are foolishly de... | Read More
Professor: Good afternoon, class. I hope this past week has been spectacular.
Zephyr: It was for me. I got to go to a concert. I heard Beethoven‚Äôs "Symphony No. 9". It was glorious.
Professor: The Ninth Symphony! I wish I could have been ... | Read More
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Vishy is back
“The World Championship Tournament in 2007 in Mexico City was the first major event that I attended for ChessVi... | Read More
In life, improvement is usually achieved by proceeding along the triangle "->Learn->Practice->Test->". In chess, this is "->Study->Play->Get Feedback->". Leave something out of the loop and you get diminishing returns.
Thi... | Read More
Metropolitan Chess, Inc., a Los Angeles based-company, has just published its first book under the imprint Metropolitan Chess Publishing:
Modernized: The King's Indian Defense
by GM Dejan Bojkov
GM Bojkov is probably ve... | Read More
S T A L E M A T E
¬†¬†¬†¬† The existing rule has this in its favour, that it appeals strongly to the sporting instincts of mankind; and the last chance which it affords to a player who ap... | Read More
Two players reached the IM-norm, FM Sean from INA and FM Petrov (RUS)
the next First Saturday GM IM FM events schedules: 3rd-13th May, 7th-17th June, 5th-15th July, 2nd-12th August, 6th-16th Sept, etc.¬†
IO Nagy Laszlo - www.firstsaturday.hu | Read More
"The biggest risk is not taking one."
Many of the greatest chess players in history are compulsive risk-takers. From Paul Morphy to Mikhail Tal to Bobby Fischer to Alexei Shirov, tournament success (especially at a high level) frequently h... | Read More
The 2014 Bill Wright Saint Louis Open, held April 11-13, 2014, was a typical boring weekend swiss, where the one GM, me, was certain to take first place over a few select "experts" in a tournament with small prizes. Oh wait, that's not right at al... | Read More
Let me start from the very end of this story.
Sousse Interzonal 1967 will always be remembered for Fischer's withdrawal after ten rounds. At that point he had seven wins and three draws. Even though the participants were supposed to play 22 game... | Read More
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Interview with Jos√© Diaz
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On the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" the contestant lets it be known that he wants to stick with his answer by stating "Final answer!"
Similarly, an over-the-board chess player commits when he intentionally touches a piece (have to move... | Read More
Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment, alluding to my article, You Have It He Doesn’t! Part 1, which was all about... | Read More
Professor: Good afternoon, class. Just seeing your smiling faces makes my day.
Zephyr: It makes your day? That sounds like a quote from an old Dirty Harry movie.
Lucian: Why? Does Clint Eastwood play chess in those movies?
Professor: I d... | Read More
In a recent tournament, one game reached a certain ending which I had previously played a full eight years ago. That was a decent memory of a very different time. I wasn't even an IM yet, and I was still trying to establish a life in Philadelphia ... | Read More