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  • Learn to Attack! Part Two

    Today we will analyze one of the most remarkable games of Rashid Nezhmetdinov where the deadly attack against the black king appeared almost from nowhere! Also at the end, as an added bonus, you'll learn a typical tactical pattern. (The game is g... | Read More

  • Highlights from the US Championship

    In the last three articles I told you about my games at the US Women's Championship. Today we will wrap-up the topic by looking at some of the interesting moments from the US Championship. With 24 players and 9 rounds, there were a lot of fighting... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jun 7, 2013

    A few years ago at the US Amateur Team Championship East (USATE) I saw a gentleman who was age 93 playing for one of the teams. Apparently the story was that at age 90 he was advised to take up something mentally pro-active, the idea that those wh... | Read More

  • Exchange of Quality, Part 1

    I am going to begin a series on the positional exchange sacrifice, consisting of several articles. There are of course many different possible justifications for an exchange sacrifice, and I cannot cover all of them. But we will be focusing on a f... | Read More

  • Personal Experience at the U.S. Women's Championship. Part 3.

    This week we are wrapping up the overview of my play from the U.S. Women's Championship. The last two articles featured the first six games and today we will look at the key moments from the last three games. With this article I would like to con... | Read More

  • Is Chess a Sport?

    It never fails; in time with Magnus’ chessploits, the debate in Norwegian newspapers’ commentary fields rages red hot over whether chess is a sport or athletics, with no surprising conclusions: one agrees to disagree, definitions do not dimini... | Read More

  • The World Standard Time Control Chess Club launches June 1!

    I have written about this in my blogs with all the details and everyone is raving about it. And chess.com has it! Essentially, 35 chess clubs in five different time zones across the world have been created where you may easily sign up for a long ... | Read More

  • Learn to Attack!

    Last December the chess community celebrated the 100th birthday of Rashid Nezhmetdinov, one of the most creative attacking players in the history of chess.  He is one of my most favorite players and the game we'll analyze today shows why he w... | Read More

  • Blunderless

    According to a fairly trustworthy source: "Isidor Arthur Gunsberg (November 2, 1854 – May 2, 1930) was a chess player, best known for narrowly losing the 1891 World Chess Championship match to Wilhelm Steinitz." "In the late 1880s and early 18... | Read More

  • Kings and Queens

    In the last article we analyzed King-and-Pawn endgames, and today we'll talk about Kings and Queens. I don't mean King and Queen endgames. Instead, we'll see how chess Kings play with their Queens. Well, it sounds even more confusing... OK, in thi... | Read More

  • "The March of Chess Ideas" by Anthony Saidy

    This week's review of The March of Chess Ideas by IM Anthony Saidy might be my last "My Bookshelf" article. I say "might" because you never know, I could change my mind. First of all, although I have heard that some people like the book reviews, I... | Read More

  • Personal Experience at the U.S. Women's Championship. Part 2.

    In my previous article we looked at the first three games from the U.S. Women's Championship. This article will cover the next three rounds I played. In the round-robin format all the participants play each other, so it seems the order doesn't r... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 24, 2013

    Right after the show tonight my wife and I ran out for the 3-D showing of Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was a good movie - we've come a long way in portraying science fiction on the big screen. Ironically I started watching Star Trek about the sam... | Read More

  • The Battle of Opposites

    If you have any knowledge of chess history, you have probably heard of the theoretical dispute - and antagonism - between Siegbert Tarrasch and Aron Nimzowitsch, the leaders of the classical and hypermodern schools (respectively). It appears that ... | Read More

  • X-ray - Chess Taser!

    Knowing all the different tactical devices in chess is both easy and extremely important since they turn up all the time. This means that you will be able to use them when the opportunity presents itself, and avoid falling for them when a suicidal... | Read More

  • The Power of Positional Chess, Pt. 3

    In my last article I discussed “fetish chess moves.” I consider a move to be a fetish if it’s out of the ordinary, has serious positional clout, and gives the person who played it such deep pleasure that his reaction can almost be called org... | Read More

  • Personal Experience at the US Women's Championship

    My next few articles will be about the US Championship that took place from May 2-13th in St. Louis. I was a participant in the women's event, where ten players competed for a purse of $65,000 and the title of US Woman Champion. This event is gran... | Read More

  • The Power of Positional Chess, Pt. 4

    Everyone eventually learns that it’s important to find or create open files for your Rooks, or they might not be able to join in the battle (actually the “find” part is easy, but the “create” part demands a good deal ... | Read More

  • Chasing the King (Part 2)

    Last week I showed a couple of examples of a king hunt. This week we will see another example of a deposed king being chased across the board. First it somewhat willingly steps into the center, with the leader of the white pieces hoping that his o... | Read More

  • The "Simplest" Thing in Chess (Part Six)

    I hope the previous five parts of this article managed to convince you that the King and Pawn endgames are very complicated.  Therefore, a decision to go for such an endgame is a major commitment and shouldn't be taken lightly. In the fi... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 10, 2013

    A viewer asked if, in the Ruy Lopez, White should play 5.d3 or 5.O-O after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6: I responded that while 5.d3 is currently fashionable among some higher level players, that does not make it better. Top GMs are only... | Read More

  • The Power of Positional Chess (Part 2)

    I’m going to come clean here. It’s time to let the cat out of the bag and admit to something strange and weird. It concerns my chess, and it’s about a particular chess move. No, I’m not going to wax poetic about a favorite opening or favor... | Read More

  • Typical Positions (Part 6)

    Chess openings are a bit like fashion - they follow trends. Certain lines become popular and then just fade away. In most cases, an elite player (or most likely his team) prepares an opening for a tournament and then everyone else follows his lead... | Read More

  • Chasing the King, Part 1

    For the next two weeks, I will again return to the theme of Attack and Defense - more specifically, the phenomenon known as the "king hunt." Although nowadays many of us are eating food which is farmed - such as farmed fish, chickens i... | Read More

  • The "Simplest" Thing in Chess (Part Five)

    No discussion about King and Pawn endgames can be complete without mention of a pawn breakthrough.  The following endgame is well known and yet extremely delightful no matter how many times you've seen it.  I remember it was one of the f... | Read More

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