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  • Stalemate! The Most Aesthetic Swindle

    I am constantly asked by students why stalemate is a draw and not a win. My answer (rightly or wrongly) is that chess is a better game because stalemate is a draw. Narrowly superior positions such as pawn up endings and even equal pawn endings oft... | Read More

  • Who Are the Best Players not to be World Champion?

    "Who are the best players not to become World Champion?" This was a question on this week's "Q&A with Coach Heisman" TV show (first Friday each month from 5-6:30 PM ET). My first thought in answering this question was: When do we start? We p... | Read More

  • The Ultimate Blunder

    The Ultimate Blunder is Tim Krabbe's term for when someone resigns in a winning position. You can find his collection of examples here: http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess2/resigntxt.htm.   I felt pretty clever for a little tonight while after p... | Read More

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