"Why don't super-GMs play the Morra Gambit?" was a question on Friday's Q&A with Coach Heisman show.
In order to answer that question in more depth than I could during the show, I first would like to refer to an earlier Chess.com article "Wha... | Read More
Yes, "What's the secret behind chess?" was one of the questions on the "Q&A with Coach Heisman" show tonight.
Unlike "What's the best way to learn X?", a popular question where my answer is usually "Do/play X with strong players (at least han... | Read More
"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
"What are the main ideas in the Exchange Gruenfeld?"
This is a great example of the type of question I can't handle adequately on my show "Q&A with Coach Heisman". It's not that I don't know anything about the Exchange Gruenfeld - although I ... | Read More
"What's Black's Plan after 1.e4?"
We tried a new format in "Q&A with Coach Heisman" (our Chess.com TV show the first Friday of each month from 5-6:30 PM ET). The first hour of the show was restricted to questions about positions - it could be... | Read More
"How do you improve your analytical and evaluation skills?"
This is a big question, in my mind almost equivalent to "How do you improve at chess?" since the single biggest factor correlating to your playing strength is your analytical ability. Mo... | Read More
"What's the biggest mistake a beginning chess coach makes?"
That was one of the questions on today's Q&A with Coach Heisman TV show (5-6:30 PM ET first Friday of each month).
One listener offered "Not listening to the students!" and that has... | Read More
"How can I best improve my play?"
"Does doing X help me improve?"
"My goal is to be an expert. How can I best get there?"
These are very typical of many questions I get on our monthly Chess.com TV show Q&A with Coach Heisman (the first Frid... | Read More
This morning I received an email:
Permit me to ask a question, that has been asked hundreds of times, why after years of playing and looking at hundreds of games of chess, I don’t improve?
What makes a youngster become a grand mast... | Read More
The most well-known principle when you are way ahead in a game is to trade pieces, but I have found it's more accurately stated:
Make fair trades of pieces but not necessarily pawns.
There are some positions where you are way ahead and want to t... | Read More