• IM dpruess
  • on 5/8/11, 9:18 PM.

Dear Chesscom Community -

I have some bad news: There is a very good chance that one of our beloved and long-standing Columnists will no longer be writing for our site. World renowned chess author, International Master Jeremy Silman, plans to withdraw his weekly column. We (Staff) believe he is a valuable asset, a wonderfully enjoyable read, and one of the most interesting chess personalities in the world. We LOVE his stuff, and we KNOW you do too!!! 

The details of his possible " Retirement" are not important. What is? That we would miss him dearly... I am creating this thread for one simple purpose: If you love Silman's books, his personality, and most importantly, his column here on -- please make your voice heard in this News Post, to try to convince him to stay! Please post in this forum OR send him a private message! I'm sure he'd appreciate hearing from a fan.

Thanks for being the best chess community on the planet!

IM David Pruess and Staff

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  • 5 years ago


    Somebody send this blog to him.

  • 5 years ago


    Dear Mr. Silman,

    When I first approached chess, I was only a mere beginner, my positional understanding was poor although I was able to often win games with tactics. I tried to understand what was going in chess positions and although picked up patterns in similar positions but in completely new positions I was unable to figure out anything, and unable to develop a systematic why to 'solve' the position. That was when  my chess coach showed me your book 'How to Reassess Your Chess' and I not only engaged with your style but also with your instructive examples and words.

    You are a truly great author and coach, and that is not based on my words, but the amount of fans and strong students you have produced. What I am trying to say is I understand you are a busy person and you have things to do, and I have learnt alot from your books and your articles on Each and everyone of them was worth reading even if the topics had nothing to do with my chess openings etc.

    On behalf of everyone I think I can say thank you for your contribution here and although I am deeply disappointed about you leaving (and we all want you to stay!) I will respect your decision.

    Thanks again Silman!!


  • 5 years ago


    :( Come on. Don't leave us. We all love your stories!  Cry

  • 5 years ago


    I would like to thank Jeremy Silman for his contribution to chess and to the site, I find his articles insightful.

    It would be a shame for him to leave

  • 5 years ago


    IM Silman's articles are fun, instructive, and encouraging.  They have certainly played an important role in my rediscovering an old passion for chess.  I greatly appreciate his style of writing and his philosophy that while we can all strive to get better or learn more chess history, the game is mostly about enjoying oneself through the art, drama, and sport of chess games.

  • 5 years ago


    Pls stay...

  • 5 years ago


    I love DSPMachine's comments :)

  • 5 years ago


    Just sent my token as an appreciation for him. Please don't leave. We'll surely miss you man!

  • 5 years ago


    I doubt it's about nasty comments, based on his ability to not take himself too seriously, yet have a perfectly good understanding of his own abilities as a player and teacher -- could be wrong, but that's my take.

    Mr Silman, in all sincerity, you're by far the most helpful author I've read, and I'll continue to read your books as long as I'm studying chess. Blogs aren't my favorite so much, except that it's pretty cool to have a chance to read and write comments with your other fans.

    Two things (beyond technique) that I learned from Silman that stick with me:

    1) Experts and lower Masters suck. (In other words, if I can focus in on the idea of a particular position, I may well catch something they're missing. Their games are full of mistakes).

    2) Teach kids the abstract concepts. It may appear to go over their heads, but one day they'll floor you when what you've been teaching them comes right back out. Funny, but that's something my favorite pastor says too!

  • 5 years ago


    Many thanks for all I've learned from you, Jeremy. I hope you decide to stay. I've just bought your Complete Endgame Course :).

  • 5 years ago


    for god's sake, just pay him more money instead of making us petition him.

  • 5 years ago


    Silman will be sorely missed should he leave. His column is a favorite of mine here. His irreverent toungue-in-cheek writing style is a nice counterpoint to other informative-but-often-dry articles.

    At least those of us who appreciate Silman will be able to continue to read and re-read from his books. All will not be lost... but certainly enough to shed a tear...

  • 5 years ago


    Silman is one off the only two I really would hate to see leave

    Jeremy, if you stay I'll send you a chocolate chip cookie!

  • 5 years ago


    When I started reading and haven't seen the name yet, I whispered "please not him!"

  • 5 years ago


    Thanks Mr. Silman for making such an amazing contribution to teaching lower-rated chess players. And continuing to educate and inspire those of us who are just beginning in their chess endeavors. I will always be grateful.

  • 5 years ago


    Thanks for creating this thread! 

    I am probably among the vast, vast, silent majority who reads every single one of his articles and books while failing to express my proper appreciation, while allowing too much space for an overly vocal small minorty be ignorantly critical of his work. 

    Thanks to you Mr. Silman!  Without you, chess would not have had such a meaningful impact in my life.

  • 5 years ago


    If I were to be stranded on a deserted island with only three books, two of them would be Mr. Silman's "Reassess ..." and his graded endgame book. Better yet, may I ask that Mr. Silman be stranded on that same island with me? Wink

    Please stay with, Mr. Silman!

  • 5 years ago


    Dear Silman,

    Every week, I go to to check for new videos, posts, debates or blogs/articles that would interest me. And every time I do so, the recognition of articles written in your ink is a source of both excitement and joy. I find myself smiling, laughing out loud, wondering, studying carefully or flat out ROFLing to your words; but never once have I been completely untouched by one of your articles. I care about them and enjoy them very much.

    If you decide that you have to seek new challenges, so be it, and I wish you the best. But please know that your articles are the source of joy for at least one mediocre chess player at

    Best regards,

  • 5 years ago


    Dear IM Jeremy Silman, will be a much more desolate locale if you deign to leave us. I sincerely hope that you continue to contribute marvelous articles to this remarkable chess website. Your wit and honesty will be sorely missed if you depart. I undestand if other endeavors are calling your name, but I would implore you to consider writing one article a month instead of none at all for the site.

    My request is rather selfish and does not take fully take into account the time and effort on your part, but that does not detract in the least from how much this site will miss you. If you have to go another direction, I wish you the best of luck, as you have given chess patzers like myself all I could ask for and more from a chess writer.

    Thanks for the articles, and may the future bring you good tidings regardless of what your decision may be.


    Jason James Lund

  • 5 years ago


    :-( please don't leave )-:

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