Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Gotta Get that Feedback!"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...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/gotta-get-that-feedbackSun, 07 Dec 2014 12:37:51 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/gotta-get-that-feedbackAnswering a Question About Adult ImprovementThis morning I received an email: "Dear Sir, 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 master...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/answering-a-question-about-adult-improvementFri, 13 Jun 2014 06:21:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/answering-a-question-about-adult-improvementWhen You're Way Ahead...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...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/when-youre-way-aheadMon, 05 May 2014 21:22:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/when-youre-way-aheadUSCF Expert Don Latzel passesSadly, I got a call today from a mutual acquaintance telling me that Don Latzel was hit by a cement truck on Thursday and passed away - I assume he was driving at the time. Don was about 85. I always remember Don with a kindly smile and a good wo...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/uscf-expert-don-latzel-passesSun, 20 Apr 2014 17:43:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/uscf-expert-don-latzel-passesYoung Fabiano's Weekly RegimenBefore he moved to Italy and made a run up to the #3 ranking in the world (currently a close 6th), GM Fabiano Caruana grew up in New York City. Not surprisingly, in retrospect, he was always the top rated player for his age in the US. Among his t...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/young-fabianos-weekly-regimentMon, 04 Nov 2013 11:26:42 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/young-fabianos-weekly-regiment"Bobby Fischer's Move?" "Yeah, Right!"When I started playing tournament chess after my 16th birthday, it was a shock to me how horrible I was. In my first three USCF events (all 6-7 rounds each), I won exactly one game in each event. It's difficult to win that few, considering the swi...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/quotbobby-fischers-movequot-quotyeah-rightquotSat, 26 Oct 2013 08:11:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/quotbobby-fischers-movequot-quotyeah-rightquotThe Wise Adult SyndromeSuppose you are driving a car at night and you come to a curve in the road. Do you:      1) Assume all is clear and just zoom on blindly, or      2) Assume there might be something there and slow down in case there is? If your answer is #...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-wise-adult-syndromeWed, 16 Oct 2013 17:15:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-wise-adult-syndromeThe 95% ConjectureSuppose you could try your best (or as best you can) 95% of the time. That sounds pretty good, right? Let's assume the average chess game lasts about 40 moves. 95% of 40 is 38, so that means two moves each game you would not try your best. This o...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-95-conjectureFri, 27 Sep 2013 10:14:19 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-95-conjectureI Lost Because I "Didn't See" His CombinationOne of the reasons I hear quite often on why someone lost a game is they "Didn't see" something: the bishop that took their queen or the combination their opponent played on them, or the combination they missed that would have won. But there are ...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/i-lost-because-i-quotdidnt-seequot-his-combinationSun, 01 Sep 2013 06:43:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/i-lost-because-i-quotdidnt-seequot-his-combinationThe IBM Player StoryAbout 10 years ago I had a student who was an engineer for IBM in Delaware. His vocation is relevant because I want you to get the impression he was an intelligent, wise adult, very typical of my normal student. But learning chess and understandin...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-ibm-player-storyThu, 29 Aug 2013 13:37:39 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-ibm-player-storyThere's Not Always A Clearly Best Move or IdeaIn previous articles, I have dealt with the fact that there's not always one single correct thought process that covers all situations (positions; time control issues), and I've also dealt with issues when a player states "I reach positions where ...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/theres-not-always-a-clear-best-moveMon, 22 Jul 2013 14:34:00 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/theres-not-always-a-clear-best-moveI'll Never Forget the Brilliant NM Alan BaisleyThe event was the first US Junior Closed Invitational Championship in 1966. The top eight junior players in the US are invited to play a round robin. It's the final round and things are tense among the young masters. Walter Browne of Brooklyn has ...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/ill-never-forget-nm-alan-baisleyFri, 07 Jun 2013 10:02:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/ill-never-forget-nm-alan-baisleyA Talk to Remember Coach Donald ByrneDonald Byrne is best known for losing The Game of the Century in the 1956 Rosenwald tournament to Bobby Fischer. This is great because it ensures him a type of immortality. It's also not so great since Donald Byrne was one of the great chess perso...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/remembering-coach-donald-byrneFri, 12 Apr 2013 20:30:08 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/remembering-coach-donald-byrneThe Mythical "Capture with the Least Valuable Piece First" PrincipleExample 1: If White captures on e5 on the fourth move in the game below, which piece should he use to capture first? (The start of the blog may seem too easy, but it's to make a point, so stick with me and see what you might learn...) Of course,...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-mythical-quotcapture-with-the-least-valuable-piecequot-principleMon, 08 Apr 2013 18:32:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-mythical-quotcapture-with-the-least-valuable-piecequot-principleThe Train StoryAs many readers might be aware, I started tournament play at age 16 as a really terrible player. It was not until my fourth tournament, after 8 months of play, that I won more than one game in an event. However, once I learned how to play "Real Ch...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-train-storySun, 31 Mar 2013 20:32:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-train-storyThe Barack ShockAs a little background, my first book Elements of Positional Evaluation, was written (with my typewriter!) in 1974 but not published til 1990. One of the reasons it was initially rejected was that a GM, who represented a chess publishing house, do...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-barack-shockWed, 20 Mar 2013 08:02:59 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/the-barack-shockPlaying Fast in Opponent's Time PressureOne of the most common errors I encounter, even among experienced players, is playing fast when the opponent is in time pressure (and you are not). It's very tempting to do so, and there are some advantages to playing quickly in those situations b...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/playing-fast-in-opponents-time-pressureSun, 17 Mar 2013 21:07:17 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/playing-fast-in-opponents-time-pressure1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (part 7 of 7)The seventh and final round was the only game on Sunday, so I had an entire day to prepare. I had a half point lead; a draw would clinch a tie for the title and a win, of course, made me the outright champion on my first attempt. My opponent was ...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/1973-greater-philadelphia-invitational-championship-part-7-of-7Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:42:40 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/1973-greater-philadelphia-invitational-championship-part-7-of-71973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (part 6 of 7)With the possible exception of Round 1 and a little bit of Round 2, all of the previous games were fairly unbalanced and all, without exception, were decisive. This changed in Round 6 when I got a nice opening advantage against Joe Weber, and cou...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/1973-greater-philadelphia-invitational-championship-part-6-of-7Tue, 05 Mar 2013 07:35:35 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/1973-greater-philadelphia-invitational-championship-part-6-of-71973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (part 5 of 7)The first four games of this round-robin event were played on the previous weekend, and July 14-15, 1973 were the dates for the final three. My first opponent on the second weekend was Harvey Bradlow, an old friend/nemesis from our junior days (a...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/1973-greater-philadelphia-invitational-championship-part-5-of-7Mon, 04 Mar 2013 05:59:17 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/1973-greater-philadelphia-invitational-championship-part-5-of-7