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 Why Don't Super-GMs Play the Morra Gambit?"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...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/why-dont-super-gms-play-the-morra-gambitSat, 04 Jul 2015 20:52:03 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/why-dont-super-gms-play-the-morra-gambitWhat's the Secret Behind Chess?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...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-the-secret-behind-chessSat, 06 Jun 2015 07:27:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-the-secret-behind-chessWho 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/who-are-the-best-players-not-to-be-world-championSat, 02 May 2015 17:58:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/who-are-the-best-players-not-to-be-world-championWhat's the Main Idea in the Exchange Gruenfeld?"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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-the-main-idea-in-the-exchange-gruenfeldSun, 05 Apr 2015 16:25:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-the-main-idea-in-the-exchange-gruenfeldWhat's Black's Plan After 1.e4?"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...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-blacks-plan-after-1e4Sat, 07 Mar 2015 10:47:49 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-blacks-plan-after-1e4To Some Extent, Chess IS Your Thought Process"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...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/to-some-extent-chess-is-your-thought-processFri, 06 Feb 2015 21:08:52 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/to-some-extent-chess-is-your-thought-processBiggest Mistakes of a New Coach?"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...http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/biggest-mistakes-of-a-new-coachSun, 04 Jan 2015 06:52:15 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/biggest-mistakes-of-a-new-coachGotta 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-byrne