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  • A Potpourri of Traps

    Why study traps?      There are several good reasons why studying traps might be considered important. First, of course, to avoid becoming a victim of one.  Second is to recognize when the opportunity of gaining a quick victory appears.  B... | Read More

  • Review: Playing the Trompowsky

    I recently took a train from Amsterdam to the quaint little Belgium town of Bruges. Looking for a book to keep me occupied for the four hour ride, I remembered my review copy of Richard Pert’s Playing the Trompowsky, which is certainly thinner t... | Read More

  • The Endgame Cunning of Emanuel Lasker, Part 1

    It has been said that the second World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, was unique among the top players of his time period in that he didn't create a chess school of thought. Others have said that he did create a school - the "psychological school." It ... | Read More

  • of Cafés, Politics, Arts and Chess

         Cafés or Coffee Houses probably originated in 16th century Turkey and quickly expanded into Persia, Arabia, Egypt and other Islamic nations.  Even there they were havens for political idealists, philosophers, artists and game players.... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Dec 13, 2013

    "I know doing basic tactics puzzles is good for me but I don't have much fun doing them. How can I make them more fun?" A great question. But of course the answer depends on a large part of what is preventing that study from being fun. It might b... | Read More

    • The Krejcik Immortal

      The Austrian master Josef Krejcik was a favorite of my old chess teacher, probably because he played several instructive miniatures (the chessgames dot com database includes 10 Krejcik games of 10 moves or shorter). His best game was an Albin, an... | 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

      • danheisman
      • | May 2, 2015

      Öncelikle Çanakkale Savaşının 100. yılında, canını vatan uğruna siper edip Çanakkale'yi geçilmez kılan şehit ve gazilerimizi rahmet ve minnetle anıyorum.  Çanakkale reklam filminin künyesi, Senaryo: Mustafa Uslu, Yapım: Dijital... | Read More

      • | Apr 26, 2015
    • Albin Alekhine

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    • The Lasker Trap

      The Lasker Trap, a fun trap named after Emanuel Lasker comes from the Albin Counter-Gambit after: Which brings us to our puzzle: Now black can easily resign in sight of 9... Qxd1: This is an intresting trap to work with in low level blitz ga... | Read More

      • Zsgurwitz
      • | Mar 29, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Showalter, Jackson Whipps

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    In 1890, Jackson Whipps Showalter (1860-1935) won the United States Chess Association’s 3rd Annual Congress Championship tournament in St. Louis.  Shortly after this tournament in 1890, he lost a match to Max Judd by a score of 7-3... Read More »

  • Albin, Adolf

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    Adolf Albin (1848-1920) was a Romanian chess master (born in Bucharest) who learned the game at age 23.  In 1872 he authored the first chess book written in Romanian, Amiculu Jocului de Schach.   He played in his first international... Read More »