Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time.
That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More
If the title of the article sounds ridiculous, don't rush to a conclusion.
I'll try to prove that sometimes even very strong chess players forget the basic rules of chess.
Let's talk about castling. Do you remember when it is legal and when it... | Read More
We've kicked off a new year, but beginning chess players still play the same unsound chess ideas that have been tried by inexperienced players for decades.
Unless their opponents are similarly new to the game, players relying on these unsophisti... | Read More
As beginners, we are invariably warned that pawn grabbing in the opening is a cardinal sin.
Indeed, what could be more incautious than throwing your development to the wind and setting yourself up for tactical calamity?
Pawn grabbing usually s... | Read More
I think about chess a lot. I think about chess news, chess history, chess openings and endgames, my chess friends (living and dead), beautiful chess games, and how my 4,000 chess books are pushing me out of my home.
But my main chess thoughts ar... | Read More