"How can I tell if a chess book is too advanced for me?"
Excellent question. Often you can't! Even books' suggested reading levels (eg by rating) are often misleading, partly because the publisher wants to sell books, not exclude readers who migh... | Read More
Curse of the Hasty Pawn Advance
EvgeniyZh (1192) – raj475 (1324)ICC Live Game (30-0), 2014
1.e4 b6 2.e4 e6 3.e5
I’ve seen many sub-1500 rated players make this kind of hasty pawn advance, and I will take this opportunity to make a comment ... | Read More
My relationship with International Master John Grefe was complex, with many ups and downs. I met him two days after I arrived in San Francisco. At that time I was a penniless 18-year-old chess professional who was sleeping on a friend’s floo... | Read More
"I read chess books and I understand them but when I get the same situations in a game I don't do the right things."
This is a common complaint, but it is so generic that, unless I knew exactly what the viewer read and his chess situation, it is ... | Read More
“It’s good to see the both of you,” the Professor began. “And because you’ve become my two favorite students, I’ve got an intriguing problem for you to consider today. Working as a team, I’m hoping you can... | Read More