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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Mar 21, 2014

    "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

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 1

    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

  • John Grefe: Talent Isn’t Enough!

    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

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Dec 27, 2013

    "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

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #21 - The 3-4-5 Problem

    “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

    • Nine Month Training Recap

      I've been hard at work following my current training regimen now for nine months. It's hard to believe, actually, that I've been spending an average of 22.5 hours per week on chess for that long. In the past, I always burned out or got distracted ... | Read More

      • Larceny
      • | Apr 7, 2014
    • Chess books that r good

      Any ideas for good chess books | Read More

      • alano2003
      • | Apr 6, 2014
    • "Chess for Zebras", a review

      Chess for Zebras by Jonathan RowsonThis book is in the same vein as The Seven Deadly Chess Sins. Like its predecessor, it is more readable than other chess books I have seen. It is amusing and offers many unorthodox ideas. The author is a grandmas... | Read More

      • soler97
      • | Apr 2, 2014
    • Books from My Past, Part 2

      In a recent chess discussion thread, the topic recently turned to improvement plans--yes, that perennial conversational abyss of club players--and someone mentioned that, "many roads lead to Rome." Whereupon someone else stated that the phrase... | Read More

      • Larceny
      • | Mar 30, 2014
    • And now, the Newb presents... for Cincinnati area players only

      The Ohio Book Store at 726 Main in downtown Cincy made a purchase of a collection of chess books. This was several months ago. I don't look for chess books there very often because I was quite familiar with the two that they had. This collection ... | Read More

      • hop-along
      • | Mar 30, 2014

Video Lessons

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... Read More »

  • Hazeltine, Miron James

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    Miron James Hazeltine (1824-1907) was a newspaper chess columnist (New York Clipper) for more than 50 years (from August 1856 to January 1907) who did not miss a single weekly issue until shortly before his death in February 1907.  He was born at... Read More »

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • Impossible!

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    This "Impossible" Checkmate contradicts what many, many chess books say: "You can only checkmate with two knights if you are in the corner and your opponent blunders." It is possible.     You can do it on the side of the board; however, yo... Read More »

  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... Read More »