Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.
Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More
Like the Kan/Paulsen, the so-called "Modern Defense" is an opening with many names. When I first met it, as a beginning chess player, I knew it as the "Robatsch Defense."
It has also been called the Ufimtsev Defense, the Kotov Defense, the Pi... | Read More
Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.
Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Read More
The Open Sicilian can be broken down into four basic systems.
In one, the Dragon, the black bishop is fianchettoed on g7.
In the Scheveningen, it is developed on e7 while Black adopts a "little center" of pawns on d6 and e6.
In a third, t... | Read More
"Is the Fried Liver Attack good to play against players rated 1800-2000?"
This was one of the questions in this month's Chess.com TV show "Q&A with Coach Heisman. My answer: "Well, yes, but that's not the problem (and I get a similar question... | Read More