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  • The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Four

    In parts one, two, and three of this article, I described the unusual concept of "doing nothing." In this article we'll discuss when it is appropriate to use this idea. Once upon a time, I showed my game vs. Nakamura as an example of "doing noth... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 4, 2014

    "What's the going rate for selling 100 rating points?" Let's start with "It's illegal and I wouldn't do it, and neither should you or anyone else!" Now that we got that out of the way, I can then state "Interesting question! I've never had that ... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing

    I cannot tell you, my dear readers, how many times I've had this conversation with my younger students while we analyze their games: "What did you try to accomplish with your last move?" "Nothing!" "Then why did you play it?" "I don't know... | Read More

  • How to Ruin Your Pawn Structure

    "Pawns are the soul of chess." In general, I loathe chess clichés, but some statements are so true, so deep, that they defy the notion of banality. Think about it. An inveterate patron of the Café de la Régence, an eighte... | Read More

  • Queen: The Supporting Actress

    About a year and a half ago, I had the honor of working with GM Yasser Seirawan for two days during his visit to the Bay Area. Yasser is a four-time U.S. Champion whose storied professional career spans more than 30 years, and he also possesses th... | Read More


      Thanks for stopping by again to read my latest blog post. This time I want to share an idea which I've come up with for my private lessons. It's called the Four C's. And it is a method that allows my students to 'check in' on their pieces, to dete... | Read More

      • LaCiCaDa
      • | Apr 14, 2014
    • Alien invasion

          Alien invasion    No one saw them coming. It was a mystery where they came from. Only one thing was clear. They were here.  A cube suddenly came out of nowhere, a hundred meters across. It had landed right on top of some houses in K... | Read More

      • D_Gray
      • | Apr 14, 2014
    • Daily Live Chess Digest - 2014/04/14

      Welcome to this Blog post :-) I upload 3 videos of blitz chess games every day, free on Youtube to watch. Once in a while I also add a rapid game (15 Min per player), all with live comments of course. Some wierd play in the Dutch Defence: T... | Read More

    • last minute LOLs before filing your taxes

      Ambition in America is still rewarded . . . with high taxes. America is the land of opportunity. Everybody can become a taxpayer. Americans are now in a daze from intaxication. There was a time when $1000.00 was the down-payment on a car; now it's... | Read More

      • AaronGo
      • | Apr 13, 2014
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    • A Forced OR Inevitable Draw in the Endgame

      The first time I ever won in this type of official play, was on April 22, 2011... few years later and (12) days before our 11th wedding anniversary (April 22), I was awarded my 5th "1st" place USCF CC certificate in another tournament. A healthy ... | Read More

      • chesspnoi
      • | Apr 11, 2014

Video Lessons


  • Fire of Squad

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    Fire of Squad, or the Two Rook Checkmate is a type of checkmate using two rooks, a queen and a rook or two queens. It consists in forcing the king to one border of the board and making a checkmate there. Read More »

  • Kempelen, Farkas

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    Farkas Kempelen (1734-1804) was the Inventor of the first automaton, The Chess Playing Turk, in 1769.  He built it for the sole purpose of entertaining and mystifying the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.  It was not a true mac... Read More »

  • Turk

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    Nickname of the first automaton.  Made by Wolfgang von Kempelen in 1789.  Operators included Allgaier in 1809, Weyle in 1818, Boncourt in 1818, William Lewis in 1818 to 1819, Mouret in 1820, and Schlumberger (1826 to 1838).  It was ... Read More »

  • Club, chess

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    The world's first chess club was organized in Italy in 1550. The first chess club in England was Slaughter's Coffee House, founded in London, England in 1715.  The oldest chess club in Europe is the Zurich Chess Club, founded in 1809... Read More »

  • Bosnia

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    In 1993, a person was shot and killed while playing a chess game in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the first to die from sniper fire while playing chess.   The first chess championship of Bosnia-Herzegovina was held in 1994, won by Rade Milovanovic... Read More »