In The Complete Book of Chess Strategy, IM Jeremy Silman defines prophylaxis as "a move or strategy that stops the opponent from undertaking some type of action or plan."
Coined by Aron Nimzowitsch in his seminal work My System (1... | Read More
Many comments on my previous articles have noted that while my Monday column is fun, it provides little in the way of chess instruction.
That's clearly true. As an intermediate player, I've got decent general chess knowledge, but I have to... | Read More
As beginners, we are taught a litany of strategic precepts that inform our thought process and shape our general understanding.
"Occupy the center," "knights before bishops," "the rook's place is behind the passed pawn" — all of thes... | Read More
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
The concept of overprotection, invented and verbalized by Nimzowitsch in My System, is defined by IM Jeremy Silman as "a strategically important pawn or square that is given more protection than it seemingly needs. Essentially a prophylactic ... | Read More