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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Aug 8, 2014

    "If you had to pick only one legacy to leave to the chess world, what would it be?" Well, I have long given up on any hopes of my campaign to de-emphasize the wonderfully accurate but humanly over-dependent rating system (see Encouraging Tourname... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman July 25, 2014

    "I noticed that the pre-registration for the Open section of the Holly Heisman Memorial (HHM) fundraiser chess tournament on Aug 3 (in Wynnewood, PA just outside Philadelphia) has several titled players. I am only in the 1500's. Is there any way I... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jun 27, 2014

    "I did action X and gained Y rating points so I suggest everyone should do that." This claim came up during the show, raising the question: How helpful it would be for others to follow the suggestion? In order to address this issue, we should sta... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 18, 2014

    In life, improvement is usually achieved by proceeding along the triangle "->Learn->Practice->Test->". In chess, this is "->Study->Play->Get Feedback->". Leave something out of the loop and you get diminishing returns. Thi... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Mar 7, 2014

    "If I play for a legal trap and it doesn't work, can I still have a good game?" Sounds like you might be a lawyer (or need to consult one)!  This is also a good example of how I need to "interpret" questions on my Q&A show. Since the questi... | Read More


    • How to become a chess professional in 4 steps (with or without a title)

      Quick introduction:   As titles go, I have none, nor do I expect to gain a title in the near future.  I used to call myself a chess expert which was a very true way to describe me, but not according to any national or international rating syste... | Read More

      • heister
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    • The Elo rating system is seriously flawed

      A two dimensional measure of chess performance is presented and it is shown to have more information and a greater power of discrimination than scalar measures because it does not rely on scoring. The scoring procedure used by scalar measures to r... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Aug 28, 2014
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    • The Best Linux Apps for Chess

      NOTE: I may update this post as apps add features or I learn of better alternatives. Feel free to send me suggestions to try! Also, many of these programs are free, but accept donations. If you can, consider donating to the projects you use  I h... | Read More

    • I had a good day on Friday

      I was worried when I joined the site that I would embarrass myself.  I had not ever played a game of chess online, and had not played a rated game over-the-board since the early 1980s. I had played some against a few of the computer games, like ... | Read More

    • Databases: Tips, Tricks, and Softwares

      Note: Software recommendations are at the bottom. Also, all images are also puzzles. Have fun! A topic that regularly comes up with my students is the use of databases. Databases are obviously one of the great resources available to a chess playe... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Robatsch Defence

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    In the Robatsch Defense, named after Karl Robatsch, also known as the Modern Defense, Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns on d4 and e4. Black's hope is to attack and undermine White's "ideal" position without directly attempting to... Read More »

  • Colle

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    the colle normaly: or defeated: or colle zuzertork: there are too much other things in colle so i will now do london system: conclusion: i hope you learn! Read More »