"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
"I get really nervous during important games; what should I do?"
"I get really worried about my rating. Do you have any suggestions?"
I think these two questions, while undoubtedly different, are in some senses closely related. As I have noted, ... | Read More
"I know doing basic tactics puzzles is good for me but I don't have much fun doing them. How can I make them more fun?"
A great question. But of course the answer depends on a large part of what is preventing that study from being fun. It might b... | Read More
"Should I continue playing a weak opening if I know it well?" This is one of those questions that depends on more information, such as:
"How weak is the opening?"
"Who considers it weak?"
"Who are you playing", etc.
I gave the example of the ... | Read More
It never fails; in time with Magnus’ chessploits, the debate in Norwegian newspapers’ commentary fields rages red hot over whether chess is a sport or athletics, with no surprising conclusions: one agrees to disagree, definitions do not dimini... | Read More