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  • 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

  • Expertise in Chess Players

    Learning and mastery of a skill is a complicated process, especially when the endeavor involves the mind. For reasons along this line, psychologists have studied how expert chess players excel. The famous psychologist Alfred Binet once stated, “... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Mar 21, 2014

    "How can I tell if a chess book is too advanced for me?" Excellent question. Often you can't! Even books' suggested reading levels (eg by rating) are often misleading, partly because the publisher wants to sell books, not exclude readers who migh... | 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

  • Chess.com Rating Comparisons

    Many players are curious about how the different chess.com ratings stack up against each other.  This survey is designed to figure out the answer!   At the bottom of the survey there are also a few questions about USCF and FIDE ratings for co... | Read More

    • ELO 2900?

      Carlsen is only 10.8 points away to break the ELO 2900 barrier as the first chess player in history. (The top performing computer chess engines are well above the 3000 mark but that’s a different story and the numbers are skewed and don’t allo... | Read More

    • Tactical Tuesdays - 4 The games of Hou Yifan

      Who is Hou Yifan ?   Hou Yifan (CHN) is the World's No.2 Women Chess player, 20 years of age and a live rating of 2629.2 after her recent win in the FIDE Women Grand Prix 2014 at Khanty Mansiysk. (You can view live ratings on the right bar of ... | Read More

    • A Tough Tournament, And A Curious Case Of Underpromotion

      Last week's Montana Open was a bloodbath. My opponents were playing well while I was playing poorly, searching for juicy squares and sweet combinations but finding only arid desert. In the first round alone, I and three other top seeds lost in u... | Read More

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      • | Apr 19, 2014
    • Robert Smith

      After this game, player Robert Smith was sending me a message accusing me of using computer assistance during the game. I answered that i do use chess engines before and after the game and my brain always. He kept accusing me. Then i sweared to hi... | Read More

      • nilshero
      • | Apr 18, 2014
    • The Chess Sperm: Are you a chess bastard? (Not offensive at all)

      (Read Whole! Only then would you judgemental folks understand the query.)   When I ask them about chess ratings, how to attain 2000, how to measure 2000, how is a 2000 better than a 1500- they say YOU ARE NAIVE, SON. CHESS RATINGS ARE RELATIVE.... | Read More

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      • | Apr 15, 2014

Video Lessons

  • Karch, Robert

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    Robert Alfred Karch (1930-2010) was born on March 24, 1930.  He was active in organized chess for over 60 years.   Robert played chess for the Lincoln High School team in Tacoma Washington in the 1940s.  He enlisted in the United States Army ... Read More »

  • Pogonina, Natalia

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    Natalia Pogonina (born on March 9, 1985) is one of the best female chess players in the world. Woman Grandmaster (WGM), three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women Champi... Read More »

  • Elo, Arpad Emrick

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    Arpad Elo (1903-1992) was born in Egyhazaskeszo, Hungary, he moved to the United States with his parents in 1913.  He played in 37 consecutive state championships in Wisconsin, from 1933 to 1969, winning the title 7 times (1935, 1937, 1940, 1... Read More »

  • Cunningham, George

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    George Cunningham was born in Maine on March 25, 1909.  He was a college professor in Maine.  In 1978, he was Executive Director for the United States Chess Federation (USCF).  In 1980, he was the ratings statician for the USCF and ... Read More »

  • unusually good chess players

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    These famous people not only were avid chess players, but established the following ratings.  I'm not sure why, but leftist dictators and revolutionaries seem to be unusually good chess players. Alan Alda (actor) ... Read More »