"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
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
Professor: Hi there, class. I’m wondering if any of you have had an opportunity to castle today.
Zephyr: I haven’t even had a chance to play chess yet, Professor. How could I castle?
Lucian: Really? You haven’t played chess yet? Well I... | 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
Recently I was fortunate enough to watch the live transmission and analyze one fantastic game from the Gibraltar Masters beetween my countryman Alexandr Fier and Top GM Michael Adams. I analyzed the game trying to guess the moves (by the way, this... | Read More