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  • 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

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 3

    Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment, alluding to my article, You Have It He Doesn’t! Part 1, which was all about... | Read More

  • Studying Master Games and Berkmaster's First Over-The-Board Tournament Battle

    I was a bit surprised at the comments about the study of master games made under my last Q & A (Snarky Silman, blah, blah, blah). As is always the case, everyone of every rating had an opinion. I’ve already written about this several tim... | Read More

  • Hannibal Lecter Presents: Readers' Questions

    Due to the crash of my website email address (which has finally been fixed), I didn’t look at my business letters for a month and a half. There were about 60 waiting for me. One was from a guy that wanted me to give him a study program that feat... | Read More

  • Maximizing Learning per Unit Time

    I sometimes get asked "When reading a book of annotated games, wouldn't you learn more if you studied a game slowly than read it quickly?" Of course that is true for each game, but it skirts the real issue. And it's clearly true in absurdum: you ... | Read More


    • World Open Games Day 3

      Round 8-Played the other unrated from china. I really lucked out here. Round 9- UBERLUCK!!! And thus I got second place finishing with 7.5/9 Sorry for the delay in uploading the rest of my games. | Read More

      • alexhu8
      • | Jul 23, 2014
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    • The Mayor's Open!

      I was the 4th seed of a 10-player field in the Open division of the Mayor's Open; a chess tournament that took place in Hammond, IN on July 19th, 2014 at the Jean Sheppard Community Center. There were other scholastic divisions as well that were n... | Read More

    • King in the middle

      This was just a friendly game, unrated, for practice, played at a rate of 2 days per move, but completed in three days. The object lesson here is to not leave your king in the middle of the board, especially if you have "holes" in your pawn struc... | Read More

    • Vestfold Championship 2014

      These are the games I played in a two day tournament back in May. It was the second tournament I played in and the first time I played more than one long game in a single day. I played five games in total, three on the first day and two on the sec... | Read More

      • AcidBadger
      • | Jul 14, 2014
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    • I have been fortunate in life

      I am not a rich person, in terms of monetary wealth, but I am comfortable after my career.  I was not raised with a "silver spoon" in my mouth.  I have an old china pattern, some inherited silverware, and a garden I call my own. But, I think it... | 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 »

  • Fish

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    In chess parlance, a fish is a term for a poor chess player. Although roughly synonymous with the dismissive colloquialisms patzer or woodpusher, there are distinctions. In general a "fish" is a player easily defeated... Read More »