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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


    • How To Lose Against the Best Bullet Player in the World in 18 moves

      In a rare sighting, Hikaru Nakamura decided to log on to chess.com to beat up on some patzers. However, there weren't any players on that were rated higher than 2505 in bullet. Being rated an absurd 3105 himself, he would need to play against an o... | Read More

      • AchiIles
      • | Aug 17, 2014
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    • 2014 US Open Game 5

      Going into this round, I was at 1.5 of 4 points and feeling pretty good. All my opponents had been much higher rated except for the tough unrated player I beat in round 2. Better, I was only a 1/2 point behind the U1600 leaders in the tradition... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Aug 2, 2014
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    • World Open 2014

      Warning: This blog will have minimal commentary since there are nine games to showcase. I will only comment on critical moments or other interesting points in the game. So, as most of you know, I did exceptionally at the World Open U2000 section,... | Read More

    • Unrated Play, is he trying or not.

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      • Romans920
      • | Jul 27, 2014
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    • Chess Simul with GM Levan Aroshidze

      1995 World Under-10 Chess Champion GM Levan Aroshidze will be playing an online chess simul on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 2:00 PM PDT (5:00 PM Eastern). The games will be played in Chess.com's Live Chess server. The time control is 30|30; that... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Jul 26, 2014
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  • 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 »