IM Jeremy Silman Joins Columnists

  • IM dpruess
  • on 5/20/09, 3:20 PM. is sorry to see IM Andrew Martin move on. His "Your Questions Answered" columns have been extremely good and well-appreciated here. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We are lucky to welcome another excellent columnist to take his place.

International Master Jeremy Silman is a chess professional who has won the American Open, the National Open, and the U.S. Open; only a few other players have ever won all three of these prestigious events. Though highly respected as a player, Mr. Silman is better known as a world-class lecturer, teacher, and writer. The author of over thirty-seven chess books and one book on the psychology of gambling (ZEN AND THE ART OF CASINO GAMING), his work has been published by such houses as Maxwell/Macmillan, Cadogan, and Microsoft Press, with several books having been translated into German, Italian and French. His chess articles, over a hundred, have appeared in English, Dutch, German, and American magazines.

Jeremy began to write fiction in 1994. His first screenplay, THE CHESS PLAYERS, was optioned by LMK Productions, Inc. at the end of that year.

In 2001, Mr. Silman was hired as the chess consultant for the motion picture, HARRY POTTER and the SORCERER’S STONE. In 2002, he became the chess consultant for the HBO series, ARLISS. In 2003, Jeremy was called in to design multiple chess scenes for an episode of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, and more recently he designed several chess scenes for an episode of MONK.

Jeremy has already contributed to some really great chess mentor courses (more than a dozen!), which I personally have been studying and enjoying. For example, check out:


According to my recollections, during my first couple years of tournament chess, Jeremy was maintaining a really great column in Chess Life called "The Amateur's Mind." I think that the title itself highlights one of Jeremy's great strengths as a teacher: really thinking about what class players' thought processes are like. Hopefully, members can now benefit from this through his column. Send your questions for Jeremy to .

As I like to do in these introductions, here is a selection of some of his great games. I have picked a few games, which show off the logical, deep positional understanding, which I think is fundamental to his play:

Jeremy is kind enough to provide us notes to this first game, a very thorough positional demonstration:





The following game starts off with strategical outplaying, but also includes an instructive and delicate rook endgame:


A win over the Canadian Champion (and GM):

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  • 8 years ago


    Wow,I just bought his new book on the endgame:Complete endgame course. It's awesome! Can't wait to see his columns!

  • 8 years ago


    The more I struggle through his books and dealing with the tactics here the more I find my Live rating growing.Not to mention my O.T.B. rating going up.Anyone who takes the time to work through his books will books so far by him(Reasses your chess workbook+The Amatur's Mind)I may be a little biast but after 500 U.S.C.F. points growth I deserve to be.

    I would highly reccomend his books to those who have reached the point where they dont hang pieces as much and struggle as to where to go next.I do with all the kids at the local liberary here that wonder how I suddenly got stronger.

  • 8 years ago


    Wow! This is great news .. I have been an avid reader of Mr.Silman's books. His arrival at is a win-win for both the world-class author, this wonderful site and of course, to us readers.

  • 8 years ago


    I think this is a great addition to the ever growing community of skilled writers/title players. Jeremy is a great instructor, writer and a very interesting person--always has been one of my favorites.

  • 8 years ago


    i dont mean to be obnoxious but i want to express my excitement

    jeremy silman is coming to!!!!!!

    when someone asks what books are good for general overall improvement i reccomend Silman's "Reasses you Chess." i put that book in my all time need to read list along with Rubin Fine's opening and endgame manuals, and NImzowitsch's MY SYSTEM .  this is really cool Cool

  • 8 years ago


    I welcome IM Jeremy Silman  to I have a number of his works, and rely heavily on his book reviews when deciding what to add to my library.

  • 8 years ago


    I too am excited to hear that Silman has joined the team.  I have recommended his books to many.

  • 8 years ago


    Great chess player and writer. His books have helped me alot. Looking forward to future columns!

  • 8 years ago


    This is awesome! Welcome to Jeremy Silman!

    I am reading Silman's Complete Engame Course right now, and also saw that Monk episode with the crazy chess guy.

  • 8 years ago


    i    am too eager to read Mr Silmans columns.i am new to this sight.but known about him .great job to have such a multi talanted personality .we will all benifit,i have no doubts. 

  • 8 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i would have said if i knew...

  • 8 years ago


    Where is Andrew going? Why has he left? I was enjoying reading his answers and questions section. I am very glad we got another great master and mentor to compinsate though. Glad ur aboard IM Silman!

  • 8 years ago

    IM dpruess

    it speaks volumes how many people have posted positive comments about his books in just a couple hours. this is going to be good! :-)

  • 8 years ago


    I'm in the middle of Amateur's Mind and it's turning out to be the best chess book I have ever read!

  • 8 years ago


    Fantastic news!   Simply one the the very best chess writers and teachers on the planet.  Period.

    Silman's Complete Endgame Course is perhaps not as well known as Reassess Your Chess -- but what a gem!   If you can only afford one endgame book, get this one.

  • 8 years ago


    Definately nice to have Silman here, how to reassess your chess and his complete endgame guide have helped me grow as a player.

  • 8 years ago


    Welcome to Mr. Silman.  A valuable addition to a great site!

  • 8 years ago


    I'm sad to see Andrew go... but we've gained another Jewel and Legend!  Who doesn't know Silman?!  Welcome!

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