Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! https://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com New Book "Is Your Move Safe?" now availableMy 12th chess book, "Is Your Move Safe?" is now available both from the publisher Mongoose Press and from Amazon (despite the fact that it says "July 1" at the top, on the right it says it can be delivered in one day ). The idea for this book is...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/new-book-quotis-your-move-safequot-now-availableSat, 11 Jun 2016 16:51:50 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/new-book-quotis-your-move-safequot-now-availableGet Better at Chess for Everyone: The PilotHi! For 14 years I wrote a column with my best improvement advice for players of all levels. It won seven awards for "Best Instruction" in North America from the Chess Journalists of America. Yes, the name "Novice Nook" was a misnomer - it was n...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/get-better-at-chess-for-everyone-1-the-pilotTue, 05 Apr 2016 14:04:15 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/get-better-at-chess-for-everyone-1-the-pilotHow Did John Keir win 6-0 in his 2nd Tournament?I like to tell the following story to my students rated under 1600: About 20 years ago I was giving lessons to John Keir's son, Clayton. John was an active member of our scholastic club and decided to become a USCF tournament director. After one ...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/how-did-john-keir-win-6-0-in-his-2nd-tournamentThu, 31 Mar 2016 13:10:22 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/how-did-john-keir-win-6-0-in-his-2nd-tournamentwww.danheisman.com re-designedLast year around this time I got a quiet email from Comcast stating that personal webpages would no longer be served from their ISP. For a quiet little email, this was quite a shock, as my website www.danheisman.com had always been served by Comc...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/wwwdanheismancom-re-designedTue, 22 Mar 2016 14:39:50 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/wwwdanheismancom-re-designedHoward Stern and the 1100-rated OpponentsWhen I first started coaching Howard he was little more than a beginner; his early online long time-control rating was about 900. After 6 months he was up to 1000. Around that time, we began a lesson and Howard said, "Dan, I think I have gone ab...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/howard-stern-and-the-1100-rated-opponentsMon, 07 Dec 2015 08:40:47 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/howard-stern-and-the-1100-rated-opponentsShould Beginners Play an Opening System?"Besides the Colle System, are there other opening systems that you would recommend a beginner to learn?" First, let me differentiate between a regular opening and an opening system. An opening system is one where it doesn't matter what the oppon...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/should-beginners-play-an-opening-systemSat, 05 Sep 2015 20:33:47 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/should-beginners-play-an-opening-system"How Do We Get Better?""How do we get better?" "Uh...Follow the Golden Rule?" (The Pope is coming here to Philadelphia soon, so maybe he is a better one to ask...) After the "Q&A With Coach Heisman" show the above question was nominated by a viewer as best questi...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/quothow-do-we-get-betterquotSat, 08 Aug 2015 06:52:59 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/quothow-do-we-get-betterquotWhy Don't Super-GMs Play the Morra Gambit?"Why don't super-GMs play the Morra Gambit?" was a question on Friday's Q&A with Coach Heisman show. In order to answer that question in more depth than I could during the show, I first would like to refer to an earlier Chess.com article "Wha...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/why-dont-super-gms-play-the-morra-gambitSat, 04 Jul 2015 20:52:03 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/why-dont-super-gms-play-the-morra-gambitWhat's the Secret Behind Chess?Yes, "What's the secret behind chess?" was one of the questions on the "Q&A with Coach Heisman" show tonight. Unlike "What's the best way to learn X?", a popular question where my answer is usually "Do/play X with strong players (at least han...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-the-secret-behind-chessSat, 06 Jun 2015 07:27:33 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-the-secret-behind-chessWho Are the Best Players not to be World Champion?"Who are the best players not to become World Champion?" This was a question on this week's "Q&A with Coach Heisman" TV show (first Friday each month from 5-6:30 PM ET). My first thought in answering this question was: When do we start? We p...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/who-are-the-best-players-not-to-be-world-championSat, 02 May 2015 17:58:11 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/who-are-the-best-players-not-to-be-world-championWhat's the Main Idea in the Exchange Gruenfeld?"What are the main ideas in the Exchange Gruenfeld?" This is a great example of the type of question I can't handle adequately on my show "Q&A with Coach Heisman". It's not that I don't know anything about the Exchange Gruenfeld - although I ...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-the-main-idea-in-the-exchange-gruenfeldSun, 05 Apr 2015 16:25:18 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-the-main-idea-in-the-exchange-gruenfeldWhat's Black's Plan After 1.e4?"What's Black's Plan after 1.e4?" We tried a new format in "Q&A with Coach Heisman" (our Chess.com TV show the first Friday of each month from 5-6:30 PM ET). The first hour of the show was restricted to questions about positions - it could be...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-blacks-plan-after-1e4Sat, 07 Mar 2015 10:47:49 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/whats-blacks-plan-after-1e4To Some Extent, Chess IS Your Thought Process"How do you improve your analytical and evaluation skills?" This is a big question, in my mind almost equivalent to "How do you improve at chess?" since the single biggest factor correlating to your playing strength is your analytical ability. Mo...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/to-some-extent-chess-is-your-thought-processFri, 06 Feb 2015 21:08:52 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/to-some-extent-chess-is-your-thought-processBiggest Mistakes of a New Coach?"What's the biggest mistake a beginning chess coach makes?" That was one of the questions on today's Q&A with Coach Heisman TV show (5-6:30 PM ET first Friday of each month). One listener offered "Not listening to the students!" and that has...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/biggest-mistakes-of-a-new-coachSun, 04 Jan 2015 06:52:15 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/biggest-mistakes-of-a-new-coachGotta Get that Feedback!"How can I best improve my play?" "Does doing X help me improve?" "My goal is to be an expert. How can I best get there?" These are very typical of many questions I get on our monthly Chess.com TV show Q&A with Coach Heisman (the first Frid...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/gotta-get-that-feedbackSun, 07 Dec 2014 12:37:51 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/gotta-get-that-feedbackAnswering a Question About Adult ImprovementThis morning I received an email: "Dear Sir, Permit me to ask a question, that has been asked hundreds of times, why after years of playing and looking at hundreds of games of chess, I don't improve? What makes a youngster become a grand master...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/answering-a-question-about-adult-improvementFri, 13 Jun 2014 06:21:10 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/answering-a-question-about-adult-improvementWhen You're Way Ahead...The most well-known principle when you are way ahead in a game is to trade pieces, but I have found it's more accurately stated: Make fair trades of pieces but not necessarily pawns. There are some positions where you are way ahead and want to t...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/when-youre-way-aheadMon, 05 May 2014 21:22:13 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/when-youre-way-aheadUSCF Expert Don Latzel passesSadly, I got a call today from a mutual acquaintance telling me that Don Latzel was hit by a cement truck on Thursday and passed away - I assume he was driving at the time. Don was about 85. I always remember Don with a kindly smile and a good wo...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/uscf-expert-don-latzel-passesSun, 20 Apr 2014 17:43:10 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/uscf-expert-don-latzel-passesYoung Fabiano's Weekly RegimenBefore he moved to Italy and made a run up to the #3 ranking in the world (currently a close 6th), GM Fabiano Caruana grew up in New York City. Not surprisingly, in retrospect, he was always the top rated player for his age in the US. Among his t...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/young-fabianos-weekly-regimentMon, 04 Nov 2013 11:26:42 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/young-fabianos-weekly-regiment"Bobby Fischer's Move?" "Yeah, Right!"When I started playing tournament chess after my 16th birthday, it was a shock to me how horrible I was. In my first three USCF events (all 6-7 rounds each), I won exactly one game in each event. It's difficult to win that few, considering the swi...https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/quotbobby-fischers-movequot-quotyeah-rightquotSat, 26 Oct 2013 08:11:09 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/danheisman/quotbobby-fischers-movequot-quotyeah-rightquot