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    • 1973 Gr Phila Invitational Championship (Part 1 of 7)

      This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Chess Championship. In honor of this event I thought I would write a 7-part series with light annotation of my game in each round. Each blog will primarily consist ... | Read More

    • Middlegame Book Suggestions

      I often get asked various questions about how to play the middlegame, and I think playing many long-time control games slowly against good opposition and then carefully reviewing those games afterwards is the best way to learn about pretty much an... | Read More

    • The DATSCAN

           There are lots of things an instructor can do during a lesson to help a student, such as reviewing games, answering questions, or having the student do "indicative" puzzles. But I also include three types of exercises which I periodically ... | Read More

    • Move every piece once...

      The grandaddy of all opening principles is "Move every piece once before you move every piece twice unless there is a tactic." In his venerable book Common Sense in Chess, World Champion Emanuel Lasker's rules for development of the pieces #2 is "... | Read More

    • My Only Meeting with Al Horowitz

      The time was late 1968. I was 18, and I had just had a couple of strong tournaments that had gotten my rating close to the USCF's "Top 25 Juniors" list for the US. In those days the ratings were lower than they are now and there were fewer juniors... | Read More

    • It Helps NOT to Know Opponent's Rating

      I think the rating system is terrific, but it's so accurate that often players fall in love with it, rather than worry about their playing strength. I seen numerous games where a lower rated player was winning easily and offered a draw "...because... | Read More

    • A Guide to the Quizzes

      Over the years I have created a few quizzes, some serious, and some less so. Almost, but not all, exist via my Chess Cafe column Novice Nook. I thought it might be helpful to create a short "quiz guide"  in one place: A Tactics Quiz - This is a... | Read More

    • A Guide To Chess Improvement (how the book was made)

      When the prestigious firm Everyman Chess agreed to publish my proposed book "A Guide to Chess Improvement", based on my Chess Cafe column on ... you guessed it ... how to improve your chess, I would finally be able to answer positively to those th... | Read More

    • The World's Most Instructive Amateur Game Book about to ship

      My 11th book, "The World's Most Instructive Amateur Game Book", is about ready to arrive at the publisher, Mongoose Press (www.mongoosepress.com). You can order via that website, or the book will be available most everywhere soon. I am very happy... | Read More

    • Danism2

      A few months ago I wrote a blog "Danisms" (http://blog.chess.com/danheisman/danisms), about chess terms I have created to better explain how players learn, think, and play chess. In addition to these terms, I have also made up a few "principles/he... | Read More