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    • 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

    • Hypermodern Development

      I guess after writing a blog Classical Development (http://blog.chess.com/danheisman/classical-development) I felt a little obligated to write one on Hypermodern Development, even though that was not the original intention. The easy definition of... | Read More

    • Classical Development

      "Move every piece once before you move any piece twice, unless there is a tactic" is the grandaddy of all opening principles. But it's certainly not the only thing you need to know about openings (to say the least). One piece of opening knowledge ... | Read More

    • The Ways a Move Affects the Board

      Show an absolute beginner the position after 1.Nf3 b5 2.e4... ...and ask him/her "What does the move 2.e4 do?" Likely he will miss that this creates a discovered attack of the bishop on f1 upon the black pawn on b5. That's because beginners have... | Read More