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    • My Personal Principles/quotes

      Recently I posted a popular blog "Danisms" about chess terms I have created to help me in my instructions. Since this proved to be popular, I thought I would follow it up with a blog about principles or sayings that I have either made up, refined,... | Read More

    • My best composed problem

           One day I was writing a column on trapped pieces. I wanted to point out that you don't need to always capture the opponent's trapped knights in the corner right away, and neither should the trapped knight always sacrifice itself for a pawn... | Read More

    • Danisms

      Over the years, I have seen many recurring chess ideas that had no established names. Therefore, in the course of writing 11 books and over 135 columns, I have had to create names for these features. Some have even become accepted outside my domai... | Read More

    • The Amazing Power of Board Vision

           Before we do anything else, get out your stopwatch. Using the following position, I want you to generate two numbers as fast as you can and record your time: 1) How many legal moves does White have? and 2) How many of those legal moves che... | Read More

    • Avoiding the BIG mistake

           Over the years I have reviewed thousands of games played by intermediate players. The blunder that ended the following recent game, shown to me by a student last night, is typical of the type of "big" mistake you often find in those player... | Read More

    • There is no Single Correct Thought Process

      New in Chess sent me a couple of books to review and I am currently looking at the very interesting Move First, Think Later: Sense and Nonsense in Improving Your Chess by Willy Hendriks. I am only few the first chapter or two but his message is cl... | Read More

    • 2012 Chess Journalism Awards

      I just found out that the Chess Journalists of America have announced their 2012 awards. I am happy to announce that my Novice Nook column at www.ChessCafe.com has won the award for "Most Instructive Lesson" for the 7th (!) time and overall "Best... | Read More

    • Improving vs. Maximizing Performance

      As a full-time chess instructor for the past 16 years, I am amazed how many times I run across cases where students don't understand the difference between improving and maximizing performance. Both the end goals and the methods differ greatly, as... | Read More

    • The First Game I ever had published

      The following game was played when I had been playing tournament chess for only 9 months (age 16): This game was published in the Pennsylvania State newsletter The Pennswoodpusher. It was one of the first games I memorized because it was fair... | Read More

    • Whatever Happened to Everyone's Second Chess Book?

      Hardly a week goes by where I don't get an email "I hear your Everyone's Second Chess Book is just what I need. However, the used book prices on Amazon are unworldly. Do you have a spare copy to sell or when will it be reprinted? Indeed, the leas... | Read More