danheisman's Blog

    • 1973 Gr Phila Invitational Championship (Part 4 of 7)

      Compared to some of the other veterans at the Germantown Chess Club, Lou Golder had not been one of my frequent opponents. Possibly I had played a loss against him when I was weaker and a draw after I got stronger. In any case, I really did not kn... | Read More

    • 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (part 3 of 7)

      Michael Pastor was the young superstar of Philadelphia chess. Bright and chess-obsessed, Michael made master by his mid-teens, a feat quite less common than today. Not only that, but simultaneously I had been in one of my frequent "vacations" from... | Read More

    • 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (2 of 7)

      [This is the second in a series of 7 blogs about the 1973 Greater Philadephia Invitational Championship - link for Part 1] When I first started playing tournament chess in the late 1960's and early 1970's, "Master" was a very difficult title to a... | Read More

    • 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