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Blogs

All my Chess.com blogs can be found directly at http://blog.chess.com/danheisman

* = More basic material

bullet Answering a Question About Adult Improvement
bullet When You're Way Ahead...
bullet Young Fabiano's Weekly Regimen
bullet "Bobby Fischer's move?" "Yeah, right!"
bullet The Wise Adult Syndrome - You don't have to be a great player to try to analyze, especially if the position might be critical
bullet The 95% Conjecture - The strong affect of not trying your best on every move
bullet I Lost Because I "Didn't See" the Combination
bullet The IBM Player Story
bullet There's Not Always A Clearly Right Move or Idea
bullet I'll Never Forget the Brilliant NM Alan Baisley
bullet A Talk to Remember Coach Donald Byrne
bullet The Mythical "Capture with the Least Valuable Piece" Principle
bullet The Train Story
bullet The Barack Shock
bullet Playing Fast in Opponent's Time Pressure
bullet 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (7 of 7)
bullet 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (6 of 7)
bullet 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (5 of 7)
bullet 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (4 of 7)
bullet 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (3 of 7)
bullet 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (2 of 7)
bullet 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (1 of 7)
bullet Middlegame Book Suggestions
bullet The DATSCAN
bullet Move Every Piece Once...
bullet My Only Meeting with Al Horowitz
bullet It Helps NOT to Know Opponent's Rating
bullet A Guide to the Quizzes
bullet A Guide to Chess Improvement (how the book was made)
bullet The World's Most Instructive Amateur Game Book about to ship
bullet Danism2 - My personally-created heuristics/principles
bullet Hypermodern Development*
bullet Classical Development*
bullet The Ways a Move Affects the Board* - The comments are helpful, too
bullet Rusty Fill-in Plays Game
bullet Fischer and the Border-Patrol - another D.Byrne story
bullet The Hustler Gets Byrned
bullet Chess Skills are not Have and Have Not
bullet Improving Requires Extensive Practice Looking for Better Moves - Stefan77: "This article is fantastic and helped me immensely."
bullet What's a Good Opening?
bullet Improvement Books vs. Thought Process Books
bullet Joe Casey, Chess Player
bullet Missing Zugzwang as an Endgame Weapon* - Shows the important technique example of how to win with Piece&P vs P
bullet What's Worse? Missed Mate or Missed Trade?*
bullet Missed Chance at Copycat Immortality
bullet Quick Guide to Chess Improvement Column
bullet A Very Clever Problem
bullet My Personal Principles/Quotes
bullet My Best Composed Problem
bullet Danisms - my personally created chess terms
bullet The Amazing Power of Board Vision* - IM Daniel Rensch's two-part video series on improving visualizing skills
bullet Avoiding the BIG Mistake*
bullet There is no Single Correct Thought Process*
bullet 2012 Chess Journalism Awards
bullet Improving vs. Maximizing Performance
bullet The First Game I Ever Had Published
bullet Whatever Happened to Everyone's Second Chess Book?
bullet Nitpicking the Author
bullet Time Spent Evaluating
bullet Strong Players Compare Candidates

Articles

General Articles

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The 2014 Holly Heisman Memorial Chess Tournament

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"Final Answer": Determining When to Make Your Move

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A Gear I Don't Have - Try your best, or resign

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The Ricky S Story: A Chess Parable - just being "smart" is not enough to make you a great chess player

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The Wit and Wisdom of Louis Fogg - Anyone can play like a grandmaster in SIX minutes!

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Maximizing Learning per Unit Time - diminishing returns on study time, especially reviewing annotated games

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Not "White to play and win"? Worthless?!

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Being a Good Tactician Requires Analysis AND Pattern Recognition

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How USCF Rule 29L1 got Changed

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Slow Chess and More on Chess.com at the Dan Heisman Learning Center

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Students Demonstrate Subtle Analytical Mistake

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When Is Brilliance Helpful?

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The Greatly Misunderstood and Potentially Challenging Counting Tactic*

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My Game Against the Hustler

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In Defense of Chess Instruction - interested in lessons but not sure? This should help...

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The Michael de la Maza Story - this turned out to be controversial! Some thought Michael cheated (I don't think so - see my comment below the article)

Articles on "Q&A with Coach Heisman" - notes on the right highlight a central paragraph/idea but there's always much more!

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Aug 3, 2012 Show - questions about openings - why playing computers not always as good as playing humans

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Aug 17, 2012 Show - Szabo-Lloyd Hastings 1960-61; reading (and understanding) books that are too advanced for your current level

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Aug 31, 2012 Show - Finding and using chess books

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Sep 14, 2012 Show - Bringing out the queen "too early" - comparing the Center Game and the Scotch; generic thought process

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Sep 28, 2012 Show - Break moves examples, study-buddies, some of my background

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Oct 12, 2012 Show - Developing your chess skills, switcheroos and non "play and win" problems, etiquette: shaking hands and resigning

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Oct 26, 2012 Show - Getting to 1800 without a lot of book knowledge and strategy, measuring the best players

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Nov 9, 2012 Show - Enhancing your first tournament; Tal vs Alekhine; What's a good opening?

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Nov 23, 2012 Show - Some positions are just unique & you have to analyze with an open mind; Open-ended questions; Why playing a bunch of 10-20 minute games may not be optimal;

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Dec 7, 2012 Show - PGN time stamping; pawns vs pieces; Elo rating pools; "unrated" vs "non-rated"

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Dec 21, 2012 Show - Claiming illegal move vs touch move; Counting tempos in the endgame; Why is chess considered a nerd game with a negative association?

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Jan 4, 2013 Show - The helpfulness of getting an opening advantage vs the ratings of the players; the steps to determine if a candidate move is safe.

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Jan 18, 2013 Show - addresses troll question about my ability to do show & coach

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Feb 1, 2013 Show - Can Carlsen get to 2900?; Pawn Power in Chess by Kmoch; The Improvement Feedback Loop

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Feb 15, 2013 Show - Which game in history is most instructive; instructive anthology example; What would I have done differently as a beginner? Good opening for beginners?

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Mar 1, 2013 Show - Solving a tough puzzle in "real time"; Analyzing "in your head"

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Mar 15, 2013 Show - Why you can't just use a player's rating to answer a generic question; Beating GM Ziatdinov; Doing a Stoyko exercise; why the same rating in two different pools may indicate a totally different strength.

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Mar 29, 2013 Show - Analyzing a random position; avoiding questions for which they write entire books (or at least chapters)

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Apr 12, 2013 Show - The over-emphasis on acquiring chess knowledge as opposed to developing skills; 130+ Novice Nooks free before Jan 2013; 30 0 is a fast time limit; triangulation

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Apr 26, 2013 Show - My roles at the Kasparov-Deep Blue matches; What did I do to improve when I first started; DHLC; How the 3 chess-playing goals affect your activities; Helpmate in 2

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May 10, 2013 Show - How can computers be rated over 3000? What do I first think about when analyzing a position?

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May 24, 2013 Show - Contains the story Friend Fritz and the Doubled Pawns; A simple endgame choice and studying endgames.

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Jun 7, 2013 - contains question of whether there's inflation or modern play is that much better

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Jun 21, 2013 - Can you cram for an event? "Bishop's Away" from Mad Magazine

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Jul 5, 2013 - How many legal moves? Developing board vision

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Jul 19, 2013 - evaluation criteria; playing Mike Shahade; why teach beginners "Counting" before other motifs, like pins/forks

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Aug 2, 2013 - What separates the great players from the nearly greats?

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Aug 16, 2013 - Compares early development Qxd4 in Scotch (good) vs Center Game (bad)

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Aug 30, 2013 - How authors use the term "opposition" differently; forcing moves

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Sep 13, 2013 - include a section on "What's good for my chess?"

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Sep 27, 2013 - includes an overview of why Deep Blue did not cheat against Kasparov

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Oct 11, 2013 - playing the Riga as Black

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Oct 25, 2013 - includes a section on why its difficult to generically compare player at one class with another of the same class

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Nov 8, 2013 - playing better with Black instead of White?

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Nov 29, 2013 - One of my best-received articles, with ideas like: not hand-waving endgames, playing with aggression, and using my website's articles for general improvement

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Dec 13, 2013 - making tactics study fun; Fried Liver vs Lolli

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Dec 27, 2013 - knowledge vs abilities; good at book problems but miss in games.

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Jan 10, 2014 - Most followed principles (and discussion of principles) - How to beat Magnus Carlsen

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Jan 24, 2014 - How to play worse chess - Alekhine and the Nazis

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Feb 7, 2014 - Best defense to Scholar's Mate; Game with Tim Lee; how to find the auction to host the show

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Feb 21, 2014 - Dealing with nerves and rating fear. Is there a good opening for a beginner?

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Mar 7, 2014 - Legal's Mate; Dr. Glickman's observation about rating "spread"; Candidate's Tournament Forecast; Looking for Trouble 2nd Ed

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Mar 21, 2014 - How can you tell if a book is too advanced? de la Maza's quote on HTRYC; Kasparov on analysis

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Apr 4, 2014 - Why you should not worry about your opponent cheating during online chess games - link to sign up for DHLC

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Apr 18, 2014 - Triangle of improvement; What's more important: opening, middlegame, endgame?; Fun with Caro-Kann; Opening repertoire with less study; Why you lost the queen

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May 2, 2014 - Meeting Kasparov but not Fischer - Why is Ruy better than Italian since, in both, bishop can be forced to a2-h7 diagonal?

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May 16, 2014 - Chess ratings vs IQ; Using a study-buddy

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May 30, 2014 - Knowledge vs Abilities; a good opening for beginners?; the three columns only found in A Guide to Chess Improvement

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Jun 27, 2014 - I did X and gained Y rating points; Ratings are not absolute

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Jul 11, 2014 - Playing openings not popular at the GM level; Howard Stern's "Riga Variation" experiment

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