Hi! I got a web message via this site from Tom, who listed his email address as email@example.com. But when I tried to reply, it twice said that was an illegal email address. So Tom, if you see this, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can reply. Thanks!
Starting this previous week, my ICC videos have changed in format from game-based to puzzle-based. All my puzzle videos can be found at Puzzle Videos.
Congratulations to student Adam Serota, who was ranked ~16th, but came in T-2nd at the 2016 National K-12 Championships, 8th Grade Section http://www.uschess.org/results/2016/k12/?page=STANDINGS&xsection=8 …
In case you are not aware, for the past several years I have been tweeting my "Chess Tip of the Day" Follow me on Twitter @danheisman (https://twitter.com/danheisman)
I am happy to announce that my 12th chess book, "Is Your Move Safe?" has won the 2016 Chess Journalists of America award for "Best Book: Instruction" You can see the award and all the winners at http://www.chessjournalism.org/2016entries/AwardsRecipients.htm
The funniest chess story I ever wrote? Easy. Won the award for Best Humor for The Cheating Chess Tournament . Now posted at http://www.danheisman.com/cheating-tournament.html #chess
You can read all my chess fiction at http://danheisman.com.temp.realssl.com/Articles/Articles.html#fiction . I am slowly porting all of them to my new website...
If you can't attend the 14th annual Holly Heisman Memorial fundraiser chess tournament on Sunday Aug 7 here in Wynnewoodhttp://www.danheisman.com/holly-heisman-memorial.html … please consider a making a donation either online or sending a check to The Philadelphia Foundation: http://www.danheisman.com/donations.html - Thanks!
As most of you know, I am not just a chess player, but a game player. I played in the Backgammon World Championships in Monte Carlo one year (that's more like playing in the World Open since anyone can play). Up til recently I relaxed playing Heroes of Might and Magic III (WOG version) but the past two years I have mostly been playing the on-line game Castle-Clash. It may sound like a silly kids' game but nothing is further from the truth (just like Novice Nook is not just for novices). Castle-Clash is a very deep strategic game, and each time it is updated, the publisher IGG makes it even more complex and strategically difficult. I was hooked the first day I played it a couple years ago (It is addicting), but today it's a much better game than it was then...
I have a new column on Chess Improvement at Chess.com, titled "Get Better at Chess for Everyone", a sort of grin-nod to Novice Nook, which was definitely not just for novices. I have a link page here on my website for all the articles: http://www.danheisman.com/get-better-at-chess.html
Dan Heisman is a USCF Master, full-time instructor, and author of 12 chess books