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
My new puzzle book "Is Your Move Safe?", which was already out as an e-book, is now out in hard-copy (paperback). You can get it thru the publisher, Mongoose Press (www.mongoosepress.com) or order it thru Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_13?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=is+your+move+safe&sprefix=Is+your+move+%2Caps%2C133
Although the hard copy won't be available for a couple of months, my new book "Is Your Move Safe?" is already available in e-book format via the Forward Chess app! Just click on the "Store" button on the bottom of the first page in the app and then it's either the third featured book on the top-right or you can click on "Mongoose Press" :)
NCAA basketball champions in dramatic last-second win. Villanova about 5 miles down the road here in suburban Philadelphia. :)
p.172 – The diagram and the paragraph after it got messed up –it’s a paragraph from p.175 accidentally repeated! To fix it, change variation “A” to “A) 22...Kf6 23.Qxc6+ Ke7 24.Re1+ with a winning attack.” Then delete the diagram on p.172 and the entire paragraph below it! Then simply line “B...” continues.
Congratulations to former student NM Chris Yang, who won one of the five USCF 2016 Scholarship awards. Chris still considers himself a student of mine, and his father reached out to me for a Letter of Recommendation, which he feels was very helpful in allowing Chris to become one of the winners smile emoticon https://new.uschess.org/ne…/2016-scholar-chess-player-awards. If you have my book "The Improving Chess Thinker" 2nd edition, I think Chris did the two protocols C-4 and C5 when he was 10 and 12 years old, respectively :)
Last year around this time I got a quiet email from Comcast stating that personal webpages would no longer be served from their ISP.
For a quiet little email, this was quite a shock, as my website www.danheisman.com had always been served by Comcast since its inception in the late 1990s.
So now, what to do? I had been looking to use a new tool to maintain my site for years, but now I was forced into just that, and more.
Therefore, I immediately contacted several web designers who had contacted me over the years. The first one to get back to me, a friend, took the job. However, after a couple months he told me the job was too big for him and I should get someone else.
So I contacted more designers and gave the second shot to someone who was recommended, but I did not know. After a few months the second designer gave up the job, also! He, too said it was too big for him, and returned all the funds I had paid him for his initial work. He pointed me to a third designer he knew - who happened to live closer to me - and I started all over again - six months after I began!
This time the job took almost five more months, but it finally got done. About two weeks ago the third designer, using the web building tool Weebly.com, finished the high level design and comprehensive top-level shell of the new web page. He then gave me training in that tool, and handed over the rest of the job to me. It was too expensive to have him do everything and, in my pre-full time chess instructor days, I was a software manager and wanted to maintain my own site. (PS: I have now been a full-time chess instructor and author for 20 years!)
So the past couple weeks I have been working diligently and, last night, we changed the alias "www.danheisman.com" to point to the new site. The new web page has all the most important material from the old one, including:
So taking "www.danheisman.com" will still get you to my web page, but any bookmarked links you may have had directly to sub-pages on my old site, such as Novice Nooks or Recommended Books, will have to be updated by going thru danheisman.com.
Most of the navigation on the new site is via pull-down menus on the upper right of each page. There are also social media links there, too, such as to my "Chess Tip of the Day" on Twitter.
My new webpage is not 100% finished, but it is fully functional. Hope you will find the new site informative and even easier to navigate than my old site!
If you do not follow me on Twitter, I have a "Chess Tip of the Day" @danheisman
Dan Heisman is a USCF Master, full-time instructor, and author of 12 chess books