GM Larry Kaufman's The Evaluation of Material Imbalances This award-winning article first appeared in March 1999 Chess Life
GM Larry Kaufman's All About Doubled Pawns This article first appeared in May 2005 Chess Life
Chess Exercises to Increase Board Vision, etc. (see also Novice Nook on Exercises) - includes Stoyko exercise examples!
Guidelines/Principles - You can learn a lot here! "Rules of Thumb"
Definitions: Common Chess Terms and Phrases
Tips for Everyone - but the best tips are in my Novice Nook columns
Top Tips #2 - Even better than Tips for Everyone!
Handout page for beginning adults who know the moves; includes very helpful basic ideas and tips
Avoid the Seeds of Tactical Destruction! - More in a Novice Nook
The Three Parts of Tactical Vision
What to do when you are Winning Easily! - More in a Novice Nook (and other Novice Nooks)
Chess Lessons and Fun - More in a Novice Nook
Using the Computer to Improve Your Chess - More in a Novice Nook
Dealing with an Opponent's Draw Offer
Dan Lists His Favorite Chess Moves from his Games
Dan Lists His Best Chess Games
Personalized Study Book ("Hall of Shame") example
Humorous and True Chess Anecdotes
Dan's Variants: Rules for Two Man Team, Five Board, Five Minute Chess: Fun and a good workout! Also: Removal Chess
My favorite among known variants: Refusal chess and Alice-in-Wonderland chess (apparently also known as "Alice" chess)
Chess (and mental sports) are good for your brain
Survival Guide for Parents - Tanya Jones - 2004 CJA winner, "Best Web Review" (at Chess Cafe)
Rethinking the Chess Pieces - Soltis - An advanced book about the changing value of the pieces, how to play imbalances, when to trade, etc. (At Chessville) - 2005 CJA winner, "Best Web Review"
Decision-Making at the Chessboard - Eingorn (At Chessville)
Winning Chess Puzzles for Kids - Coakley
Other Book Pages:Description of my 10 chess books with ordering info, links to my publishers
Dan's Book Recommendations
Novice Nook: Chess Books and Prerequisites
Tournaments and Scholastic Chess
Note: much of the information below is in Dan's Book "A Parent's Guide to Chess" (Info)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Many common questions asked by parents
Enhancing Your Over-the-Board Tournament Experience! - Very helpful - More in a Novice Nook
Encouraging Tournament Participation - how to keep the rating system but de-emphasize it to remove the downside
Guide to Team Chess Tournaments
Guide to Philadelphia area tournaments
Where to Play Scholastic Chess - in the Phila area
Keeping Score With Algebraic Notation
Common Misconceptions About Scholastic Chess - Very helpful
Don't Fall into The Improving Scholastic Player Rating Trap!
Guide to Tournament "Byes"
Holding a Chess Tournament at Your Home
Progressing Through Chess
Levels of Interest in Chess
USCF's List of Recommended Articles on the Benefits of Chess
Big push for chess clubs at Philadelphia schools. Also read about it here!
Other Scholastic Articles about Lessons
The Thinking Cap - my 10-Part Series on Thought Process formerly on Jeremy Silman's website, now on a free website. These are all updated as a section in my book "The Improving Chess Thinker"
Part 1 - Introduction to Thought Process, Definitions
Part 2 - The King of the Hill
Part 3 - Is It Safe?
Part 4 - The Three Levels of Thinking
Part 5 - Checks, Captures, and Threats
Part 6 - Space: A Means to an End
Part 7 - What Makes One Move Better Than Another?
Part 8 - Only Part of the Analysis Tree Changes Each Move!
Part 9 - Don't Waste Time on Lines that Don't Happen
Part 10 - Thinking on Your Opponent's Time
The Closed Ruy Lopez (Tabiya)
Sicilian Dragon, Yugoslav Attack (Tabiya) (by Mike Glick)
Latvian Gambit (by Josh Bowman)
Break Moves - More in a Novice Nook
King and 1 Pawn vs. King- More in a Novice Nook
Example King and Pawn Endgame up 1 pawn - by Ken Whaley
|"The Ultimate Truth" - Mysterious stranger has incredibly good analysis (one of my favorites)|
"Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too" - Fischer won, but was he right? Originally published in Chess Life Magazine
"A Brief History of Chess" - Humorous
|"That One Moment" - Player from tiny country gets to play a GM at the Olympiad.|
|"Holdout!" - Humorous Story about a Rookie in the Fictional National Chess League - "Dan - loved this story!! We can dream, eh?"- russ mollot - Link to the real US Chess League - formed 30+ years after this story was written!|
|"The Best American Chess Player" - Showdown in Louisiana - "Your story's great" - Dave Taylor|
|"Mental Domination" - Could he really play the world's best 20 players in a simul? - reprinted several times|
|"Someday They Might Be Good" - Could a computer really help him win in 1981?|
|"The Cheating Chess Tournament" - If you can't beat 'em, ...This article won CJA 1st Prize, Best Humorous Contribution 2001-2002. I still get a chuckle reading it...Belorussian translation - German translation|
|The Puzzle Book - Sometimes you are more significant than you think|
|Twas the Night Before the World Open|
Dan's Non-Chess Articles
My Science Fiction Stories - you might enjoy them - they are pretty short:
It's Inevitable - You think computers do well now...This was written around the same time Vernon Vinge proposed his "singularity" theory - but Dan was not aware!
No One Likes Losing - How come Emperor Krang's great fleet can't beat the little guys?
My article on Resolving and Disengaging - how people handle disagreements and their resolution - original and thought-provoking