93 ( +1 | -1 ) Novice Nook #38This week's article moves us out of the realm of text and theory and into an interesting form of puzzle solving. It's called "Is There a Win?" and the goal is not just to find the tactical answer. It's to decide whether there is a tactic available! A bit closer to real life play than a typical tactics book. He finishes up with a clarification of what he means by "Hope Chess", a term he says is often misinterpreted by his readers.
By the way, I just ordered a copy of Heisman's book, "The Improving Annotator" directly from him and we had an interesting e-mail exchange. I mentioned that we had this weekly read of his articles and he was pleased. He mentioned some other articles of his that are squirreled away in the Chesscafe archives - I'll post something about them in the near future.
69 ( +1 | -1 ) Good articleI read this one a while back and have found that committing the ideas behind each of the problems to memory to be quite useful. The fact that they contain motifs that are quite similar to what we might expect (and have probably seen before) but where only some work, this means that we are forced to actually check position thoroughly and not just 'spot' a pattern and rush into a move. I know I have actually been able to use the ideas behind a few of them, if not in an attacking way then as a defensive tool knowing that because of one small (but important) factor my position is actually safe.
38 ( +1 | -1 ) Very interesting article this week! I was very pleased that someone had finally taken the time to put out puzzles which mightn't actually have a winning line and I will admit that I missed a few easy solutions such as problem 12 where I simply brushed over Bxe5+!!