Improve Your Chess Rating: Dealing with Pins

NM Dan Heisman continues his series on helping you improve your chess game with a video on various options you have when an opponent pins your pieces.

These options include maneuvers such as block the pin, put the question to the bishop, ignore the pin, castle out of a pin, move the piece the pinned piece is pinned to, and even move the pinned piece (if it is not pinned to the king)!

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NM Dan Heisman has been a full-time chess instructor since 1996 and is the author of 12 chess books, the TV show “Q&A with Coach Heisman” on and the radio show “Ask the Renaissance Man” on the Internet Chess Club. Radio personality Howard Stern was one of Dan’s students. Dan tries to answer comments on YouTube but for a quicker, more comprehensive answer (or questions about lessons), contact Dan via email, skype, or phone via Dan’s website . His Chess Tip of the Day is @danheisman on Twitter, which won the award for “Best Twitter Feed” in 2021 from the Chess Journalists of America. #Chess #ImproveChess #ChessInstruction #ChessThinking #ChessThoughtProcess #ChessImprovement #InstructiveChess #ChessMicroInfluencer #ChessEvaluation #WinChess #SlowChess #ChessStrategy


  1. Haha, it’s nice running into a video where it feels like Mr. Heisman made it just for you!

  2. Very interesting, I’ll check in my openings when I could just move the queen to get out of the usual pins I get

  3. Great video covering so many options to handle this common move. Very clear and appreciate the information.

  4. A logical follow-up to the guide to P-R3 video since that is one of the most natural ways to react to a pin.

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