Improve Your Chess Rating: Work on the 3 Show Stoppers

NM Dan Heisman reviews the three most important issues on which beginning chess players should concentrate: safety (tactics), activity, and good time management.

This is a key video for chess improvement!

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. 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, with 3,000+ tips since 2009, is @danheisman on Twitter. #LearnChess #WinChess #ChessImprovement #ChessLesson


  1. Dan, this is such an important video. I see these issues with activity and time management being a problem in games of even intermediate players frequently. Specifically, I have seen many a shows stopped in games between intermediates because of playing fast at critical positions.

  2. What chess software are you using. I see Stockfish is part of what you are using. I really appreciate are your videos. And the Novice Nook columns you did.

  3. “Oh whoops, what am I going to do now” is basically most of my games, only I don’t say “whoops”…

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