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Dan Heisman
D Heisman 
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Number of games in database: 17
Years covered: 1966 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2285
Overall record: +12 -4 =1 (73.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jul-08-1950, 73 years old) United States of America

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USCF National Master (NM) and FIDE Candidate Master (CM). He is a chess author and full-time chess instructor. He writes a chess column, Novice Nook, at Chess Cafe on how to improve at chess. Heisman won the Philadelphia Open in 1973 and 1976. He is a chess tutor. Among his students is shock jock Howard Stern. He has a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Dan Heisman is related to John Heisman, the football coach who left the endowment for the Heisman Trophy. He is the father of Delen Sean Heisman.

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Last updated: 2022-01-15 19:05:52

 page 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Heisman vs Bernard 1-0181966Quaker City OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
2. D Heisman vs N Tener 1-0221966Delaware Valley OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
3. D Heisman vs A Dillman 0-1331966Del Val Open - First GameC15 French, Winawer
4. D Heisman vs D Zardus 1-0451966New Jersey OpenB10 Caro-Kann
5. J Rybczyk vs D Heisman 1-0551966Quaker City OpenC57 Two Knights
6. D Heisman vs Bram 1-0321967?B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. D Heisman vs J Buhalo 1-0131967Germantown CCD00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. D Heisman vs D Latzel 1-0251967Germantown CCD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. M Kubacki vs D Heisman 0-1241967La Salle InvitationalA07 King's Indian Attack
10. D Heisman vs D Fennick 1-0141967Eastern States ScholasticC54 Giuoco Piano
11. D Heisman vs F Camaratta 0-1421967LaSalle InvitationalC19 French, Winawer, Advance
12. D Heisman vs L Segal 1-0361967Germantown CC LadderA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. D Heisman vs N Moenich 1-0511967INAC07 French, Tarrasch
14. F Luelsdorf vs D Heisman 0-1261972Landsdale Spring SwissB40 Sicilian
15. D K Dunn vs D Heisman  0-1401988USA corrB83 Sicilian
16. D Heisman vs D K Dunn ½-½511989USA Computer aided m corrA20 English
17. D Heisman vs D Stubblebine  0-1262002USA-chT Amateur EastD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Apr-30-05  CatInTheHat: These games are so packed with blunders that they are absolutely worthless. Dan, if you're going to post some more games, how about try posting some good ones?
Apr-30-05  aw1988: Excuse me, everyone makes bad moves.
May-01-05  dzanone: Heisman is a teacher who writes The Novice Nook at I think the games are more for beginners.
May-13-05  queensknight: These games are meant to teach students, not be the most perfect, and most of these games are from when Mr. Heisman was a teenager! What would you expect since they are mostly from when he started tournament chess?
May-25-05  Greginctw: His book "Deadly threats" has more typos than any other book besides "Checkmate Strategies" by Koltanowski.
May-25-05  Rimrock: His "Novice Nook" column is some of the best chess writing I've ever encountered. As a beginner, I've probably learned more from it than any other source.
May-25-05  matrix: Lighten up, kitten in the cap. Heisman's Novice Nook is a gem for explaining required concepts, while the rest of chess literature is like learning unix - nothing makes sense until you already know the material you are reading about.

Dan, btw, I liked your commentary on last weekend.

Jul-15-05  vampiero: where is this novice nook column at. i wann check it out
Jul-15-05  hintza: <vampiero> It can be found at
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  chancho: This guy may not be a world beater, but clearly he can help players improve. One of his students, Dan Benjamin, was tutored by him and he became a Master.
Jul-30-05  SnoopDogg: He in an NM and charges 65 dollars an hour. I charge 5 dollars an hour and 2.50/dollars an hour per group. Dan must be a hell of a teacher :)).
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  chancho: <SnoopDogg> If that's what he's charging, then that is way too much. John Curdo charged 25$ an hour, when I took chess lessons from him, and he has way more credentials as a player then Dan Heisman.Curdo also tutored Patrick Wolff, who became a Grandmaster.
Jul-31-05  Joshka: <vampiero> His novice nook column is at
Feb-13-06  BeautyInChess: Dan tutors out of the Main Line. It is some of the richest area in all of the United States. Maybe that's how he's able to get away with it.
Jul-14-06  nelson daligcon: dan, you'r great!
Jul-14-06  Whitehat1963: He deserves a trophy to call his own.
Jul-08-08  rjfsworstnightmare: Dear Dan: Thanks for writing all those great Novice Nook columns and underrated underappreciated books. You and your students know better... Keep up the good work for years to come. Happy Birthday!
Jul-12-08  myschkin: July 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm (chess, interviews)

so i just finished a game, i’m walking around the chess hall in my bathrobe and i see Dan Heisman, the guy who wrote all those novice nook articles that helped get me into chess. i ask him for an interview, and he agrees!!!! he was quite good natured about it all, there was a constant humor and genuine goodness coming from the guy. he gave thought to my stupid questions and answered them seriously, and his smile, which never left his face, was 100 percent sincere.

here is the interview….

chess loser: mcdonald’s or burger king?

Dan Heisman: well, i just read a book by mcdonald, i don’t know any good chess players named burger king, so i will say mcdonalds.

cl: what 3 chess players, living or dead, would you have over for dinner to talk and hang out with?

Dan Heisman: i’d like to say Donald Byrne, my coach, he passed away and i’d love to have him back, but let’s say Fischer, because he was controversial. But the young fischer, the 20 year old fischer. kasparov, he is always outspoken, and …(here he really thought for a while, considered morphy since there is so little written about him) let’s say Keres.

cl: is chess taken too seriously?

Dan Heisman: well, everything is at sometime. if it’s your living, you need to be serious, but there are some people who are not quite grand masters who take it too seriously. it’s a game.

cl: how do you deal with losing?

Dan Heisman: losing should be a learning experience. it’s better to lose and learn a lesson than beat someone with a four move mate, not learn anything, and still play badly.

cl: how long can you hold your breath?

Dan Heisman: one minute and ten seconds. well, i used to anyway, now maybe….47 seconds. i hope no one challenges me on it.

he had a train to catch, so i thanked him profusely and he went on his way. what a genuinely nice, super cool guy. heisman is clearly and solidly one of the “good ones” in the chess world, and we should all be thankful we have him.

Dec-13-08  wolfmaster: And the Heisman trophy goes to Sam Bradford.
Dec-19-08  whiteshark: <Many weaker students make the same mistake dozens, if not hundreds of times even though they know it is a mistake because they are either too stubborn to admit to themselves they are wrong or not willing to pay the price (in work or ego) to make the adjustment.>

-- Dan Heisman

Apr-27-10  rapidcitychess: <SnoopDogg> He is a great teacher. Now it is up to 80(!) dollars.
Apr-27-10  Raisin Death Ray: I prefer his cousin, Cy Young!
Jul-08-10  BIDMONFA: Dan Heisman


Feb-02-12  wordfunph: "If you have read 200 chess books and you are still not that good; then reading a random 201st is not likely the key to getting better!"

- Dan Heisman

Jan-17-15  kummatmebro: Mainline is a rich area but Dan does not live there. Only the chessclub is in mainline. Dan lives in wynnewood which is a middle class area.
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