September 10, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board224

Review: Chess Strategy for Kids, by Thomas Engqvist

Gambit Publications, 128 pages, 2016 By Davide Nastasio Most adults are biased when thinking about books for kids. In this sense the title “Chess strategy for kids” could be misleading. I received...


September 10, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board169

Nimzowitsch Defence 1.e4,Nc6, by Andrew Martin

By Davide Nastasio I like to learn openings because I believe they form the backbone of a player’s mindset. Different openings help us to discover who we are, what we like, what we dislike, and often...


September 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board170

Review: A Black Repertoire against Offbeat openings, by Nicholas Pert

By Davide Nastasio As a young chess player (“young” in the sense that I only began playing chess about five years ago), I do have huge holes in my opening repertoire.  There are many blitz and...


September 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board92

Endgame Fundamentals: King on the 6th

By Donny Gray Take a good look at the following diagram.  It is very important in learning about pawn endings.     This position comes up a lot in pawn endings and in your analysis of endings. In...


September 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board127

Review: Learning from the World Champions, by Sergey Tiviakov

By Davide Nastasio While I generally study openings in order to be able to reach a decent middlegame, I know that openings will not make me win the game. The game will be won in the middlegame or the endgame....

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August 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board226

Endgame Fundamentals: Smothered Mate

By Donny Gray Smothered mate is a term in chess that is used when checkmate is given by a knight in which the mated king is unable to move because he is surrounded by his own pieces. Most players would...

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August 1, 2016 • Featured, News325

A Letter From the Georgia Tech Chess Club President

Hello, chess players! My name is Deepak Aaron and I’m the President of the Georgia Tech Chess Club. We’re new on the Georgia Tech scene and we’re thrilled to invite the Atlanta community to our...


August 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board425

Review: Isaac Kashdan, American Chess Grandmaster, by Peter P. Lahde

360 Pages Library binding McFarland, 2009   By Davide Nastasio Time and again chess gurus have advised players to learn the classics, because with the classics we actually...

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August 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board397

Review: Legendary Chess Careers: Eugenio Torre, by Tibor Károlyi

By Davide Nastasio This agile volume details the life and games of one of the most extraordinary grandmasters: Eugenio Torre. Globalization has many advantages. I discovered such a book existed thanks to a...

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August 1, 2016 • Event Announcements, Featured, Open Events, Scholastics, Tournaments, Tournaments290

2016-17 GCA Scholastic and Open Tournaments (Tentative Schedule)

By Laura Doman   The Georgia Chess Association is pleased to present its 2016-17 schedule of scholastic and open tournaments.  A few of the dates are still awaiting contracts, so those events are marked...

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July 1, 2016 • Featured, Open Events, Tournaments330

2016 Castle Chess Grand Prix

By Davide Nastasio One of the strongest chess tournaments in Georgia is the Castle Chess Grand Prix, where more than ten different titled players (GMs, IMs, FM, etc.) teach for one week at the Castle Chess...

two bishop mate

July 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board285

Endgame Fundamentals: Two Bishop Checkmate

By Donny Gray Mating with the two bishops can be confusing on your first try, but once you see how it is done, you will realize that it is not that hard.  As in other basic mates, you push the king towards...

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