October 10, 2016 • Featured, Open Events, Scholastics, Tournaments, Tournaments90

2016-17 GCA Scholastic and Open Tournaments

By Laura Doman The Georgia Chess Association is pleased to present its finalized 2016-17 schedule of scholastic and open tournaments.  Please continue to check the GCA website’s home page...


October 1, 2016 • Featured, Tactics163

Missed Tactical Chances

By Davide Nastasio At a tournament, I was watching some games between 1400-rated players. After the game, in the post mortem analysis, they were complaining that they were not improving over 1400 and...


October 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board191

Review: Pawn Structures you should know, by Adrian Mikhalchishin

By Davide Nastasio The author of this DVD is the famous FIDE trainer and Grandmaster, Adrian Mikhalchishin.     He is also a famous author with many books published, too many to count. When I say...


October 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board105

Ending Fundamentals: It’s Impossible!!

By Donny Gray When my students play in tournaments, we usually go over their games. Many times I will ask them why in the world did they accept a draw in such a winning position.  Often the response is...


September 10, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board339

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 Board241

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 Board236

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 Board152

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 Board180

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....

smothered mate

August 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board295

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...

deepak aaron

August 1, 2016 • Featured, News372

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 Board458

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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