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January 15, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board152

Review: How to Exchange Pieces, by Elisabeth Pähtz

By Davide Nastasio Many months ago, while preparing a book review, I was introduced to one of the most amazing ideas of all: the “exchange of pieces.”  Now you are thinking, “What? Is he out...

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January 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board145

Chessbase 14 New features!

By Davide Nastasio I decided to step up my game to the next level, and one cannot be considered serious if he doesn’t use all the technological means at his disposal for learning and improving. In this...

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January 2, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board336

Review: The Black lion – An Aggressive Version of the...

By Davide Nastasio GM Williams is one of the funniest, most passionate, and instructive characters in the chess world. I’ve witnessed his passion for teaching chess in endless videos, and if there...

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January 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board129

Endgame Fundamentals: Rook vs. 2 Pawns

By Donny Gray Most chess instructors will tell you that in chess there are always exceptions to general rules. In math, 2+2 always equals 4. However, in chess there are exceptions. For example, sometimes if...

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January 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board232

Chess Informant Issue 129 – Big Cat

By Davide Nastasio 320 pages, 2016 I was interested in this publication because it is the magazine the pros have used since 1966. In that time there weren’t so many tournaments as today, and this was...

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January 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board206

Review: Reuben Fine – A Comprehensive Record of an American...

By Davide Nastasio McFarland 2004, 400 pages www.mcfarlandpub.com   Every book begins with a dream, and in this case the dream of the author is quite interesting. He began to study chess seriously around...

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December 4, 2016 • Featured, Open Events, Rankings, Tournament Results, Tournaments226

2016 Georgia Class Championship

By Laura Doman Nearly 100 chess players competed in the 2016 Georgia Class Championship on November 18-20 at Emory University.  Congratulations to our top finishers, by section:  ...

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December 1, 2016 • Event Announcements, Featured, Scholastics, Tournament Results232

The 2016 QuickStart! and Grade Level Championship Tournaments

By Laura Doman The scholastic calendar begins every fall with two tournaments: the QuickStart! competition and the Grade Level Championships. This year, the QuickStart! was held Sunday, October 2 and the Grade...

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December 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board435

Review: Morphy move by move, by Zenón Franco

By Davide Nastasio Everyman Chess 2016, 343 pages   I believe through GM Zenón writings, I discovered many ideas about chess that I didn’t have before.     For example, in this book (at...

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December 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board346

Review: Powerplay 23: A Repertoire for Black With the Queen’s...

By Davide Nastasio On this chess journey there is never a boring moment. There are always new openings to learn, new ideas to acquire, and new ways to experiment in Black and White!  Thanks to GM Williams, I...

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December 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board146

Endgame Fundamentals: Smyslov’s Rooks

By Donny Gray Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (March 24, 1921 – March 27, 2010) was a Russian chess grandmaster, and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He was a candidate for the World Chess...

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December 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board346

Review: The Semi-Slav, a Grandmaster guide for the tournament player,...

By Davide Nastasio I was interested in this DVD because in one of my last tournament games, due to my faulty memory, I entered into a Semi-Slav instead of the Slav. I realized after the game that I should have...

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