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September 10, 2017 • Featured, Features70

A Game of Repeated Patterns: The Fork

By Xiao Cheng You learned the basic chess rules. What to do next? For a beginner, this Wikipedia page gives a glimpse through all the chess concepts. But that’s like asking a first grader to take a look...


September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board269

Review: Open games with …Bc5, by Sam Collins

By Davide Nastasio I never played 1…e5; as Black. I toyed with the idea of playing the Russian Defense 1.e4,e5; 2.Nf3,Nf6;     because for a certain period I was playing 1.e4, as White, and a...

mate with queen

September 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board115

Endgame Fundamentals: Mate With a Queen

By Donny Gray When I start lessons with a new student, the very first thing we do is the king and queen mate. If you cannot do this, then how are you ever going to win a game of chess? Knowing openings and...


September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board215

Review: The Chess Player’s mating guide: Vol. 1 – The...

By Davide Nastasio When the blood pressure rises and the heart beat begins to race, we are close to giving checkmate to our opponent! Robert Ris has selected a lot of games and examples from his professional...


September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board429

Review: Modernized: The Open Sicilian, a complete repertoire for White,...

Metropolitan Chess publishing, 2015  564 pages   By Davide Nastasio Why did I review a book which wasn’t published this year? Because I believe this book will become a classic, a MUST have for all...

chess question

August 5, 2017 • Featured, Features239

Question Your Way to Rating 1000

By Xiao Cheng Chess is a complex game and it takes many games to become a stronger player. However, for a new player to improve, what is the best place to start?   Whether at home training or playing at...

Ben and Deepak foto

August 1, 2017 • Chess Clubs, Featured, Features560

New Chess Center Opens September 9, 2017

By Karen Boyd Photo above:  GM Ben Finegold and Deepak Aaron play a friendly game while The Usual Suspects look on.    There’s a new kid on the block in the thriving metro-Atlanta chess community:...


August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board677

Review: The Modern Pirc, by Viktor Bologan

By Davide Nastasio Bologan begins with a statement which impressed me because I didn’t consider the Pirc a good opening played for winning.  He says he has played hundreds of classical games with it. I...


August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board492

Review: King’s Indian: A Modern Approach, by Viktor Bologan

By Davide Nastasio I got this DVD because Bologan just published an impressive book on the King’s Indian.     Unfortunately, at the speed I’m reading these chess books, I’ll only be...

Teacher's Games

August 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board262

Endgame Fundamentals: Teacher’s Games

By Donny Gray One of the things I do for my students is analyze their tournament games.  It is a great way to help them improve, not only in their ending play, but in their opening and middlegame as well....


July 6, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1006

Review: Understanding the Sicilian, by Mikhail Golubev

Gambit Publications 2017, 240 pages By Davide Nastasio I would love to play the Sicilian as Black.  I tried some DVDs to learn the Najdorf, but after more than a month watching the DVD I was nowhere near able...

Fashionable Caro-Kann

July 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board680

Review: The Fashionable Caro Kann Vol. 1 and Vol. 2,...

Chessbase 2017 By Davide Nastasio India is becoming the new chess Mecca! This is simply a fact.  There are a lot of young players, quite smart, quite motivated, and whenever they go around the world they win...

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