October 9, 2017 • Featured, Features704

Women success in Chess

By Davide Nastasio This is the beginning of August 2017.  In the beginning of the week I read about the results from different tournaments.  I watched some of the new games, and it struck me that some women,...


October 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board466

Review: Power Play 25: Popular’s Queen’s Pawn Openings – a...

Chessbase 2017 By Davide Nastasio The entire series of Power Play DVDs, written by GM Daniel King, is geared toward bringing a player from beginner to master level. Lately King has begun a series on opening...


October 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board127

Endgame Fundamentals: Famous Rook & Pawn Ending

By Donny Gray Rook and pawn endings are extremely important to all players, regardless of their rating.  Between equal players there will be more rook and pawn endings than any other type.  Therefore, it is...


October 1, 2017 • Featured, Features, Top Board619

Review: Komodo 11

By Davide Nastasio  I was curious about Komodo because it is often referred to as the engine which plays like a human. Obviously such a label didn’t make sense to me because computers are not humans, so...

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September 10, 2017 • Featured, Features193

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 Board400

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 Board199

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 Board299

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 Board527

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, Features314

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, Features680

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 Board797

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...

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