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February 7, 2017 • Featured, Features, Rankings, Scholastics, Tournament Results, Tournaments479

Metro Atlanta K-8 Team State Qualifier 2017

By Laura Doman Chess, simuls, cool customized t-shirts, and chess paraphenalia galore. Add nearly a thousand kids, their parents, a sibling or two (OK, maybe a hundred), a few dozen chess coaches, and a cadre...

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February 1, 2017 • Featured, Features307

The Gold Coin Game

By Davide Nastasio Recently I began writing on a new chess blog (http://charlottechesscenter.blogspot.com/), with a group of passionate chess players: Peter Giannatos and Grant Oen, just to mention a few names...

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February 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board179

Review: Chess Informant 130: Knocker-Up

By Davide Nastasio About a month ago I wrote the review of Issue 129, Big Cat, but it seems there is no rest for the weary!  This time, instead of writing a review, I’d like to share what I loved...

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February 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board156

Endgame Fundamentals: Famous Pawn Position

By Donny Gray Capablanca once said, “In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else. For whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and...

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February 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board387

José Raúl Capablanca: a chess biography, by Miguel A. Sánchez

Published August 2015, 568 pp. www.mcfarlandpub.com 800-253-2187 By Davide Nastasio I knew I made the right choice in getting this book for two quotes I read in the beginning, one which was quite profound by...

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February 1, 2017 • Featured, News, Scholastics, Tournament Results, Tournaments112

16th Annual MLK Tournament

By Laura Doman  Nearly 400 scholastic players took advantage of their day off from school to play in the 16th Annual MLK Tournament at Whitefield Academy on January 16, 2017.   Kindergarteners through High...

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January 15, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board370

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 Board355

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 Board553

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 Board273

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 Board371

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 Board373

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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