November 20, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board478

Review: The Complete French Advance, by Evgeny and Vladimir Sveshnikov

New In Chess 2017 286 pages By Davide Nastasio My interest in this book sparked from a review I wrote a couple of months ago on another great book which taught me the basics of the Open Sicilian. My goal is...

Tactical Chigorin

November 18, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board628

Review: The Tactical Chigorin, by Simon Williams

Chessbase, 2017 By Davide Nastasio Williams is one of the most notorious GMs and event commentators. He is not one of the top 10 players in the world, but he has a gift like the best players on the planet. He...


November 18, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board674

Review: The King’s Indian Defence Move by Move, By Sam...

Everyman Chess, 2017 239 pages   By Davide Nastasio If the first question that pops into your mind is “Aren’t there enough books on the King’s Indian Defence?” (from now on...

Chess for a Cause

November 13, 2017 • Featured, Features59

Chess For a Cause

By Venu Madhav   Chess for a Cause ( ) is a volunteering organization started by students in the Metro-Atlanta area with the goal of providing balanced brain exercises to...

queen and knight

November 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board147

Endgame Fundamentals: Queen & Knight

By Donny Gray As you progress in chess you will discover that certain combinations of pieces work well together. For example, using doubled rooks or the two bishops is extremely strong. Today we will look at...

chess coach

October 21, 2017 • Featured, Features239

The Role of a Chess Coach

By Xiao Cheng “What should I look for in a chess coach?”  This is one of the most popular questions from chess parents.  The short version?  A coach should provide the following: Knowledge...


October 21, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1031

Review: A to Z Chess tactics – every chess move...

Batsford 2017 347 pages By Davide Nastasio I generally buy the books or DVDs that I review.  This time, however, to my surprise the marketing assistant from Batsford, Ms. Hannah Perry, kindly asked our...


October 21, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board672

Review: Gyula Breyer – The Chess Revolutionary, by Jimmy Adams

New in Chess, 2017 876 pages   By  Davide Nastasio Today the young player’s goal in their chess journey is the rating.  After a tournament, many just consult their smart phones incessantly to...


October 21, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board831

Review: Extreme Chess Tactics, by Yochanan Afek

Gambit Publications 2017 143 pages By Davide Nastasio If you have the word “Extreme” in a book title, it is bound to be fun.  If to that we add that the author is one of the greatest chess...


October 9, 2017 • Featured, Features868

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 Board586

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 Board247

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...

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