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December 16, 2017 • Featured, Features61

Chess Camps: How to Learn Actively

By Xiao Cheng As chess gets popular in the United States, the opportunity to participate in chess camps has also increased. Camps can be grouped by age or, more commonly, chess levels. Here are three common...


December 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board654

Review: The Hedgehog – a universal system against 1.Nf3 and...

Chessbase 2017 By Davide Nastasio   It is nice that in the beginning GM Pellettier informs us of his achievements and career. I didn’t know he won the Swiss National Championship five times!...


December 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board820

Review: The Sniper, by Charlie Storey

By Davide Nastasio       After this review, Charlie Storey and I will end up on the FBI watch list.  When one writes the word “Sniper” over and over in a book, it may get you...

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December 3, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board109

Endgame Fundamentals: Opposition

By Donny Gray In chess, opposition is when the two kings face each other and have only one square between them. In such a situation, the player not having to move is said to have the opposition. This usually...


November 20, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board943

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 Board870

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 Board1027

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, Features132

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...

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November 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board231

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...

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October 21, 2017 • Featured, Features342

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 Board1147

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 Board800

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...

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