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Question Your Way to Rating 1000

by • August 5, 2017 • Featured, FeaturesComments (0)127

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 tournaments, many young players like to move pieces around, hoping for something that favors them [&hellip...

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New Chess Center Opens September 9, 2017

August 1, 2017 • Chess Clubs, Featured, Features390

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: Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta...

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Review: The Modern Pirc, by Viktor Bologan

August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board481

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 made a database updated to April 2017 with all his...

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

August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board345

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 able to read 29 of them before departing this...

Teacher's Games

Endgame Fundamentals: Teacher’s Games

August 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board140

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.  The first time I do a game for a new student I tell...

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Review: Understanding the Sicilian, by Mikhail Golubev

July 6, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board812

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 to use it in a tournament, and after a couple of...

Fashionable Caro-Kann

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

July 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board566

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 tournament after tournament and smash the...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Worst Move On The Board

July 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board230

By Donny Gray In the chess world we call a horrible move a “blunder.”  If you have played chess for very long, you know that for some unexplained reason you sometimes make the absolutely worst move on the board!  To make it worse, it usually...

Albert Liang

Board Vision: A Conversation With NM Albert Liang

June 18, 2017 • Featured, Features, News563

By Michael Muzquiz When it comes to barbecues, I love a good skewer.  I’ll make a good kebab with chicken, shrimp, vegetables — delicious!  However, when it comes to playing chess against NM Albert Liang, I am much less fond of skewers,...

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Review: Bologan’s King’s Indian – A modern repertoire for Black

June 2, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1215

New In Chess 2017 448 pages By Davide Nastasio When I switched from a 1.e4 to 1.d4 player, I must admit I felt the biggest pressure when I played against someone who was adopting a King’s Indian setup (often in chess circles abbreviated as KID), because...