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Review: Power Play 25: Popular’s Queen’s Pawn Openings – a Repertoire For Black, By Daniel King

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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 repertoires. The reason is simple: in order to access all the middlegame and endgame ideas he so skillfully explained in the [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Famous Rook & Pawn Ending

October 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board247

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 to your advantage to know them. Today, I would...


Review: Komodo 11

October 1, 2017 • Featured, Features, Top Board818

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 how does a chess engine behave like one? I tried...

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A Game of Repeated Patterns: The Fork

September 10, 2017 • Featured, Features281

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 at all the math terms he will have to learn from...


Review: Open games with …Bc5, by Sam Collins

September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board529

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 friend of mine, with whom I played blitz often, had...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Mate With a Queen

September 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board290

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 middle game ideas will mean nothing if you cannot...


Review: The Chess Player’s mating guide: Vol. 1 – The King in the centre, by Robert Ris

September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board387

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 coaching practice following this exact theme. I...


Review: Modernized: The Open Sicilian, a complete repertoire for White, by Z. Amanov and K. Kavutskiy

September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board694

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 who sincerely want to learn the open Sicilian....

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Question Your Way to Rating 1000

August 5, 2017 • Featured, Features391

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...

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New Chess Center Opens September 9, 2017

August 1, 2017 • Chess Clubs, Featured, Features824

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...