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Review: Understanding the Sicilian, by Mikhail Golubev

by • July 6, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)1007

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 months in full tournament season, [&hellip...

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Fashionable Caro-Kann

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

July 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board681

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...

Carlsen blunder

Endgame Fundamentals: Worst Move On The Board

July 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board291

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, News1026

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,...


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

June 2, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1370

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...


Review: Training with Moska – Practical Chess Exercises: Tactics, Strategy, Endgames, by Viktor Moskalenko

June 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board794

New in Chess, 2017 349 pages By Davide Nastasio When I began to read this book, it seemed to me to be a new Fundamentals, the exceptional book written by Capablanca, which every chess player should read at least one time in their life.    ...


Endgame Fundamentals: Rule of the Square

June 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board294

By Donny Gray Back in the 1700s, the famous chess player Philidor said that pawns were the soul of chess. This is extremely accurate on many levels. If you have a bad pawn structure, you will most assuredly lose to a good player. If you do not understand...


Shanmukha Meruga at the KIIT!

May 26, 2017 • Featured, Features, News1081

By Davide Nastasio One of our best Georgia chess players (he is the 14th best player in our state), NM Shanmukha Meruga, is currently playing at one of the most prestigious events in India: the 10th Edition of the KIIT International Chess Festival, which...

Chess for Seniors

Chess for a Cause

May 20, 2017 • Featured, Features394

By Anuhya Tadepalli There hasn’t been a better time than now to bring Chess to relieve age-related mental health issues in a rapidly-aging America. The world’s population is aging at a fast pace. Between 2015 and 2050, the global population of people aged...


Endgame study time!

May 12, 2017 • Featured, Features787

By Davide Nastasio The idea for this article came during the night. As always, the purpose is to improve our visualization skills, our calculation power, and, of course, be ready to be surprised and awed by how chess seems difficult and easy at the same...