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The GCA Bids Farewell to Dr. Fun Fong

by • December 22, 2017 • About Us, Featured, Features, NewsComments (0)510

By Michael Muzquiz After 6 years of untiring service as president of the Georgia Chess Association, Dr. Fun Fong has announced his resignation.  As 1st vice president, Thad Rogers will fulfill the duties of the president until a successor is named. Fun’s interest in chess began at the age of 6, when his father taught [&hellip...

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Chess Camps: How to Learn Actively

December 16, 2017 • Featured, Features528

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 chess levels: 1. True beginner:  learning the rules...


Review: The Hedgehog – a universal system against 1.Nf3 and 1.c4., by Yannick Pellettier

December 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board981

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! Pellettier has a nice French accent, which made me want...


Review: The Sniper, by Charlie Storey

December 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1286

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 special treatment aboard a plane (you may even get...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Opposition

December 3, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board316

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 happens in endgames, but can happen during the...


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

November 20, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1256

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 that I’d like to follow these modern GMs like...

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Review: The Tactical Chigorin, by Simon Williams

November 18, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1133

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 can convey chess ideas, especially opening...


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

November 18, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1468

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 abbreviated as KID), you are in good company because this...

Chess for a Cause

Chess For a Cause

November 13, 2017 • Featured, Features230

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 seniors 65 years old and older. The brain, like any...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Queen & Knight

November 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board360

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 another case of pieces working in harmony. The...