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Review: Improve your Chess with Tania Sachdev

by • March 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)649

By Davide Nastasio Often we don’t pay attention to pearls of wisdom which are given us daily. We spend time debating if what makes someone a master is who calculates 10 moves ahead, or who has learned 100 thousand patterns. Instead, at the beginning of the DVD this International Master from India tells us a great [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Forcing Moves

March 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board598

By Donny Gray Forcing moves are moves that limit your opponent’s responses to a very limited amount of moves. If your opponent only has one response to your last move, then that was a very forcing move!  Of course, there are good forcing moves as well as...


Metro Atlanta K-8 Team State Qualifier 2017

February 7, 2017 • Featured, Features, Rankings, Scholastics, Tournament Results, Tournaments837

By Laura Doman Chess, simuls, cool customized t-shirts, and chess paraphenalia galore. Add nearly a thousand kids, their parents, a sibling or two (OK, maybe a hundred), a few dozen chess coaches, and a cadre of volunteers (though we can always use more!) and...


The Gold Coin Game

February 1, 2017 • Featured, Features621

By Davide Nastasio Recently I began writing on a new chess blog (, with a group of passionate chess players: Peter Giannatos and Grant Oen, just to mention a few names that Georgia chess players surely know.  ...


Review: Chess Informant 130: Knocker-Up

February 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board458

By Davide Nastasio About a month ago I wrote the review of Issue 129, Big Cat, but it seems there is no rest for the weary!  This time, instead of writing a review, I’d like to share what I loved about this issue with my readers.  By the way, as...

Famous Pawn Position

Endgame Fundamentals: Famous Pawn Position

February 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board466

By Donny Gray Capablanca once said, “In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else. For whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and end game must be studied in relation to the end...


Missed Tactical Chances II

November 22, 2016 • Features497

By Davide Nastasio In this second installment of Missed Tactics, we will see more positions, in which a 1300-1400 player missed the right move. As always, following the advice of great trainers like Dvoretsky and Yussupov, set the position on the board, and...


Review: The English Opening Vol. 1, by Simon Williams

October 1, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured, Features1837

By Davide Nastasio I don’t know GM Williams personally, but I’ve followed many of his videos from last year, and even bought some of his books through the years. He is an exceptionally passionate teacher on the openings he plays. He begins volume...


Review: Positional Decision Making in Chess, by Boris Gelfand

September 1, 2015 • Featured, Features2760

By Davide Nastasio I’d like to foreword my review stating clearly that this book is really rich in games, positions, ideas, comparisons between games of the past, and modern games. So whatever I write (I realized this in the middle of writing this...

Knight and Bishop

Endgame Fundamentals: Bishop and Knight Mate

March 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board1492

By Donny Gray In over 30+ years of teaching, nothing instills fear into a student more than when I say, “Time to learn the bishop and knight checkmate!”  Usually the response is something like “NOOOOOOOO!!!!” Even high-rated players have...