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Review: The Sicilian Dragon Move by Move, by Carsten Hansen

by • March 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)1166

By Davide Nastasio Everyman Chess, 2016 464 pages One of my desires, written in a hypothetical bucket list, would be to play the Sicilian. From time to time I try and then give up, because the next tournament is coming and my preparation is not complete.  Then I forget all of what I studied, because [&hellip...

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Review: Your Opponent is Overrated – a practical guide to inducing errors, by James Schuyler

March 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1439

By Davide Nastasio Everyman Chess 2016, 220 pages This title made me curious, because in some of the open tournaments I play I find a lot of sandbaggers who are underrated, and I wish they were overrated! I cannot even understand how they keep their rating...

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Review: Chessbase Magazine 175

March 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board558

By Davide Nastasio Generally I don’t review magazines, because they are not like books: they get outdated with time.  In this case, however, I must make an exception. Why? Because in this Chessbase magazine there are all the games and all the video...

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Review: Improve your Chess with Tania Sachdev

March 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board725

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Forcing Moves

March 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board643

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...

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Metro Atlanta K-8 Team State Qualifier 2017

February 7, 2017 • Featured, Features, Rankings, Scholastics, Tournament Results, Tournaments923

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...

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The Gold Coin Game

February 1, 2017 • Featured, Features695

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

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Review: Chess Informant 130: Knocker-Up

February 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board537

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Famous Pawn Position

February 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board544

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...

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Missed Tactical Chances II

November 22, 2016 • Features572

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...