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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 Board127

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 Board619

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...


Review: Open games with …Bc5, by Sam Collins

September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board400

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 Board199

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 Board299

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 Board527

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....


Review: The Modern Pirc, by Viktor Bologan

August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board797

By Davide Nastasio Bologan begins with a statement which impressed me because I didn’t consider the Pirc a good opening played for winning.  He says he has played hundreds of classical games with it. I made a database updated to April 2017 with all his...


Review: King’s Indian: A Modern Approach, by Viktor Bologan

August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board560

By Davide Nastasio I got this DVD because Bologan just published an impressive book on the King’s Indian.     Unfortunately, at the speed I’m reading these chess books, I’ll only be able to read 29 of them before departing this...

Teacher's Games

Endgame Fundamentals: Teacher’s Games

August 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board316

By Donny Gray One of the things I do for my students is analyze their tournament games.  It is a great way to help them improve, not only in their ending play, but in their opening and middlegame as well.  The first time I do a game for a new student I tell...