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Endgame Fundamentals: Pins

by • January 4, 2018 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)126

By Donny Gray Most beginners love to fork their opponent’s pieces. However, as your opponents become stronger you will soon find out that forks are rare. Most good players see forks coming a mile away. What is common in most games however is the pin. The pin can be anywhere from annoying to deadly. In [&hellip...

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

December 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board856

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...

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Review: The Sniper, by Charlie Storey

December 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1099

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 Board230

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...

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

November 20, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1124

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 Board1011

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...

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

November 18, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1285

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Queen & Knight

November 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board295

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...

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Review: A to Z Chess tactics – every chess move explained, by George Huczek

October 21, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1228

Batsford 2017 347 pages By Davide Nastasio I generally buy the books or DVDs that I review.  This time, however, to my surprise the marketing assistant from Batsford, Ms. Hannah Perry, kindly asked our editor if Georgia Chess News would review one of...

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Review: Gyula Breyer – The Chess Revolutionary, by Jimmy Adams

October 21, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board921

New in Chess, 2017 876 pages   By  Davide Nastasio Today the young player’s goal in their chess journey is the rating.  After a tournament, many just consult their smart phones incessantly to know if they gained 10-15 points, or if they reached...