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Review: The Modern Pirc, by Viktor Bologan

by • August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)481

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 games in the “Modern” Pirc, and in fact he has [&hellip...

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

August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board345

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...

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Review: Understanding the Sicilian, by Mikhail Golubev

July 6, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board812

Gambit Publications 2017, 240 pages By Davide Nastasio I would love to play the Sicilian as Black.  I tried some DVDs to learn the Najdorf, but after more than a month watching the DVD I was nowhere near able to use it in a tournament, and after a couple of...

Fashionable Caro-Kann

Review: The Fashionable Caro Kann Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, by Vidit Gujrathi

July 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board566

Chessbase 2017 By Davide Nastasio India is becoming the new chess Mecca! This is simply a fact.  There are a lot of young players, quite smart, quite motivated, and whenever they go around the world they win tournament after tournament and smash the...

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Review: Bologan’s King’s Indian – A modern repertoire for Black

June 2, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1215

New In Chess 2017 448 pages By Davide Nastasio When I switched from a 1.e4 to 1.d4 player, I must admit I felt the biggest pressure when I played against someone who was adopting a King’s Indian setup (often in chess circles abbreviated as KID), because...

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Review: Training with Moska – Practical Chess Exercises: Tactics, Strategy, Endgames, by Viktor Moskalenko

June 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board701

New in Chess, 2017 349 pages By Davide Nastasio When I began to read this book, it seemed to me to be a new Fundamentals, the exceptional book written by Capablanca, which every chess player should read at least one time in their life.    ...

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Review: The English, by David Cummings

May 12, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board888

2016, 399 pages Everyman Chess By Davide Nastasio I learned the English using 2 DVDs by GM Williams for Chessbase around 2 years ago.       I tried it for 6 months, nearly a year in various tournaments, but the results were definitely bad. I...

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Winning With the Slow (but Venomous) Italian, by Karsten Müller and Georgios Souleidis

May 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board883

New in Chess 2016, 234 pages By Davide Nastasio I was a 1.e4 player, and I switched to 1.d4 because I couldn’t keep up with the amount of theory one had to learn. However, lately I noticed a young future IM (he is already over 2400, and just need to...

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Review: The Stonewall Dutch: a fighting repertoire against 1.d4, by Erwin L’Ami

May 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board564

By Davide Nastasio Foreword: I realized this review has become more similar to a theoretical article. The reason is simple: If one is serious about playing the Stonewall Dutch, he or she must consider the homework which comes with learning this quite...

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Review: Pattern Recognition, and Typical Plans, by Adrian Mikhalchishin

April 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board874

By Davide Nastasio Mikhalchishin begins the first video with an introduction to the chess world in which he grew up. He mentions also the chess players with whom he shared time studying, and the victories they had in the end of the 70s and beginning of the...