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

by • April 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)634

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 80s. This group of players was comprised of [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: The Beast

April 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board163

By Donny Gray After 35+ years of teaching chess I have developed many exercises that I make my students do. One is called “The Beast.”  In this exercise, the student gets all of their pawns and all four minor pieces.  As the teacher, I get all of my...

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Review: The Wicked Veresov Attack, by Andrew Martin

March 4, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board848

By Davide Nastasio I would like to tell a funny anecdote that happened today. I wanted to know more about the Veresov, and Andrew Martin is a very pragmatic teacher.  He really provides a broad base of basic knowledge, and then if one wants to delve further,...

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Review: Crushing Isolated Queen’s pawn tactics, By Robert Ris

March 4, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board456

By Davide Nastasio The topic of this DVD is absolutely a MUST-KNOW for anyone who is serious about chess. There is no excuse. Nonetheless, I must admit my personal reluctance in entering the study of such a complex topic, until the moment I felt ready. I know...

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Review: Revision & Exam, The Fundamentals 1, by Artur Yusupov

March 4, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board714

By Davide Nastasio Quality Chess 2016, 208 pages I must tell you a strange story of which I am the subject. I heard the mailman coming and I went to get the mail.  Nothing new.  It happens everyday.  Then I’m in my office getting ready to go to walk...

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Review: Improve your Tactics with Tania Sachdev

March 4, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1401

By Davide Nastasio This is the second DVD authored by IM Sachdev. The first was on how to improve one’s positional game, and better understand and evaluate games through positional concepts and the element she explained so well.     Tactics is...

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

March 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board638

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....

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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 Board588

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 Board253

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 Board467

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...