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Review: Open games with …Bc5, by Sam Collins

by • September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)584

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 good result against me using the Russian Defense. However, [&hellip...

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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 Board438

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...

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Review: Modernized: The Open Sicilian, a complete repertoire for White, by Z. Amanov and K. Kavutskiy

September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1393

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....

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Review: The Modern Pirc, by Viktor Bologan

August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board1052

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...

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

August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board736

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 Board2246

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 Board950

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 Board1854

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 Board1048

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 Board1324

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...