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Review: The English, by David Cummings

by • May 12, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)1101

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 realized one mistake I made was my lack of [&hellip...

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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 Board1062

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 Board749

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 Board935

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: The Beast

April 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board356

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 Board1299

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 Board746

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 Board1341

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 Board1635

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 Board1069

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....