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Review: Your Opponent is Overrated – a practical guide to inducing errors, by James Schuyler

by • March 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)1395

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 around a certain number so precisely year after year. [&hellip...

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Review: Chessbase Magazine 175

March 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board491

By Davide Nastasio Generally I don’t review magazines, because they are not like books: they get outdated with time.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...


Review: Improve your Chess with Tania Sachdev

March 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board676

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...


Review: Chess Informant 130: Knocker-Up

February 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board493

By Davide Nastasio About a month ago I wrote the review of Issue 129, Big Cat, but it seems there is no rest for the weary!  This time, instead of writing a review, I’d like to share what I loved about this issue with my readers.  By the way, as...


José Raúl Capablanca: a chess biography, by Miguel A. Sánchez

February 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board798

Published August 2015, 568 pp. 800-253-2187 By Davide Nastasio I knew I made the right choice in getting this book for two quotes I read in the beginning, one which was quite profound by Botvinnik: “It is impossible to understand...


Review: How to Exchange Pieces, by Elisabeth Pähtz

January 15, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board763

By Davide Nastasio Many months ago, while preparing a book review, I was introduced to one of the most amazing ideas of all: the “exchange of pieces.”  Now you are thinking, “What? Is he out of his mind? We exchange pieces all the time....


Chessbase 14 New features!

January 3, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board1265

By Davide Nastasio I decided to step up my game to the next level, and one cannot be considered serious if he doesn’t use all the technological means at his disposal for learning and improving. In this case, I decided I needed the latest version of the...


Review: The Black lion – An Aggressive Version of the Philidor Defence

January 2, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board1728

By Davide Nastasio GM Williams is one of the funniest, most passionate, and instructive characters in the chess world. I’ve witnessed his passion for teaching chess in endless videos, and if there were a competition for funniest video teacher,...


Chess Informant Issue 129 – Big Cat

January 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board804

By Davide Nastasio 320 pages, 2016 I was interested in this publication because it is the magazine the pros have used since 1966. In that time there weren’t so many tournaments as today, and this was the only way one could discover novelties in the...


Review: Reuben Fine – A Comprehensive Record of an American Chess Career 1929-1951, By Aidan Woodger

January 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board710

By Davide Nastasio McFarland 2004, 400 pages   Every book begins with a dream, and in this case the dream of the author is quite interesting. He began to study chess seriously around 1980, and the hero he chose for his chess journey...