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

by • February 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top BoardComments (0)691

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 the world of chess, without looking at it with the eyes of Capablanca.”   [&hellip...

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Review: How to Exchange Pieces, by Elisabeth Pähtz

January 15, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board688

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 Board1045

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 Board1346

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 Board698

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 Board622

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...


Review: Morphy move by move, by Zenón Franco

December 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board932

By Davide Nastasio Everyman Chess 2016, 343 pages   I believe through GM Zenón writings, I discovered many ideas about chess that I didn’t have before.     For example, in this book (at page 9) he mentions the following: “I...


Review: Powerplay 23: A Repertoire for Black With the Queen’s Gambit Declined, by Daniel King.

December 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board894

By Davide Nastasio On this chess journey there is never a boring moment. There are always new openings to learn, new ideas to acquire, and new ways to experiment in Black and White!  Thanks to GM Williams, I learned the Dutch, and thanks to GM Pert I know...


Review: The Semi-Slav, a Grandmaster guide for the tournament player, by Peter Heine Nielsen

December 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board1562

By Davide Nastasio I was interested in this DVD because in one of my last tournament games, due to my faulty memory, I entered into a Semi-Slav instead of the Slav. I realized after the game that I should have played differently.  Clearly, I needed to fill...


Double Review: The Chess Manual of Avoidable Mistakes, and The Chess Manual of Avoidable Mistakes 2 – Test Yourself!, by Romain Edouard

November 21, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board912

By Davide Nastasio ThinkersPublishing, 2014, 228 pages I came to know ThinkersPublishing because I casually stumbled upon the book Ivan’s Chess Journey on the internet.  It is an autobiographical book written by GM Sokolov.     But...