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Review: Spassky Move by Move, by Zenón Franco.

by • March 1, 2016 • Booked Up, FeaturedComments (0)1481

By Davide Nastasio I bought Anand Move by Move, because I consider the books written by GM Zenón of the greatest quality for the serious student.  I also believe we are lucky to have, between us amateurs, these South-American players, great professionals, who wish to donate their wisdom to us. GM Zenón correctly points out that [&hellip...

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Review: Catastrophe in the Opening, Andrew Martin

February 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured956

By Davide Nastasio IM Martin begins the DVD by quoting Siegbert Tarrasch: “Before the endgame, the Gods have placed the middle game,”  meaning that in order to reach the endgame we must first pass through the middlegame.  But here comes your...


Review: Steinitz move by move, by Craig Pritchett,

January 8, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured1293

By Davide Nastasio It is often difficult to find a good Christmas gift for a chess player, but thanks to Thad Rogers, I bought this book just 12 days before Christmas, and enjoyed it during the holiday season.  Steinitz, the first world champion, is clearly...


Review: Powerplay 21 – A repertoire for Black against the Anti-Sicilians, by Daniel King

January 1, 2016 • Booked Up, Featured2257

By Davide Nastasio For a long time I wanted to learn to play the Sicilian defense. The reason is simple: I don’t believe any player can reach real master strength without knowing the major openings. When I say major openings, I don’t mean rote...


Review: Your Kingdom for my Horse: When to Exchange in Chess, by Andrew Soltis

December 8, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured1368

By Davide Nastasio GM Andrew Soltis is famous for his books, which are most often bestsellers.  They go out of print very soon, and they become quite expensive on the used market.  Soltis has a very nice writing style, with the right amount of technical...

Attacking with Italian game

Review: Attacking With the Italian Game and The Ruy Lopez, by Sergei Tiviakov

December 8, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured1412

By Davide Nastasio I like Tiviakov because he is very zealous in his videos.  He is clearly trying to pass all the knowledge he has acquired over the years.  One of the funny things of this DVD is that Tiviakov included a database of over 1 million games...

Typical Mistakes

Review: Typical Mistakes by 1600-1900 Players, by Nick Pert

December 1, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured1734

By Davide Nastasio First of all, I’d like to say that for this review I took a more active approach to show that I actually learned a lot from this DVD.  The feeling of involvement helped me to grow a lot in my chess level.    I shared some of the...


Review: The English Opening Volume 2, By Simon Williams

November 2, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured1243

By Davide Nastasio In this second DVD, GM Williams shows how to fight the Symmetrical English and the King’s Indian setups, as well as the Grunfeld. The Symmetrical English (1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7) with 5 a3!?  This line is covered with...


Review: Bronstein, Move by Move, by Steve Giddins

November 2, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured1228

By Davide Nastasio 288 pages, May 2015. Publisher Everyman chess David Bronstein is likely one of the most famous chess players in the world, for his classic book Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953, and of course for being a candidate to the world...


Review: Karpov Move by Move, by Sam Collins

November 1, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured1917

By Davide Nastasio Sam Collins is a very interesting author. He has published several DVDs for Chessbase on how to deal with various pawn structures and openings. He is an International Master, but he has only two GM norms. In this book, Karpov Move by...