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Review: The English Opening Vol. 1, by Simon Williams

by • October 1, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured, FeaturesComments (0)2109

By Davide Nastasio I don’t know GM Williams personally, but I’ve followed many of his videos from last year, and even bought some of his books through the years. He is an exceptionally passionate teacher on the openings he plays. He begins volume 1 of these DVDs saying that the English opening is an extremely [&hellip...

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The Triangle Setup – A Complete Defense Against 1.d4

April 1, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured2743

By Davide Nastasio Last year I played the Dutch and the English defense. While I had good experiences online with the Dutch, I really had bad experiences in tournament–where real chess is played! So this year I badly needed a makeup change in my opening...


Book Review: Bent Larsen’s Best Games – Fighting Chess with the Great Dane

November 1, 2014 • Booked Up, Featured1669

By Davide Nastasio I love history and I love chess history even more. However, in order to make sense for me, chess history combines all the different characters from among different decades and centuries. Some players are legends because they are beyond...


Review: Ivan Sokolov’s The Ruy Lopez Revisited

January 5, 2014 • Booked Up1620

By Benjamin Frances Like most self-respecting club players, I grew up meeting 1.e4 with 1…c5. I think the underlying cause was a desire to remain in control. If I could hide behind twenty moves of the latest theory of the Najdorf, then I couldn’t...


Review: 2005 Releases from Everyman Chess

January 5, 2014 • Booked Up1332

By Tim Brookshear A note on Peach Ratings: They are different than the conventional stars. 4 peaches: a classic that belongs in every library. 3: An excellent book. 2: A worthwhile book. 1: Duplicates material already available. Pit: Why did they even bother?...