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Review: The English Opening Volume 2, By Simon Williams

by • November 2, 2015 • Booked Up, FeaturedComments (0)1318

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 10 videos.     One of the [&hellip...

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Review: Bronstein, Move by Move, by Steve Giddins

November 2, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured1330

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, Featured2048

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...


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

October 1, 2015 • Booked Up, Featured, Features2299

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...

Suicide Rook

Endgame Fundamentals: Suicide Rook

October 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured918

By Donny Gray Many times, just when you think you have a won game, something horrible happens.  While there are countless bad things that can ruin your day on the chess board, today I want to take a look at the dreaded and heartbreaking Suicide Rook. If you...

Queen Sacrifice

Endgame Fundamentals: Queen Sacrifice

September 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1386

By Donny Gray Nothing in chess is as impressive as sacrificing your queen!  Since the queen is the most powerful piece, its sacrifice is really something special.  Nothing will get a chess player’s adrenalin flowing as much as a queen sac! There are three...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Winning With the Rook Pawn

August 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1192

By Donny Gray In the large majority of endings, the winning idea is to queen a pawn.  This of course can be very hard, as your opponent will not go quietly and will do everything he can to stop you.  Today we will take a look at a situation when you are up...

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Endgame Fundamentals: World Champions on Endings

July 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1506

By Donny Gray World Champions of chess are a rare breed indeed. Since 1886 when Steinitz was recognized as the 1st official world champion to present day, there have only been a handful of players that could claim this title. What they have to say about chess...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Rook Miracles

June 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1234

By Donny Gray It has always been said that endings between two equal players will most likely be rook endings, so if you can learn the in’s and out’s of rooks and pawns, you will most likely improve. But instead of us looking at the normal rook and pawns...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Backward Pawns

May 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1157

By Donny Gray A backward pawn is one that is behind all of the other pawns that are beside it.  It does not have the support of other pawns if it advances.  It may or may not be able to physically move, but if it does, it is captured by an opposing pawn or...