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Review: Open games with …Bc5, by Sam Collins

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By Davide Nastasio I never played 1…e5; as Black. I toyed with the idea of playing the Russian Defense 1.e4,e5; 2.Nf3,Nf6;     because for a certain period I was playing 1.e4, as White, and a friend of mine, with whom I played blitz often, had good result against me using the Russian Defense. However, [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Mate With a Queen

September 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board290

By Donny Gray When I start lessons with a new student, the very first thing we do is the king and queen mate. If you cannot do this, then how are you ever going to win a game of chess? Knowing openings and middle game ideas will mean nothing if you cannot...

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Review: The Chess Player’s mating guide: Vol. 1 – The King in the centre, by Robert Ris

September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board387

By Davide Nastasio When the blood pressure rises and the heart beat begins to race, we are close to giving checkmate to our opponent! Robert Ris has selected a lot of games and examples from his professional coaching practice following this exact theme. I...

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Review: Modernized: The Open Sicilian, a complete repertoire for White, by Z. Amanov and K. Kavutskiy

September 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board694

Metropolitan Chess publishing, 2015  564 pages   By Davide Nastasio Why did I review a book which wasn’t published this year? Because I believe this book will become a classic, a MUST have for all who sincerely want to learn the open Sicilian....

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Review: The Modern Pirc, by Viktor Bologan

August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board968

By Davide Nastasio Bologan begins with a statement which impressed me because I didn’t consider the Pirc a good opening played for winning.  He says he has played hundreds of classical games with it. I made a database updated to April 2017 with all his...

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Review: King’s Indian: A Modern Approach, by Viktor Bologan

August 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board673

By Davide Nastasio I got this DVD because Bologan just published an impressive book on the King’s Indian.     Unfortunately, at the speed I’m reading these chess books, I’ll only be able to read 29 of them before departing this...

Teacher's Games

Endgame Fundamentals: Teacher’s Games

August 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board373

By Donny Gray One of the things I do for my students is analyze their tournament games.  It is a great way to help them improve, not only in their ending play, but in their opening and middlegame as well.  The first time I do a game for a new student I tell...

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Review: Understanding the Sicilian, by Mikhail Golubev

July 6, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board2163

Gambit Publications 2017, 240 pages By Davide Nastasio I would love to play the Sicilian as Black.  I tried some DVDs to learn the Najdorf, but after more than a month watching the DVD I was nowhere near able to use it in a tournament, and after a couple of...

Fashionable Caro-Kann

Review: The Fashionable Caro Kann Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, by Vidit Gujrathi

July 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board875

Chessbase 2017 By Davide Nastasio India is becoming the new chess Mecca! This is simply a fact.  There are a lot of young players, quite smart, quite motivated, and whenever they go around the world they win tournament after tournament and smash the...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Worst Move On The Board

July 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board396

By Donny Gray In the chess world we call a horrible move a “blunder.”  If you have played chess for very long, you know that for some unexplained reason you sometimes make the absolutely worst move on the board!  To make it worse, it usually...