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Endgame Fundamentals: Forcing Moves

by • March 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)556

By Donny Gray Forcing moves are moves that limit your opponent’s responses to a very limited amount of moves. If your opponent only has one response to your last move, then that was a very forcing move!  Of course, there are good forcing moves as well as bad. Forcing moves are usually checks, captures, or [&hellip...

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Review: Chess Informant 130: Knocker-Up

February 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Features, Top Board405

By Davide Nastasio About a month ago I wrote the review of Issue 129, Big Cat, but it seems there is no rest for the weary!  This time, instead of writing a review, I’d like to share what I loved about this issue with my readers.  By the way, as...

Famous Pawn Position

Endgame Fundamentals: Famous Pawn Position

February 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board407

By Donny Gray Capablanca once said, “In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else. For whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and end game must be studied in relation to the end...


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

February 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board657

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...


Review: How to Exchange Pieces, by Elisabeth Pähtz

January 15, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board656

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 Board905

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 Board1216

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,...


Endgame Fundamentals: Rook vs. 2 Pawns

January 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board540

By Donny Gray Most chess instructors will tell you that in chess there are always exceptions to general rules. In math, 2+2 always equals 4. However, in chess there are exceptions. For example, sometimes if you Queen a Pawn you will stalemate your opponent,...


Chess Informant Issue 129 – Big Cat

January 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Featured, Top Board660

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 Board589

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...