Chessbase Magazine 203 a review…

Listening FM Giannatos saying it’s important to read books with game collections, it made me think that today, thanks to technology, the chess improvement of an average player like me changed a lot. We can have a game collection with many annotated games every 2 months! How? Just getting the latest issue of Chessbase Magazine. A wealth of games coming from different tournaments, with different time controls, teaching us the latest ideas in terms of opening theory, as well as strategic maneuvers, or very important endgames one should know in order to convert a material advantage into a win.

GM Ipatov and the road to Chess Mastery

A long time ago, before COVID hit the world, I had the chance to talk to GM Alexander Ipatov and ask him how he became the strong player he is today. In this interview we can discover more on the genesis of a top grandmaster. How many hours a day he was studying when he

The 14th Czechoslovak Championship

When chess games and the history of a chess set come all together – By Holger Langer and Davide Nastasio This is a rare Czech tournament chess set similar to the ones used in the 14th Czechoslovak Championship which was held at Poděbrady from July 5-26, 1936. The tournament was organized as an international event,

Fat Fritz 2 versus Magnus Carlsen!

Who is the best chess player of all time? Often such question generates endless debates in internet chess forum and involves the names of: Fischer, Kasparov, Carlsen and Karpov… Strangely none of them, also if they are truly great players, would be able to withstand a freeware like Stockfish set at few seconds per move,

How to study the openings – Part 1

Many will not believe one would share the correct way to study the openings, because they believe in chess secrets. Instead here there is a method, based on a good amount of studying hours, which will help everyone to learn any opening and form an opening repertoire. It’s possible that in few months, thanks to

The Grunfeld Formula!

I strive to make reviews which are not advertisement for the product, but instructional tools for those who are on the road to chess mastery. Within the article I’ll make a comparison with different DVDs or Books published on the topic, or which are related, to make aware the reader of how to deepen one’s own understanding, and in which direction to turn our attention. There will also be games and positions one must try to understand without using an engine, because in real tournaments we don’t have someone to tell us how to play. Then once one gets the DVD he/she can check the different understanding gained through studying previous games, and how Martin deals with the topic.