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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 18:46
There are dozens of chess improvement books on the market - impossible to read them all. But even if you're tired of keeping track of the good ones, or if your most recent one is Dvoretsky and Yusupov's classic Training for the Tournament Player (1993), you should consider purchasing Grandmaster Battle Manual by Greek GM Vassilios Kotronias....
Thursday, July 21, 2011 19:15
The ChessVibes editors are enjoying their summer holiday in various ways. While Peter and Robert played an open in Ikaria, Greece, and Merijn participated in the annual Wine tournament in Naujac sur Mer, France, I'm on parental leave in my home town, changing diapers and reading several new chess books whenever I don't feel too sleepy. In this...
Thursday, July 07, 2011 20:35
For more than a decade Grünfeld aficionados have been suffering from a scarcity of complete books on this major and exciting opening. But at last, GM Alexander Delchev and GM Evgenij Agrest wrote an elaborate, comprehensive, and pleasant-to-read book on the Grünfeld, offering a complete repertoire for Black while also covering many side variations...
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 22:22
Tonight is the UK premiere of the new documentary Bobby Fischer Against The World. You might remember that GM Gawain Jones went to the official press screening on April 14th in Soho, London for us (and bumped into Magnus Carlsen there). Here's Gawain's review of the film! The documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World (IMDB title here) traces the...
Friday, June 17, 2011 20:00
Because I started to play chess in the mid-eighties, when Kasparov was increasingly (if marginally) showing his superiority over Karpov in their famous World Championship matches, I never seriously studied Karpov's earlier masterpieces. Whilst reading Karpov's Strategic Wins 1, written by Tibor Karolyi, I realized how much I had missed. The first...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 21:08
Why do most Sicilian players dislike all the "Anti-Sicilian" variations? Is it because they can't rely on their preparation and have to think for themselves right from the start? Is it because their opponents refuse to go for the 'principled' battles? Or is it because they simply don't know what they're missing? Two new books on the Anti-Sicilian...
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011 5:53
My previous review, in which I discussed three recent chess puzzle books, was admittedly somewhat grumpy and pessimistic about the future of this particular genre, and some readers took offence at this. So this time round I'm going to look at three completely different books which I read during my holiday. I'm very enthusiastic about all three of...
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 6:12
This spring, there seems to be a real explosion of new chess puzzle books on the market. Cultural pessimists will hardly find this very puzzling. In these busy times where everyone has his own Twitter, Facebook, ICC and PlayChess account, who has time for serious chess comtemplation? One or two puzzles a day - that's all the time we've got to...
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 17:54
Women and chess - don't you ever get bored of the subject? I certainly do. However, I was delighted to open Jennifer Shahade's new tactics puzzle book Play Like A Girl! as it deals with this tricky combination in a delightful and mature manner. The subject recently created something of a buzz in the chess blogosphere, when much-photographed WIM...
Monday, February 21, 2011 4:53
Last month, two biographies of legendary chess figures were published. One is a modest booklet about a great man who just turned 100 years old, the other is a 350-page volume on the eleventh World Champion, who died at the age of 64. The difference between the two couldn't be bigger. I'd been looking forward to Frank Brady's much-discussed...

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