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Monday, July 19, 2010 22:00
Sometimes the big new titles from the big publishers get all the attention. It's true these are often great buys, but there's also the risk of overlooking little gems by smaller publishers. Or, as the great Italian philosopher Calimero used to say, "Life's so unfair when you're small". Even though it's only 130 pages and looks decidedly modest in...
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Monday, July 12, 2010 21:46
After so much (Dutch) football subjectivity over the past weeks (yeah yeah, Spain won deservedly), it's a delight to read something objective again: Lars Schandorff has written an extremely solid and honest book on the Caro-Kann in the Grandmaster Repertoire series from Quality Chess. I've never really liked the Caro-Kann. As White, I find it an...
Thursday, July 01, 2010 23:31
During my holidays I received a lot of chess books from various publishers. There's lot to look forward to! One of the most interesting books is the latest volume of John Watson's ambitious project to explain and analyse all chess openings. But the book became much more than just another opening manual. Two years ago, I wrote a generally positive...
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 16:49
Sometimes, I get a little tired of reading about the big names in chess all the time. Another super tournament with seven players out of the top 10; another huge open featuring dozens of well-known GMs fighting hard for serious money prizes; another great exhibition rapid match between two former World Championship candidates. In such cases,...
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010 20:06
Two weeks ago I wrote about David Vigorito's new book on the Marshall Attack of the Ruy Lopez. In this review, I want to take a look at GM Ivan Sokolov's latest book The Ruy Lopez Revisited, published by New in Chess. I think both books have their charm, and in a way, they complement each other quite nicely. In the introduction to The Ruy Lopez...
Friday, April 30, 2010 2:22
Admit it: one of the reasons you're not playing the main line Ruy Lopez or even 1.e4, is that you're afraid of the Marshall Attack. I, for one, plead guilty to this charge. I've always avoided the Marshall Attack like the plague, not because I don't like exciting openings, but because I simply don't have the time to investigate all these...
Friday, April 16, 2010 16:54
According to conventional wisdow, there's no such thing as chance. So was it a coincidence that in the same week in which ChessVibes published two articles on Anatoly Karpov, I suddenly found a copy of Find the Right Plan with Anatoly Karpov, by Karpov and Anatoly Matsukevich, on my doormat? In any case, I decided not to tempt fate and started...
Friday, April 02, 2010 6:30
A 14-year old writing a book on positional chess?! How can that be? This was my first reaction when I received Mastering Positional Chess by Daniel Naroditsky. Sure, he's a World Junior Champion and obviously is a talented youngster, but how could such a young boy write a coherent, let alone instructive chess manual on so 'mature' a subject as...
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Monday, March 22, 2010 23:56
While there are numerous competing theories on how to improve one's chess, one thing that is absolutely undisputed in chess training philosophy is how to stay sharp in chess: by regularly solving tactical chess puzzles. It doesn't much matter how you do it, as long as you do it frequently, so why not practice your chess tactics with two good and...
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010 23:26
Having read mostly chess improvement books and opening manuals lately, I was delighted to see a new publication in the best tradition of chess writing: a serious tournament book. Strangely, it's a tradition that seems rather unpopular these days - a very unfortunate development indeed. The tournament book tradition has given us many classics, e.g...

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