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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:32
The King’s Gambit by John Shaw, published by Quality Chess, sets out to be the definitive modern reference of the classic romantic opening – and it does a very good job of it. The analysis is exhaustive, objective and vigilant, and the thorough coverage and fresh ideas make it a must-have for King’s Gambit aficionados. However, the lack of...
Sunday, April 07, 2013 10:50
There’s a theory that a reviewer of chess books shouldn’t be allowed to review an opening book which deals with a system he has no experience with himself. This point of view has never made a lot of sense to me. Do we expect all reviewers of Richard Dawkins’ books to be evolutionary biologists? Should all reviewers of Chad Harbach’s The Art of...
Judit Polgar Teaches Chess 1
Monday, October 15, 2012 16:49
When I first heard that Judit Polgar had published a new book in which she analyzes her early chess games (until 1991), I was more than just intrigued: I was thrilled. Judit Polgar’s genius was at the heart of my early interest for chess, culminating in her visits to Amsterdam, in 1989 and 1990, to the OHRA chess tournaments, where she was hailed...
Win a signed copy of Judit Polgar's first book!
Saturday, September 22, 2012 15:15
Recently the world's strongest ever female chess player, Judit Polgar, published her first book: How I Beat Fischer's Record – Judit Polgar Teaches Chess 1. To celebrate this, we have one signed copy to give away to a lucky fan! On what was her only rest day at the Istanbul Olympiad (during round 7), Judit Polgar did a book signing at the book...
Review: Grandmaster versus Amateur | From Rocky Balboa to Ulysses
Friday, June 01, 2012 13:50
Quality Chess has launched a new book titled Grandmaster versus Amateur, which interestingly enough uses the same successful concept as two earlier publications (Experts on The Sicilian and Experts on the Anti-Sicilian): the book is a collection of essays by various grandmasters. Obviously, this time the grandmasters are no evident experts on a...
Review: Advanced Chess Tactics
Monday, May 21, 2012 13:52
Self-improvement is nowadays mainly focused on learning new openings with the aid of databases. Young people especially tend to neglect studying other parts of our royal game, which might result in fundamental shortcomings. Lev Psakhis insists that a mastery of tactics is an invaluable strength for a competitive chess player. Psakhis is a well-...
Review: The Alterman Gambit Guide - Black Gambits 1
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:26
Frankly speaking, I’ve never been fond of opening books where the author proposes dubious gambits to his readers. Nowadays the growing strength of the engines enables people to refute the recommended lines at a single touch. However, after reading the first couple of pages of The Alterman Gambit Guide Black Gambits 1 I sensed I’d have to adjust my...