Monthly Archives: June 2019

Book Awards

Everyone has their own ideas on what they like and find effective. Here are my choices on best books


100 Endgame You Must Know has 300 exercises with solutions that refer back to the original textbook.



Chess Toolbox

10 chapters on basic topics with good exercises. Excellent explanations on topics that I thought I knew


Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player vols 1+2

Excellent examples with good practical advice. Vol 2(40 exercises) was great and I just started vol 1(30 exercises)


Game Collections

Kamsky is a fanatic at analyzing and explaining his games. 22 games in this volume.




Some book you have to have and this is one of them


Dismantling the Sicilian

A bit old but very detailed with nice illustrative games. I don’t play 1.e4 but still this is an interesting book that summarizes a big chunk of theory into one book


The Chigorin Bible

Sokolov covered the plans with classical games and Salgado Lopez did the theory section



CB15 Testing

I just installed CB15

Trying to figure out what is new and different (Background story Chessbase India on CB15)

All the menus look the same

The help file does not summarize what is new

One new feature is the ability to make movies from games-not sure how this affects web publishing


Test game



Moscow FIDE Grand Prix 2019

After 34..Nxd7(diagram)

After 34..Nxd4 I think this is the normal diagram


I will keep using the game player and normal diagram function


The Animated GIF

This feature does not really help the blog

The animated GIF