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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Review of King's Gambit

The book King’s Gambit is subtitled, “A Son, a Father, and the World’s Most Dangerous Game.” From the title and subtitle, I surmised that perhaps King’s Gambit tells the story of some type of international espionage and intrigue, with shady characters and complex family issues.

I wasn’t far off.

This is a difficult book to read. The author is an accomplished writer, with numerous published books and articles to his credit. He is a Harvard graduate, former editor-in-chief of Discover, and former president of Encyclopedia Britannica. The text is well written and extremely well researched and documented. Yet, the subject matter is troubling.

You can read the rest of my review, for the next week, at the current ChessCafe book review page. The permanent location for the review is located here, in the ChessCafe Archives.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Kramnik - Morozevich Annotated x 3

In round 2 of the current world chess championship, Vladimir Kramnik defeated Alexander Morozevich with the use of a piece sacrifice. Three annotated reviews of the game are available:

1) Malcolm Pein at the Telegraph

2) Boris Schipkov at

3) Susan Polgar at her blog


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

New Scholastic Chess ChessCafe column online!

WFM Abby Marshall
Photo: Elizabeth Vicary

My September Scholastic Chess ChessCafe column is now available here. This month, Abby Marshall annotates her three victories over masters at the recent U.S. Open. We also extend our congratulations to Alisa Melekhina, who has now achieved national master status.

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Review of San Luis 2005

For the next few days, you can read my ChessCafe review of the excellent book San Luis 2005, the tournament book from the 2005 FIDE world championship.


Friday, September 07, 2007

Instructive Endgame Video

The Saavedra Position, with White to move and win presents an entertaining and instructive four-minute endgame analysis of the "Saavedra Position." The home page is well worth exploring for a wide variety of videos, all completely free of charge.


Interview with Veselin Topalov

Photo: ChessBase

Hanon Russell has published a one-on-one interview with former world champion Veselin Topalov, in the ChessCafe Skittles Room. Topalov describes his early years in chess, how he came to team up with his manager Silvio Danailov, and doesn't sidestep numerous questions from Hanon about his 2006 match with Kramnik in Elista.

Topalov's new book has just come out, entitled Topalov-Kramnik 2006 World Chess Championship: On the Edge in Elista. You can read a review of the book here.

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