Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

UON 29 just published!

Gary Gifford's UON 29 is downloadable at


  1. Durkin’s Attack: An Investigation by N Earl Roberts
  2. Basman’s Chess Inheritance by Davide Rozzoni
  3. Fishing Poles by Brian Wall 
  4. Damiano’s Defence f6 as Black! by Domingos S├ívio Perego
  5. Inter-Service Chess by Sgt. Nicholas Wolff
  6. Zilbermints by Lev Zilbermints
  7. Two Albin Counter Gambit Games by Quentin Mason 

    Sunday, September 11, 2011

    Vitruvius ver. 0.82b is out!
    "This is still an experimental version still keeping a strong positional feature. It is not an engine devoted to play against other engines, but if you choose to let it play against other chess engines, he needs some time of reflection.. The analysis and the need to check possible positional sacrifices require more time than a standard tactical analysis" says its author, in italian language, on

    THANKS Carotino for this wonderful engine!

    Sunday, September 4, 2011

    A free tool to train and play chess as well

    Luca's Chess
    The aim is to play chess against the computer with increasing levels of difficulty and with a limited number of hints that are given by a chess tutor.
    Also included are thousands of training positions such as different types of endgames, tactical combinations and chess problems (mate in 2,3,4 and more).

    Saturday, September 3, 2011

    No passion for chess fashion

    An interesting  new book by Raetsky & Chetverik has been published. It also deals with some offbeat openings or rarely played variations of standard openings like: 

    • 1.e4 a6!? , 
    • 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4!?
    • The Albin Countergambit

    Here you can read a Preview

    Update of Sept 4th 2011:
    And this is a very good review of the book:
    Sept. 11th 2011 Update
    This is Rick Kennedy's Review of the book

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Old...but not forgotten: "The Stonewall Attack" by GM Andrew Soltis

    A lot of chess players are looking for a repertoire to play as White. This opening system should be easy to learn and with a low level of maintenance. If this is the case, you should consider the possibily to purchase Soltis' book "The Stonewall Attack".
    The system consists of playing 1.d4 2.e3 with f4 to follow but different move orders are possible.    
    This is what Soltis writes on pages 8 and 9 of his book.            

    In order to show you that from the Stonewall Attack can arise exciting games, here you can see a nice game played by Gerard Welling before the publication of Soltis' book: