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Book Review: Luther’s Chess Reformation by Thomas Luther

When ”Luther’s Chess Reformation” came out I had no doubts it would be an ”at least interesting” book to read, so I purchased it without even downloading the sample excerpts available at the online store. I have followed Luther’s chess career and studied his games for many years, so I was very curious to read what he had to say.

GM Thomas Luther

It only took the first chapter to exceed all the expectations I had on this piece of work. Luther’s captivating narrative on his beginnings as a chess player, from a little kid to a Grandmaster is quite an enjoyable read. Between the stories of growing up in the old Germany, the author shows important games he played with insights that are very instructive no matter what your level is.  The games are explained with more observations than complex variations, making the study quite pleasing. The reader will quickly fall inside the Grandmaster’s mind and learn what GMs think.… Read more

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Book review: Positional Decision-Making by Boris Gelfand

We often get questions about the books we recommend reading and studying, so we have decided to make a list of the ones we read and liked a lot. It has been a while since this book has been released (the second one is out for some time as well), but it is a great read and we will start our list with it.

The author, Boris Gelfand, needs no further introduction, as he has been a top player for many years. His play is methodical and very instructive, hence many of his games are on our list of “model games”. It was even better to play through them while reading the book, while reading his own thoughts and comments on the moves.

Boris Gelfand (photo credit: AP/Misha Japaridze)

This takes me to the first thing I liked at this book, and this is the honesty of the author when speaking about his own games and giving sidelines.… Read more

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XXIII Santa Teresa Rapid Tournament (Felix Garcia Ares Memorial)

Already a tradition for the city of Avila, the 23rd edition of the rapid chess tournament Santa Teresa, that also pays homage to the local chess master Felix Garcia Ares, was celebrated on the 24th of September. With only two days left until the start of the Spanish Team First League, Division de Honor, the tournament represented a good reason for our team to gather a few days before and play a nicely organized competition.

Avila is a beautiful and coquettish city situated in the community of Castille and Leon, only a couple of hours away from the capital, Madrid. If you want to find out more about its history, check out our last year’s report of the rapid tournament.

Plaza de Ayuntamiento

Plaza de Ayuntamiento

El Ayuntamiento de Ávila

El Ayuntamiento de Ávila

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Santa Teresa de Avila

Santa Teresa de Avila

View of the city walls from Santa Teresa Square

View of the city walls from Santa Teresa Square

San Pedro church

San Pedro church

Typical dish - el chuleton de Avila

Typical dish – el chuleton de Avila

Top seed and winner of the tournament, with an impressive 7,5 points our of 8 was Grandmaster Eduardo Iturrizaga (2646) from Venezuela.… Read more

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6 Chess Apps for Kids



Very often we get questions about apps kids can use to learn or improve their chess. We were aware of apps to solve puzzles and play chess, but they were not all suitable for kids who are just starting to discover the magic of chess. That being said, we spent the last couple of days having fun and trying some chess apps designed for kids.

Here’s our recommendation:

Chess for Kids. FREE, offers in-app purchases. We found this app that’s offered by chess.com easy to use, with a friendly interface and very useful for kids. They can learn the rules with the short introductory video, solve puzzles in order to sharpen their tactical vision and practice what they’ve learned versus computers of different ratings (from 400 to 2200) or online, against other children.

Coach Jay’s Chess Academy. FREE, offers in-app purchases. The app is structured in 5 levels and teaches kids very important concepts: checkmate, defense, endgame, strategy and tactics.… Read more

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