Nakhmanson Gambit: Opening Guide for White and Black

So you stumbled across the Nakhmanson Gambit and are considering playing it in your next blitz game. That’s very brave of you. The Nakhmanson Gambit works exceptionally well if black gets greedy. Unfortunately, if black restrains himself, white is faced with attacking a solid position while a pawn down. This gambit has elements of all … Read more

Crime City – Full House Game Review — Meeple Mountain

Justin reviews Pegasus Spiele’s return to the most violent animated city in recent board game memory with the sequel MicroMacro: Crime City—Full House! The last time I did an eye exam I was met with a frightening reality: I have to remove my eyeglasses to see anything well up close. I knew I was nearsighted, … Read more

Destinies: Sea of Sand Expansion Review

If you play in the sand, you’re going to get sandy. Sand in your hair. Sand in your clothes. Sand in your mouth. But sand in your board games? Now you’ve gone too far. This expansion may be the exception. You’ll have plenty of other things to worry about such as getting over a wall, … Read more

Sicilian Najdorf – How to Play, Attack & Counter as White & Black

Quick overview The Sicilian Najdorf is one of the most reputable and popular openings, particularly at the top level. It has been used effectively by World Champions such as Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer. It arises after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6. The idea behing 5…a6 is to … Read more

The Indian Trope Trick: Sweat It to Get It

How blurring the distinction between effort and talent leads to performance gains I’ve recently enjoyed reading Dirk Jan Ten Geuzendam’s interview with the legendary Indian chess coach, Ramachandran (RB) Ramesh (New in Chess, 2022 #3), in which Ramesh expands on his thoughts about chess development generally, and on the recent explosion of chess talent in … Read more

Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy Review

Designer: Touko TahkokallioArtists: Noah Adelman, Jere Kasanen, Jukka Rajaniemi, Sampo SikiöPublisher: Lautapelit.fiYear Published: 2020 No. of Players: 2-6 Playing Time: 60-200 minutes. A game of Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. You explore new star systems, research technologies, and build spaceships with which to wage … Read more