Nigel Davies

by Andreas Andreou

Pawn Breakthrough

It’s White to play here: would you trade rooks or keep them on the board? I was Black here in a ‘slow’ rapid game from an internal club online tournament. I’d blundered early on in a Ruy Lopez Schliemann and had been lost most of the game against my young and inexperienced, but talented, opponent. … Continue reading "Pawn Breakthrough"

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A Foundation for Beginners Eight

Over the last several articles, we’ve looked at the first three opening principles; controlling the center of the board with a pawn, developing our minor pieces (Knights and Bishops) to centralized squares, and castling our King to safety. This week, we’re going to look at the further development of our minor pieces and maintaining a … Continue reading "A Foundation for Beginners Eight"

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Destroy ’em with the Dunst

There had been requests for the Sicilian Dragon, but as this is a family site I felt that cult followings should be kept at a distance. Instead we have the Dunst Opening (1.Nc3) which was named after the New York master, Theodore Alexander Dunst. 1.Nc3 is actually a pretty good first move that can transpose … Continue reading "Destroy ’em with the Dunst"

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The Great Ones (2)

The Great Ones (2) “You always admire what you really don’t understand” Blaise Pascal The past couple of weeks one of my student has been learning the Maroczy pawn structure. For those who hear about it for the first time or need a refresher, this pawn structure looks like this: One can reach it with … Continue reading "The Great Ones (2)"

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Double Blind

This is an extract from a game in a club blitz tournament the other day. I was white against one of my regular opponents. He’s rated well below me over the board, but has clearly been working very hard on chess during the lockdown: his opening play is particularly impressive and he’s also very sharp … Continue reading "Double Blind"

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A Foundation for Beginners Seven

Last week, we looked at the difference between “the opening” and “an opening.” We also started to explore one of the first openings beginners learn, The Italian Opening. We worked through the first three moves for White and left off at Black’s third move. With each move, we were able to see the opening principles … Continue reading "A Foundation for Beginners Seven"

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Attack ’em with the Albin

Following on from my posts on the Budapest’ and Caro-Kann, I realized that these were in alphabetical order but that I had missed out A. To put this right here’s another dodgy line for Black, the Albin Counter Gambit with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5. As with the Budapest I have some sympathy with Black’s attempt … Continue reading "Attack ’em with the Albin"

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Need Sure Points? French Defence, Burn Variation Edition

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement” Bo Bennett (businessman) In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I felt the urge to do my readers a solid. This coincided conveniently with me looking at different variations of the French Defence. I am not sure how this happened, but I have never … Continue reading "Need Sure Points? French Defence, Burn Variation Edition"

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Ruy Lopez Schliemann Deferred

More than half a century ago I prepared this for a tournament, won a nice game with it – and never played it again. It’s never been very popular, but I was reminded of it when I saw a recent game in a magazine. Does the Schliemann’s even more disreputable brother deserve a place in … Continue reading "Ruy Lopez Schliemann Deferred"

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A Foundation for Beginners Six

We’ve looked at the first two important opening principles, controlling the center of the board (d4, d5, e4 and e5) with a pawn and developing our minor pieces (Knights and Bishops) to centralized squares. Before we move on to the last of the three most important opening principles, castling, we’re going to put the first … Continue reading "A Foundation for Beginners Six"

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