Another Database Horror Story

I’ve investigated database issues before but it’s worth revisiting this subject. There’s really way too much information out there and then it’s often filled with mistakes. What improvers really need is just enough to engage the mind so that it can grasp the method being employed.

Here’s a game by Lajos Portisch from the days when he played the Closed Sicilian as White, an opening that he would later recommend in the brilliant How to Open a Chess Game, a book which he co-authored with some other illustrious players. At both Chessgames.com and in Megabase 2013 there are horrible errors in the notation, which means that it doesn’t make sense. This is quite a loss as it’s a beautiful illustration of how to play this type of game, so here’s my ‘interpreted’ version:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.