Author Archives: Sam Davies

About Sam Davies

Sam Davies is the 15 year old son of GM Nigel Davies and a keen chess player in his own right. After a slow start with the game he has made rapid progress in the last few years and is now winning tournaments. Unlike other juniors he does not play in junior tournaments and likes playing positional chess.

An Attacking Game in the Closed Sicilian

Here’s a great attacking game in the Closed Sicilian by the Hungarian Grandmaster Istvan Bilek. The attack started with 9.f5! is very typical of this opening though in this case it was followed by a brilliant exchange sacrifice (11.Rxf5). There is one very important tactical point, after 13…f5 14.Bd5+ Kh8 15.Ng5 h6 White has the brilliant 16.Qg6! when 16…hxg5 17.Qh5+ leads to mate.

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Amazing Rapid Play Win by Judit Polgar

Here’s a game I went through recently with my Dad. I thought it was an amazing win by Judit Polgar, especially because it was a rapid play game. The sacrifice with 22.Ndf5 happens a lot in these types of position but it still needs working out:

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Open Files And The 7th Rank

The point of controlling an open file is to get a rook into your opponent’s position on the 7th or 8th rank. Here’s a rapid play game in which I managed to do this, my rooks getting to the 7th rank along the c-file.

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A Fischer Masterpiece

This is one of Bobby Fischer’s most famous games Which he wins with a queen sacrifice at the end. If Black promoted his pawn with 30…c1=Q+, White would answer with 31.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 32.Kh2 and after 32…Qf8 the queen sacrifice would follow just the same.

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The Importance of Tactics

I was surprised that Magnus Carlsen missed several tactics in his game yesterday but he did seem a bit out of sorts. Black’s 33…Rxc5 had probably been missed by White and then later he must have missed 36…Qa4!, which was a killer. It all shows the importance of tactics, which is why I do my Chessity every day!

Sam Davies

A King’s Indian Attack Game

The King’s Indian Attack is a set-up that was first used as a Black opening and then adopted with colours reversed. It can be used almost regardless of what Black plays though it does seem to be better against certain set-ups.

In the game below my Dad uses it against the French and wins a complicated game:

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Beating the Scandi

This last weekend I had White against the Scandinavian Defence and did not know what to do. But since then my Dad and I found a good game which shows how to play against it with White.

It’s a good idea to use Grandmaster games in this way:

Sam Davies

Beating the Schliemann

In the last round of the British Rapidplay Championships my opponent played the Schliemann Gambit against my Ruy Lopez (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5) and I replied with what seemed like a natural move, 4.d4. My Dad told me afterwards that this often leads to a piece sacrifice after 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.dxe5 c6 (my opponent played 6…Qh4, which seems dubious) 7.Nc3!?, but White can also just let the e5 pawn go with 7.Be2 and still gets compensation.

Here is a nice game of Judit Polgar’s in which she plays this way and gets strong pressure:

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Going for the Win

It makes sense to going for the win in chess instead of playing it safe. In this game I did so by turning down a draw offer, and I ended up winning my biggest prize ever by getting first place on my own:

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An Important Pawn Lever

Here’s a game I played last weekend. It was a bit of a dull game but Black had an important pawn lever with …c6-c5 at various points. Eventually I broke out with 28…e5 instead, which led to an exchange of rooks and a draw.

Sam Davies