Bringing Experience To Bear

It is often quite hard for the stronger player to bring his experience and understanding to bear. In the first place he might be playing against someone who has memorised a number of variations and can arrive at a safe position purely be repeating the variations of others. The other problem is that the game might also proceed along lines in which the position doesn’t make enough demands on either player to give prospects of a decisive result. This situation most often arises when the better player is Black because White generally has greater lattitude in deciding how the game will proceed.

One way for the stronger player to deal with this issue is to aim to produce more original and complex types of position. The opponent will then have no theoretical highways in which to propel himself into a comfortable middlegame position and no easy way of navigating the jungle that lies ahead. In the hands of a player such as Romanishin such tactics can prove very effective, yet they also carry a high degree of risk. Constantly innovating and experimenting requires a great deal of energy during a game which can take its toll. And sometimes experiements turn out badly..

David Bronstein was famous for having a highly improvisational approach to his games in which he aimed not so much to control the play but rather plunge into a beautiful adventure in which his extraordinary intuition would come to bear. In the following encounter he effortlessly disposed of a player who had a higher rating than him at the time. After a slightly unusual opening (6.h3) Bronstein outplays his opponent at every stage of the game.

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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.