Category Archives: Sam Davies


Here’s a complicated game I played this last weekend. It also took almost 4 hours, which is one of my longest games so far.

I think I kept my position alive by finding tactical resources, though my Dad says I was lost at various points and should have advanced my queenside pawns. In any case I was happy to draw:

Sam Davies

Chess and Table Tennis

Yesterday I played in my first table tennis tournament and won three of my seven matches. Overall I would say that table tennis tournaments seem more fun because people talk more and it’s less tense. I also think it will help my chess because you can’t make a draw and always have to play to win.

It seems that Bobby Fischer was also a fan of table tennis and always played to win in his chess games. Here is a Fischer game in which his opponent finally cracked under the strain. It seems Geller thought that 67…g3 was impossible because of 68.fxg3+ followed by 69.Kxf1!, all of which is illegal!

Sam Davies

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.

Sam Davies

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:

Sam Davies

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.

Sam Davies

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.

Sam Davies

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:

Sam Davies

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:

Sam Davies