Learning From Svetsovar Gligoric

The recent death of Svetozar Gligoric was a sad loss to the chess World. I never met him personally but he had many friends and admirers. A taste of his gentlemanly personality comes through in this video clip from the Master Game.

What can be learned from Gligoric? In my opinion a number of things. First of all he wrote some really good books, including his excellent work on the 1972 Fischer – Spassky encounter and his book of best games, I Play Against Pieces. And for the club player his workmanlike opening repertoire was an excellent model.

Gligoric played classical openings and worked to perfect his lines rather than chopping and changing. Today’s top players tend not to do this, using computers to prepare ‘on the fly’. But this is not a good approach for players who still need to develop their positional understanding and will struggle in openings that are forever new to them.

Here’s one of Gligoric’s best games, a masterpiece in his favorite King’s Indian against the former World Champion, Tigran Petrosian:

Svetozar Gligoric

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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.