Lessons From Gibralter

Nigel Short’s brilliant win in Gibralter contains some important lessons. He regained his form after having a poor result in the London Chess Classic, but how could that be? Shouldn’t his confidence have been shot?

There are two factors which I think will have helped. The first is getting in some high quality chess in which the replies come fizzing back at you. Prior to London Nigel had given a simultaneous display tour in which he played a lot of weak players. Some people may think this doesn’t matter but you get used to having weak moves played against you.

The second was probably pride, he wanted to redeem himself. And the Benoni is the choice of a man who is very determined to win:

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About NigelD

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.