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: