Missing Wins Is Normal

There’s been a lot of talk about Hikaru Nakamura’s missed win against Magnus Carlsen at the recent Zurich tournament. It does look as if 37.Qf1 would have been strong and here’s a video of the game:

Of course it’s all too easy to find such moves in these days of high powered engines. It’s also tempting to blow this lost opportunity out of proportion, especially given Carlsen’s status in the chess World. Missing wins is actually rather normal, especially in such complex games.

What we can say is that generally speaking stronger players will miss fewer such opportunities, and Carlsen turned things around with icy efficiency once he was let off the hook. He’s also set up his own Youtube channel that you can find here; there’s not much up there at the moment but I guess it’s coming. Will there be some chess? One would certainly hope so!

Nigel Davies

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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.