Nunn – Short, Brussel’s 1986

Another game with The Master Game team of presenters, Jeremy James and Bill Hartston. This one actually says a lot about the origin of chess ‘strength’, which is mainly a question of seeing moves like Ra6!.

Over the years I’ve met some incredibly deep chess thinkers who massively under performed when it came to practical play. I’ve also met some incredibly shallow computer programs which massively over perform given their total lack of ‘understanding’.

The message is clear in that one’s first port of call in any improvement program should be tactical proficiency. But the problem is that aspect of chess skill is usually innate.