Rust Exploitation!

Many players see chess as a winter pursuit, packing up in June and then resuming in September. But in doing so they leave themselves very rusty for when the next season starts and also miss out on a golden opportunity. By staying in practice they could exploit the rust of other players and get off to a flying start!

How should someone keep their chess in shape during the summer? Well the obvious answer is to keep playing, but failing that there are other good ways to keep the engine ticking over.

First of all there are always tactical positions to solve and there are plenty of good venues for this kind of work. It can also be useful to read a good book on chess, something that you were always planning to read but never found time. Taking this with you on holiday can be a good idea; even if your schedule wouldn’t appear to allow it, what happens if you get some unexpectedly bad weather?

I recently posted a more extensive video lesson on this topic at my Tiger Chess site which full members can access here. Meanwhile let me wish you all the best with your summer preparations!

Nigel Davies

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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.