Studying Old Games (Part 1)

People sometimes ask if studying old games can help them. There are different views on the matter, mine is a qualified ‘yes’. There are many games from the past with a very high instructional value whilst others may not teach much at all.

Over coming days and weeks I’ll be posting some games which I think are very useful. Here’s the first, a classic example of a Queen’s Indian with White having doubled c-pawns and Black managing to launch a thematic attack on White’s king with a pawn storm. As for the finish it’s a real beauty:

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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.