Studying Old Games (Part 12)

This will be my last post on this topic for the time being, I hope I’ve managed to convince the reader that old games can contain some very instructive concepts and that these in turn can be made clearer by less than ferocious resistance.

For this last game we’re going back even further to the 18th century and it features the best player of the day, François André Philidor. Philidor was the first player to emphasize the importance of the pawns and a quote often attributed to him is ‘pawns are the soul of chess’. Actually he didn’t quite say that, it was far more subtle. But his thinking is clearly demonstrated in the following game:

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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.