Studying Old Games (Part 5)

Here’s another game in my series on instructive old games, a nice Ruy Lopez game by Edward (rather than Emanual) Lasker.

There are some instructive ideas here, for example the use of c5 by Black’s knights, 14…Bxf3 followed by 15….Bg5 which gets Black’s ‘bad’ bishop out and penetration along the open b-file. I also like Black’s timely 24…g6, just making sure there are no back rank tricks and potentially building up for the …f7-f5 lever. So although this wasn’t a masterpiece, all these positional themes are very clear and instructive:

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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.