The Comeback Trail, Part 14

Last weekend I managed to follow up my previous first place in the Rhyl Open with another one in the South Lakes Open. After taking a bye on the Friday night I won the rest of my games, my opponents including FIDE Masters Joe McPhillips and Charlie Storey.

The game against Storey was interesting, a dramatic last round encounter in which White sacrificed a piece early on. I wasn’t sure at the time if 10.Qe2 was inspiration or a reluctance to retreat the knight after having played 8.Nb5. Certainly White gets compensation but I’d need some convincing that it’s enough. Later on I was baffled by White’s late resignation when we both had oodles of time on the clock, though perhaps it was through a sense of disappointment about the outcome.

Here anyway is the game:

My son Sam also did very well in the Major, scoring a win and three draws and recording his best ever rating performance (179 ECF). So it’s working out well with us both playing.

Nigel Davies


Author: 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. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: