The Master Game: Stean – Schmid

Here’s another win by Lothar Schmid from the BBC’s magnificent Master Game Series. Lothar Schmid showed tremendous poise in defending this one before turning it round in the endgame. Further evidence that overall playing skills are far more important than ‘openings’, even at GM level.

Here’s the second part of the game:

This game raises another question about whether amateurs, especially older ones, can compete with full time professionals. Frankly I don’t see why not, though the ‘information intensity’ of ‘modern chess’ is not making it easier.

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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.