No Computers For A Year

After reading this post on Kasparov and Deep Blue and our subsequent Facebook discussion, the excellent Alaskan blogger Robert Pearson is conducting an experiment to analyse without computers for a year. In his post Non Computerium he has announced that he will be abandoning both online blitz and the use of computers for analysis. On the other hand he will try to play some longer play games and conduct his own analysis from books.

The playing aspect may prove thorny, especially given Robert’s geographical remoteness. But I predict that the decision to go back to the old fashioned method of analysis could prove highly beneficial for his game. Very few players ever analyse with a set these days, it’s almost all engine assisted. But having recently cut down on engine assistance during the chess lessons I give I can say that it’s highly beneficial to do so. I feel myself getting a lot sharper.

Anyway, I look forward to Robert’s reports on how it’s going.



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: