An Unsuitable Sort Of Chess

My son asked to see some of my games this evening but as I showed them to him I realized how totally unsuitable they were! Opening with 1.g3 is not the kind of example you want to set for a nine year old so I quickly pointed out that 1.e4 is better. Even so he might be learning the wrong thing as a parent’s example is far more meaningful than the stuff they tell you but never do themselves.

So I figure I might have to get start playing in a more straightforward sort of way in order to provide a better model, 1.e4 as White and then some classical stuff with Black. Unfortunately this would rather negate some of my trumps as I do seem to score better with Flank Openings.

The other thing that occurs to me is that I desperately need to keep him away from some of the DVDs I recorded for Chessbase, though the ones on the Scotch and the f4 Sicilian might not be too bad.


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: