Avoiding Politics

One of the greatest advantages of avoiding news is that it also helps avoid politics. Needless to say a keen political interest is a horrendous waste of time and energy that could more profitably be devoted to the endgame. Plus it’s very easy to antagonise people if you’re at all political and as a result your federation may be reluctant to send you to representative events.

So what’s the best attitude to adopt? Simply one of smiling sweetly, being friendly to everyone and saving one’s energy for the moves. And it is with great regret that I have to report that I never managed to do this.

Anyway, here’s an interesting Australian documentary of the FIDE President, Kirsan Ilymzhinov. And although many people seem not to like him he does seem to be a fascinating fellow.



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: