On Being The Underdog

Yesterday my son Sam was assigned to a section in which he was the lowest rated player. Nevertheless he scored a respectable 2/5 and was raring to go by the end.

Being the underdog can be tough, though anyone who wants to improve must face the terrors of this status sooner or later. My own most memorable underdog experience was in the Hastings Premier of 1987-88 in I was the clear underdog. In the end I only scored 3.5/14, but in the process I learned a lot about chess and scored my first GM norm a few months later.

Anyway, here’s a trailer from a great underdog movie, Rudy.


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: