Computer Assessments

One of my students kindly alerted me to the following game from Gibralter in which Artur Yussupov was White against Alexei Shirov and played one of my opening recommendations, the Torre Attack. I actually don’t recommend the treatment White uses in this game but it’s certainly very ‘interesting’.

Perhaps even more interesting than the chaos that emerges is the way that chess engines assess it. Around move 19 they are universally in favor of White’s position though a few moves later they change their ‘minds’. It’s the material that sways them of course…

You can download this round 8 game and all the other rounds from here. An interesting exercise is to see how your favourite engine assesses it from move 12 onwards.


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: