Coping Without Cleavage

I couldn’t help notice this Daily Mail article which suggest that the new dress code will make chess ‘less sexy than ever’. I guess I’d be wasting my time trying to explain that this isn’t really what the game is about. And whilst I’m on the subject it isn’t about the kind of adrenaline rush one might get from bungee jumping either.

Will this new rule take important weapons away from female players in their battles against the males? Frankly I doubt that it will have any effect whatsoever as the tiny percentage of female players to have attempted such tactics might have been far more distracted by being stared at or having to escape the attentions of hordes of drooling chess nerds. But at least it’s a good reminder about why we should avoid the ‘news’, even in such serious papers such as the Daily Mail.

Here anyway is a nice exploitation of the bishop pair by Akiba Rubinstein, the dark square bishop being particularly strong because of its lack of an opposite number.


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: