Fighting The Zombie Within

This thought provoking piece in the New York Times has interesting implications for the chess improver. If the ‘Power of Habit’ is indeed so strong, and rather than changing habits we can only acquire new ones, shouldn’t we be very careful about what we learn in the first place?

Indeed we should. One of the biggest problems most players face is in forgetting what they thought they knew; most people are unwilling to throw up their hands and admit that they were on the wrong path for years.

I learned the hard way when I set about getting the GM title in the early 1990s. There was a lot of stuff I was doing that was simply rather dubious and I had to change. Kind of like Rocky Balboa learning not to have to fight as a southpaw:


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: