Hypermodern Chess

From amongst the hypermodern thinkers and players, Aaron Nimzovitsch is often thought of as the one who is most worth studying. But I’d like to put in a word for Richard Reti whose elegant games and superb books (Modern Ideas in Chess and Masters of the Chess Board) offer wonderful insights into chess strategy.

The following game would have warmed Reti’s heart, White undermining Black’s pawn centre from the flanks and finally establishing his own pawns there. In particular the move 17.Qa1 is worth noting; Reti also like to put his queen there.


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: