Identify The Game

Here’s a fun exercise for a chess seminar that used recently. Give your class five games and ask them to play through them and identify which is which. The idea is to foster an interest in chess history, openings that were used at different times and the style of play of different players. Above all it might get students playing through games which is a great way to improve.

The games below are Karpov – Kasparov (1985), (Anderssen – Kieseritsky (1851), Kramnik – Anad(2008) and Short – Kasparov (1993). There is also a lesser known game just to make things more interesting. Which is which? I’ll identify them next week and show how it might have been figured out.


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: