Improving With Live Games

One improvement method I often recommend to people is to go through games in which you try to guess the next move. You can just do this with a chess book or even the training mode in Chessbase but a more interesting way is to watch live games. In the old days people used to do this by actually attending a chess event and working things out from the demonstration boards on the stage. But now we don’t even need to travel as there is a wealth of live chess coverage on the internet.

Amongst other events being screened right now are the British Chess Championships in Sheffield with live coverage here. There is commentary from 3pm daily by International Master Andrew Martin for those who want enlightenment as to what’s going on. Alternative you can just try guessing the moves without any expert assistance.

For those who are able to log on as the games are being played this is a great way to develop your chess. And for people who work during the day it’s worth looking round for live coverage of tournaments with a suitable time difference.

As to the British Championships themselves, do I have any predictions? Not really, except to say that with the strongest ever field assembled it’s unlikely that there’ll be a runaway winner.


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: