Is Rapid Chess Bad For Our Endgame Play?

This interview with Jan Timman is something I found rather fascinating as he made a number of very thoughtful observations. One that I’d like to focus on here is the idea that players are becoming worse at the endgame because of the rise of faster time limits.

 I mean, it’s also clear that the ending is being treated worse and worse as a result of the quicker time control. This is a pity, because it’s a beautiful part of the game. But current top players are making elementary mistakes, for example the mistake Morozevich made against Vitiugov in the final round in Reggio.

What can I say apart from agreeing completely? And here’s the game together with the fatal bishop exchange.


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: