Kasparov Coaching Nakamura

Well the news is out that Garry Kasparov is now coaching Hikaru Nakamura. This is certainly the kind of thing that can attract publicity (and money) but is Kasparov a good choice for a coach?

I have my doubts. After the acrimonious break in his coaching relationship with Magnus Carlsen the Norwegian does not appear to be noticeably stronger from the experience. In fact he is indulging in some weird opening play (eg  1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.e5 Nh5 versus Michael Adams) that is hardly suitable for World Championship aspirants.

Here’s Kasparov on working with Carlsen, before the break up of course..

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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: