Modern Miniatures

Continuing my miniatures theme I did a Chessbase search for games which ended in a quick mate in less than 22 moves, and between players with 2600 ratings or more. I didn’t come up with much, and the opening was rather too complex to be of instructive value for the level of players who most benefit from miniatures.

Thus I would argue a great lack of relevance of modern Grandmaster games to beginners and post beginners. Of course is something that chess teachers have known all along, but not of course the chess as a spectator sport brigade.

Interestingly there were quite a few such games played at shorter time limits indicating that maybe David Bronstein was right in advocating fast time limits for top players. Of course the openings are still way too complex but at least some of the finales can be explained and understood.


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: