More Than One Mistake

Here’s a nice win by Mikhail Botvinnik. Black plays inaccurately in the opening with 6…a6 after which he comes under tremendous pressure after White’s 10.g4.

What’s the most instructive aspect of this game? For me it’s the fact that it needs more than one mistake to lose. Even when things have gone wrong it’s usually possible to put up stern resistance, and Black could have made it quite tricky for his illustrious opponent by playing 10…Re8.


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: