Nakamura – Howell: London Chess Classic 2011 Round 5

Yes more from London and the round 5 game between Hikaru Nakamura and David Howell. One thing that I find interesting is that even young players are using Flank Openings these days in order to create positions which are harder to prepare from. At one time one would have expected someone with Nakamura’s style to rely almost exclusively on 1.e4.

There was a nice Q&A session from 17:00 onwards of which the most valuable comment was Nakamura’s comments on time trouble. Essentially he echoed Victor Korchnoi’s view that everybody plays worse in time trouble, and that’s in spite of him being brilliant at quick chess.


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: