‘Nobody’s Invincible, Nobody’s Immune To Mistakes’

Needless to say I agree completely with this sentiment as expressed by Boris Gelfand. And it’s very important to believe this when entering any contest either as the underdog or the favourite:

Very many chess games are lost either by a player being overconfident or cowering in terror. The right approach is to steer a steady course between these extremes and adopt Lasker’s approach of a kind of ‘cheerful pessimism’.


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: