Not Just An ‘Attacking Player’

A lot of players at club level like to think of themselves as ‘attacking players’ and will roundly reject the exchange of queens in almost any situation. Yet when you look at the games of some of the greatest ‘attacking players’ in history they often seem quite happy to do so if that’s the logical way to play the position. So something is amiss with their chess understanding, not that many will easily admit to this.

In the following game we see the great Alexander Alekhine exchange queens to reach a better endgame and then win in elegant style.


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: