Nunn – Short, Brussel’s 1986

Another game with The Master Game team of presenters, Jeremy James and Bill Hartston. This one actually says a lot about the origin of chess ‘strength’, which is mainly a question of seeing moves like Ra6!.

Over the years I’ve met some incredibly deep chess thinkers who massively under performed when it came to practical play. I’ve also met some incredibly shallow computer programs which massively over perform given their total lack of ‘understanding’.

The message is clear in that one’s first port of call in any improvement program should be tactical proficiency. But the problem is that aspect of chess skill is usually innate.


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: