Returning To Competitive Chess

After playing very little during the last few years I’ve been preparing a return to competitive chess. I have quite missed the excitement and meanwhile it looks as if my son will soon be holding his own in adult competition. So I think we’ll probably be playing in some tournaments together.

In my case I don’t think it will be hard to get back into it, first of all because I work on chess with students on a daily basis. Preparing for competition requires rather more than this because studying chess in one’s armchair does not involve the tension of an actual tournament. So I’ve started playing some games on the internet and have a few weekend tournaments planned.

How far can I get with this endeavour? Well it looks like repeating my ever so brief sojourn into the top 100 may be rather difficult when you consider the general rise in standards (at least of opening preparation) and look at the years in which the players who now reside there were born. Nigel Short is now the oldest, some 5 years younger than I am.

There again I really don’t think that’s the point. The battle in chess is really against ourselves and our ongoing attempts at self improvement (or delaying decay!). And competitive chess offers a quantifiable insight into how well our minds are working.



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: