Simultaneous displays, in which a strong player plays against a number of opponents at the same time, are a popular chess spectacle. But can they also help improve your chess?

Probably not more than any game against the ADJUSTED rating of the simul giver which could be something like 300-400 Elo points lower than his or her ‘real’ rating. Of course if someone starts out at 2800 that may still mean playing a really good player!

Here’s a nice video on a simul by the ever interesting Garry Kasparov in which he wins all 25:



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: