Space: The Final Frontier

Defending the Closed Spanish is a tough assignment, largely because Black has a bit less space. Try as one might to get counterplay it always looks like an edge for White in the end.

Having said that White has to play exceptionally well to maintain this edge. And with Black’s position in skilled hands it gets harder still as Artur Yusupov ably demonstrates in the following game:


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: