Strength Attracts Strong Players

Financial incentives aside I think that strong players are attracted by strong venues. Guardian chess columnist Leonard Barden once suggested that if a player wants to improve he should seriously consider moving to a major city where more strong players would gather. And I remember having moved from Southport Chess Club to the strong Atticus club in the 1980s in order to benefit from having stronger opposition.

I suspect that this underpins the chess explosion going on in St. Louis; once a critical mass of strong players have gathered the rest takes care of itself:

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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: