Studying Old Games (Part 3)

Here’s another in my series on old games that are worth studying. In this case it’s a nice example of a little centre that occurred in a Steinitz Defence to the Ruy Lopez. And playing Black was a lifelong adherent of this opening, Emanuel Lasker.

Many of the themes from this position type are in evidence here, exchanging pieces to relieve Black’s lack of space, pressure on the b-file and then a flanking blow against White’s centre with …f7-f5. I would later use such games as a model for my interpretation of the Modern Defence in which I often played …Nc6, …e7-e5 and …e5xd4:

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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: