Stylistic Balance

The former England team captain, David Anderton, once summed up my strength as DEFENCE, then quoted Black Knight from Monty Python: “None shall pass.” For those of you too young to know about this, here’s the clip on Youtube:

There may well be some truth in this, my greatest strength has always been defence. Yet the fact that this is so noticeable is suggestive of certain weaknesses too, for example a certain carelessness in the opening because of confidence in being able to put up strong resistance.

What is the lesson? That strong preferences can also be weaknesses, so it’s good to aim for stylistic balance.


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: