The Master Game: Donner – Miles

Here’s another game from the great BBC series The Master Game in which the giant Jan Heim Donner and Tony Miles punch themselves to a standstill in an interesting and instructive game. Sadly neither of these two great personalities are with us now but we can still get to watch them on Youtube.

I’m not convinced that defending the Nimzo was the optimal choice as Black against Donner given the Dutchman’s massive experience as White in this opening. Something more provocative like The English Defence (1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6) might have been more appropriate. As the game progresses Miles gives up a couple of pawns but has play against White’s king even in the endgame.

Here’s the second part:

Besides being a strong Grandmaster in his prime, Donner was a very entertaining chess writer. You can get a selection of his artciles in a really great book entitled The King: Chess Pieces. It’s available from here in the US or here in the UK, and whilst it’s not particularly geared to improvement it does provide some interesting insights into the game.


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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: