The Master Game: Schmid – Byrne

In many ways this game was a rather dull and short draw but this gave the producers the problem of how to spend an entire program on it. The result was that we got a subtle explanation of Lothar Schmid’s unusual opening which makes it well worth watching. Normally White meets 1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 d6 with 3.g3, but 3.c4 is far from easy for Black to meet and leads to a kind of English Opening.

It’s also worth noting that the former British Champion Reginald Broadbent used to like 2.c4 against the Sicilian, but having the moves Ng1-e2 and …d7-d6 cuts down on Black’s options.

Here’s the second part of the game with which Schmid qualified for the finals and then won against Walter Browne. A fantastic result for an amateur competing with professionals.


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: