The Value Of Preparation

I’m not a great believer in the value of preparation, at least for open tournaments. In most cases I think that it’s better to rest before games and take the view that if I don’t know what I’m going to play there’s no way my opponent will be able to figure it out!

The following game seems to be a remarkable example of preparation, the entire game following a Naumkin – Timoshenko encounter from four years earlier. White’s ‘innovation’ was to resign after 29.Kg2 rather than wait for 29…Rg6+ 30. Kh3 Re5, and Black’s victory contributed towards his victory in the Bulgarian Championship and a GM norm.

Does this prove me wrong about the value of preparation? I don’t think so, I just think that Black had an amazing piece of luck.


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: