Visual Impressions

An interesting and unexplored area in the World of errors are those made through ‘visual impressions’. Positions often look better or worse than they actually are with this impression only being corrected by deep and accurate analysis. When players are unable to make such analysis they can fall victim to their impressions rather too often.

A nice example of this effect can be seen in the Albin Counter Gambit in which many White players don’t like the look of Black’s d-pawn after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4. What do they do? Try to exchange it of course with 4.e3. But this can land them in very deep trouble.


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: