Psychology is one of the most important aspects of chess, yet most players put themselves at a serious disadvantage by ignoring this aspect of the game. Being nice is all very well in civilian life, but in the war zone of the chess board a more ruthless approach is required. The fact of the matter is that a good chess player must be something of a scoundrel in order to survive. On this DVD Davies discusses the various ways by which a player can conduct psychological warfare, from inducing Pavlovian responses to insulting the opposition with provocative moves. A knowledge of these methods is essential for the serious tournament competitor, if only to avoid becoming another victim. Video running time: more than 4 hours.Nigel Davies has been a Grandmaster since 1993 and is a former British Open Quickplay and U21 Champion. With more than 30 years international tournament experience he is well versed in the various tactics that can be used.
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GM Davies has put together a collection of games that illustrate various psychological factors that can be used in chess games to gain an edge. The use of the word "scoundrels" in the title could mislead a potential customer into thinking that presenter Nigel Davies is trying to impart some sort of unethical behavior, but he is simply sharing techniques that are used all the time at every level. One of my favorites is the section entitled "Insults," which features a famous game in which the late GM Tony Miles used 1...a6 against World Champion Anatoly Karpov's 1. e4. Davies believes that this choice of opening reply disturbed Karpov, and Miles ended up winning when the World Champion tried to do too much in an equal position. There is really nothing unethical about any of the suggestions, which are clearly illustrated by games and commentary. This DVD does, however, identify - very accurately in my opinion - the role of psychology at work in the game of chess. As Chessbase DVD's go, this one is relatively inexpensive, and well worth the price. Davies does a fine job of preparing the viewer for psychological tactics that might be tried against him/her.