How to Beat Younger Players by Nigel Davies is produced by ChessBase as part of the Fritz Trainer Strategy series.
Chess is turning into a young mans game. Time limits are faster, sessions last longer and computer databases and playing engines seem to dominate opening preparation. Add the fact that older players often have jobs and families that take most of their time and its no surprise they suffer painful defeats at the hands of spotty youths. Nigel Davies is no stranger to this situation; a more mature Grandmaster who refuses to grow old with dignity he is still slugging it out with young players in tournaments and matches. On this DVD he argues that an older player with very little time can nonetheless remain competitive, but only if he uses guile and common sense rather than bluster and machismo. There are several aspects to Davies plan, for example using low maintenance openings, seeking out particular types of position, making the endgame your hunting ground and looking after your health. He goes on to show how several great players have used such techniques to make outstanding results in their 60s and even 70s. Video runnig time: 3 hours.
Nigel Davies has been an International Grandmaster since 1993 and is a former British Open Quickplay and U21 Champion. He finished 3rd in the 2008 British Championships at 48 years of age.
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7/8, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard
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This is the second Nigel Davies DVD I purchased. I find that his examples and explanations are easy to understand unlike other DVDs where the narrator speaks too rapidly or inaudibly. Nigel Davies suggests that older players stay away from sharp positions that require lots of technical knowledge but rather use quieter positions in order to frustrate the opponent and gain small advantages which can be exploited in the end game.I only wish that he had spent more time explaining certain defenses that he recommended. I highly recommend this DVD.