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Nigel Rodney Davies
Number of games in database: 673
Years covered: 1977 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2494
Highest rating achieved in database: 2639
Overall record: +232 -137 =301 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian Attack (38) 
    A07 A08
 Reti System (32) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English (31) 
    A14 A15 A10 A13 A11
 Sicilian (28) 
    B50 B40 B20 B31 B21
 English, 1 c4 e5 (21) 
    A20 A29 A25 A26
 King's Indian (20) 
    E63 E60 E64 E62 E69
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (57) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    A41 A40 A46 A45 D02
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C72 C96 C73 C92 C79
 Sicilian (25) 
    B27 B42 B40 B25 B21
 Pirc (24) 
    B08 B09 B07
 King's Indian (23) 
    E94 E92 E62 E81 E61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Davies vs C Duncan, 1999 1-0
   N Davies vs R J Dive, 1994 1-0
   E J Gausel vs N Davies, 1988 0-1
   N Davies vs Kotronias, 1987 1-0
   M Berkovich vs N Davies, 1992 0-1
   Anand vs N Davies, 1987 0-1
   N Davies vs Goldin, 1995 1-0
   N Davies vs G Rechlis, 1989 1-0
   Emms vs N Davies, 2002 1/2-1/2
   L Busquets vs N Davies, 1991 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2009)
   British Championship (2008)
   British Championship (2006)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   European Union Championships (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Peter R's Modern Defense by Peter R

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(born Jul-31-1960, 55 years old) United Kingdom

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Nigel Rodney Davies was born in Southport, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1982, and the GM title in 1993. He is also an opening author of note.

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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 673  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Horner vs N Davies  0-160 1977 ChorleyC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
2. N Davies vs M J Freeman  ½-½52 1979 BenedictineA03 Bird's Opening
3. R Nokes vs N Davies  0-142 1981 BCF-chB06 Robatsch
4. Hebert vs N Davies  0-132 1981 Lone PineB10 Caro-Kann
5. N Davies vs P K Wells  0-140 1981 BCF-chA14 English
6. N Davies vs I Dahlberg  0-131 1981 Lone PineC15 French, Winawer
7. N Davies vs Benko  0-162 1981 Lone PineC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. N Davies vs D Gurevich  ½-½97 1981 Lone PineB07 Pirc
9. Bisguier vs N Davies 0-145 1981 Lone PineD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Soltis vs N Davies  1-042 1981 Lone PineB10 Caro-Kann
11. N Davies vs A Gfeller  1-033 1981 Graz WTch jrD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. D Polajzer vs N Davies  0-119 1981 Ch World (team) (under 26)A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
13. Fedorowicz vs N Davies  1-040 1981 Lone PineB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
14. N Davies vs J Thinnsen 1-016 1981 Lone PineB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. J Van Mil vs N Davies  ½-½60 1981 WchT U26A40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. P Stempin vs N Davies  0-139 1981 Ch World (team) (under 26)A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
17. L Gutman vs N Davies  1-026 1981 Lone PineA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
18. N Davies vs D King  ½-½37 1982 Hamar (Norway)D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
19. Hebden vs N Davies  1-033 1983 NottinghamB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
20. N Davies vs Petursson  ½-½35 1983 Hamar opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
21. Lputian vs N Davies  1-023 1983 World Under-26 Teams ChA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
22. N Minev vs N Davies 0-137 1983 Hamar opB06 Robatsch
23. N Davies vs T Clarke  ½-½57 1984 BCF-chA81 Dutch
24. Nunn vs N Davies 1-036 1985 LondonB08 Pirc, Classical
25. M Steinbacher vs N Davies  1-051 1985 Bundesliga /86B06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 673  PGN Download
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Mar-07-09  WhiteRook48: that correspondence game was long
Mar-07-09  MaxxLange: I really like his "Let's Take A Look" column at Chess Cafe
May-27-09  myschkin: . . .

another "little" fan of Nigel:


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  whiteshark: Nigel Davies' <Advice on Torture>:

"Sometimes the market reminds me of playing a worse endgame against someone like Mikhail Gurevich. They move you back and forth, slowly improving their position whilst testing your nerves and patience. The advantage may not be much at first, but when compounded by some small mistakes it becomes much more serious. Strange things start happening when you're put on the rack, opportunities are missed and the mind starts playing tricks.", July 26, 2007

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  wordfunph: During the school days of Nigel Davies, he spent many happy hours, during mathematics lesson, working out the famous knight tour puzzle in the back of his exercise book.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<It's amazing how bad much published analysis is; you discover this when you check it, especially with Fritz running in the background. And once a mistake has been made it is usually copied uncritically by other authors.>

-- Nigel Davies

I feel I'm to blame. ;D

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  whiteshark: <It's amazing how bad much published analysis is; you discover this when you check it, especially with Fritz running in the background. And once a mistake has been made it is usually copied uncritically by other authors.>

What a lifemasterish description

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

< There are a number of top professionals (e.g. Morozevich & Korchnoi) who have expressed the view that White's supposed advantage in chess does not actually exist. >

-- Nigel Davies

Oct-21-11  BobCrisp: Imagine being rated 2600+ and still not being the top rated <Nigel> in the world. So unfair.
Jul-31-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Davies!


Jun-13-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Man, i didn't know Davies had been rated as high as 2639! Not saying i credit 'inflation' but that rating is very high even by today's standards, back in the day it was world class.
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  FSR: This guy was a born exactly a week before I was.
Jul-31-13  HeMateMe: The name inspires chess, comedy and Mod London pop rock. That's a lot for one name. We just need a chess player named David Watts, and we're set.
Jul-31-13  mrandersson: Really top bloke and nice guy all round. Had the joy at meeting him at my local club some months back.
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  redlance: Happy Birthday!!!
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  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "There are a number of top professionals (e.g. Morozevich & Korchnoi) who have expressed the view that White's supposed advantage in chess does not actually exist." >

-Nigel Davies


With white, Morozevich has won 45.9% (344/750), drawn 33.3% (250/750) and lost 20.8% (156/750). With black, he's won 34.8% (271/778), drew 35.2% (274/778) and lost 29.9% )233/778)

Meanwhile, Korchnoi with white has a split of 48.1%/37.8%/14.1% (1,074/845/315 out of 2,235, which don't seem to add up). With the other pieces, it's 34.0%/45.6%/20.4% (757/1,016/454 out of 2,228 games).

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  Penguincw: Happy 54th birthday to GM Nigel Davies.
Jul-31-14  Mating Net: Nigel is an accomplished chess author with a vast collection of books and DVDs. The best part is that he actually plays the lines he advocates. I find this refreshing.
Jul-31-14  mrandersson: His young so is starting his own chess playing now. Still young and with a grade under 100(ecf)maybe a watch this space in the next 5 years.
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  TheFocus: <The vast majority of players will have some degree of laziness in their thoughts both during and in between games; they talk about chess a lot, skim through lots of books but don't actually sit down, get a board and pieces out and analyze chess positions> - Nigel Davies.
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  TheFocus: <As for the principles of how to improve your game, they can be stated very simply: a) Immerse yourself in chess culture; b) Analyze your own games, avoiding self deception; c) Play in the best tournaments you can get. And that's it> - Nigel Davies.
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  TheFocus: <What is the difference between chess and other subjects? It's the ever-present reality of the opponent - the guy that tries to defeat our every idea. So the nicely illustrated examples crumble into dust when you read them in a book and then try and use them in practice... unless you've tested them with a zillion 'what-ifs'> - Nigel Davies.
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  TheFocus: <It is interesting that a player's 'intuition' normally improves with age (experience) whilst their tactical ability will tend to deteriorate. To me this suggests that there is very little direct connection between these two types of thought; it also suggests that chess is a whole-brained game in which getting experience as early as possible gives you the best chance of having good intuition whilst your left brain is still sharp enough to calculate quickly> - Nigel Davies.
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  TheFocus: <If you like the way someone plays a particular opening, check out what they play in other openings too. It could be that you've found a good model whose thinking accords with your own> - Nigel Davies.
Dec-23-15  zanzibar: While fruitlessly attempting to search out molasses eating chess masters I came across a recent interview with Davies.

Apparently, he's switched his federation to Wales, becoming their first ever GM. I believe he did so partially out of frustration with the leadership of the ECF.

From the article:

<[...] on the phone from his home in Southport, Davies suggests the storm over his “defection” had been a little overdone – he had switched to Wales in the summer, and was merely mentioning the fact in his blog en passant. But he did not row back from his criticism of the people running chess in England, by far the strongest of the home nations.

“I thought people were basically clueless,” he says. “They didn’t understand that the decline of chess here is essentially a question of finance, and whether or not there’s an incentive to take chess much further when you’re a teenager and an adult. It takes an enormous amount of effort on every step of the way. If you’ve then got to finance these things – and very often it’s parents financing it – for month after month, year after year, there comes a point where you think: is it worth it, is this going to be a career?” [...]>

(From 2015-11-20)

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