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Nigel Davies
N Davies 
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Number of games in database: 837
Years covered: 1977 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2483 (2475 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2639

Overall record: +288 -183 =361 (56.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian Attack (50) 
    A07 A08
 Reti System (38) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English (35) 
    A14 A15 A13 A10 A11
 King's Indian (32) 
    E63 E60 E64 E62 E67
 Sicilian (27) 
    B50 B20 B52 B21 B25
 English, 1 c4 e5 (27) 
    A20 A25 A29 A26 A21
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (73) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (64) 
    A41 A40 A46 A45 E00
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C92 C96 C72 C79 C73
 Pirc (31) 
    B08 B09 B07
 King's Indian (29) 
    E94 E90 E92 E81 E61
 Sicilian (29) 
    B27 B42 B43 B25 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Davies vs C Duncan, 1999 1-0
   E J Gausel vs N Davies, 1988 0-1
   N Davies vs B Ostenstad, 1988 1-0
   N Davies vs R J Dive, 1994 1-0
   N Davies vs M Surtees, 2007 1-0
   N Davies vs Kotronias, 1987 1-0
   J Emms vs N Davies, 2002 1/2-1/2
   N Davies vs R Chakvetadze, 1993 1-0
   G Welling vs N Davies, 1988 0-1
   G Buckley vs N Davies, 2006 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Wrexham (1994)
   Katrineholm (1995)
   Rishon Le Ziyyon (1993)
   Oslo (1988)
   Tel Aviv (1991)
   Tel Aviv (1993)
   British Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (1998)
   British Championship (2006)
   British Championship (1999)
   British Championship (1983)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)
   British Championship (1981)
   Leeuwarden Open (1993)
   Wichern Open (1995)

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

   🏆 Chessable British Championship
   N Davies vs B Clarke (Aug-21-22) 1/2-1/2
   W Claridge-Hansen vs N Davies (Aug-20-22) 1/2-1/2
   N Davies vs G Lane (Aug-19-22) 1-0
   Aaravamudhan Balaji vs N Davies (Aug-18-22) 1/2-1/2
   N Davies vs D Kolbus (Aug-17-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-31-1960, 62 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, and has also played for Wales and Israel.

Wikipedia article: Nigel Davies (chess player)

Last updated: 2018-03-16 13:46:11

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 861  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Horner vs N Davies  0-1601977ChorleyC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
2. N Davies vs Chandler  0-1471979North London Junior opB08 Pirc, Classical
3. N Davies vs I Wells  1-0301979Lloyds Bank Junior-chB83 Sicilian
4. M Yeo vs N Davies  0-13919793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC45 Scotch Game
5. S Knott vs N Davies  1-03119793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. N Davies vs L Leow  ½-½7119793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA02 Bird's Opening
7. N Davies vs M J Freeman  ½-½521979BenedictineA03 Bird's Opening
8. N Davies vs Sax  0-12319804th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. N Davies vs C Baljon  1-02319804th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. N Davies vs A Gfeller  1-0331981Graz WTch jrD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. I Wells vs N Davies  ½-½431981Hastings Challengers 1980/81B06 Robatsch
12. J B Hall vs N Davies  1-0341981ARC Young MastersB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
13. N Davies vs J Ady  1-0321981ARC Young MastersE90 King's Indian
14. N Davies vs S Jackson  0-1221981ARC Young MastersE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. J Kinlay vs N Davies  ½-½181981ARC Young MastersB01 Scandinavian
16. N Davies vs G Lane  1-0361981ARC Young MastersC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. N Davies vs Benko  0-1621981Lone Pine OpenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. Bisguier vs N Davies 0-1451981Lone Pine OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. N Davies vs I A Dahlberg  0-1311981Lone Pine OpenC15 French, Winawer
20. Fedorowicz vs N Davies  1-0401981Lone Pine OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
21. N Davies vs D Gurevich  ½-½971981Lone Pine OpenB07 Pirc
22. Hebert vs N Davies  0-1321981Lone Pine OpenB10 Caro-Kann
23. L Gutman vs N Davies  1-0261981Lone Pine OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
24. N Davies vs J Thinnsen 1-0161981Lone Pine OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. Soltis vs N Davies  1-0421981Lone Pine OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 861  PGN Download
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Mar-26-10  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.
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  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.
May-24-15  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.
May-24-15  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.
May-24-15  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.
May-24-15  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.
May-25-15  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)

Jul-26-16  diagonal: A recent interview with GM Nigel Davies:
Aug-24-21  ndg2: Mit sure where '2639' as his highest rating comes from. Wikipedia reports 2530 (in 1995) as his peak.
Aug-24-21  Bartleby: Very prolific writer, teacher, contributor to chess videos, etc. If we confine output to the other side of the pond he's probably only matched by Andrew Martin. I own a number of his books. His Everyman Chess one of the Alekhine's Defence was my bible for that variation for many years, and his "Chess Player's Battle Manual" was also very worthwhile. He's done a lot of chessbase DVDs, but he actually made a lot of contributions of the old "Foxy Openings" series of videos. The treatment was often shallow but brimming with interesting ideas for offbeat treatments in the openings. I particularly liked his "Dirty Tricks" series, one on the Moller Variation of the Ruy Lopez, and another on a sort of Two Knight's treatment to the Sicilian 1. e4 2. Nf3 3. Nc3. A lot of that material can be found now
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  MissScarlett: I'd heard he was a member of the Chosen People; I didn't know that meant he was Welsh.
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