Birthday of GM Nigel Rodney Davies (31-vii-1960)
July 31, 2022
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 31 of July, repeating indefinitely
We send best wishes to GM Nigel Davies on his birthday, this day (July 31st) in 1960.
Nigel Rodney Davies was born in Southport, Merseyside.
He lived in the Wirral, Merseyside, moved to Sidcup and then to Kidderminster, Worcestershire where he resides with his chess playing son, Sam who is 165A currently.
He became an FIDE Master in 1980, an International Master in 1982 and a Grandmaster in 1993.
He won the British Under-21 Championship in 1979 (Chester) and the British Rapidplay Championship in 1987.
He won The Regency Ramsgate Masters 1980, Wrexham 1994, Katrineholm 1995 and the Blackpool Hilton Premier in 2003.
In 2015 Nigel transferred his international allegiance from England (the English Chess Federation) to Wales (Welsh Chess Union). He maintains an ECF standard play grading of 236C.
His peak FIDE rating was 2530 in January 1995 at the age of 35.
In 2015 Nigel contributed to an article by Guardian journalist, Stephen Moss entitled “Grandmaster crash: the inside story of how English chess pawned its future”
Here is his Wikipedia entry
Here is an article : Fight against the solid Caro-Kann opening with the Caro Krusher – GM Nigel Davies
Nigel’s repertoire with White is wide including Queen’s Gambit, King’s Indian Attack, English/Reti and the Ruy Lopez.
As black Nigel’s repertoire is also varied and difficult to pin down. The Modern Defence is a favourite and is the Nimzo-Indian Defence.
Nigel has had many books and DVDs published :