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Nigel Short
Number of games in database: 2,498
Years covered: 1974 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2664 (2710 rapid, 2655 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2712
Overall record: +815 -419 =932 (59.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      332 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (518) 
    B90 B23 B40 B33 B32
 Ruy Lopez (194) 
    C84 C78 C92 C86 C77
 French Defense (142) 
    C11 C18 C10 C19 C01
 Caro-Kann (102) 
    B12 B10 B17 B11 B18
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (95) 
    C84 C92 C86 C95 C90
 Sicilian Najdorf (92) 
    B90 B92 B93 B91 B97
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (184) 
    C05 C11 C18 C02 C03
 Ruy Lopez (132) 
    C92 C76 C69 C77 C89
 Queen's Pawn Game (103) 
    E00 A40 A46 D02 A45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (90) 
    D37 D35 D36 D31 D38
 Nimzo Indian (80) 
    E34 E20 E32 E41 E21
 Orthodox Defense (76) 
    D58 D55 D59 D54 D63
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Short vs Timman, 1991 1-0
   Short vs R Miles, 1976 1-0
   Short vs Kasparov, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Short vs Kasparov, 1993 1-0
   Short vs Gelfand, 1991 1-0
   Short vs Kasparov, 1993 1-0
   Short vs Karpov, 1992 1-0
   Short vs I Cheparinov, 2008 1-0
   M Gurevich vs Short, 1990 0-1
   Short vs Miles, 1984 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Kasparov - Short World Championship Match (1993)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Edmonton International (2012)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (Scheveningen Match) (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   British Championships (2011)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   12th Bangkok Open (2012)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   European Union Championships (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Short! by amadeus
   Short's Run by suenteus po 147
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1990-1999 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1990-1999 (Part 4) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1980-1989 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Biel Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Would Like to Study these games by FLAWLESSWIN64
   Brussels Blitz 1987 by KingG
   Subotica (1987) - Round II by zanzibar

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(born Jun-01-1965, 49 years old) United Kingdom

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IM (1979); GM (1984); British Champion (1984, 1987, 1998); English Champion (1991); European Union Champion (2001); Commonwealth Champion (2006 & 2008); Candidate (1985, 1988, 1991, 1994 (PCA)); World Championship Challenger (PCA) (1993).


Nigel David Short was born in Leigh in Lancashire, the second son of Jean and David Short. A bona fide chess prodigy, Short defeated Viktor Korchnoi in a simul at the age of 10 and was the youngest ever qualifier for the British Championships at the age of 11. When he earned his International Master title at the age of 14, he was at that time the youngest ever to earn that title. When he won the Grandmaster title at the age of 19, he was the youngest GM in the world at the time. He subsequently rose to dominate English chess in the 80s and 90s following in the wake of Anthony Miles, culminating in a challenge for the World Championship in 1993.


<Youth> Short was =1st in the World U16 Youth Championship held in Belfort in 1979.

<Junior> He participated in four World Junior Championships from 1980 to 1983. He achieved his best result during his first attempt in which he placed second to Garry Kasparov in 1980 at Dortmund.

<National> In 1977 he became the youngest ever participant in the British Chess Championship by qualifying three days before his twelfth birthday. When Nigel was 14, he tied for 1st place in the British Championship of 1979 with John Nunn and Robert Bellin, earning his first IM norm. Short won the British Chess Championship in 1984, 1987, and 1998, and the English Championship in 1991. He came =1st in the British Championships (2011) at the age of 46, but lost the tie breaker to Michael Adams.

<Commonwealth and Continental> He won the Commonwealth Championships in 2004 (7.5/9) and 2006 (9/10), the Commonwealth Championship (2008) (9.5/11) and came =1st in the Commonwealth and South African Open (2011) (7.5/9). He scored 7.5/13 in the 2nd European Individual Championship held in Ohrid in the FYROM in 2001, won the European Union Individual Championships (2006) held in Liverpool with 7.5/10, and took a share of second place in the European Individual Championship (2008).

<World> Short qualified to play in the Biel Interzonal when he placed =1st alongside Jonathan Speelman in European Zonal 1A held in Brighton in December 1984. Subsequently, in July 1985, he placed =4th at the Biel Interzonal with 10.5/18 (+6 =9 -2), holding off John van der Wiel and Eugenio Torre in a play off for the fourth qualifying position to the Montpellier Candidates, thereby becoming Britain's first-ever candidate. Short did not win through to the semi-final Candidate Matches from the preliminary Candidates Tournament, scoring 7/15 to finish in equal tenth place, and exited the World Championship challenge at this stage. However, his participation in the Montpellier Candidates Tournament qualified Short to compete in the 1987 Subotica Interzonal in which he scored 10.5/16 to place equal first with Speelman and Gyula Sax. In the preliminary match held in Saint John in Canada in 1988, Short defeated Sax (+2=3), but then lost by 3.5-1.5 (−2=3) to Speelman in London later that year. This cycle was the last full undisputed FIDE controlled World Championship cycle until the Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) Unification Match. During the next World Championship cycle, a last round victory over Mikhail Gurevich enabled Short to finish equal third with Viswanathan Anand, behind Vassily Ivanchuk and Boris Gelfand at the Manila Interzonal in July 1990, thereby qualifying as a Candidate for the third successive time.

In London in February 1991, he bested Speelman in the tiebreaker by 1.5-0.5 after drawing the preliminary best-of-8 match 4-4 (+2 =4 -2). He then proceeded to defeat Gelfand (+4=2–2) in the best-of-8 quarter final match played in Brussels in August 1991, and then overcame the former World Champion Anatoly Karpov by 6-4 (+4=4–2) in the best-of-10 semi-final match played in Linares in April 1992. In the best-of-14 match final held in San Lorenzo de El Escorial in January 1993, Short defeated Dutchman Jan Timman by 7.5-5.5 (+5=5–3) to earn the right to meet defending World Champion Garry Kasparov, who had successfully defended his crown three times against Karpov. According to Short and Kasparov, FIDE President Florencio Campomanes breached FIDE rules by deciding to stage the match in Manchester and to determine the prize fund without consulting them. Short and Kasparov responded by forming the Professional Chess Association (PCA) and the resulting match—sponsored by The Times newspaper—was held under the auspices of the PCA in London, from September to October 1993. Kasparov won by 12.5-7.5 (+6−1=13) in the best-of-24 match, the largest margin of victory in a world title contest since the Tal - Botvinnik World Championship Return Match (1961).

Short’s next attempt at the title remained under the auspices of the PCA. Qualifying directly for the PCA Candidates match by virtue of being the losing challenger in the match against Kasparov, Short tied 4-4 (+1 =6 -1) with Boris Gulko in the best-of-8 quarterfinal match held at the Trump Tower in New York City in July 1994, before winning 1.5-0.5 in the classically-timed tiebreaker. He then bowed out to Gata Kamsky 5.5-1.5 (+1 =1 -5) in the best-of-10 quarter final match held at the same venue. Rejoining the FIDE cycle, Short competed in its 1997 Knockout contest to determine the challenger to Karpov, the winner of the last FIDE cycle. He defeated Korchnoi 3.5-2.5 in round 2 (into which he had been directly seeded), Andrei Sokolov 2-0 in round 3, Alexander Beliavsky 3-1 in round 4 and Michal Krasenkow 2-0 in the quarter final before losing to Adams in the semi-final 4-3 in the sudden death tiebreaker. In the 1999 FIDE Knockout contest for the World Championship, Short, again seeded directly into round 2, beat Daniel Fridman 1.5-0.5, Beliavsky in round 3 by 1.5-0.5, before succumbing to Alexey Shirov by 1.5-0.5 in round 4. In the 2000 event, Short was unexpectedly beaten 3.5-2.5 in the tiebreaker of round 2, where he had been directly seeded, by Frenchmen Igor Alexandre Nataf. In the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001), Short was knocked out of the competition in round 1 when he was again unexpectedly defeated 1.5-0.5 by Argentinian GM Daniel Campora. In FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Short defeated Yemeni IM Hameed Mansour Ali Kadhi 2-0 in round 1, but lost in the 2nd round to Krasenkow 1.5-0.5. Short did not contest the FIDE World Cup (2005) but participated in the World Chess Cup (2007) where he was defeated in the first round tiebreaker by David Baramidze, the last time Short contested the World Championship cycle.

Classical Tournaments

Short became the then youngest International Master in chess history, by scoring 8/15 in the Hastings Premier in 1979/80. He has finished outright first, or tied for first, in many international tournaments including Geneva (1979), the BBC Master Game (1981), Amsterdam OHRA (1982), Baku (1983), Esbjerg (1984), Wijk aan Zee (1986 and 1987), Reykjavík (1987), Amsterdam VSB (1988, 1991, 1992, and 1993), Hastings (1987/88 and 1988/89), Pärnu (1996), Groningen (1996), Tallinn/Pärnu (1998), Dhaka United Insurance (1999), Shymkent (1999), Pamplona (1999/2000), the Tan Chin Nam Cup in Beijing (2000), Sigeman and Co. Malmö (2002), Gibraltar (2003), Gibraltar Masters (2004), Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003), Samba Cup (2003), Skanderborg (2003), Taiyuan (2004), Politiken Cup (2006), Baku 2008, Bazna King's Tournament (2008), Sigeman & Co (2009), 11th BCC Thailand Open (2011), Thailand Open 2012 and Luanda (2011). In 2012, he came =1st with Women's World Champion Yifan Hou at Tradewise Gibraltar (2012) but won the blitz tiebreak match to take first prize. He then won the 12th Bangkok Open (2012) with a score of 8/9 and came equal 1st with Adams in the unrated Bunratty Masters (2012); however he lost to Adams in the tiebreak. Another good result was =2nd at Corus (Group B) (2009) after losing the last round game to Fabiano Caruana, who won the event by half a point. In July 2012, Short won the Edmonton International (2012) outright with 7/9 (+6 -1 =2).

In January 2013, Short again appeared on the leader board at Gibraltar, placing =1st with a score of 8/10 alongside with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Chanda Sandipan and Nikita Vitiugov at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013). This time the tiebreak was a knockout blitz contest between the four players, the Tradewise Gibraltar (Tiebreaks) (2013); Short eliminated Vachier-Lagrave 1.5-0.5, and then lost to Vitiugov in an epic 2-game mini match to become runner-up in the event. A few months later in April 2013, Short participated in the 13th Bangkok Chess Club Open, placing =8th (11th on tiebreak) with a score of 6.5/9 and shedding 12 ratings points. The following month in May 2013, Short came =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Richard Rapport), with 4.5/7 at the category 15 21st Sigeman & Co (2013) in Sweden and then in June 2013 he won with 6/6 at the Tanzanian Open and came 2nd behind Lazaro Bruzon in the 8th Edmonton International (2013). In July 2013, he won the Canadian Open with 7.5/9 and in October 2013 he placed =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) alongside Alexander Moiseenko at the Indonesian Open after defeating him in the final round, a point behind the outright winner, Alexey Dreev.

In October 2014, Short returned to form after a prolonged slump during which he briefly left the world's top 100. At the Isle of Man, he won the PokerStars IoM Masters (2014) with 7.5/9, a clear point ahead of a strong field that included runners-up Laurent Fressinet, Sergei Tiviakov, David Howell (whom he defeated in the final round to clinch first prize) and Gil Popilski as well as lower placed super-GMs such as countryman Adams and others such as world #13 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Armenian #2 Gabriel Sargissian. Short also returned to the world's top 100 in the November 2014 FIDE rating list. In November 2014, Short travelled to Burma to win the GM Zaw Win Lay Memorial International Open with 6.5/8.

Team play

<Club tournaments> Short’s inaugural experience in the European Club Cup was in 1988, playing for SG Solingen (Germany) which came 4th that year. He again played for that club in 1990 and 1992 winning team gold and bronze respectively. He played top board for Peristeri Athens in 1996, and board 4 in 1999 for the silver-medal winning team Agrouniverzal Zemun (Yugoslavia) that also contained Anand, Kramnik and Gelfand. In 2004, he won individual and team silver playing on board 2 for ŠK Bosna Sarajevo and again played for that team in 2007, playing board 5. He has played a total of 37 games during this period of participation in the European Club Cup, scoring +12 =21 -4 for a winning percentage of 60.8%.

<Team championships> Short played top board for the England team in the First World U16 Team Chess Championship held in Viborg in 1979, winning individual gold and leading his team to victory to take team gold. The 14 year-old won six games and drew one, pulling a performance rating of 2632 while his FIDE rating was 2210. He then went on to participate in the European and World Team Championships. His first taste of playing in the European Team Championships came in 1983 when 18 year-old IM Short played board 7 in the event held in Plovdiv, winning individual silver while his team came fourth. He played board one in 1992, 1997 and 1999, winning team and individual bronze medals in 1992 during the Debrecen event, and an individual gold in 1997 in Pula. He again played for England in 2001, 2011 and 2013, playing second board in 2001 and 2011, and board 3 in 2013.

Still playing for England during the World Team Championships of 1985 (on board 4), 1989 (board 1) and 1997 (board 1), each of which were played in Lucerne in Switzerland, he won individual silver in 1989 and two team bronzes in 1985 and 1989.

Short scored 8/10 in the Howard Staunton Memorial (Scheveningen Match) (2009) played between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to help his team win the contest. He also won the Queens and Kings Match (2003) with his team mate Zhao Xue.

He also played top board for London in the World Cities Team Championship (2012) held in December 2012 in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Despite his personal tally of two wins and a draw, London failed to make the cut to the round of 16.

Short has also participated in the Spanish Teams Championship, the French Top 16 League, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Team Championships, the Attica team Championship in Greece, the Chinese Premier League, and in the 4 Nations Chess League held in the UK. In 2013 and 2014, he helped his team Guildford 1 win the 4NCL. He is again playing for Guildford 1 in 2015.

<Olympiads> Short has represented England at every Olympiad since 1984, winning individual gold in Dubai in 1986, three team silvers (Thessaloniki 1984, Dubai 1986 and Thessaloniki 1988) and a team bronze medal (Novi Sad 1990). In his first appearance at the Thessaloniki Olympiad in 1984, Short played 2nd reserve for the silver medal-winning England team. In 1986, he played board 3, winning individual gold and team silver. He played top board for his country from 1988 until 1996, and board 2 from 1998 until 2010. He played his 15th consecutive Olympiad in Istanbul at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in August-September 2012, scoring 7.5/10 and placing 5th on board 3 overall and lifting his rating back into the 2700 group. He also played board 3 for England at the Chess Olympiad (2014).


Short has enjoyed considerable success as a match player outside of the World Championship cycle, defeating US Champion Lev Alburt in Foxboro in 1985 by 7–1 (+6=2), Utut Adianto 4.5-1.5 (+3=3) in Jakarta in 1995, Etienne Bacrot in Albert in 2000 by 4-2 (+3=2–1), Hannes Stefansson in Reykjavík in 2002 by 4.5-1.5 (+4=1–1), Ehsan Ghaem Maghami in Tehran in 2003 by 4-2 (+2=4) and won by 3.5-2.5 (+2=3–1) in the Short - Efimenko Match (2009) held in Mukachevo in 2009. Short lost to Joel Benjamin by 2.5–1.5 at London 1983, drew with Eugenio Torre 3-3 (+1=4–1) in Manila 1988, drew with Timman (3–3) in an exhibition match at Hilversum in 1989 and drew with Anish Giri in Amsterdam in 2010 by 2-2 (+1 =2 -1). The younger generation prevailed in the Karjakin - Short Rapid match (2008) by 7.5-2.5 (Short: +2 -7 =1) played in Kiev. He narrowly lost the Kasparov - Short Blitz Match (2011) played in Belgium by 4.5-3.5 when he lost the final game. In 2012, he won the Short - Granda Match (2012) by 3.5-2.5 (+2 =2) in a rapid game exhibition match played in Lima, Peru.


Short took first place at the Estonian Pühajärve 13. kiirmaleturniir (13th Sacred Lake Rapid Chess Tournament) in November 2012, scoring 28.5/31, 4 points clear of 2nd placed 7 times Estonian Champion GM Kaido Kulaots. In November 2014, he placed 2nd at the BCC November 2014 Blitz behind FYROM's Riste Menkinoski. In December 2014 he placed =3rd at the London Chess Classic 2014 Super Rapidplay Open with 8/10.

Ratings and rankings

Nigel Short has been in the world's top 100 for most of his life. He entered the top 100 in January 1983, and after briefly exiting the list in July 1983, re-entered the top 100 in January 1984, remaining there until September 2014 and October 2014, before his second re-entry to the top 100 elite in November 2014. He was in the top ten for most of the period from July 1986 until January 1997. His peak ranking was 3rd behind Karpov and Kasparov from July 1988 to July 1989 inclusive. His highest rating numerically was 2712 in April 2004 (when he was ranked 15th in the world)*.

As of 1 February 2015, Short's ratings and rankings are as follows:

<Standard> 2664 (English and UK #5; world #80 and the oldest player in the top 100).

<Rapid> 2710 (world #39); and

<Blitz> 2655 (world #90).

Other achievements and activities

Short has written chess columns and book reviews for the British newspapers The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Spectator and The Guardian. He reported on the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) in San Luis, Argentina, for the ChessBase website**. He began a new column "Short Stories" for New in Chess magazine in January 2011. He has coached Pentala Harikrishna, Sergey Karjakin, David Howell and Parimarjan Negi. He worked as national coach of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 2006–2007. His first assignment led to them unexpectedly capturing a team bronze medal at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, in 2006. In the nine chess events at the Asian Indoor Games in Macau 2007, Iran took a silver and two bronze medals. He has also been on numerous webcasts, a guest commentator with, and a live commentator for the World Championship Candidates (2013). He is also a member of using his own name as his userid: User: Nigel Short. In recognition of his chess accomplishments, Short was appointed MBE (Member of the British Empire)*** in 1999. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the then Bolton Institute of Higher Education in 1993 and was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Bolton in 2010. In August 2005, he was unanimously elected Secretary General of the Commonwealth Chess Association. In June 2006 he became its President, until stepping down in January 2008. Finally, he has won tournaments in 29 different countries.****


He is currently residing in Greece, married to Rhea Argyro Karageorgiou with two children.


World Championship Index: live rating:; ; Nigel Short Turns 40:; FIDE database:; The Encyclopedia of Team Chess:; * Historical ratings and rankings:; ** The first chessbase article is: with the other rounds reported by Short included round by round at the following link: *** MBE: Wikipedia article: Order of the British Empire ****

Wikipedia article: Nigel Short

Last updated 5 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 100; games 1-25 of 2,498  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Short vs H Wright 1-030 1974 AthertonC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. Short vs J Cox 1-021 1975 LondonB07 Pirc
3. Short vs P Fenton 1-040 1975 SCCU Junior Championships U-14C78 Ruy Lopez
4. Short vs I D Wells 1-032 1975 Morecambe jrD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
5. S J Hooker vs Short 0-125 1975 Enfield OpenC18 French, Winawer
6. Short vs B Kimber 1-017 1975 ENGC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
7. Portisch vs Short ½-½37 1975 Simultaneous exhibitionB30 Sicilian
8. C Frostick vs Short  0-116 1975 SCCU Junior Championships U-14C18 French, Winawer
9. Short vs J Evans  1-072 1975 Staffordshire opB01 Scandinavian
10. Short vs Hartston 0-119 1976 BBC TV Master GameA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
11. Miles vs Short 1-038 1976 Charlton OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
12. Korchnoi vs Short 0-147 1976 London smC05 French, Tarrasch
13. Short vs J T Farrand 1-022 1976 ManchesterD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
14. Short vs K James  1-042 1976 Dundrum International openB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Short vs G Knapton 1-015 1976 Lancashire vs Durham County MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Short vs R Miles 1-025 1976 LondonB07 Pirc
17. Short vs M Macdonald-Ross 1-027 1976 Charlton OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
18. Hambrook vs Short 0-121 1976 ENGC17 French, Winawer, Advance
19. Short vs J Benjamin 1-044 1976 London txB41 Sicilian, Kan
20. Short vs A Sendur 1-032 1977 World Cadet ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. Short vs Flear 1-020 1977 BrightonC77 Ruy Lopez
22. G Botterill vs Short 1-039 1977 BCF-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
23. Short vs Karpov 0-159 1977 London smB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
24. B Cafferty vs Short  1-031 1977 BrightonA30 English, Symmetrical
25. Short vs M Fuller 1-020 1977 London, EnglandB30 Sicilian
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  Paint My Dragon: Well done Nigel. A fantastic week's chess and great payback for last year's disappointment of a super score and only finishing second.

Some inspired opening choices too. Throwing these well-prepped kids out of their book stuff early doors is paying dividends.

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  parmetd: Congrats on Victory. Enjoy your wine.
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  Landman: Congratulations, Nigel. I take it you'd gotten bored with 2nd place.
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  Shams: <GM Short> What a triumph. Great stuff, I was pulling for you wire to wire. Congratulations!
Feb-02-12  Gusten: Grattis Nigel önskar Lotta, en gammal schack-fan, numera bättre på antik.
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  Robin01: This might rank as one of Nigel's greatest achievements!
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  WinKing: How sweet was this victory Nigel? Very well done GM Short!!! Time for a little partying. Let's break out a fine bottle of champagne. :)
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  Check It Out: Fantastic job, GM Short! Love your style and off -the-beaten-path openings. You force well-prepped players to play real chess right from the beginning, which gives your vast experience a chance to shine. All the blitz you play (which I've followed avidly) surely helped in the tie-breaks with GM Hou.

A glass of wine and cheers!

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  Sneaky: Jolly good show! Capital!
Feb-02-12  unsound: What a great win in a very strong tournament.
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  Shams: <Check It Out> You gotta love the versatility. Mikenas defense! What's next, the "Woodchuck"? [hat tip: <thegoldenband>, here: Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 ]

I imagine players don't even try to prepare for Short, in a big open like this. Don't you think?

Feb-02-12  ketchuplover: Mission accomplished!
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  Penguincw: Nice! +7, undefeated score. :)
Feb-02-12  Ezzy: Sasikiran,Krishnan (2700) - Short,Nigel D (2677) [A63] 10th Tradewise Festival 2012 Masters Gibraltar/UK (10), 02.02.2012

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 <No Catalan for Nigel. He's going all out for the win. Nigel played the Catalan for the very first time in his career in round 1. I'm surprised he avoided it here. I thought it might be his new toy. :-)> 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6< Nigel's only played the benoni once in about 25 years. He played it in his match against Giri in 2010.> 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bg2 Bg7 8.Nf3 0–0 9.0–0 Nbd7 10.a4 h6 <Novelty. 10...a6 is almost universally played. Any other moves are pretty rare. But Nigel very rarely plays main line moves these days.> 11.Qc2 Qe7 12.Ra3< I don't think I would have opted for that move in a 'guess the move' competition.> 12...a6 13.Nd2 Rb8 14.a5 b5 15.axb6 Nxb6 16.b3 Ng4 17.Bb2 f5 18.e3 g5< Nigel's 'getting on' with his kingside play while Sasikiran is messing about with his rook, moving it up and down from a3 to a1>. 19.Raa1 Bb7 20.Rae1 Rbe8 21.h3 Ne5 22.f4< Necessary to stop Nigel's 22...f4 play.> 22...Ng6 23.Kh2 gxf4 24.gxf4?< 24 exf4 is better, then if Nigel trades his queen for 2 rooks, analysis shows that white eventually siezes the initiative [ 24.exf4 Qxe1 25.Rxe1 Rxe1 26.Nc4 Nxc4 27.bxc4 Re7 28.Na4 Then white brings his queen to b3 and b6, and black is tied to the defence of his d6 pawn.> 24...Kh7 25.Nc4 Nxc4 26.bxc4 Bc8< I like this move. It Protects the f5 pawn and also it frees the queen to go to h4 if it wants to. With the black bishop on b7 it can't because of tricks down the 'b' file with whites queen. [26...Qh4 27.Ne4 fxe4 28.Bxg7 Kxg7 29.Qb2+ Kf7 30.Qxb7+ Qe7 Nullifying black's attacking chances.down the kingside.> 27.Rf3 Rg8< Threatening 28...Nh4 29 Rf2 Bd4 30 Kh1 Qg7 with a winning attack.> 28.Rg1< Only move.> 28...Bf6< Threatening 29...Nh4 30 R1f1 Qxe3 31 Nd1 Qg3+ 32 Kh1 Bd4 with a winning attack.> 29.Bh1??< 29 Bf1 or 29 Ne2 defending the c4 pawn was necessary. It seems Sasikiran missed Nigel's next move.> 29...Ne5! 30.Rfg3< [30.fxe5 Bxe5+ 31.Rf4 Rxg1 32.Kxg1 Qg5+ 33.Kf1 Bxf4 34.exf4 Qxf4+ 35.Qf2 Qxc4+ 36.Kg1 with a winning position for black..] >30...Rxg3 31.Rxg3 Nxc4 32.Bc1 Bh4 33.Rf3 Qg7< This is the computer choice of disposing of black 33...Bd7 34.Nb1 Nb6 35.Rf1 Rg8 36.Rg1 Rxg1 37.Kxg1 Qg7+ 38.Qg2 Bf6 39.Bd2 Nc4 40.Bc1 Bb5 41.Na3 Nxa3 42.Bxa3 a5 43.Qxg7+ Kxg7 44.Bf3 Bd3 45.Kg2 Kf7 46.Kg3 Ke7 47.Bd1 Be4 48.Bf3 winning>34.Ne2 Nb6 35.e4 <A bit reckless. 35 Rf1 defending the d5 pawn with the bishop on h1 was necessary to keep some of the fight going.> 35...Rxe4 36.Rb3 Re8 <Ah ha, the knight on b6 can't be taken. 37.Bf3 [37.Rxb6?? Rxe2+ 38.Qxe2 Qg3#] >37...Bf2 <Threatening 38...Rxe2 and mate is unnavoidable> 38.Bg4 Qg6 39.Rxb6 fxg4 40.Qxg6+< No option, 40...g3+ and mate in 3 was threatened.> 40...Kxg6 41.Rxd6+ Kf7 42.Ng3 Re1 43.Bd2 Rg1 44.Rf6+ Kxf6 45.Ne4+ Kf7 46.Nxf2 Ra1 47.hxg4 Ra2 48.Be3 Bxg4 49.Kg3 Bf5 50.Bxc5 Ra5 0–1

Sweet revenge for Nigel, who lost with white against Sasikiran in the Corus B tournamennt 2009.

All or nothing game for Nigel. Nigel played the benoni, a very complex game occurred, and once again Nigel sifted through the quagmire of variations to emerge as the victor.

Not only did Nigel play magnificently, he also Shared the top spot with Yifan Hou with 8/10

It get's even better - HE WON THE PLAYOFF AND BECOMES GIBRALTER MASTERS CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is Nigel's 3rd Gibralter title, but this one is the biggie, with a rating performance of 2838!! in an extremely strong field. One of Nigel's best results in recent years. Last year you had a TPR of 2883!!, BUT this was better because you WON the tournament.

Many congratulation Nigel; You've done us Northerner's proud.

They'll be hitting the Bolton bars tonight!

Feb-02-12  theagenbiteofinwit: Top job, Nige. U doing a colum about this for NIC?
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  moronovich: Congratulations !
Feb-02-12  JamTin: Congratulations to GM Short. Great fighting chess throughout.
Feb-02-12  JointheArmy: Nigel - Do you think Hou will be a threat to Carlsen in a few years?
Feb-02-12  MORPHYEUS: I don't think Nigel thinks so, but he'll give you a polite answer for Hou.

sorry for butting in . :)

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  LucB: GM Short; well done!! This is why I'm such a fan!

Cheers from CANADA!

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  wordfunph: congrats GM Short!
Feb-03-12  Atking: Yes that's great! It's always a pleasure to see Nigel Short playing his best. Always imaginative and refreshing.
Feb-03-12  Andrijadj: Well done Nigel, kill 'em all!
Feb-03-12  kackhander: Always a great pleasure to watch Nigel on this kind of form. Great stuff.
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  pawn to QB4: Congratulations - great result. A couple of us passed your best wishes on to Prof Dave Robertson who'd been half an hour from, well, checkmate, but Liverpool Royal Hospital have him firmly on the mend. We were also able to pass on the news of your success and he was as pleased as you'd expect.
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