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Nigel Short
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Number of games in database: 2,693
Years covered: 1974 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2687 (2709 rapid, 2617 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2712

Overall record: +902 -425 =984 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 382 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (527) 
    B90 B23 B40 B33 B32
 Ruy Lopez (202) 
    C84 C92 C78 C86 C77
 French Defense (145) 
    C11 C18 C10 C19 C01
 Caro-Kann (108) 
    B12 B10 B17 B11 B18
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (100) 
    C84 C92 C86 C95 C90
 Sicilian Najdorf (94) 
    B90 B92 B93 B97 B91
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (201) 
    C05 C11 C18 C03 C02
 Ruy Lopez (141) 
    C92 C76 C69 C77 C89
 Queen's Pawn Game (116) 
    E00 A40 D02 A46 A45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (97) 
    D37 D35 D30 D36 D31
 Nimzo Indian (90) 
    E34 E21 E32 E20 E42
 French Tarrasch (79) 
    C05 C03 C07 C09 C04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Short vs Timman, 1991 1-0
   Short vs R J Miles, 1976 1-0
   Short vs Kasparov, 1993 1-0
   Short vs Kasparov, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Short vs Gelfand, 1991 1-0
   Short vs Kasparov, 1993 1-0
   Short vs I Cheparinov, 2008 1-0
   Short vs J Ye, 2004 1-0
   Short vs R Pogorelov, 2004 1-0
   M Gurevich vs Short, 1990 0-1

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 Championship (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2014)
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015)
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Short! by amadeus
   Some S-upermen by fredthebear
   Biel Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Would Like to Study these games by FLAWLESSWIN64
   Brussels Blitz 1987 by KingG
   Skelleftea World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 European Team Championship
   Short vs H Banikas (Nov-05-17) 1/2-1/2
   I Salgado Lopez vs Short (Nov-04-17) 1/2-1/2
   Short vs V Kovalev (Nov-03-17) 1-0
   Andreas Kelires vs Short (Nov-01-17) 1-0
   S Brunello vs Short (Oct-31-17) 0-1

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(born Jun-01-1965, 52 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 Hugo 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 Batista 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. A few months later in April 2015, Short won the Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015) with 7.5/9, on tiebreak, ahead of co-leader Surya Shekhar Ganguly. In July 2015, he won the South African Open with 9/11, after the tiebreak placed him ahead of fellow co-leaders Aleksa Strikovic and Abhijit Kunte.

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)*.

He is also the oldest player in the top 100.

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 lives in Greece with his wife Rhea Argyro Karageorgiou and their 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 14 July 2015

 page 1 of 108; games 1-25 of 2,693  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Short vs H Wright 1-0301974AthertonC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. Short vs B Kimber 1-0171975ENGC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
3. C Frostick vs Short  0-1161975SCCU Junior Championships U-14C18 French, Winawer
4. S J Hooker vs Short 0-1251975Enfield OpenC18 French, Winawer
5. Short vs P Fenton 1-0401975SCCU Junior Championships U-14C78 Ruy Lopez
6. Short vs I D Wells 1-0321975Morecambe jrD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
7. Short vs J Evans  1-0721975Staffordshire opB01 Scandinavian
8. Portisch vs Short ½-½371975Simultaneous exhibitionB30 Sicilian
9. Short vs J Cox 1-0211975LondonB07 Pirc
10. Miles vs Short 1-0381976Charlton OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
11. Short vs J T Farrand 1-0221976ManchesterD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
12. Short vs Hartston 0-1191976BBC TV Master GameA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
13. Short vs R J Miles 1-0251976LondonB07 Pirc
14. Short vs G Knapton 1-0151976Lancashire vs Durham County MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
15. Hambrook vs Short 0-1211976ENGC17 French, Winawer, Advance
16. Short vs M Macdonald-Ross 1-0271976Charlton OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
17. Short vs Joel Benjamin 1-0441976London txB41 Sicilian, Kan
18. Korchnoi vs Short 0-1471976London smC05 French, Tarrasch
19. Short vs K James 1-0421976Dundrum International openB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. Short vs A Sendur 1-0321977World Cadet ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. Short vs M Fuller 1-0201977London, EnglandB30 Sicilian
22. Short vs N Littlewood 1-0221977ManchesterB06 Robatsch
23. Short vs A Ludgate  1-0371977NW Zonal play-offB06 Robatsch
24. Compx Chess 46 vs Short 0-1111977London m/7C32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
25. D Lees vs Short  0-1211977BCF-chC17 French, Winawer, Advance
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Jan-28-12  Ezzy: Round 6 Nigel plays Humpy Koneru. They have played once before at Corus B 2008, the game was a draw in 40 moves.

Both have one thing in common; they have lost in a World title Challenge Match.

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  WinKing: GM Short continues playing well in the 2012 Tradewise Gibraltar tournament. With his victory over GM Koneru in Rd. 6 he now has 5pts.(4 wins 2 draws - 5/6) along with 7 others for a share of the lead. I wish you continued success GM Short.
Jan-30-12  Ezzy: Koneru,Humpy (2589) - Short,Nigel (2677) [A40]
10th Tradewise Festival 2012 Masters Gibraltar/UK (6), 29.01.2012

1.d4 Nc6< Nigel seems to employ this move against the girls. He beat Pia Cramiling with it last year at Gibralter.> 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Nce7< I had to look this one up in Wikipedia. It's the Lithuanian Variation. I'm not sure if Nigel has any ties with Lithuania :-) >4.Nc3 Ng6 5.g3 a5< Already we have a novelty. I wonder if Humpy is still in her preparation. :-) >6.Bg2 Bc5 7.Na4 Bb4+ 8.Bd2 d6 9.Bxb4 axb4 <Nigel's threatening 10...Bd7 11 b3 Bxa4 12 bxa4 Qd7 winning the pawn.> 10.b3 <White should get rid of the pesky pawn with [10.a3 bxa3 11.Rxa3] >10...Bd7 11.Nb2 Ra3 12.Nf3 Qa8< Niigel's built some pressure down the 'a' file, whilst nothing is happening in the center. >13.Qb1 Nf6 14.0–0 Bg4 15.Nd1 0–0 16.Ne3 Qa5< Ready to triple up on the 'a' file.> 17.Nc2 Bf5 18.Nfe1 Ra8< This is the strangest of openings. A full blooded attack down the 'a' file. Black has his rook trapped, and whites queen is pinned on b1. Perhaps there is something in this 5...a5 Novelty.> 19.e4 Bxe4 20.Bxe4 Nxe4 21.Nxa3 Nd2 22.Qc2< The Queen May be better on d3.The c2 square is for the knight. 22.Qd3 bxa3 23.b4 Qxb4 24.Nc2 e4 25.Nxb4 exd3 26.Rfd1 Ne5 27.Nxd3 Nexc4 28.Rac1 Re8 29.Kg2 Nigel has a rook for knight and 2 pawns with an interesting game ahead.]> 22...bxa3 23.b4< Humpy could give up the f1 rook and play the resulting position a pawn down. Black's still looking good though either way. [23.Ng2 Nxf1 24.Rxf1 Nf8 25.Ne3 Nd7]> 23...Qxb4 24.Nd3 Qa5 25.Rfd1 Nf3+ 26.Kg2 Nd4< Black's had the initiative throughout the game, but Humpy's defended resolutely.> 27.Qd2 Qa6 28.Nb4 Qxc4 29.Rac1 Qb5 30.Rxc7 h6 31.Qc3 Ra4 32.Rxd4 exd4 33.Qf3 Qe8 34.Rxb7 Ne5 35.Qb3 Ra8 36.Na6 Qd8 37.Nc7 Rc8 38.Nb5 d3 39.Nxa3 d2 40.Nb1 Nc4 41.Qd3 Qa5 42.Re7?? <Moving off the 'b' file was disastrous. White can still hold it together with [ 42.a3 g6 43.a4] >42...Qb4 43.Qf5 Rf8 44.Qc2 Rb8 45.Nc3 Qb2 0–1

A very strange opening where all the play was in whites queenside quarter of the board. Nigel had a lsting initiative throughout the game, but Humpy was somehow holding it together. Extremely resolute defence from Koneru.

Quite a complex game, and eventually Koneru blundered with 42 Re7??

A very good game from Nigel who seems to bamboozle the girls with this ...Nc6 move.

Another girl today in round 7 - Nana Dzagnidze. May I suggest 1 Nc3 Nigel probably followed by 2 a4

Jan-30-12  Ezzy: Round 7

Short,Nigel D (2677) - Dzagnidze,Nana (2535) [B23]
10th Tradewise Festival 2012 Masters Gibraltar/UK (7), 30.01.2012

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 e5 4.Nd5 d6 5.Nec3 Nge7 6.Bc4 a6 7.a4 Nb4< Seems to be the novelty. 7...Nxd5 has been played before.> 8.d3 Nbxd5 9.Nxd5 Be6 10.f4 Bxd5 11.exd5 exf4 12.Qe2 g5 13.h4 Bg7 14.hxg5 Be5 15.c3 Kf8 <Hmm, I suspected a queenside castle.> 16.a5 Ng6 <<Both these lines seem to lead to an equal endgame 16...Rg8 17.Qf3 Nf5 18.Bxf4 Bxf4 19.Qxf4 Qxg5 20.Qxg5 Rxg5 21.Rxh7 Rxg2 22.Rh8+ Rg8 23.Rxg8+ Kxg8 24.Rb1 Re8+ 25.Kd2 Kg7;>> <<16...Nf5 17.Qg4 Ne3 18.Bxe3 fxe3 19.d4 cxd4 20.cxd4 Qc8 21.Qxc8+ Rxc8 22.dxe5 Rxc4 23.exd6 Rc2 24.0–0 e2 25.Rf5 Rg8 26.Kf2 Rg6 27.Re1 Rxd6 28.Rxe2 Rc5 29.Rd2 Rxa5 30.Ke3 Rb5 31.Ke4 Rb4+>> 32.Ke5 17.Rh5 Kg7 <Threatening 18...Bxc3~ 19 Kd1 Re8 winning.> 18.Kd1 h6 19.gxh6+ <Only move. Nigel can't conceed the 'h' file to black. For example. [19.Qg4 hxg5 20.Rxg5 Bf6 21.Rh5 Rxh5 22.Qxh5 Qh8 23.Qg4 Qh1+ 24.Kc2 Rh8 25.Kb3 Re8 with a dangerous attack for black.> 19...Rxh6 20.Rxh6 Kxh6 21.Bd2 Kg7 22.Kc2 Qg5 23.Rh1< Nigel has to contest this 'h' file> 23...Rh8 24.Rxh8 Kxh8 25.Be1 Kg7 26.Qe4 Ne7 27.Bf2 Qg6 28.Qxg6+ fxg6 <Nothing left in the position.> 29.d4 cxd4 30.cxd4 Bf6 31.Kd3 Nf5 32.b4 Bd8 33.Ke4 Ne3 34.Bxe3 fxe3 35.Kxe3 Kf7 36.Bd3 Bg5+ 37.Ke2 Bf6 ½–½

So, anothe top female for Nigel, The Women's number 9 in the world Nana Dzagnidze. Yesterday, Nigel attacked down the 'a' file with some success against Humpy Koneru, and today tried his luck down the 'h' file (Nothing was happening in the center). this time without success. Not too many hair raising moments in the game, the only real threats coming from Dzagnidze, which were easily parried by Nigel. A fair draw,

I see Nigel's strategy now against the girls; keep the center blocked and attack down the outside files. :-)

Jan-30-12  Ezzy: Short v Almasi in round 8

Played each other twice in 1995 and 2003 both games drawn.

The game in 2003 was in the Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament, which Nigel won, a point clear of Judit Polgar. Zoltan Almasi finished last. Nigel played Almasi in the last round and only needed a draw for first, where Almasi just wanted to go home. The end result was this 9 move classic.

Z Almasi vs Short, 2003

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  tamar: Short v Almasi 1 b3

Almasi takes a think here. All the 1 e4 prep out the window.

Only recent game with 1 b3 was Short vs P Wells, 2011

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  Octavia: <GM Short continues playing well > g l for the last 2 rds !
Feb-01-12  Andrijadj: Excellent Nigel, keep up with the good work!
Feb-01-12  Ezzy: Short v Almasi in round 8

Lot's of positional manoeuvering without anyone getting a grip on the game. Safe draw.

Feb-01-12  Ezzy: Salem,A.R. Saleh (2505) - Short,Nigel D (2677) [E42] 10th Tradewise Festival 2012 Masters Gibraltar/UK (9), 01.02.2012

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Nge2 d6 6.a3 Ba5 7.g3 0–0 8.Bg2 Nc6 9.0–0 Rb8 10.b3 a6< Novelty 10...e5 has been played before> 11.dxc5 dxc5 12.Qxd8 Nxd8 13.Rb1 Bc7 14.b4 Nd7< Looks quite picturesque with the knights and bishops grouped together. >15.Ne4 b6 16.f4 f5 17.N4c3 Nf7 18.e4 Nd6 19.exf5 Rxf5 20.g4 Rf8 21.f5 Nxc4 <The computer assessment is that this is a mistake, because if white playes 22 fxe6 he starts to build a strong initiative which seems to lead to a win. BUT the lines are complex and human's aren't computers, 21...Ne5 seems to give black the best chances. The game's complex and mistakes are there to be made. It's who unravels the complexity in the most accurate way will win the game 21...Ne5 22.Nf4 cxb4 23.Rxb4 Ndxc4 24.fxe6 Bd6 25.e7 Bc5+ 26.Kh1 Bxe7 27.Bd5+ Kh8 28.Bxc4 Bxb4 29.axb4 a5 30.bxa5 bxa5 31.Ba3 Rd8 32.Bd5 Nxg4 33.Ne4 Bb7 (33...Rxd5 34.Nxd5 Bb7 35.Rb1 Nf2+ 36.Kg1 Nxe4 37.Rb5 A likely draw.) 34.Bxb7 Rxb7 35.Nd6 Rbd7 36.Ne6 Rb8 37.Bc5 Nf6 Black has R+2P for B+N and a comples endgame.; 21...Nxc4 22.fxe6 Rxf1+ (22...Nde5 23.Bd5 Rxf1+ 24.Kxf1 Kf8 25.Kg2 And it's white who's Pressing.) 23.Kxf1 Nde5 24.Bd5 Kf8 25.Kg2 a5 26.Ng3 cxb4 27.axb4 Nd6 28.Bg5 h6 29.Rf1+ Ke8 30.Bf4 Ng6 31.Bc6+ Kd8 32.Bxd6 Bxd6 33.Rd1 Bxe6 34.Rxd6+ Ke7 White has a winning advantage.] >22.Nf4 <22 fxe6! as mentioned in the previous note, gives white a big initiative if he plays computer moves.> 22...Be5 23.fxe6??< In the complexity, it is white who makes the fatal mistake. 23 Nce2 had to be played.> 23...Bxc3< [Bxc3 24.Ne2 Rxf1+ 25.Kxf1 Nd2+ 26.Bxd2 Bxd2 27.exd7 Bxd7 28.Bd5+ Kh8 29.bxc5 Rf8+ 30.Kg2 bxc5 With an extra pawn and 2 bishops, black is the one pushing for the win.] >24.exd7 Bd4+ 25.Kh1 Bxd7 26.bxc5 Bxc5 27.Bd5+ Kh8 28.Rb3 <Trying to set a sneaky little mating trap, threatening 29 Ng6+ hxg6 30 Rh3 Mate.. But Nigel's fully aware!> 28...Ne5 29.Bb2 Rbe8 30.Rh3< Still looking for this sneaky mate.> 30...Bxg4 31.Rh4 Bf5 32.Rh5 Ng6 33.Rg5 Bd3< The strength of black's bishop's is killing. The rook on f1 can't even leave the 1st rank because of 34 Rf3 Re1+ 35 Kg2 Rg1+ and carnage.> 34.Rg4 <[34.Nxg6+ Bxg6 35.Rxf8+ Rxf8 36.Bg2 Rf2 37.Be5 Re2 38.Bg3 Ra2 Nigel's rook and bishops are working beautifully together.>] 34...Rxf4 35.Rfxf4 Re1+ 36.Kg2 Nxf4+ 0–1

Nigel unravels the mystery's of the complex game. White may have had chances to snatch the win if he played 22 fxe6, but he didn't have Houdini with hin .

A couple of mistakes by white and Nigel pounced with his elegant bishops dominating the board.

Nigel's played excellent chess this tournament. Keep it up. One round to go.

Nice set up by Nigel, with his 2 bishops and 2 knights. Very picturesque. -

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After 14...Nd7

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  Octavia: Congratulations ! Nigel won the competition!! He has 8/10 & got 1.5/2 in the tiebreak against Jifan Hou! & why? He loves to play blitz on the fritz server. I was quite confident that he had a good chance to win : )
Feb-02-12  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.
Feb-02-12  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.
Feb-02-12  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!

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