Real Chess with Nigel Short at Middlesex University Real Tennis Club, 15th February 2011

"How often do you get to play a chess grandmaster?  A world class grandmaster, probably the most famous player the UK has ever produced, who came within a hair's breadth of winning the world championship from Garry Kasparov in 1993?  On a real tennis court?

Well, you could be playing Nigel Short on Tuesday 15th February on the court of the Middlesex University Real Tennis Club.  Organised by Middlesex University's own Adam Raoof, who doubles as the English Chess Federation's Home Director, the event kicks off with Nigel taking on 30 of the UK's best juniors at about 4.30pm.  

After a slight pause for breath, some book signings and a talk from Nigel, and then from CJ de Mooi from Eggheads (also the ECF's President and no mean player), Nigel will be taking on 30 more players from 7pm until the bar closes.  We could be in for a late finish!

If you are interested in taking part give Adam a ring on 07855 036 537 and prepare your best openings!"

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12    Frank    Sabin
13    Tony    Niccoli
14    Tryfon    Gavriel
15    Ravi    Haria
16    Nigel    Sussman
17    TBA
18    Alexander    Meynell
19    Anthony    Mathurin

Nigel David Short is generally regarded as the strongest British grandmaster of the 20th century. Born on June 1st 1965 he started out as a chess prodigy, first attracting media attention by beating Viktor Korchnoi and Tigran Petrosian in simultaneous exhibitions at the age of ten and twelve years respectively. At the age of 14 he became the youngest IM in history, breaking Bobby Fischer's previous record, and at 16 he came second (to Garry Kasparov) at the under 20 World Junior Championship in Dortmund.
In 1985 Nigel became Britian's first ever candidate for the World Championship, and in 1993 he made it all the way to the final by beating Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman. He only lost to World Champion Garry Kasparov in the title match in London. Since then he has remained active at the highest levels of competitive chess, but has also become a chess columnist, commentator and also a coach for promising young talents. He is considered one of the most entertaining and outspoken personalities in the chess world.

Best wishes

Adam Raoof

ECF Director of Home Chess
FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
328 Watford Way
Hendon, London NW4 4UY

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