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by Nigel Short
Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bandar Anzali, Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 6301

Re: Bandar Anzali, Iran

Thank you Leonard. To be honest, I would be happier with a much larger cushion, though. Knowing that just one bad move will ensure that you are sent scurrying from the exalted top 100 list is not exactly comforting. Talking of bad moves: yesterday's game against the 12 year old (!!) Iranian Champion...
by Nigel Short
Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bandar Anzali, Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 6301

Re: Bandar Anzali, Iran

I have 2.5/3 after beating Mousavi (2432) yesterday. The 16 year-old, Maghsoodloo, who I barely survived against in the first round, beat Mchedlishvili and Edouard in the following rounds, so he is more than on track for a GM norm - although who cares about that these days? Our team is so far export...
by Nigel Short
Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bandar Anzali, Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 6301

Re: Bandar Anzali, Iran

I forgot to mention that, at the opening ceremony, Kirsan announced that FIDE would look favourably on Iran hosting the Olympiad. Forget about the Israelis (I am sure Vice President Gelfer can be persuaded to support the measure) or the gross indignity of forcing hundreds of women to wear the hijab ...
by Nigel Short
Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bandar Anzali, Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 6301

Re: Bandar Anzali, Iran

It took what seemed like an eternity getting to the new hotel, in Rasht - at least an hour and a half by my reckoning. They claim that from here the journey to the venue is a mere 30 minutes, and that it is "only" 35 km away. A quick google search shows the distance to be 41 km and that it takes 54 ...
by Nigel Short
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bandar Anzali, Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 6301

Re: Bandar Anzali, Iran

Discovered yesterday that our hotel is about one hour's drive from the playing hall. To say that this came as an unpleasant surprise to the players would be something of an understatement. We will now move, this morning, to what is considered to be the best hotel in the area. Unfortunately it is sti...
by Nigel Short
Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bandar Anzali, Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 6301

Re: Bandar Anzali, Iran

I wish I could miss the opening ceremony and blitz tournament.
by Nigel Short
Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bandar Anzali, Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 6301

Re: Bandar Anzali, Iran

Funny. I spoke to one GM recently who quite independently brought up the subject of Bermuda and told me, in no uncertain terms, he was extremely unhappy about playing there. But never mind - Nick is always right... Back to Iran: on Friday, when I woke up, I had neither visa nor ticket. I can't say t...
by Nigel Short
Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Bandar Anzali, Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 6301

Bandar Anzali, Iran

I am about to begin a Scheveningen Tournament in this God-forsaken place on the Caspian Sea (getting in some practice for Baku). I have no idea who the players are, what the website is, or why I am here - other than to give my liver a rest. Apparently Karpov and the beleaguered FIDE President will a...
by Nigel Short
Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: England Olympiad teams announcement
Replies: 110
Views: 10429

Re: England Olympiad teams announcement

What's the men's board order?
by Nigel Short
Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem
Replies: 20
Views: 2141

Re: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem

It was a public pledge, along the lines of his "$20million today!" that he promised during his election speech. I accepted in the General Assembly the following day. Kirsan immediately tried to withdraw the offer.
by Nigel Short
Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem
Replies: 20
Views: 2141

Re: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem

I should know, because Kirsan publicly promised to make me head of this Africa fund (which I accepted publicly). I am still waiting, of course :)
by Nigel Short
Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem
Replies: 20
Views: 2141

Re: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem

If any English Chess Federation Delegate attended the FIDE General Assembly in 2009, it was Gerry Walsh. Actually the Halkidiki meeting appears to more or less have coincided with the ECF elections that year. I suspect the recent Guardian revelations came as a surprise to almost everyone, except for...
by Nigel Short
Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem
Replies: 20
Views: 2141

Re: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem

Surprised I haven't seen Nick-the-FIDE-mouthpiece commenting here. Turned shy all suddenly have you?
by Nigel Short
Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem
Replies: 20
Views: 2141

Re: Kirsan's Panamanian Problem

As well as this amusing, but tragic piece https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/ ... vid-kaplan I take this opportunity to thank the two ECF board members who gave me a vote of confidence when I was locked in a battle with Andrew Paulson.