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by Nigel Short
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: LIC Tournament Calcutta, 16th-24th March 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2114

Re: LIC Tournament Calcutta, 16th-24th March 2015

I had food poisoning and was up half the night. Glad that I didn't lose. By the way, we have a fast time-limit of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds. It is not conducive to accurate play in complicated endings.
by Nigel Short
Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 20588

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

It turns out, in retrospect, that had I even drawn my games v Slovakia ( v a 2352 IM) and Germany ( v a 2420 GM) we would have won gold on tie-break. And I could have done that easily had I set out to do so :( That is not true. Even then we would "only" have finished on 15 match points and Slovakia...
by Nigel Short
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 20588

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

I failed to mention that Jon Speelman also won a bronze on board 3, as did Terry Chapman as reserve. Terry, however, would be the first to admit that his result was misleading: many teams did not bring a reserve and of those that did, a significant number failed to play the requisite 5 games to qual...
by Nigel Short
Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 20588

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

I won the gold on board one (which was decided by performance rating, although I also had the highest percentage), and John Nunn won the gold on board two. Amusingly, Jim Plaskett agreed a 14 move draw with White against a 2300+ in the last round, because he was so sure he had finished ahead of the ...
by Nigel Short
Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 20588

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Going back to the 50+ section, I hope this is not a silly question, but why is Terry Chapman playing for England 1, rather than having a GM like Flear or Plaskett in reserve? I suppose that is another way of asking how selection was done for England 1 and England 2. Terry is paying. Without him we ...
by Nigel Short
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 20588

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

John Nunn had food poisoning the other day and is still not well. Keith has played hideously with white in a game where he outrates his opponent by a significant margin. It is very disappointing, but it happens... There is still a lot of time left in the event, so I am hoping we can regroup.
by Nigel Short
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 20588

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

To be precise, I had a deadline for my New in Chess column on Tuesday, but Tim Harding was right that Sunday-Monday was exhausting due to acute lack of sleep and lengthy travel from Bunratty to Dresden. I was very grateful that the other guys gave me a day off to recuperate and remove a burden (the ...
by Nigel Short
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Myanmar Open
Replies: 11
Views: 2598

Re: Myanmar Open

Indeed, FIDE has twice docked 200 points from Myanmar players. Any unethical gains that may have been had by playing in this particular closed pool have long gone.
by Nigel Short
Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Cinderella man of chess
Replies: 19
Views: 4080

Re: The Cinderalla man of chess

Enough said...
by Nigel Short
Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Cinderella man of chess
Replies: 19
Views: 4080

Re: The Cinderalla man of chess

I hate to strike a discordant note on what was otherwise a superb performance by Keith, but why, in the last round, did he abandon all winning attempts, in a safe position, with a slight edge, against a significantly lower-rated player? When else is he going to get a better chance to win a World Cha...
by Nigel Short
Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM
Replies: 52
Views: 7706

Re: AGM

A great day for English chess...
by Nigel Short
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Wikipedia
Replies: 66
Views: 9420

Re: Wikipedia

You may call my opinions on federations "impudent" but, unlike yours, they are consistent and fair to all nations. Your views, on the other hand, smack of opportunistism, lack of principle and intellectual dishonesty.
by Nigel Short
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Wikipedia
Replies: 66
Views: 9420

Re: Wikipedia

I do apologise for not criticising FIFA, religious intolerance, cruelty to animals and domestic violence. I won't confine my comments to chess in future.

In case you were wondering, FIFA's rules ARE idiotic. Do I really need to add that?
by Nigel Short
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Wikipedia
Replies: 66
Views: 9420

Re: Wikipedia

I will refresh your memory, Stewart, about publicly calling for my resignation when I was President of the Commonwealth Chess Association http://en.chessbase.com/post/the-united-kingdom-once-more-with-feeling Perhaps you have also conveniently forgotten that you wrote to the Board, in February of th...