kids encyclopedia robot

Nigel Short facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Nigel Short
Full name Nigel Short
Country  England
1 June 1965 (1965-06-01) (age 55)
Leigh, England
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2686
(No. 47 on the March 2010
FIDE ratings list)
Peak rating 2712 (April 2004)

Nigel David Short MBE (born 1 June 1965 in Leigh, Lancashire) is often regarded as the strongest English chess player of the 20th century. He became a Grandmaster at age 19. He challenged for the World Chess Championship against Garry Kasparov at London 1993. Still active, Short continues to enjoy international success. He is also a chess columnist, coach and commentator.

Van Wely vs Short Corus 2005
Short in play.

Short's best achievement was in the World Candidates matches of 1992, when he beat world-class players Boris Gelfand, Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman to reach the final. In the World Championship match, London 1993, he was decisively beaten by the reigning World Champion, Gary Kasparov. The match caused controversy because the two players broke away from FIDE, for reasons mostly to do with the prize money.

Short has played 21 times for England in Chess Olympiads, and European and World Team championships. He has been living in Greece with his wife and children for a number of years.

Images for kids

kids search engine
Nigel Short Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.