Chess: Nigel Short launches campaign to secure role as Fide president

first_img Chess: Guildford extend their record unbeaten run in 4NCL to 66 matches Share on Messenger news Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Chess Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more Chess: Mixed results for Gawain Jones, Luke McShane and Nigel Short Reuse this contentcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Deep Sengupta v Srinath Narayanan1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 d5 3 e3 c6 4 Bd3 Bg4 5 Ne2 Nbd7 6 f3 Bh5 7 0-0 Bg6 8 c4 e6 9 cxd5 Bxd3 10 dxc6?? Bxe2 0-1 After 11 cxd7+ Nxd7! both 12 Qxe2 Qxg5 and 12 Bxd8 Bxd1 leave White a piece down. This is a new version of a trap which occurred in 1970 (twice) and 1989, catching out two GMs and an IM: 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Nf3 f5 4 d4 e4 5 Bg5 Nf6 6 d5?? exf3 7 dxc6 fxg2 8 cxd7+ Nxd7! 0-1Short’s win below in the Najdorf Sicilian is instructive. He follows a Garry Kasparov strategy where Black delays the routine Be7 and 0-0 so as to gain time for his queen’s side attack and the thematic Rxc3! exchange sacrifice. Black then wobbles a little with 16…Qc6 (Qc4!) but White errs in turn by 18 Nb5? and Short launches a crushing attack.Mehdi Hasan Parag v Nigel Short1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Be3 Nbd7 7 f3 e6 8 Qd2 b5 9 0-0-0 Bb7 10 g4 Nb6 11 Qf2 Nfd7 12 h4 Rc8 13 Kb1 Rxc3! 14 bxc3 Qc7 15 Bxb5?! axb5 16 Nxb5 Qc6?! 17 Na7 Qc7 18 Nb5? Qc4 19 Nxd6+ Bxd6 20 Rxd6 Na4 21 Rd4 Qb5+ 22 Kc1 Qb2+ 23 Kd1 Nxc3+ 24 Kd2 Ba6 25 Qh2 e5 26 Rd6 Nxe4+! 0-1. If 27 fxe4 Qb4+ wins the d6 rook with a continuing attack.3568 1 Ra4 Kb5 2 Rh4! Kxa4 3 Nc3 mate. Leonard Barden on chess Topics Nigel Short was simultaneously player and politician this week when he took third prize at Kolkata while in the early stages of his campaign to become president of Fide, the global chess body. The 52-year-old former world title candidate is the oldest player in the top 100.Four months further on, and Short will be the anti-establishment contender in what is likely to be a bitterly fought election. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Fide’s controversial president since 1995, has been sanctioned by the US Treasury after Washington accused him of “materially assisting” the Syrian government. UBS closed Fide’s bank account at the end of last month, and its officials have yet to find another bank. Support The Guardian Fide’s presidential board asked Ilyumzhinov to resign, but he refused to do so and will be challenged at the election by the deputy president and former Greek champion Georgios Makropoulos, who administers Fide’s Athens office. Makropoulos’s No 2 will be Malcolm Pein, the English Chess Federation’s international director.The voting by delegates from Fide’s 185 affiliated countries will be on 3 October during the world team Olympiad at Batumi, Georgia. Ilyumzhinov has won every election so far, including in 2010 and 2014 when he was opposed by the former world champions Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.The former ruler of Kalmykia was endorsed by the influential Russian federation last month, but since then his campaign has unravelled when it was discovered that his nomination for Fide secretary, listed as Glen Stark of the US, had several false references in his CV and was allegedly actually named Igor Shinder.Short is widely popular among ordinary chess fans, but, given the very restricted electorate at Batumi, Makropoulos is the early favourite with four months to go before the vote.At Kolkata, Short was tied for the lead with two rounds to go, but then one of his Indian rivals received a gift point. Either 10 dxe6 or 10 Qd3 is fine. Srinath Narayanan, the winner, went on to take first prize on tie break with 7.5/9, with Short third half a point behind.last_img

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