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Nigel Short in El Salvador

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Nigel David Short, will arrive in El Salvador. His visit aims to provide chess workshops to children and young Salvadorans.

On September 12th, the world renowned chess player, Nigel David Short, will arrive in El Salvador. His visit aims to provide chess workshops to children and young Salvadorans. Here we share some important biographical information about him:

Nigel Short is an international chess Grandmaster. He was born on June 1st , 1965 in Leigh, Lancashire, Great Britain. At age 10 he defeated Viktor Korchnoi in a simultaneous exhibition, which caught the media’s attention. On January 11, 1980, at the age of 14, he won the title of International Master. Short won the British Chess Championship in 1984, 1987 and 1998, and the Chess Championship of England in 1991. In 1993 he reached the final of the World Championship of the Professional Chess Association, first defeating former world champion Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman. In the final against Garry Kasparov, Short lost 12.5 to 7.5.

Nigel Short playing simultaneously
Nigel Short playing simultaneously

In 2004 and 2006 he won the Commonwealth Championship in Bombay (India). In 2006, he won the European Chess Championship in Liverpool, Great Britain. Currently, in the 2013 World Chess Federation’s (FIDE) list, he is ranked 62nd in the world. Short has represented England in all the Chess Olympics since 1984 and in many other international tournaments.

Grand Master: The title Grandmaster is awarded by the FIDE to chess players who reach a certain level of excellence. It is a lifelong title and Short won it in 1984 at the age of 19, becoming the youngest player who had been awarded it.

Playing vs Vassily Smylov
Playing vs Vassily Smylov

Contribution: Short has written numerous articles and columns about chess in several newspapers, including The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Spectator and The Guardian. He has been a chess commentator for tournaments and has also contributed to many chess books. He was appointed honorary member of the Bolton Institute of Higher Education in 1993, received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Bolton in 2010.

In 1999 he was appointed MBE (Member of the British Empire) in recognition of his achievements in chess. In August 2005 he was unanimously elected General Secretary of the Commonwealth Chess Association. Currently, he also accompanies promising young chess players as a coach, and travels around the world sharing his knowledge.