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Local Players Impress British Grand Master

Former world chess championship finalist, Grand Master Nigel Short was left impressed with the display of local talent at a two day play session.
By Kabelo Boranabi Mon 11 Sep 2017, 15:08 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Local Players Impress British Grand Master








Short, who arrived in the country last week at the invitation of Talking Chess Trust played some of the country’s brightest chess minds. Short faced the juniors on Thursday while he played against the country’s best on Saturday including, national champion Candidate master Barileng Gaelafashwe.

Speaking to Monitor Sport after the last session held at Game City mall on Saturday, the Briton said he had difficulties on the day as some of the players gave him a run for his money. “It was hard work today, very hard work. I am completely exhausted; it was pleasing in the end. There are some good players, experienced players. I had difficulties in a lot of games. The guys who scored the points gave me difficulties. I don’t know the names, I am here playing 22 players. So I cannot tell,” he said.

With chess being a fast growing sport in the country, Short believes that the latest initiative would help the players to sharpen their skills and improve the popularity of the game. “For me it’s an exhibition. It’s a way of popularising the game, giving people a chance to

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play against a former world championship finalist. I hope so (of returning to the country), I am very optimistic that I will be back before too long,” he said.

For his part the event coordinator, Kenneth Boikhutshwane said the organisers were happy with the turnout as the event was meant to raise awareness of the trust’s initiative of having a chess grand master. “I do not really know, because when you play against him, he (Short) has serious handicap. He does not give much attention he just tries to find out where the game should go.

He is still expected to beat you, so for the players it’s a test for them, if they beat a former world championships finalist,” he said on the experience the players got from playing against the British national. Boikhutshwane also said the trust intends to bring Short back to the country for two weeks. Short is regarded as one of the greatest British chess players. Short earned the Grandmaster title at the age of 19, and was ranked third in the world by FIDE from January 1988 to July 1989.

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