ChessBase: "FIDE should be encouraging chess, not discouraging it"

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 21:45

Nigel Short interview

Why is Nigel Short running for FIDE President? How does he expect to challenge the incumbent team of Georgios Makropoulos, particularly now that his countryman Malcolm Pein has joined the "Makro" ticket? Can FIDE be reformed, and what does Short consider it a priority to change?

These are some of the questions I hoped to answer in an hour-long interview with the former World Championship challenger and global chess ambassador. In collaboration with Ben Johnson's Perpetual Chess podcast, I sat down with Nigel in his hotel room in Leuven, Belgium, the morning before the fifth and final day of the "Your Next Move Rapid and Blitz" tournament, where Nigel provided live commentary for local chess fans at the Leuven City Hall.