Nigel David Short


Year of Birth: 1965
Federation: England

GM Nigel Short is widely considered to be one of the greatest British chess-players of the 20th century and​ was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to chess, by Her Majesty the Queen in 1999.

He has won 3 British Championships, 3 Commonwealth Championships and the European Union Championship and defeated no less than 10 World Champions in classical chess games. He remains an active player and is currently the oldest player ranked inside the top 100 and the only player ever to win events on 6 separate continents.

After defeating world number 2, Viktor Korchnoi, in a simul, at the age of just 10, Nigel broke Bobby Fischer’s record as the youngest International Master in chess history when he earned the title at the age of 14. In 1984, he became the youngest Grandmaster in the world at the time and he was ranked third in the world for a period of 18 months between 1987 and 1988.

He defeated Anatoly Karpov in Linares, Spain in 1992 to earn the right to challenge the reigning world champion, Garry Kasparov. He lost this match by a score of 12.5 - 7.5 in the World Championship Final in London in 1993.

Nigel served as the president of the Grandmaster Association (GMA) at various times and was a founder and director of the Professional Chess Association (PCA). He is also a former President of the Commonwealth Chess Association and served as the Delegate of the English Chess federation between 2009 and 2014.

He is an active and popular columnist and has written for the Times, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Spectator, the Financial Times and the Indian Express. For the last 7 years he has also written the column “Short Stories” in New in Chess. He also loves tweeting (@nigelshortchess)

As a trainer, Nigel has worked with Grandmasters Harikrishna, Karyakin, Howell, Negi and Ganguly as well as the team of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 2006-2007. His interests outside of chess include travelling (he has been to 120 countries and counting), playing the guitar, swimming, drinking wine and olive farming.