GM Nigel Short

Full name
Nigel Short
Born
May 1, 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth
Leigh, England
Federation
England

One of the best players to come from England, Nigel Short was a chess prodigy whose rise to the top of the chess world was meteoric. Gaining worldwide notice before he hit puberty, Short broke Bobby Fischer’s record for youngest International Master in history at the time. He even able to face off against Garry Kasparov for the World Championship at the height of his playing career!

Nigel Short was a chess prodigy who gained the attention of the media when he was 10 years old and defeated Viktor Korchnoi in a simultaneous exhibition game. Before he was 12 years old he had qualified to play in the British Chess Championship and at 14 years old he tied for first place in the same tournament. In 1979 he became an International Master, breaking Bobby Fischer’s age record. A few years after this, he became a Grandmaster in 1984 at the age of 19. In 1993 he earned the right to play Garry Kasparov in the World Championship match and was promptly blown out in the match, losing by the largest margin in a World Championship match. Since then, Short has continued to maintain a rating keeping him within the top 100 players in the world and continues to be one of the best players to ever emerge from England.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (7) : D00 D02 A40
Torre Attack (7) : A48 A46
King's Indian Attack (7) : A07
Alekhine Defense (23) : B05 B04 B02
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
King's Indian Defense (7) : E61 E94 E64
Four Knights Game (24) : C46 C48 C47 C49
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (12) : B06
Reti Opening (3) : A04
Catalan Opening (4) : E00 E01
Bogo-Indian Defense (2) : E11
Pirc Defense (39) : B07 B08 B09
Petrov's Defense (57) : C42 C43
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (9) : A01
Giuoco Piano Game (32) : C51 C50 C53 C52
Queen's Indian Defense (4) : E12 E14 E15
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D26
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Scandinavian Defense (14) : B01
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C40 B00
Nimzowitsch Defense (2) : B00
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (3) : B00
Vienna Game (11) : C29 C25 C26
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Semi-Slav Defense (2) : D43
Undefined (1) : A00
King's Gambit Accepted (15) : C34 C33 C39 C35
London System (1) : A48
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Bishop's Opening (6) : C24 C28 C26
King's Gambit Declined (3) : C32 C30
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
Modern Defense (9) : B06
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D85
Benoni Defense (1) : A61
Black Pieces
Reti Opening (24) : A06 A04 A05 A09
Queen's Pawn Opening (113) : A40 A41 D02 E00 D00
Alekhine Defense (15) : B04 B03 B05 B02
King's Indian Attack (23) : A07
Caro-Kann Defense (23) : B13 B17 B12 B10 B11 B16
Scotch Game (25) : C45 C44
Giuoco Piano Game (19) : C50 C53 C51
Catalan Opening (43) : E00 E05 E01
Italian Game (4) : C55
Four Knights Game (7) : C49 C47 C48
Trompowsky Attack (6) : A45
Bogo-Indian Defense (22) : E11
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Queen's Indian Defense (70) : E15 E12 E14 E19 E16 E18
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Modern Defense (4) : B06
Kadas Opening (1) : A00
Old Indian Defense (2) : A53
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Benoni Defense (6) : A63 A61 A77
Undefined (1) : A00
Budapest Defense (4) : A52
Tarrasch Defense (3) : D32 D34
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Bishop's Opening (1) : C20
Semi-Slav Defense (2) : D47
Colle System (2) : D05
Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) : D27 D20
Pirc Defense (12) : B07 B08 B09
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D78 D73
Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D85 D97 D94
King's Indian Defense (4) : E97 E87 E84 E60
Bird's Opening (2) : A03
Torre Attack (1) : A46
Petrov's Defense (4) : C43 C42
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C31
Vienna Game (2) : C29
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A44
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
Saragossa Opening (1) : A00

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