Hello Nigel, We are glad to have you on LatestChess, you have undoubtedly an
important role to play in promoting chess as an icon for a younger generation in
England and all over the world. What
role do you see yourself playing in the future?
Nigel Short:- First and foremost I consider myself to be a chess
player. However the economic situation was so dire as
recently as 2005 that I only played one tournament
(Corus), despite the fact I had contacted numerous organisers pleading (unsuccessfully) for invitations.
For reasons I do not fully understand, I now very much
in demand and have a very full schedule of events up
until Spring 2008.
First and foremost
I consider myself to be a chess player...
My writing career, which was flourishing at one time,
is now more or less on hold. I don't suppose it will
stay this way forever. I was so disgusted last year at
being sacked by the Guardian, in what can only be
described as an act of shameless nepotism, that I have
not yet bothered to look for another job.
I can see myself steadily doing more coaching over the
coming years. My relationship with Parimarjan Negi is
intended to be a long term one and I enjoy working
with him. I am also currently coaching the Islamic
Republic of Iran. l am very much welcomed there, but
the practicalities of working in Iran - obtaining
visas etc. - are rather difficult.
I can see myself
steadily doing more chess coaching over the coming years...
As to chess politics: it is well known that I
supported the Right Move campaign of Bessel Kok in the
last FIDE Presidential election. I have come to the
conclusion that FIDE is unreformable in its current
state and that corruption and incompetence are deeply
entrenched. Due to the manner with which this election
was won, with cash-stuffed envelopes being handed out
to the more flexible delegates, I cannot see myself
wishing to get involved again in such an ugly process
for many years to come. I will confine myself to
rather more modest attempts to promote chess
throughout the Commonwealth.
FIDE is unreformable in its current state and that corruption and incompetence
are deeply entrenched...
Orthodontic work in Bangkok
How is the chess scenario in England as compare to
India? and what do you think to be done to make Chess
Nigel Short:- English chess is in an analogous state to West Indian
cricket. The current generation is compared to the
triumphant teams of the past and found sadly wanting.
Indian chess, on the other hand, despite various
problems, is in a much healthier state. I can only see
is in an analogous state to West Indian cricket...