You are here: Home Archives Ulster Chronicles 2012-2013 season Articles for 2013 season Fantastic Simultaneous: Nigel Short wins all games....

Fantastic Simultaneous: Nigel Short wins all games....

This will be the highlight of the chess season. Playing one of the Legends of Chess - Nigel Short GM MBE. The event covered by the BBC news. 29 players of all skills pitted their wits against the Grand-Master.
Fantastic Simultaneous: Nigel Short wins all games....

Organiser Damien Cunningham enjoys the game

Brilliantly organised...

The event started with 30 sets looking expectant, pieces ready to move, name places, certificates with 'survived to move xx' which Nigel was very kind to sign. All professionally setup and the BBC camera crew and journalist checking their equipment and lighting.

The BBC checking equipment

Damien Cunningham explained the rules - touch move - move when Nigel comes to the table. Dont move on the first move. All players sat in their allocated boards. The BBC took their shot - a sweep of the room and a pan to the journalist whilst we sat in silence, waiting like excited kids.

Sitting ready to play

Move 0 - Nigel starts playing

Then Nigel started wishing players luck and shaking all our hands and the games were off. Kings Gambit, Two Knights, open positions, closed positions.

The BBC interviewed Nigel asking how do you become a great chess player? Answer plenty of hard study. They also interviewed Karina Kruk (Irish Champion). Excellent publicity for chess.

Calum Leitch

Then suddenly after 5 moves Damien Cunningham gives a chuckle and resigns. Having mistakenly touched the wrong piece. Nigels advice never organise and play! There is good humoured laughter around the hall.

Waiting to move

Waiting for the next move.

A smile from John Cairns

John Cairns enjoying the game - one of the last players 'Standing' in fact Johns was the last game - with Nigel having 2 queens and a rook against Johns queen and rook.

Last players Standing included Ross Harris, Calum  Leitch, Gerald Harvey, Steven Eachus, John Cairns, Ian Woodfield, Geoff Hindley, Karina Kruk.

Last players standing

Geoff Hindley

Steven Eachus

Ross one of the late Survivors

Almost a Draw

Nigel humbly admitted this game had a drawn position but unfortunately Calum didnt play it correctly and lost.

White King in centre - Nigels wins

The boards tell the story. 29 white kings sitting in the centre - 29 wins for Nigel Short.

Loud and long applause from players and spectators when the last game against John Cairns completed.

Signing Certificates after applause for winning all games

Nigel signing certificates and score sheets after the final game.

Nigel wins all the games

Chatting after the event.

Enjoying a chat after the event.

Damien Cunningham took Nigel on a tour of Belfast and a visit to a local eatery.

Many thanks to Damien Cunningham and the committee for organising this brilliant event.

Thanks of course to Nigel Short for providing us an opportunity to get beaten by him - I survived 44 moves!

Further details and more pictures : http://ballynafeighchess.wordpress.com/nigel-short-simul/

Navigation
News
Lockdown Summer Tournament: weeks 12 - 14 How are the standings after 14 weeks of the Summer Tournament and some 70 games of slow chess. Aug 09, 2020
Lockdown Summer Tournament: weeks 10 - 11 Another two weeks and some 10 games. We are almost half way through the tournament. Players are still welcome even if th... Aug 05, 2020
Dexter Harris helps Ireland gain 3rd place at the Glorney Gilbert International 2020 Junior international teams from England, Belgium, Wales, Netherlands, Scotland and Ireland. Competed online in different... Jul 31, 2020
Ulster Youngster selected to play for Ireland in Glorney Gilbert International Youngster Dexter Harris has been selected for the Irish International Under 12 Team to play at the Glorney Gilbert Inter... Jul 21, 2020
Irish Championships to be held 1st - 9th August 2020. The Irish Championships will run from 1-9 August in Coláiste Éanna; entries close on July 25th. Jul 21, 2020
More news…
« August 2020 »
August
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031