Sunday, June 23, 2013

Edmonton International - Side Event #1 - Nigel Short Lecture

The Nigel Short lecture was well attended with players ranging from age 10 to 70.  Like all good chess players he was a couple of minutes late.  His excuse was that he had taken a half hour nap at his hotel and didn't wake up until 4 hours later.  He was still a bit jet lagged having just arrived from Tanzania!?.  He had found that tournament on Facebook and decided to try playing in East Africa.  I think he holds the record for winning tournaments in the most countries.  Maybe he's trying to make sure nobody beats his record.

Assembled crowd waiting for GM Short

Micah Hughey introducing the Star

Short was awarded his Trophy for winning last years tourney

Lecture (after 10...g6)
 
At the critical position (prior to 15...d5)

His lecture was about a game from the previous tournament prior to the one in Tanzania.  His opponent was Loek Van Wely and the tournament was the 21st Sigeman & Co in Malmo, Sweden.  I found the game in chessgames.com and tried to annotate it with what I remembered from the lecture.

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