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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nigel Short chess simul on a tennis court!

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Hi everyone,

Trust grandmaster Nigel Short to hold a simul on a tennis court! And, two youngsters from Hendon Chess Club were the heroes at the evening. World Championship candidate Nigel Short took on 47 players at the Middlesex University Real Tennis Club on 15th February. The play took place on the court itself, with spectators watching from the galleries.

Juniors Joseph Levene (b. December 1996) and Isaac Sanders (b. May 1998) both scored highly creditable draws, with Nigel beating all the other contenders. Petr Vachtfeidl from London’s Metropolitan Chess Club was the first person to enter the event and the last to finish, and Nigel couldn’t beat him in an opposite coloured bishop endgame. The player who travelled the furthest to play Nigel was certainly Newcastle’s Zheming Zhang (Jesmond Junior Chess Club) the reigning British Under 8 and 9 Champion.

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