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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Talking Chess Match: Nigel Short beats Ehsan Ghaem Maghami

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An interesting chess match passed us by even as we were busy settling down for the long-haul of the Candidates Chess Matches in London. Former World Championship Challenger GM Nigel Short defeated Iran’s strongest player GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami in the first “Talking Chess” match that was held in Tehran on 8-12 March 2013. They played a total of 16 games in three different chess variants: four classical games, four rapid games and eight blitz games. Nigel Short achieved a better score overall and defeated the Iranian in all three individual categories.

The Englishman won his two classical games with white to get a 3-1 score in this part of the match. Then, there were four decisive rapid games, where Nigel took a full point in three occasions, achieving the same score as in the classical. The blitz section saw a more balanced struggle; when they got to the 7th game, the score was tied, but then Short demonstrated his class once again and defeated the Iranian in the very last battle.

Every five moves, the players went to a secluded room and recorded their thoughts on videocam. The recordings can be seen at the official website.

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