Karjakin crushes Short in a rapid match

7.5-2.5 in favor uf Ukrainian prodigy

Sergey Karjakin convincingly beat his former coach Nigel Short in a rapid time-control match that was held on 3-7th July in Kiev, Ukraine. An early 0-3 deficit made it hard for Short to fight for the overall match score, but he managed to sign nice wins in 4th and 8th game. Perhaps insisting on offbeat openings, like Budapest Gambit and Sicilian Grand-Prix Attack, reduced his chances for a better result. Karjakin claimed the match by a large 7.5-2.5 margin.

Nigel Short square Karjakin shrt

Nigel Short and Sergey Karjakin

Ukrainian newspaper “24″ conducted an interview with Nigel Short, where he shared some of his views on sports and politics:

24 – What are your thoughts during the game?

Nigel Short – I am always very confident. I also like when opponents underestimate me. When they think that I am a little harmless rabbit, I bite.

24 – When is the time for chess players to retire?

Nigel Short – Chess is basically a game for young people. But if you succeed in maintaining the motivation, you can keep on playing for a long time. For example, Anand is not much younger than me, but he is now the best in the world!

Short also talked on football, cricket, Kasparov’s prospects in politics, visa regime and even about the hot topic raised after an innocent remark on Chessbase.com – why is Britain fielding more that one team in sport competitions. Read the entire interview on 24.ua (Russian).

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