Sunday, November 19, 2006

Short: Do Away with Titles

English grandmaster Nigel Short is in India to compete in the Commonwealth Chess Championships that is scheduled to commence tomorrow 20, November. Speaking to the Indian press, Short says:

My personal opinion is to do away with these titles in chess. I know several instances of tournaments being fixed in order to help players attain the required norms and then get the GM titles. There have been instances of players throwing away matches for money to enable their opponents get these titles.

From the Financial Express.

Australia will be represented in the Mumbai event by FM Lee Jones. We wish Lee all the very best in his battles! No doubt Lee would have had a few tips from brother-in-law IM Gary Lane. In 1988, Gary, then playing under the English flag, was the Commonwealth Chess Champion.


Anonymous said...

Yup, Do Away with the Titles! Just like what Pacquiao and Morales deed earlier. There's no major title involved but hey! look what kind og games the two have produced! They are classic man! Pride and honor is much better than title's!

Anonymous said...

Yes, they should do away with all chess titles. Just use current FIDE ratings. Also, do away with life memberships of chess organisations.

Anonymous said...

has gm short renounced his titlE?

Anonymous said...

Why should he? As he stated "20 years ago", so his title is legitimate and verifiable one. FIDE rating as well as the norms/titles can be easily manipulated as what the Myanmar/Murma done before, when suddenly they produced a supergrandmaster-rated Zaw Win Lay and a host of 2500+ IM's.

Anonymous said...

doublE standards