British Grandmaster Nigel visits Uganda

14:04, May 27, 2010      

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The race for the presidency of the world chess governing body has presented Ugandans with a lifetime opportunity to play against renowned British Grandmaster Nigel Short in Kampala.

Nigel, who is expected to arrive on Wednesday, will play exhibition games with several local players as he seeks Uganda's vote for GM Anatoly Karpov who is to challenge the incumbent FIDE president Kirsan Illumzyinhov in the election that will be held at the World Olympiad in Russia.

Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) publicity Vianney Luggya was quoted by the state-owned New Vision daily saying that the exhibition games are scheduled for Thursday and Nigel will depart on Friday.

"His visit to Uganda is also meant to rally support for his preferred candidate GM Anatoly Karpov who is standing against Kirsan," Luggya was quoted as saying.

The venue for the exhibition games and the players that will be lined up against Nigel, however, were yet to be named.

Nigel, who challenged former World Champion Garry Kasparov for the world title in 1993, is regarded as the strongest British player of the 20th Century. He will be the first Grandmaster to visit Uganda and play chess with locals in the history of the game in the East African country.

Nigel is also a world acclaimed chess columnist, coach and commentator. He has an International FIDE rating of 2,685 and is ranked 38th in the world.



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