Apparently, earlier this week those who manage the NYT (New York Times) decided to end the chess column, one of North America’s most widely read and prestigious. My readers might recall that the long-time columnist Robert Byrne died last year at age 84 and since then rumours of impending doom have been flying. They were confirmed this week.
New rumours are flying that the NYT might actually change it’s decision (by popular demand!) and bring in a new writer. Two candidates have been proposed, the 71-year old Ljubomir Kavalek and 49-year old Nigel Short:
Nigel Short: The puckish and often controversial 49-year-old English grandmaster was the No. 3 player in the world in the late 1980s. He’s part of chess history for several reasons, the main one being that he was Garry Kasparov’s challenger for the world championship in 1993. He’s also an enormously entertaining writer … (from the link cited above)
My vote , in case anyone is interested, is for Nigel Short (the one on the left in the above photo; the one who is ‘pucking’ around). I don’t like his politics, but what does that have to do with anything? Nigel is a damned good writer!