We are proud to present the commentary team for our live coverage of the FIDE World Cup 2013. Lawrence Trent and Susan Polgar will take us through rounds 1 – 4. On August 23nd, they will be replaced by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam and Nigel Short to comment on rounds 5 - 7.
Born in 1986, Lawrence is an International Master and despite having a number of international tournament victories under his belt, winning the Porto San Giorgio International back to back in 2005 and 2006, is perhaps best known for his role as anchor and commentator at annual super tournaments such as the London Chess Classic, the Grenke Chess Classic and most recently the World Championship Candidates, together with former World Championship Finalist GM Nigel Short. The Londoner, who has a degree in Romance languages and European Studies from Lancaster University, has also produced a number of best-selling training DVDs for Chessbase, including "The Smith-Morra Gambit" and "Two Knights Defence", and is one third of the popular "Full English Breakfast" podcast, produced in association with Macauley Peterson and GM Stephen Gordon. Outside of chess, Lawrence is a massive Chelsea FC fan and enjoys travelling around Europe rocking to the latest mambo rhythms."
Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam
Editor-in-chief of New In Chess, the international chess magazine that has readers in 97 countries. He is also a prolific writer. His best known books are Linares! Linares!, Finding Bobby Fischer and The Day Kasparov Quit, the last two being collections of his best interviews with the famous and fabled of chess.
Dirk Jan (a.k.a. DJ) made his debut as a commentator at the 2012 World Championship match between Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand in Moscow. This year he was commentator at the Alekhine Memorial in Paris/St. Petersburg and the first super-tournament on Norwegian soil, Norway Chess 2013, in the Stavanger region.
He has high expectations about his second visit to Norway, this time to the far north: 'The list of participants in the Tromsø World Cup is so impressive – in fact it’s almost literally unbelievable – that we can look forward to a tremendous event. Every day the battle between the different generations and the clashes between favourites and outsiders will guarantee suspense, excitement and great entertainment.'
Chess grandmaster, columnist, coach and chess commentator.
After becoming the youngest International Master in chess history aged 14 (breaking Bobby Fischer's 1958 record), he was awarded the grandmaster title in 1984, aged nineteen - becoming the youngest grandmaster in the world at that time, he is now regarded as the strongest and best known English player of the modern era, ranked third in the world for a period of 18 months from 1988 to 1989 (third to Kasparov and Karpov), and in the top ten for over a decade. Winning candidate matches against Karpov and Speelman, he went on to challenge Garry Kasparov in the World Chess Championship in 1993. To date, Short has defeated 12 of the 19 officially recognised World Champions since 1886; Smyslov (1), Tal (1), Petrosian (1), Spassky (1), Topalov (2), Kramnik (4), Anand (4), Kasimdzhanov (2), Ponomariov (3), Khalifman (4), Karpov (7) and Kasparov (8).
His wins and achievements include but are not limited to: 3 times British Champion, 3 times Commonwealth Champion, EU Champion 2006, additionally placing first, or tied first, in dozens of international tournaments across the world. Representing England at international level since 1983, he has participated in 23 Olympiads, Euroteams and World Team Championships, the main highlights including 3 Olympiad team Silver medals, one Bronze medal, and one individual Gold. His most recent tournament wins were the 2013 Sigeman and Co tournament in Sweden, and the 2013 Spice Net Tournament held in Tanzania.
During his career he has become known as one of the most extensively travelled grandmasters, visiting over 100 countries to date, but interestingly, the World Cup 2013 in Tromso will be his first ever visit to Norway! A keen promoter of chess around the world, these visits have included lectures and simuls for federations such as Barbados, Trinidad, Malawi, Mozambique etc. in addition to being a patron for the UK charity program Chess in Schools.
In addition to playing, Short has written chess columns and book reviews for the British newspapers The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Spectator, The Sunday Telegraph and The Guardian for over twenty years, and is now writing a monthly column for New in Chess. After commentating at the prestigious London Chess Classic tournament in 2012 and the Candidates Tournament held in 2013, Short has become well known for his unique sense of humour, wit and commentary style.
Outside of his chess career, Nigel is passionate about playing guitar, wine (drinking, and the finer points), international cricket, swimming and olive oil production at his home in Greece.