A British chess grandmaster who once famously declared that men were better suited to the game than women played against 20 women simultaneously in Auckland on Wednesday and didn’t lose a match.
Nigel Short, once placed third in world chess rankings and considered Britain’s best ever player, was in New Zealand to take part in the 2016 NZ Chess Open. The exhibition games, called “Beauty V the Beast,” were a lighthearted adjunct aimed at promoting awareness of the game.
In a column in the magazine New in Chess last year, Short suggested that the reason more men were playing high-level chess than women was due to gender differences.
"Men and women's brains are hard-wired very differently, so why should they function in the same way?" he wrote.
The statement caused some controversy in mainstream media, where it was pointed out former women’s world champion Judit Polgar had beaten Nigel Short eight classical games to three in total with five draws.
But Short had no trouble beating all of Wednesday’s contenders, with former reality TV contestant and competitive chess player Natasha Fairley providing the strongest challenge.