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Nigel Short faces Ghaem Maghami in a match in Iran

Former World Championship Challenger GM Nigel Short will play a “Talking Chess match” against GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Iran’s strongest player, from 8-12 March 2013 in Tehran, Iran.

Every five moves, the players go to a secluded room and record their thoughts on videocam. The live broadcast of the moves will be highlighted by the recording of the players. It will be interesting to see how the players think. Both may think they are ahead in the position.

Short - Ghaem Maghami

Usually players give press conferences after the game and give their analysis. In Talking Chess, players share their analysis while the game is going on! Neither player will be able to hear the other’s recording although spectators in the hall will have headphones and the live analysis will be broadcast on the interent at

When he was told that chess was not a spectator Bobby Fischer said that chess is the true spectator sport since viewers analyze and not only watch. In Talking chess we have the players also share their analysis. This format may be what chess needs enter television.

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