RIP Philip Short

Irish chess lost one of it’s titans recently with the death of Philip Short. I remember as a youngster going through Philips games in copies of the Irish Chess Journal. I got to play him quite a few times in more recent years. He was an excellent chess player but more importantly was a very pleasant and modest person. Deepest sympathies to all his family and friends.

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3 Comments to “RIP Philip Short”

  1. I echo what you’ve said Rory. A very sad loss and the end of an era for Munster and Irish chess. My chess ‘career’ in a sense started with Philip as he played in and won the very first rated tournament I played in. A Munster or Nth Munster played in Kilfinane 1980.
    Won’t forget the long hair he had in those days!!

  2. Can I add my condolences to the earlier comments? I was deeply shocked by Philip’s death – he seemed so vital and still played so well. But there have been too many sudden deaths lately — Daniel Freeman, aged 50, webmaster and founder of the chessgames.com site, died of heart failure last summer. And my younger brother Barry, also 50, died of cancer in September. He wasn’t a bad chess player either, and leaves a 9-year-old-son who is very keen on the game.

  3. I first played Philip in the 1970s, in the last round of an Open Tournament in Cavan. I had already beaten Paul Wallace, then rated about 2200, but lost to Carton and Paul Delaney. I ended up drawing with Philip, scoring 50% overall – a good result, as 5 of my 6 opponents were internationals.

    Curiously, in my game against Philip, I played the rare Kangaroo or Keres Defence — 1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Nd2 etc.
    About 30 years later, I played the same line vs Philip, but attempted an ‘improvement’ — which soon got me into trouble. I lost. Maybe Philip took me more seriously this time, I’m not sure — but he said he had no memory of our earlier game (and yet he repeated exactly the same line from the 1978 game).. Overall, I think I played him 4 times, scoring just 0.5/4.

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