Steve Davis and Nigel Short playing chess Steve Davis and Nigel Short

Bobby Fischer Against the World
Premiere Event

On Tuesday 5th July London's Rich Mix cinema hosted the Bobby Fischer Against the World premiere event. The day started off with chess Grandmaster Nigel Short playing a 20 person simultaneous match. His opponents included children from the Hackney Chess club, World Snooker champion Steve Davis, comedian Tim Fizthigham, competition winners and journalists. The match was compered by English Chess Federation president (and Egghead) CJ de Mooi and was a big success. Facebook winner Sarah Hegarty came out on top, managing to draw with Nigel whilst Hackney chess club youngster Tarun Malhotra (who was the UK under 11 champion last year) was the longest player to last out against Nigel before resigning.

After the games were over the film was screened in the cinema, and was followed by a panel discussion hosted by Dominic Lawson. Joining him on the panel were Nigel Short, CJ de Mooi and The Telegraph's chess writer Malcolm Pein.

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Official Selection 2011 Sundance Film Festival