It is with great sadness that the ICU learns of the passing of FM Philip Short.
Originally from Cork, Philip Short won the first of his many Irish Chess Championships in 1981 (shared with David Dunne) and was a regular participant in many Irish events since. Well known for his friendly banter with all, as well as his terrific Chess strength, Philip was popular with all in the Irish Chess community for over four decades.
Our condolences to his wife Claudia and his two daughters Jennifer and Rebecca, please know that he will be truly missed in the Irish Chess community.
We received the below message from Claudia Short, Philip's wife, over the weekend:
To the Irish Chess Union and all Chess players in Ireland
Philip Short R.I.P.
I would like to express my sincere Thanks to you for your support, your kind words, cards and flowers. Many of you even travelled long distances to pay your respects and bid a warm though sad farewell to Philip.
His brother Jack couldn’t have said it better in his Eulogy, and I know he won’t mind me quoting this: Philip had high level duels over many decades with other pillars of Irish chess and it is so nice to see here some of those implacable opponents who became either staunch friends or wary admirers. The message of sympathy on the site from the Irish Chess union and from leading chess players outside Ireland are very much appreciated.
Everyone - young, old and all ages in between - spoke so fondly of Philip, sharing lovely stories and experiences with him over the years which contributed to give him a lovely send-off.
I want to express my appreciation and thank you for your support.
Claudia Short and my daughters Jenny and Becca