Vernon Albert Small (born 18 July 1954, England) is a New Zealand chess International Master (IM). He represented New Zealand in eight Chess Olympiads from 1976 to 1992. By profession he is a journalist, reporting on New Zealand political affairs for Fairfax Media.
Vernon Small at the "Journalism Matters" EPMU Summit Meeting, Wellington 2007.
|Born||July 18, 1954|
|Title||International Master (1988)|
|FIDE rating||2313 (inactive since Apr 2005)|
|Peak rating||2390 (Jan 1989)|
Small moved to New Zealand at the age of 9 in 1964 from England. Small was educated at Shirley Boys High School in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was awarded a PhD in English Literature from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 1985. He has previously worked as National Affairs Editor for Fairfax Media New Zealand, based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery; for which he has received numerous awards. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
He represented New Zealand in eight Chess Olympiads from 1976 to 1992, playing on board 1 in 1982, 1984 and 1988. His best result was his Olympiad debut at the 22nd Chess Olympiad, Haifa 1976, when he scored 7/9, and finished equal third with Grandmaster Larry Evans for the bronze medal on board 3.
Small won or jointly won the New Zealand Chess Championship on four occasions; 1979/80 (shared with Ortvin Sarapu and Ewen Green), 1980/81 (shared with Ortvin Sarapu and Roger Nokes), 1981/82, and 1984/85.
- Vernon Small FIDE rating history, www.olimpbase.org
- Vernon Small FIDE player profile, www.fide.com
- Vernon Small Chess Olympiad Statistics, www.olimpbase.org
- 22nd Chess Olympiad, Haifa 1976 Individual Medals, www.olimpbase.org
- The New Zealand Championships: A Brief History by Peter Stuart
- Vernon Small player profile, www.chessgames.com
- Mestel-Small Haifa Olympiad 1976,Small-Torre, Wellington 1978, Small-Panno, Thessaloniki Olympiad 1988, chessgames.com