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Alexei Shirov
Latvia, 45
  • Classic 2631
  • Blitz 2667
  • Rapid 2636
  • World rank150
  • National rank2
  • Continent rank106

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Shirov in Chess World

The very strong tournament finished Thursday. A wrap-up by World Chess’s columnist.
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World Chess’s columnist looks at some of the shortest games by some of the best players.
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Most people expected Garry Kasparov to win, but Vladimir Kramnik had prepared a nasty opening surprise for the match and it helped him win the title.
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Dec 23

All Square

A match this week in Moscow between elite players from different generations ended in a tie.
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When Alexi Shirov and Richard Rapport, two of the world’s most interesting and entertaining players, faced each other at the Chess Olympiad, it was inevitable that sparks would fly.
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The divisions in the chess world in the 1990s and early 2000s led to a perplexing and chaotic situation as a succession of players laid claim to a piece of the World Championship title.
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The World Chess Federation has been trying to get chess into the Olympics for many years. In 2000, it was, as an exhibition sport.
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The following game shows what can happen when a player does not know the latest lines in a sharp and complicated opening.
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Worldchess’s columnist writes about Alexei Shirov, who is known as one of the most dangerous attackers of the last several decades. Usually he is the aggressor, but occasionally his approach backfires, with spectacular results.
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For more than a decade, the Candidates competitions more-or-less disappeared because of a split in the chess world and the use of a different format for World Championships. But in 2007, they roared back to life.
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Nakamura won the elite tournament for the second year in a row.
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Anand drew both his games on Day 2, but that was enough to preserve his lead.
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The Zurich Chess Challenge has an unusual format, but the former World Champion had no trouble adjusting.
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If more than one competitor in a tournament plays the same sequence of moves in the same round, it might be coincidence, but sometimes it is intentional, as Worldchess’s columnist explains.
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With a draw in the Round 8, Russia kept its lead, but it must secure at least a draw in the final round to clinch the title.
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With a win in Round 7 over its closest rival, Russia is now comfortably ahead of the field in the European Team Championship. The real battle is now for silver.
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