Alexei Shirov goes 26-0-1 at ACC

ACC welcomed GM Alexei Shirov to the club on February 27

GM Shirov plays a move against Nikita Gusev during the simul in Toronto

Chess lecture

To start the night, GM Alexei Shirov gave a chess lecture, analysing three of his most recent games. Apart from his analysis, he spoke about the difference between computer analysis and over-the-board play, and made several interesting comments about the kinds of moves that players see versus the kind that chess computers sometimes suggest. He also advised chess players to avoid “brilliancies.” The best move, he told us, is often quite simple; and the best tactic – is simply to attack a piece that cannot be defended!

Personally, I was interested that he credited his friend Canadian GM Kevin Spraggett with teaching him some lines of opening theory in the 6.Bg5 Najdorf. I was also impressed with his mental image of the game: he was able, at several points in the lecture, to provide game analysis to answer audience questions without looking back at the board. Indeed he began his lecture asking the audience how strong their own image of the board was: “Without looking, what colour is the d5 square? What colour is b6?” (If you’re interested, try these board vision tests at Chess Drum.)

The games he analysed were all taken from the Petrov Memorial Rapid, including his win against Russian GM Alexander Morozevich, who took first place in the event. The tournament was held in Jaunkemeri (Jurmala), Latvia, from February 16 to 19. Shirov finished with 4.5/7 (+3-1=3) – an especially good result considering he was an event organizer as well as a participant!

All three games are available on the board below. (Use the drop-down menu above the board to select a game.)

Simultaneous exhibition

After his lecture, Shirov gave a simultaneous exhibition, playing 27 simultaneous chess games against Toronto players, and scoring 26.5/27 (+26-0=1). Rolando Renteria took the sole half-point, employing the Lowenthal variation of the Sicilian.

Before coming to Toronto, Shirov was in Ottawa and Gatineau, where his combined record was +37-1=1. See the article in Chessbase – “Shirov 2012 Ottawa Simul” (Thanks to Jack Maguire for the link!)

Participants

# Name CFC# Rating Result
1 Jeff Back 111052 2009 0
2 Paulo Barreto 0
3 Brett Campbell 101324 2251 0
4 Romeo Celis 0
5 Alijandro Chapman 0
6 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2022 0
7 Tal Granite 0
8 Nikita Gusev 128168 2277 0
9 Jim Mourgelas 108540 1485 0
10 Zehn Nasir 148198 1861 0
11 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 146059 1926 0
12 David Rahenbrock 0
13 Rolando Renteria 152626 2263 ½
14 Manuela Renteria 152627 1679 0
15 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1416 0
16 Ross Richardson 111115 1970 0
17 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1948 0
18 Josep M Sobrepere 152976 1512 0
19 George Supol 152286 1307 0
20 Stephan Tonakanian 150629 2098 0
21 Adie Todd 125156 1692 0
22 Adrian David Valencia 153521 2023 0
23 John Warner 152782 1087 0
24 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1868 0
25 Yuanchen Zhang 148449 2013 0
26 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1784 0
27 Anton Zverev 150115 1335 0

.pgn for games

[Event “Petrov Memorial Rapid”]
[Site “Jurmala LAT”]
[Date “2012.02.18”]
[Round “2.2”]
[White “Shakhriyar Mamedyarov”]
[Black “Alexey Shirov”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D23”]
[WhiteElo “2747”]
[BlackElo “2710”]
[PlyCount “50”]
[EventDate “2012.02.18”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qc2 dxc4 5. Qxc4 Bg4 6. Bf4 Nbd7 7. Nbd2 e6 8.
e4 Bxf3 9. gxf3 Nb6 10. Qd3 c5 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Rc1 Nfd7 13. Rxc5 Nxc5 14. Qc3
Rc8 15. Bb5+ Kf8 16. Ke2 Nxe4 17. Qa3+ Nc5 18. Ne4 Kg8 19. Nxc5 Nd5 20. Be5 Qb6
21. Qa4 Qxc5 22. Rg1 f6 23. Bd7 fxe5 24. Bxe6+ Kf8 25. Bxc8 Nf4+ 0-1

[Event “Petrov Memorial Rapid”]
[Site “Jurmala LAT”]
[Date “2012.02.18”]
[Round “3.3”]
[White “Alexey Shirov”]
[Black “Alexander Morozevich”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “E04”]
[WhiteElo “2710”]
[BlackElo “2763”]
[PlyCount “121”]
[EventDate “2012.02.18”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 a6 6. O-O Nc6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. e3
O-O 9. Nbd2 e5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Ng4 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Nxc4 Nxe5 14. Nxe5
Qxe5 15. Qb3 c6 16. f4 Qe7 17. Rad1 Be6 18. Qc3 Rad8 19. a4 Qf6 20. a5 Bg4 21.
Rde1 Qh6 22. f5 Bh3 23. Bxh3 Qxh3 24. e4 Qh5 25. Qf3 Qg5 26. Re2 Qe7 27. Qc3
Rfe8 28. e5 Rd5 29. e6 Qc5+ 30. Qxc5 Rxc5 31. Rd1 Rxf5 32. exf7+ Kxf7 33. Rd7+
Kf8 34. Rxe8+ Kxe8 35. Rxg7 Rxa5 36. Rxb7 Rb5 37. Rxb5 cxb5 38. b4 Kd7 39. Kf2
Kc6 40. g4 Kd5 41. h4 Ke4 42. Kg3 Ke5 43. Kf3 Kd4 44. g5 Ke5 45. Kg4 a5 46.
bxa5 b4 47. a6 b3 48. a7 b2 49. a8=Q b1=Q 50. Qe8+ Kd6 51. Qf8+ Kc7 52. Qe7+
Kc6 53. Qe6+ Kc7 54. Kh5 Qd3 55. Kh6 Qd4 56. h5 Qh8 57. Qf7+ Kc8 58. Qxh7 Qe5
59. Qg7 Qe2 60. Qf6 Qe3 61. Kg7 1-0

[Event “Petrov Memorial Rapid”]
[Site “Jurmala LAT”]
[Date “2012.02.19”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Alexey Shirov”]
[Black “Vassily Ivanchuk”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B96”]
[WhiteElo “2710”]
[BlackElo “2766”]
[PlyCount “75”]
[EventDate “2012.02.18”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Qe2
Qc7 9. O-O-O b5 10. a3 Be7 11. g4 Bb7 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. g5 Bxd4 14. Rxd4 e5 15.
fxe5 dxe5 16. Rd2 O-O 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. exd5 Qd6 19. h4 Rac8 20. Bh3 Rc7 21. Re1
Re8 22. h5 Nf8 23. Bf5 Rc4 24. Qf3 Re7 25. Be4 Nd7 26. g6 Nf6 27. Bf5 e4 28.
Qh3 fxg6 29. hxg6 h6 30. Be6+ Kh8 31. Rf1 Ng8 32. Rf8 Rxe6 33. Rxg8+ Kxg8 34.
dxe6 Qe7 35. Qf5 Rc8 36. Rd7 Qf8 37. Qxe4 Rc4 38. Qd3 1-0

[Event “ACC Simultaneous”]
[Site “Toronto CAN”]
[Date “2012.02.27”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Shirov, Alexei”]
[Black “Renteria, Rolando”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B32”]
[WhiteElo “2710”]
[BlackElo “2263”]
[PlyCount “75”]
[SourceDate “2012.02.28”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 a6 6. Nd6+ Bxd6 7. Qxd6 Qf6 8.
Qc7 Nge7 9. Nc3 Nd4 10. Bd3 Ne6 11. Qd6 Nf4 12. Qxf6 Nxd3+ 13. cxd3 gxf6 14.
Be3 d6 15. Na4 Be6 16. Nb6 Rd8 17. d4 d5 18. exd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Rxd5 20. dxe5
fxe5 21. O-O Ke7 22. Rac1 Rc8 23. Rxc8 Bxc8 24. Rc1 Be6 25. f3 f5 26. Kf2 f4
27. Bc5+ Kf6 28. Bb4 Rd8 29. Bc3 h5 30. g3 fxg3+ 31. hxg3 Kf5 32. Rh1 Bf7 33.
Ke3 Rg8 34. Rg1 Bd5 35. Rd1 Ke6 36. Rg1 h4 37. Be1 hxg3 38. Rxg3 1/2-1/2

[Event “ACC Simul”]
[Site “Toronto”]
[Date “2012.02.27”]
[Round “”]
[White “GM Alexei Shirov”]
[Black “David Rahenbrock”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C88d”]
[EventDate “2012.02.27”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.d3 O-O 11.Nbd2 Na5 12.Bc2 c5 13.Nf1 Rc8 14.g4 Bg6 15.Ng3 Nc6 16.Nh4 Nd7 17.Nhf5 Re8 18.a4 b4 19.Bb3 a5 20.Qf3 Nf8 21.Nh5 Bxf5 22.Qxf5 Ne6 23.Bxe6 fxe6 24.Qxe6+ Kh8 25.Qf7 Rg8 26.Be3 g6 27.Ng3 Rf8 28.Qe6 Rf6 29.Qd5 Qf8 30.Rad1 Qf7 31.d4 Qxd5 32.exd5 Nb8 33.dxe5 dxe5 34.Ne4 Rf3 35.d6 1-0

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4 thoughts on “Alexei Shirov goes 26-0-1 at ACC”

    1. I would like to. However, if any scoresheet copies were left with us, no one seems to know where they are. If any participants can send me their games, I will try to get them posted.

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