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Keres Memorial Rapid Tournament

Vassily Ivanchuk7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov6/8(+4 -0 =4)[games]
Anatoly Karpov6/8(+4 -0 =4)[games]
Emanuel Berg5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kosyrev4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Vasily Yemelin4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Riho Liiva3.5/8(+2 -3 =3)[games]
Evgenij Romanovich Agrest1.5/9(+0 -6 =3)[games]
Alexey Shirov0.5/8(+0 -7 =1)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Berg vs Agrest 1-0302006Keres Memorial RapidB42 Sicilian, Kan
2. Ivanchuk vs V Kosyrev 1-0192006Keres Memorial RapidD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
3. Vitiugov vs Kasimdzhanov 0-1322006Keres Memorial RapidD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
4. V Yemelin vs Karpov 0-1292006Keres Memorial RapidB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
5. Karpov vs Shirov 1-0302006Keres Memorial RapidD85 Grunfeld
6. Kasimdzhanov vs E Berg ½-½502006Keres Memorial RapidC18 French, Winawer
7. V Kosyrev vs Vitiugov  ½-½252006Keres Memorial RapidD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. R Liiva vs Agrest  1-0362006Keres Memorial RapidB50 Sicilian
9. V Yemelin vs Ivanchuk 0-1442006Keres Memorial RapidB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
10. Ivanchuk vs Vitiugov  1-072006Keres Memorial RapidB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. E Berg vs R Liiva  ½-½352006Keres Memorial RapidC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. Agrest vs Shirov  ½-½882006Keres Memorial RapidD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. V Kosyrev vs Karpov  ½-½652006Keres Memorial RapidE14 Queen's Indian
14. Vitiugov vs Shirov 1-0302006Keres Memorial RapidE17 Queen's Indian
15. V Yemelin vs Kasimdzhanov 0-1292006Keres Memorial RapidC03 French, Tarrasch
16. Karpov vs Agrest 1-0692006Keres Memorial RapidD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Kasimdzhanov vs Ivanchuk ½-½502006Keres Memorial RapidB33 Sicilian
18. Ivanchuk vs R Liiva 1-0412006Keres Memorial RapidD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Shirov vs E Berg  0-1532006Keres Memorial RapidC02 French, Advance
20. R Liiva vs Vitiugov  ½-½362006Keres Memorial RapidB40 Sicilian
21. V Kosyrev vs V Yemelin  ½-½412006Keres Memorial RapidE14 Queen's Indian
22. Ivanchuk vs Agrest  ½-½412006Keres Memorial RapidB50 Sicilian
23. Karpov vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½302006Keres Memorial RapidD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
24. V Kosyrev vs R Liiva  ½-½412006Keres Memorial RapidD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Vitiugov vs E Berg  ½-½472006Keres Memorial RapidE12 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-11-06  ahmadov: I think this is the worst tournament in Shirov's chess career. Fire is being extinguished on the board lately.
Jan-11-06  Steppenwolf: What happened to Shirov? Was he sick or something?
Jan-11-06  THE pawn:

Absolutely no one knows what happened to the once(still)-dominating Shirov. What a horrible pile of blunders. Just horrible. Ivanchuk kicks butts.

Jan-11-06  refutor: good for kasim using the albin as his main weapon v. 1.d4
Jan-11-06  Illogic: My god. I fell out of my chair when I saw Shirov's score.
Jan-11-06  TheParadigm: I can't believe what happened to Shirov. He just fell apart.
Jan-11-06  shirova: He must be having arthritis, but kept it secret.
Jan-11-06  centercounter: I remember it said, I can't remember if it was by Timman or about Timman during one of his "off" performances at Wijk, that the problem with these round robins, versus the Knockout events, is when you're having one of those bad tournaments, you don't get to leave.

Being a mortal (non-Master) and living in the States, I do not have the opportunity to play these round robins. I cannot imagine the mental and emotional anguish of even being less than halfway through a long tournament with only 1/2 point, especially if you're a favorite to win and one of the over-2700 elite.

Jan-11-06  Devilz: Poor Shirov. I almost couldn't believe it when I saw his score.
Jan-11-06  THE pawn: <he must be having arthritis, but kept it secret> I see...
Jan-11-06  THE pawn: Say, do they gain elo points in rapid events?
Jan-11-06  KingG: <Say, do they gain elo points in rapid events?> No. If they did, then Shirov's rating would have taken a heavy hit. I think someone said that had this been rated, Shirov would have lost over 50 rating points!
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  brankat: Apparently, Karpov is still not ready for a retirement, as some have suggested. Too bad he won't be at Wijk.
Jan-12-06  Astardis: Karpov is and always will be a great player. His usually good or even great results in rapid events compared to his usually poor results in classical chess are simply a result of him not doing any serious chess studies anymore. Once he got back to serious work he might well be back in let's say the top ten.
Jan-12-06  cuendillar: Though schedule for Emanuel Berg, XXXV Rilton Cup (2006) from 27/12-5/1 and then this rapid tournament starting the very next day.
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  Mendrys: Good to see Karpov score well. He could easily be top ten if he wanted to spend the time and effort. About Shirov, that's the way things go in the rapid events. If you are in a slump you don't have time to recover. As well, since this doesn't count towards rating's he was hardly playing for draws.
Jan-13-06  ianroy47: Shirov is full of it. He lost a few games at the beginning and then turned into a little child and just gave up. Look at the Kaza game. When he gets beat he gets scared a shames him self in an infanitle resignation mode. Check out his score with Kasparov. He is a poor loser. A real detriment to the game.
Jan-14-06  Eatman: I hate to respond to obvious trolling by Ianroy47, but couldn't resist:

1. Kaza-Shirov game is incomplete.
2. Shirov does have a horrible score when playing Kasparov(no wins at regular time controls). This is not that unusual during history there have been GMs who have had other GMs number. Kasp is slightly better than Shirov tactically, but miles ahead positionally, so Shirov really has no chance to "mix things up" so to say.

3. Why is Shirov a poor loser?
4. Why is Shirov full of it?
Those comments of yours were uncalled for. I have not read of anything that Shirov has been a bad loser at any tournament.

He just had a bad rapid tournament, that's all. I suspect he tried to play for a win in every game with something ultrasharp and just wasn't in shape.

Have you met Shirov in real life? Well, I have.

Jan-17-06  hidude: Shirov Stunk. Period.
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