|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: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...
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!|
|Jan-11-06|| ||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.|
|Jan-13-06|| ||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.|