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Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates Match

Alexey Shirov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games] Chess Event Description
Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates Match (1998)
After the Kasparov - Anand World Championship Match (1995) was hosted by the PCA, the new association decided to run its own series of Interzonal cycles and candidates matches. By the time the PCA folded in 1996, Kasparov suggested that the winner of a Kramnik vs Shirov match could select a challenger. Since Anand was competing in the rival FIDE qualifying cycle, he passed up a 1998 match that resulted in a Shirov vs Kramnik match in May and June.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Shirov 1 1 5.5 2 Kramnik 0 0 3.5

Subsequent negotiations of a Shirov vs Kasparov match never emerged past the planning stages for a challenge in California. In 1999, Kasparov negotiated with Anand (the next highest player on the ratings list) again, but those negotiations also did not result in a Kasparov vs Anand match. It was not until the Kasparov - Kramnik World Championship Match (2000) that their cycle selected Kramnik as the next highest rated player to challenge Kasparov for a match opportunity.

References: (1) Wikipedia article: Classical World Chess Championship 2000

Original collection: Game Collection: WCC Index (Shirov-Kramnik 1998), by User: Hesam7.

 page 1 of 1; 9 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Shirov ½-½251998Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates MatchD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
2. Shirov vs Kramnik ½-½231998Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates MatchC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
3. Kramnik vs Shirov ½-½341998Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates MatchD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. Shirov vs Kramnik 1-0631998Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates MatchC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
5. Kramnik vs Shirov ½-½651998Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates MatchD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
6. Shirov vs Kramnik ½-½181998Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates MatchC48 Four Knights
7. Kramnik vs Shirov ½-½341998Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates MatchE60 King's Indian Defense
8. Shirov vs Kramnik ½-½181998Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates MatchC42 Petrov Defense
9. Kramnik vs Shirov 0-1481998Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates MatchD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-05-15  SpiritedReposte: That's a dodgy bio. Shirov just shows he can beat Kramnik in a match but doesn't get a title shot...Kramnik does, who dismantles Kasparov.

Fate is not without a sense of humor.

May-19-18  lentil: Chess is not transitive.
May-19-18  RookFile: I don't remember the details but if I was Shirov I would have offered to play the Kasparov match for free. You could always write a book about it later, even if you lost the match, and clean up that way.
May-19-18  Howard: Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable playing "for free" while Kasparov no doubt collects a hefty paycheck.

Not only that, Shirov wouldn't be the only one writing a book on the match. What if, for example, Kasparov did, too? Which book would sell better? Or is that a dumb question ?

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Yes, because such books are known to generate hundreds of thousands of the relevant currency in profits. That's why losers of championship matches routinely write them.

Besides, Shirov had already played a match for free - this one.

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I say for free, but, of course, that's not true - it would've cost Shirov tens of thousands of Euros in expenses.

And now some Internet expert is suggesting he should've done the same again, but on even a bigger scale.

<There's an old saying in Latvia I know it's in Texas, probably in Latvia that says, fool me once, shame on shame on you. Fool me you can't get fooled again.>

May-19-18  RookFile: Remember what the Joker says in Batman: "If you're good at something, never do it for free". Maybe you're right.
May-27-18  SpiritedReposte: "You think you can just steal from us and walk away!?"


May-27-18  RookFile: Let's not all go to pieces now.
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