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Shirov / Andreev vs Speelman / Harding
Gibraltar Congress Speed Blitz Game (2005) (blitz), London ENG, rd 1, Oct-24
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Albin Gambit (C53)  ·  0-1


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Jan-22-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Why not 28.f3?
Premium Chessgames Member <To promote the event there was a special blitz match held on Monday 24th October 2005 at the RAC, Pall Mall. Grandmaster Alexei Shirov, ranked 14th in the world was partnered by 7 year old Peter Andreev. They played Jon Speelman, partnered by 8 year old Edmund Harding. They played a blitz speed match where the partners played alternate moves without consultation. Both children are members of Richmond Junior Chess Club. Tim Bristow, CEO of Gibtelecom said today, 'Gibtelecom is pleased to be continuing as the main sponsor of the Gibraltar Chess Festival. The Gibtelecom Masters is now one of the strongest open tournaments in the world. This match will demonstrate that, not only is it a serious chess festival, but there is also something for everybody.' The time limit was five minutes each with a ten second increment.

Moves were made in the following order: Shirov (white), Speelman (black), Andreev (white), Harding (black) so as you play through the moves bear in mind the two grandmasters played the odd-numbered moves.>

From The Week in Chess,

Jan-27-06  Dogzilla: "Why not 28.f3?"

Give the kid a break, he's only 7.

Jan-30-06  azaris: Good thing Shirov had the 7-year-old helping him, otherwise he might have lost even faster.
Feb-01-06  DanRoss53: Well if the kid played 28. ♘c4?, then Shirov had to play 29. ♔g3?? setting up the mate (29. ♔h1 loses also, but not as quickly); perhaps he was trying to get it over with because of the lost position?
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