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Kamran Shirazi
Number of games in database: 429
Years covered: 1972 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2350 (2365 rapid, 2396 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2457
Overall record: +169 -191 =64 (47.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      5 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (65) 
    B30 B40 B20 B52 B51
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A46 D00 A45 A40 D02
 French Defense (14) 
    C15 C11 C01 C00
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C77 C63 C91 C60 C78
 Caro-Kann (12) 
    B17 B15 B12 B19 B16
 King's Indian (7) 
    E67 E63 E76 E94 E77
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B28 B22 B29 B40 B21
 Old Indian (28) 
    A53 A54
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A50 A46 A45 A40 A41
 King's Indian (19) 
    E60 E91 E97 E62 E87
 English, 1 c4 e5 (9) 
    A28 A20 A29 A22 A25
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (8) 
    B67 B62 B68 B69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Kennaugh vs K Shirazi, 2003 0-1
   D H Campora vs K Shirazi, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Silman vs K Shirazi, 1979 0-1
   DeFirmian vs K Shirazi, 1986 0-1
   K Shirazi vs A S Zilberberg, 1986 1-0
   K Shirazi vs G Lane, 1983 1-0
   K Shirazi vs A Lein, 1986 1-0
   M Berlyant vs K Shirazi, 1990 0-1
   T Beckers vs K Shirazi, 2008 0-1
   K Shirazi vs C Kleijn, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)

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(born Nov-21-1952, 63 years old) Iran (federation/nationality France)

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Kamran Shirazi was born in Teheran and was awarded the IM title in 1978.

Wikipedia article: Kamran Shirazi

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 429  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Shirazi vs H MacGrillen  0-163 1972 Skopje ol (Men) final-CB53 Sicilian
2. B Carpinter vs K Shirazi  1-043 1972 20th olm final CC42 Petrov Defense
3. A Ahmed-Zaid vs K Shirazi  0-133 1974 OlympiadB58 Sicilian
4. K Shirazi vs E M Green  1-033 1974 21st olm final CA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
5. E Paoli vs K Shirazi  1-060 1976 Haifa ol (Men)B08 Pirc, Classical
6. M Kennefick vs K Shirazi 0-127 1976 Haifa ol (Men)B08 Pirc, Classical
7. K Shirazi vs R Mascarinas  ½-½7 1978 JakartaC49 Four Knights
8. K Shirazi vs Chandler 1-049 1978 1st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA48 King's Indian
9. K Shirazi vs C Hon  1-034 1978 JakartaB89 Sicilian
10. Quinteros vs K Shirazi 1-025 1978 1st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA43 Old Benoni
11. C Laird vs K Shirazi 0-126 1978 JakartaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. K Shirazi vs O Sarapu 0-145 1978 1st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterC44 King's Pawn Game
13. E Torre vs K Shirazi  1-030 1978 JakartaC60 Ruy Lopez
14. J Sampouw vs K Shirazi 1-041 1978 1st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterC41 Philidor Defense
15. A Bachtiar vs K Shirazi  ½-½47 1978 JakartaC60 Ruy Lopez
16. E M Green vs K Shirazi 1-036 1978 1st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
17. K Shirazi vs O'Kelly  ½-½41 1978 JakartaB50 Sicilian
18. H Suradiradja vs K Shirazi 0-133 1978 1st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
19. K Shirazi vs Chandler  0-139 1978 JakartaA34 English, Symmetrical
20. K Shirazi vs H Suradiradja  1-035 1978 JakartaB30 Sicilian
21. M Sharif vs K Shirazi  1-059 1978 JakartaC41 Philidor Defense
22. K Shirazi vs E Torre  0-172 1978 1st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB30 Sicilian
23. K Shirazi vs Quinteros  0-138 1978 JakartaA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. R Mascarinas vs K Shirazi  0-139 1978 1st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA04 Reti Opening
25. H Ardiansyah vs K Shirazi  ½-½76 1978 JakartaB07 Pirc
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-16-08  Abdooss: Shirazi is an outstanding chessplayer,
but sometimes even the best makes mistakes=
K Shirazi vs Peters, 1984
May-05-09  Everett: Has anyone noticed this one?

Larsen vs K Shirazi, 1986

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  wordfunph: Kamran Shirazi was known for playing strange and unorthodox openings. As this was a period of rating inflation, the rating of Shirazi rose to over 2700 and he became the highest rated player in the USCF. However, when invited to play in the 1984 U.S. Chess Championship, Shirazi lost almost all his games and finished last.

(Source: The Chess Journal 2005-04 December)

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  Caissanist: That's a bit unfair to Shirazi. He becamse the USCF's highest rated player not through inflation, but from dominating weekend swiss tournaments throughout the country for many years. His style of play was, and apparently still is, unconventional and hyper-agressive but often not completely sound. Players like this can be deadly against even slightly weaker players, but do relatively poorly at the highest levels.
Jan-27-12  Granny O Doul: True, but in one of the years between his two near-perfect scores (one draw, the rest losses and two draws, the rest losses) in US championship tourneys, he made a score of plus two. 1986, maybe.
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  wordfunph: 1984 U.S. Championship in Berkeley:

The tournament was 18-player round-robin. IM Kamran Shirazi's record was 1 draw and 16 losses.

His prize: $37.50

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  waustad: He's now in France. Did he have US citizenship at some point? Chess players move a lot.
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  Fusilli: <waustad> In order to get US citizenship, an immigrant has to first be a lawful permanent resident (LPR) for five years (the waiting time is shorter under some circumstances, such as serving in the U.S. military). There are several ways to become an LPR, the most common of which is through "family reunification", which includes marrying a U.S. citizen or LPR. Was Shirazi ever married to an American? Another avenue to LPR status is through an employer's sponsorship. There is also the refugee path. If Shirazi came to the U.S. escaping the Iranian regime (maybe after the Ayatollah Khomeini banned chess), then maybe he was awarded refugee status, which leads to LPR in just one year. To be awarded refugee status, he would have had to prove that he was in danger in his own country for reasons of discrimination, and that the cause of this danger was his country's government. That would have applied, I think, with Shirazi being a professional chess player.

BTW, what is the current status of chess in Iran? See this article from 2000: I want to think it is perfectly legal now, despite what that article reports...

Mar-26-12  Everett: <wordfunph: 1984 U.S. Championship in Berkeley:

The tournament was 18-player round-robin. IM Kamran Shirazi's record was 1 draw and 16 losses.

His prize: $37.50>

In Berkeley, even the homeless get paid more.

Still not a bad take for only scoring a half-point better than I could.

Sep-03-12  Helios727: People say he is so aggressive in his playing style. However, is not the "Old Indian Defense" a passive defense?
Sep-03-12  zoren: It is slightly passive, but it's a variation with relatively little theory, where innovations can come left and right.

Add the fact that all the pieces tend to stay on the board in the Old Indian, it's the perfect system to slowly but surely outplay a weaker opponent, or put up for a long fight against someone strong.

Upon examination of a few of his Old Indian games, he would sometimes be hyper-aggressive and open the game prematurely and lose quickly.

You could surmise that the Old Indian didn't match his style entirely but you also had games where this style was quite successful, which is quintessential Shirazi.

Nov-19-12  BIDMONFA: Kamran Shirazi


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  redlance: Anybody know what Kamran is doing now?
Still living in Paris or somewhere in France?
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  twinlark: <Fusillia> <BTW, what is the current status of chess in Iran? See this article from 2000: I want to think it is perfectly legal now, despite what that article reports...>

Iran seems to have a thriving chess culture, including a stable of male and female masters: One of the top U16 girls in the world is WIM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh while Asadi Motahare won the 2012 Girls U8 world championship.

One recent event that drew some attention was the world record number of players in a simul, played by GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami in Tehran:

The 2007 Asian Cities championship was held in Tehran and other events are held in Iran regularly, including tournaments such as the 10th Khazar Cup ( Iran also has its own national league.

Here are the recent events the Iranians have registered with FIDE:

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  Caissanist: Regarding Shirazi's move to the USA--he came her in 1979, the same year the Shah was overthrown. I don't know if he claimed political asylum but it would have made sense, since chess was outlawed in Iran by the new regime.
Jun-12-13  andrewjsacks: You might wish to read my article on Shirazi, "Persian Prince of the Chessboard," published at a year or two ago. Again, we were lucky to have him in SoCal for a few years, and he was one of a kind.
Jun-12-13  andrewjsacks: Best to Google the article and then go right to it. Hope some are interested.
Mar-25-14  LIFE Master AJ: I played Shirazi a few times ... many moons ago. I lost two and drew one, I believe.

One game was very funny, typical Shirazi stuff. (He played some crazy line involving an early ...g7-g5. He lost an exchange, but then came back and played a fantastic combination to win.)

Mar-25-14  LIFE Master AJ: The reason that I am posting here, was a fellow from Texas e-mailed me, says he has a picture of me playing Shirazi in Vegas a number of years back.
Mar-25-14  zanzibar: Kamran Shirazi -- John Peters -- US Ch (1984)

1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.axb4??

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5...Qe5+ 0-1

Probably should be in his Notable Games, being the shortest decisive game in US Ch history.

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  perfidious: <Zanzibar> A criterion of notability, as defined by CG, is that the player won or drew the game in question; if the frequency of appearances were the sole criterion, this game would easily be in, as it is in sixteen users' collections, more than any of the four games I checked above which are on the list.
Mar-25-14  zanzibar: Thanks <perfidious> for pointing that out. It didn't register when I first read the help.

(Might be a little too restrictive - not allowing notable loses)

By the way, <Abdooss'> link to this game (given above) is stale. Here's a link that works currently:

K Shirazi vs J Peters, 1984

<Phony Benoni> makes an interesting comment about Black extracting the queen. It's actually instructional playing both 6.Be2 and 6.Ne2 out with an engine.

Jul-27-14  Ke2: Shirazi has a really refreshing style &opening repertoire, I love when he wins with garbage sacs.
Jul-27-14  Ke2: I have to wonder if Shirazi prepares his garbage. It feels like he improvises every move.
Jul-27-14  Ke2: His beautiful garbage
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