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Kamran G Shirazi
Number of games in database: 448
Years covered: 1972 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2330 (2342 rapid, 2349 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2457

Overall record: +176 -197 =69 (47.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B40 B30 B20 B52 B51
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A46 A45 D00 E00 A40
 French Defense (16) 
    C15 C01 C11 C00 C18
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C77 C91 C63 C73 C60
 Caro-Kann (12) 
    B17 B12 B15 B18 B16
 King's Indian (8) 
    E67 E90 E77 E63 E94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B28 B22 B29 B56 B40
 Old Indian (28) 
    A53 A54
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    A46 A50 A45 D02 A40
 King's Indian (20) 
    E60 E91 E97 E62 E61
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (9) 
    B67 B62 B68 B69
 English, 1 c4 e5 (9) 
    A28 A20 A29 A22 A25
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C W Kennaugh vs K G Shirazi, 2003 0-1
   K G Shirazi vs G Lane, 1983 1-0
   K G Shirazi vs A Lein, 1986 1-0
   D H Campora vs K G Shirazi, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Silman vs K G Shirazi, 1979 0-1
   de Firmian vs K G Shirazi, 1986 0-1
   K G Shirazi vs A S Zilberberg, 1986 1-0
   K G Shirazi vs C Kleijn, 2006 1-0
   K G Shirazi vs T Louis, 2012 1-0
   M Berlyant vs K G Shirazi, 1990 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)

   🏆 17th Sautron Open
   K G Shirazi vs G A Stany (Oct-27-17) 0-1
   Floryan Eugene vs K G Shirazi (Oct-23-17) 0-1
   K G Shirazi vs V Sergeev (Oct-23-17) 0-1
   M Nikolov vs K G Shirazi (Feb-19-17) 1-0
   S Fedorchuk vs K G Shirazi (Dec-17-16) 1-0

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(born Nov-21-1952, 66 years old) Iran (federation/nationality France)

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IM Kamran G Shirazi was born in Teheran, Iran.

Wikipedia article: Kamran Shirazi

Last updated: 2017-10-12 18:53:30

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 448  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Carpinter vs K G Shirazi  1-0431972Chess Olympiad Final-CC42 Petrov Defense
2. K G Shirazi vs H MacGrillen  0-1631972Chess Olympiad Final-CB53 Sicilian
3. Nazir Ahmad vs K G Shirazi  0-1331974Olympiad Qualifying Group 3B58 Sicilian
4. K G Shirazi vs E M Green  1-0331974Olympiad Final-CA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
5. K G Shirazi vs Larry Evans  ½-½531976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A48 King's Indian
6. K G Shirazi vs P Sangadsup  1-0491976Haifa Olympiad (Men)E90 King's Indian
7. M Kennefick vs K G Shirazi 0-1271976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B08 Pirc, Classical
8. B M Amos vs K G Shirazi  0-1321976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
9. K G Shirazi vs A Kanai  1-0331976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
10. E Paoli vs K G Shirazi  1-0601976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B08 Pirc, Classical
11. S Rubanraut vs K G Shirazi  0-1451976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
12. K G Shirazi vs Schussler  ½-½171976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A48 King's Indian
13. R Sanguineti vs K G Shirazi ½-½961976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A16 English
14. K G Shirazi vs D A Mohrlok  0-1451976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B08 Pirc, Classical
15. K G Shirazi vs Kolbak  1-0491976Haifa Olympiad (Men)C00 French Defense
16. R Beyen vs K G Shirazi  ½-½521976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
17. K G Shirazi vs V J F Pablaza  0-1431976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B40 Sicilian
18. E M Green vs K G Shirazi 1-03619781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
19. K G Shirazi vs Chandler 1-04919781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA48 King's Indian
20. Quinteros vs K G Shirazi 1-02519781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
21. K G Shirazi vs Rodolfo Cardoso  1-04319781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB06 Robatsch
22. R Mascarinas vs K G Shirazi  0-13919781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. J Sampouw vs K G Shirazi 1-04119781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterC41 Philidor Defense
24. M Sharif vs K G Shirazi 1-05619781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB56 Sicilian
25. K G Shirazi vs E Torre  0-17219781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB30 Sicilian
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Nov-14-10  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

Mar-07-12  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


Dec-16-12  redlance: Anybody know what Kamran is doing now?
Still living in Paris or somewhere in France?
Dec-16-12  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:

Jun-11-13  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.
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  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.
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  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
Jul-14-16  garland: An interesting player. He is "x22" on ICC and he has 300,000 bullet games played there, maybe the most ever?
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  perfidious: <Helios727: People say he is so aggressive in his playing style....>

He is, as readily became apparent when Shirazi played the weekend Swiss circuit here in USA. Our two games featured a Vienna Gambit when he was White and when Shirazi had Black, he played a strange-looking line in a Symmetrical English.

As old foe and fine gentleman John A Curdo was wont to say, 'The aggression is in the intent'.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Kamran Shirazi.
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