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27th Sigeman & Co Tournament

Hans Niemann5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Michael Adams4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Nils Grandelius4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Arjun Erigaisi4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
David Navara3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Jorden van Foreest3/7(+0 -1 =6)[games]
A R Saleh Salem2.5/7(+2 -4 =1)[games]
Alexey Shirov2/7(+0 -3 =4)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Erigaisi vs Shirov 1-041202227th Sigeman & CoD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. N Grandelius vs J van Foreest  ½-½40202227th Sigeman & CoB10 Caro-Kann
3. A R Saleh Salem vs Navara 1-041202227th Sigeman & CoB50 Sicilian
4. Niemann vs Adams  ½-½49202227th Sigeman & CoD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
5. Navara vs Niemann  ½-½40202227th Sigeman & CoC53 Giuoco Piano
6. Adams vs N Grandelius  ½-½41202227th Sigeman & CoB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. A Erigaisi vs A R Saleh Salem 1-058202227th Sigeman & CoB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Shirov vs J van Foreest ½-½58202227th Sigeman & CoB12 Caro-Kann Defense
9. Niemann vs A Erigaisi 1-068202227th Sigeman & CoD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. A R Saleh Salem vs Shirov  ½-½61202227th Sigeman & CoD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. J van Foreest vs Adams  ½-½34202227th Sigeman & CoD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. N Grandelius vs Navara  ½-½44202227th Sigeman & CoC67 Ruy Lopez
13. A Erigaisi vs N Grandelius  ½-½39202227th Sigeman & CoC45 Scotch Game
14. A R Saleh Salem vs Niemann 0-143202227th Sigeman & CoE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
15. Navara vs J van Foreest  ½-½39202227th Sigeman & CoD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
16. Shirov vs Adams  ½-½33202227th Sigeman & CoC78 Ruy Lopez
17. N Grandelius vs A R Saleh Salem  1-037202227th Sigeman & CoB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. J van Foreest vs A Erigaisi ½-½50202227th Sigeman & CoC55 Two Knights Defense
19. Niemann vs Shirov 1-059202227th Sigeman & CoD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Adams vs Navara  ½-½69202227th Sigeman & CoB25 Sicilian, Closed
21. A R Saleh Salem vs J van Foreest  1-056202227th Sigeman & CoC78 Ruy Lopez
22. A Erigaisi vs Adams  ½-½40202227th Sigeman & CoA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Niemann vs N Grandelius  ½-½38202227th Sigeman & CoD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
24. Shirov vs Navara  0-145202227th Sigeman & CoC67 Ruy Lopez
25. Adams vs A R Saleh Salem 1-038202227th Sigeman & CoB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-04-22  Albertan: √Črigaisi beats Shirov as Sigeman & co. begins:

May-05-22  Albertan: Arjun wins two in a row,leads:

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  MissScarlett: The drama in this event revolves around whether Mickey can draw all seven games. Four down, three to go.
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  MissScarlett: Five down. Erigasi tomorrow should be a test. If that goes well, let's hope he doesn't ruin it by beating Salem in the last round.
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  MissScarlett: Six down!
May-09-22  EvanTheTerrible: Hans Niemann has won this event only a week after winning the Capablanca Memorial. On to the Sharjah Masters to make it 3 in a row.
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  MissScarlett: < If that goes well, let's hope he doesn't ruin it by beating Salem in the last round.>

Party pooper.

May-09-22  Albertan: Hans Niemann triumphant at TePe Siegeman & Co.:

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  flimflam48: What on earth is Shirov doing propping the rest of the table up like that? And with zero wins to boot!?
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  0ZeR0: Father time catches up with everyone eventually. While Shirov is obviously still a very strong player he's not exactly in his prime anymore. And his competition in this tournament isn't anything to sneeze at.
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  saffuna: But if I am not mistaken, Shirov began to fade from the top echelon at around age thirty. In the early 2000s.
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  perfidious: Shirov's style, consisting as it did of sharp, uncompromising play, would doubtless have made enormous demands on his nervous system; it is impossible to play as he did for good and all. Such past greats in combinative play as Tal and Alekhine also tempered their approaches as they entered their thirties.
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  0ZeR0: <saffuna>

Yes, I believe you are correct. Different players begin to decline at different times. But a certainty is that a player who reaches his peak must eventually decline (often sooner rather than later). It is a very special player indeed who has a peak which lasts for a long time, or multiple peaks, or both. I think what <perf> is saying about Shirov's style contributed to his relatively early decline.

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  Troller: Maybe it is also a matter of inconsistency. Shirov had some early rating drops, going below 2700 in 2006. But it was not until 2010 that he markedly fell from the top - and still he entered 2022 with a +2700 rating. He is turning 50 this summer, Kasparov was long retired at that age.

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  0ZeR0: <Troller>

Indeed, good find. It's often consistency which separates great players from the best players.

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  Atterdag: <Troller ... He is turning 50 this summer, Kasparov was long retired at that age.>

True, but I think it would be fair to detract Kasparov from an equation with most GMs, Shirov included. GK played tournaments at the highest level for almost twenty years, and not the least, five extremely demanding matches against a very close to equal opponent, Karpov. Such a career is far more exhausting, mentally and physically, than a bundle of middle-of-the road tournaments without any expectations of your performances.

I concur with the precise, interesting analysis by <perfidious>.

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  Troller: Of course one cannot really compare GK with Shirov in all regards. I also agree that calculation-heavy play does not age that well, not just because of the nervous strain but also because it simply consumes more energy. Then there is a guy like Korchnoi to serve as the exception which proves the rule...

Still, Shirov is a beast when things go his way. The match defeat of Kramnik was impressive.

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  Atterdag: <Troller: ... Still, Shirov is a beast when things go his way. The match defeat of Kramnik was impressive.> On that we can agree and I should add that the chess world always benefits greatly from such a colourful, creative player as Shirov.
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  HeMateMe: Hey, Michael Adams, back in action!
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  PawnSac: <on Shirov's style and decline>

The swashbuckle / romantic era will always have it's appeal as we all love a beautiful attack. Tal's youthful flashy, amazingly creative, profoundly complex attacks are always a delight to play over, but he himself admitted they were often unsound, with jokes like "There are good moves, and then there are Tal moves."

His attacks were so effective because the complex tactics were difficult to solve over the board with clock ticking, and even if the attack came up a pawn short, the opponent would be near exhaustion and low on time and commit errors later on, which Tal could cash in for +1.

In the chess engine era many of those ideas get filtered out during home prep. Players are better prepared against surprises.

Then there's the other dynamic. Magnus commented that his playing style used to favor all out mating attacks and so forth, but when he switched up his approach he started winning more games.

In the case of those like Korchnoi.. his wife complained he labored relentlessly in his home prep [partly fueled by his determination to beat his arch nemesis Karpov] and even in his later years she thought he worked TOO hard, compromising his health.

And we have guys like Anand, forever remembered as a great champ in his prime, yet even now is still quite strong, but in post champion years his most valuable contribution is sponsoring, training, supporting the young Indian players. A shift of focus. A passing on of the torch, so to speak.

And sometimes we get to the place we just don't want to work that hard any more!

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