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Kamran Shirazi
K Shirazi 

Number of games in database: 561
Years covered: 1972 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2355 (2312 rapid, 2309 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2457
Overall record: +221 -244 =84 (47.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (85) 
    B20 B40 B30 B52 B32
 French Defense (24) 
    C15 C01 C11 C10 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A46 A45 D00 D02 D01
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C77 C65 C71 C73 C91
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B17 B12 B10 B15 B16
 French (10) 
    C11 C00 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B29 B28 B22 B56 B23
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    A46 A50 A40 A45 D02
 Old Indian (31) 
    A53 A54 A55
 King's Indian (23) 
    E60 E91 E97 E94 E84
 English, 1 c4 e5 (11) 
    A28 A20 A22 A29 A25
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (10) 
    B69 B67 B62 B68
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C W Kennaugh vs K Shirazi, 2003 0-1
   K Shirazi vs O H Castro Rojas, 1991 1-0
   K Shirazi vs G Lane, 1983 1-0
   K Shirazi vs A Lein, 1986 1-0
   M Kennefick vs K Shirazi, 1976 0-1
   D H Campora vs K Shirazi, 1981 1/2-1/2
   J L Watson vs K Shirazi, 1979 0-1
   J Silman vs K Shirazi, 1979 0-1
   de Firmian vs K Shirazi, 1986 0-1
   K Shirazi vs C Kleijn, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USA-ch / Zonal (1986)
   Jakarta (1978)
   Haifa Olympiad (1976)
   Bad Zwesten Open (2002)
   United States Championship (1983)
   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)
   82nd US Open (1981)
   Metz Open (2001)
   Lost Boys Open (1997)
   New York Open (1992)
   New York Open (1993)
   New York Open (1991)
   New York Open (1987)
   Paris Championship (2006)
   Paris Championship (2005)

   🏆 Cappelle-La-Grande Open
   V Bakhmatsky vs K Shirazi (Feb-14-22) 1-0
   K Shirazi vs R Dimitrov (Feb-13-22) 1-0
   K Shirazi vs M A Maurizzi (May-21-21) 1/2-1/2
   Q Loiseau vs K Shirazi (May-20-21) 1-0
   A Dgebuadze vs K Shirazi (May-20-21) 1-0

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(born Nov-21-1952, 71 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 23; games 1-25 of 562  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Shirazi vs Benko  0-1191972Skopje Olympiad qual-8B53 Sicilian
2. K Shirazi vs R Cardoso  1-0741972Skopje Olympiad qual-8B42 Sicilian, Kan
3. H Joensen vs K Shirazi  0-1331972Skopje Olympiad qual-8C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
4. K Shirazi vs A Delgado Malagon  1-0361972Skopje Olympiad Final-CB32 Sicilian
5. K S Ojanen vs K Shirazi  ½-½531972Skopje Olympiad Final-CE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
6. K Shirazi vs F Silva  ½-½611972Skopje Olympiad Final-CB32 Sicilian
7. K Shirazi vs B Kchouk 1-0341972Skopje Olympiad Final-CC00 French Defense
8. B Carpinter vs K Shirazi  1-0431972Skopje Olympiad Final-CC42 Petrov Defense
9. K Shirazi vs H MacGrillen 0-1631972Skopje Olympiad Final-CB53 Sicilian
10. S J Hutchings vs K Shirazi  ½-½401972Skopje Olympiad Final-CA34 English, Symmetrical
11. Nazir Ahmad vs K Shirazi 0-1331974Nice Olympiad qual-3B58 Sicilian
12. K Shirazi vs E M Green  1-0331974Nice Olympiad Final-CA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. K Shirazi vs Evans  ½-½531976Haifa OlympiadA48 King's Indian
14. K Shirazi vs P Sangadsup  1-0491976Haifa OlympiadE90 King's Indian
15. M Kennefick vs K Shirazi 0-1271976Haifa OlympiadB08 Pirc, Classical
16. B Amos vs K Shirazi  0-1321976Haifa OlympiadB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
17. K Shirazi vs A Kanai  1-0331976Haifa OlympiadB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. E Paoli vs K Shirazi  1-0601976Haifa OlympiadB08 Pirc, Classical
19. S Rubanraut vs K Shirazi  0-1451976Haifa OlympiadA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
20. K Shirazi vs H Schussler  ½-½171976Haifa OlympiadA48 King's Indian
21. R Sanguineti vs K Shirazi ½-½961976Haifa OlympiadA16 English
22. K Shirazi vs D Mohrlok  0-1451976Haifa OlympiadB08 Pirc, Classical
23. K Shirazi vs J Kolbak  1-0491976Haifa OlympiadC00 French Defense
24. R Beyen vs K Shirazi  ½-½521976Haifa OlympiadA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
25. K Shirazi vs V Frias Pablaza 0-1431976Haifa OlympiadB40 Sicilian
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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...

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  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.
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.
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  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.)

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  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??

click for larger view

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'.

Nov-21-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Kamran Shirazi.
Apr-30-20  wordfunph: from New In Chess Magazine 2020 01..

<He learned to play when he was five or six from a brother who is two years older than him. He quickly surpassed him and then his other relatives and neighbours. But, finally, in high school, Shirazi ran into stiff competition. The champion of the school ('he knew some theory'), who was the same age, hustled Shirazi for pocket money. 'I couldn't eat lunch because I would lose my lunch money every day, but I couldn't stop'.>

Nov-21-20  Ironmanth: Wishing you the best of birthdays today, International Master Kamran Shirazi. Thanks for many years of inspiration watching you at World Opens.
May-18-21  SkySports: Currently playing a tournament in Chartres, France.

And still using creative ideas, though they not always pay...

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