View Full Version : Anand vs Shirov Leon, live

02-06-2011, 04:52 PM
What is promised to be a very entertaining chess encounter between two of the most attacking players in history of Chess begins tomorrow night in Leon, Spain.

Each player will have 45 minutes per game + 30 seconds increment after each move. All four games will be played, even if the match winner has been already decided. If the result after six games is 3-3, a five minute games tiebreak match of two games will be played immediately after the sixth normal game. If there is still a tie, the Armageddon system will be played: four minutes for White, five minutes for Black, and Black will be considered the winner if there is a draw.

Don't expect boring draws in this one!
For more info please click on the link below:


The Schedule

Thursday, June 2nd

PLAYERS ARRIVAL - 20.00 Drawing of lots, CONDE LUNA HOTEL.

Friday, June 3rd


Saturday, June 4th


Sunday, June 5th

GAMES 5 and 6 (16.30) and, eventually, tie-breaks, LEON AUDITORIUM.

02-06-2011, 06:27 PM
Does FIDE rate events with this time control?

02-06-2011, 07:05 PM
Does FIDE rate events with this time control?

I remember about a decade ago, GM Alexei Shirov raising the matter of rapid ratings with an open letter or something like that. At the time he was considered as one of the strongest rapid players in the world.

More recently I saw some more related discussion in the following article which I haven't read yet due to lack of time


Kevin Bonham
03-06-2011, 12:15 AM
Does FIDE rate events with this time control?

Shirty is likely to know more but from my reading of the Handbook it will only do so on the current system if every player in the event is rated below 1600.

See http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=66&view=article

There have been discussions towards rapid and blitz lists as JaK notes above.

03-06-2011, 11:31 PM
GM Alexei Shirov has drawn the white pieces in this rapid match vs the world champion GM Viswanathan Anand Anand.
The first of tonight's (this morning's for Australian Eastern States since we are 8 hours behind) two matches will begin at 16:30 in the lovely Auditorio Ciudad de León.
So, tonights first game will begin at 12.30 am (local time)

Canberra ACT
Sydney NSW
Brisbane QLD
Hobart TAS

12.00 midnight (local time)


Darwin NT (local time)
and Adelaide SA (local time)

and 10.30 pm in Perth WA (local time)

Here is the venue! (Photo courtecy of Leon City Council)


04-06-2011, 12:25 AM
And for those of you who think that international forums might have less articulate idiots than ours!

i feel real if when chess champion scattered all over the world...not just one country

04-06-2011, 12:49 AM
Game one has begun with a Caro-Kann Defence.
For moves and Rybka Aquarium 2011 & Deep Rybka Aquarium 2011 please click on this link:

Kevin Bonham
04-06-2011, 01:44 AM
And for those of you who think that international forums might have less articulate idiots than ours!

That one might have the excuse of English being their 17th language.

The idiocy of chatboxes on some major international event sites is truly astounding. They tend to be extremely poorly (ie not at all) moderated.

04-06-2011, 03:17 AM
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O c5 7. dxc5 Nec6 8. Bg5 Be7 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. c4 dxc4 11. Na3 c3 12. bxc3 Nd7 13. Nb5
{13. Bb5 Qxc5 14. Nc4 O-O 15. Qxd7 Qxb5 16. Nd6 Qb6 17. Qxb7 Nxe5}
O-O 14. Nd6 Nxc5 15. Bb5 Bg4 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. h3 Bh5 18. g4 Bg6 19. Qd4 Nb7 20. Rad1 c5 21. Qa4 Nxd6 22. Rxd6 f5
{22... Qb7 23. Nd2 Qb2 24. Qa5 Rab8}
23. Rd7 Qe8 24. Rfd1 fxg4 25. Qxg4 Rf7 26. Rxf7 Qxf7 27. Ng5 Qf5 28. f4
{28. Qxf5 Bxf5 29. Rd6 h6 30. Nxe6 Re8 31. Rd8 Rxd8 32. Nxd8}
Re8 29. Qxf5 Bxf5 30. Rd7 Rf8 31. Re7 h6
{31... a5 32. Kg2 h6 33. Nxe6 Bxe6 34. Rxe6 Rxf4}
32. Nxe6 Bxe6 33. Rxe6 Rxf4 34. Ra6 Rf3 35. Rxa7 Rxh3 36. e6
Re3 37. Re7 Kf8 38. Rf7 Kg8 39. Re7 Kf8


04-06-2011, 03:33 AM
The following were comments of analysts during the game!
Anand has the upper hand in the second game according to analysts and Rybka Aquarium which after Anand's 23 Qxh6 gives and advantage of 1.60 to the World Champion!
Gradually decreasing to 1.48
Analysts are talking about the black King being exposed as the major weakness of GM Shirov's army!
Advantage up to 2.01 now after Black's 23 ... Bc8
Latest from the analysis room: If White finds the temporary sac 24. Nd5 ch, Black's position is hopeless!
He didn't! Advantage back to 1.62

Well here is the whole game:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. Qc2 {A rare move! The main continuation is 10. h4 g4 11. Ne5 h5 12. O-O Nbd7 13. Qc2 Nxe5 14. Bxe5Bg7}
Nbd7 11. Rd1 Nh5 {Novelty
11... Qb6 12. h4 g4 13. Ne5 Rg8 14. Nxd7 Nxd7 15. O-O Bg7 16. e5
12. d5 Nxg3 13. hxg3 Qb6
{13... Qf6 14. dxe6 fxe6 15. e5 Qf5 16. Qxf5 exf5}
14. dxe6 fxe615. Nxg5 Bc5 16. Bh5 Ke7 17. Nxe6 Ne5 18. Nxc5 Qxc5 19. Be2
Raf8 20. O-O Rhg8 21. b4 {21. Qc1 Rf6 22. b4}
Qxb4 22. Qd2 Qc5 23. Qxh6 Bc8 24. Qh4 Ke6
{25. Nd5 cxd5 26. Rxd5 Qb6 27. Qh5 Nd7 28. Bg4 Rxg4 29. Rxb5 Qc6 30. Qxg4 Kf7 31. Qh5 Ke7 32. Qg5 Qf6 33. Qe3 a6 34. Rf5 Qc6 35. Rc1Rg8 36. Qa3Ke6 37. Qf3} 25. Qh6
{25. Nd5}
Ke7 26. Qh5 Kf6 27. Qh4 Ke6 {27... Kg7 28. Qg5 Kh7 29. Qh5 Kg7}
28. Nd5 cxd5 29. Rxd5 Qb6 30. Qh5 Qb8 {Worth attention is 30... Nd7}
31. Rfd1 Rf6 32. Rxe5 Qxe5 33. Bg4 Rxg4 34. Qe8

Black is checkmated!

According to commentators, Anand was getting tired and played a couple of "not best" moves. Shirov looked like holding! It was far from over though!
The World Champion found the right moves and his final attack was simply unstoppable! Shirov had no chance to save this position after White's move 30!

Kevin Bonham
04-06-2011, 03:04 PM
Thanks for posting. Unfortunately Shirov's ...Qb6 in Game Two just loses a pawn for less than nothing, an extremely bad move, possibly mixing up ideas from other variations like the Botvinnik. In the line 24.Nd5+ cxd5 25.Rxd5 the move is not ...Qb6 but ...Qc7. Then after 26.Qh4+ Kf7 27.Bh5+ Kg7 28.Qg5+ Kh7 29.Qxe5 Qxe5 30.Rxe5 Moribiadi on Chessbase writes that that "Does not seem conclusive enough" - white is two pawns up but black's q-side 3 vs 1, makes things unclear. Looks to me like Anand found a better time to play the move.

Kevin Bonham
05-06-2011, 01:42 AM
Super aggressive approach by Shirov. Then again 4. g4 in the Caro Kann might be all conventional theory! :P

It's theory but it's pretty obscure theory. Brief sideline in NCO (1999) and makes up <1% of games in the Fritz opening book. 4.Nc3 with 5.g4 is a main line. I have a book by Kotronias on this which I suspect would be a bit out of date by now, very entertaining line though.

Unfortunately Shirov is getting pasted here. [Edit: he agreed with me and resigned after 17 moves!]

05-06-2011, 01:58 AM
That's a disaster for Shirov!

05-06-2011, 03:24 AM
Game # 4 a draw! According to commentators GM Alexey Shirov's body language during this, as well as in the previous game, was that of a defeated man . Similar sources, all from Spanish sites and forums, claim that Anand looked almost apologetic and his offer (or acceptance I am not sure) for the draw, was a sympathetic gesture toward his opponent by the World Champion.

Kevin Bonham
05-06-2011, 02:25 PM
This was Game Three

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.g4 Bd7 5.c4 e6 6.Nc3 c5!! 7.cxd5 exd5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Bg2 Ne7 10.h3 Qb6 11.Qe2 0-0 12.Nf3 d4 13.Ne4 Bb5 14.Qd2 Nbc6 15.a3 Ng6 16.b4 Be7 17.Bb2 Rfd8 0-1

Anand's 6...c5 was effectively a novelty (it had been played before but not in a prepared sense by strong players). It had a serious impact in this case because it busted open the position more or less immediately and stopped Shirov playing his natural game. Moving the pawn twice means that black has "wasted" a move but it is worth it because what white has effectively done with the wasted move is put a pawn on g4 which in a rapidly opening position would have been better off at home. The move 10.h3 is just so sad, that white is saying he now has to waste a move protecting a pawn that's doing nothing so he can complete his development while black smashes him.

05-06-2011, 02:45 PM
Wow, what a pummelling! How often does one of the world's top players lose in under 20 moves, and with White?

In a game between lesser mortals, White would not have resigned here, but he really hasn't a good move to his name, since the e-pawn is dropping and White's K has nowhere to hide.

06-06-2011, 05:01 AM
Final score: Anand 4.5 - 1.5 Shirov! A powerful performance by the World Champion.

06-06-2011, 07:49 AM
^ thanks for posting the games

06-06-2011, 02:22 PM
^ thanks for posting the games

I did post what I could. (*)

At some stage my pc refused to accept my PGN conversion copied from the tournament's website.

Games with analysis etc can be found here


Just click on the list of games 1-6 for the games you want to see

(*) Kevin also posted game 3