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    Anand vs Shirov Leon, live

    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Correction to the previously announced 60 minutes plus 10 seconds increment after each move!
    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!
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    The Schedule

    Thursday, June 2nd

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


    Friday, June 3rd

    GAMES 1 AND 2 (16.30), LEON AUDITORIUM.

    Saturday, June 4th

    GAMES 3 AND 4 (16.30), LEON AUDITORIUM.

    Sunday, June 5th

    GAMES 5 and 6 (16.30) and, eventually, tie-breaks, LEON AUDITORIUM.
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    Does FIDE rate events with this time control?
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    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


    http://www.fide.com/component/conten...in-athens.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    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.ht...6&view=article

    There have been discussions towards rapid and blitz lists as JaK notes above.
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    They are ready!

    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)

    in
    Canberra ACT
    Sydney NSW
    Brisbane QLD
    Hobart TAS

    12.00 midnight (local time)

    in

    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)


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    And for those of you who think that international forums might have less articulate idiots than ours!

    Quote Originally Posted by poster in ChessBomb forum
    i feel real if when chess champion scattered all over the world...not just one country
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    Game one has begun with a Caro-Kann Defence.
    For moves and Rybka Aquarium 2011 & Deep Rybka Aquarium 2011 please click on this link:
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    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.
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    Game One

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    Draw
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    Game Two

    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:

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    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!
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    Super aggressive approach by Shirov. Then again 4. g4 in the Caro Kann might be all conventional theory!
    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!]
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    That's a disaster for Shirov!
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    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.
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    This was Game Three

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    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.
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