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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Shirov wins Keres Memorial Rapid Chess Tournament

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Hello Everyone,

Grandmaster Alexei Shirov has won the Rapid Chess Tournament held as part of the 95th birth anniversary celebrations of Paul Keres in Tallinn. Here is our earlier post on the tribute to the great Estonian Grandmaster and here is the official website where you can find more information about the celebrations.

1GM SHIROV, Alexei2722ESP ½1111½1618.5
2GM EHLVEST, Jaan2586USA½ ½½½111513.75
3GM MIEZIS, Normunds2546LAT0½ ½1111512.5
4GM LUGOVOI, Aleksei2531RUS0½½ 1½½1410.75
5FM VOVK, Ilja2267EST0½00 1113.57
6IM VOLODIN, Aleksandr2487EST000½0 112.54
7IM SMIRNOV, Artem2428RUS½00½00 125
8 KOVALJOV, Denis2274EST0000000 00

Here is a nice game from the event which you can check in flashplayer below or in the pgnplayer.

PGN: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O O-O 9. f4 h6 10. Bh4 e5 11. Nf5 Bxf5 12. exf5 exf4 13. Kb1 d5 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. Nxd5 Be5 16. f6 Bxf6 17. Qxf4 Be5 18. Qa4 Qd6 19. g3 Qc5 20. c3 Rad8 21. Bg2 Bb8 22. Rd2 Kh8 23. Rhd1 Ne5 24. Qd4 Qxd4 25. Rxd4 Nc6 26. R4d2 Rfe8 27. Kc2 g6 28. Nf6 Rxd2 29. Rxd2 Rd8 30. Nd7 Ne5 31. Nxe5 Rxd2 32. Kxd2 Bxe5 33. Bxb7 Kg7 34. b4 f5 35. c4 Kf6 36. c5 h5 37. Bf3 h4 38. gxh4 Bxh2 39. a4 a5 40. bxa5 Bg1 41. c6 Ke7 42. Bd5 Kd6 43. Kd3 Bf2 44. Ke2 Ba7 45. Kf3 Bb8 46. a6 Kc7 47. Kf4 Kb6 48. Kg5 Kxa6 49. Kxg6 1-0

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