GM Alexei Shirov

Full name
Alexei Shirov
Born
Jul 4, 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
Federation
Spain
Profiles

Creative imagination, fearless attacks and brilliant sacrifices. Alexei Shirov displayed all of the qualities of his countryman and teacher, Mikhail Tal. Not afraid to jump into a difficult, complicated situation, Shirov was at home with chaos on the chessboard. Playing against the most elite players in the world, he rose above them and challenged for the World Championship. Always an interesting player to study, his games have dazzled players for years.

Alexei Shirov was born in Latvia and became an International Master in 1989 at the age of 17 then a Grandmaster in 1990 at the age of 18. He has won multiple international tournaments throughout the years. By the year 1998, Shirov had risen to his highest ranking ever, number 4 in the world, and was invited to play in a match against Vladimir Kramnik. The winner of this match would play against Garry Kasparov for the title of World Champion. Shirov defeated Kramnik but the plans to play against Kasparov never ended up working out and the match was cancelled. Two years later, in 2000, Shirov got his first real chance at the World Championship when he played Viswanathan Anand. He ended up losing this match 3.5-0.5. Shirov’s style of play is reminiscent of his fellow countryman and teacher Mikhail Tal, always attacking and looking for complications. Also an accomplished author, writing the “Fire on Board” books, Shirov continues to be a strong chess player, staying in the top 50 players in the world.

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White Pieces
Scandinavian Defense (14) : B01
Caro-Kann Defense (121) : B12 B10 B19 B17 B18 B15
Petrov's Defense (82) : C42 C43
Alekhine Defense (11) : B03 B04 B05
Semi-Slav Defense (22) : D45 D43 D44 D47
King's Indian Attack (7) : A07 A08
Pirc Defense (26) : B09 B07 B08
Queen's Gambit Accepted (23) : D20 D27
Modern Defense (19) : B06 B07
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (5) : A58
Queen's Indian Defense (32) : E18 E15 E16 E17 E12
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Budapest Defense (5) : A52
Bogo-Indian Defense (10) : E11
Benoni Defense (10) : A67 A56 A61 A70
Scotch Game (9) : C45
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D71
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Italian Game (5) : C58 C57 C50 C55
Giuoco Piano Game (7) : C50 C51 C53
English Opening (2) : A17
Philidor Defense (16) : C41
Catalan Opening (10) : E01 E05 E09
Bishop's Opening (4) : C24
King's Gambit Accepted (4) : C34 C33 C37
Four Knights Game (20) : C48 C49 C47
Old Indian Defense (2) : A53
Trompowsky Attack (3) : A45
Undefined (4) : A00
Torre Attack (1) : A48
Vienna Game (4) : C26 C25
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (14) : A57
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Queen's Pawn Opening (10) : D02 A40 D00 E00
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (5) : D44
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D34
Reti Opening (9) : A05 A04
Black Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (31) : C50 C53 C54
Semi-Slav Defense (144) : D43 D45 D47 D44 D49 D48
Queen's Pawn Opening (21) : D02 D00 A40 D03
King's Indian Attack (48) : A07
Petrov's Defense (43) : C42 C43
Reti Opening (10) : A06 A09 A04 A05
Four Knights Game (20) : C48 C46 C47
Italian Game (4) : C58 C55 C57
Bird's Opening (2) : A02 A03
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (5) : A01
Scotch Game (14) : C45 C44
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (33) : D44
Center Game Accepted (1) : C21
Queen's Indian Defense (12) : E15 E12 E17
Caro-Kann Defense (11) : B10 B13 B18 B12 B15
Three Knights Opening (2) : C46
Benoni Defense (3) : A60 A70
Bishop's Opening (7) : C24
Modern Defense (21) : B06 A42
Indian Game (13) : A45 A46 A49
Pirc Defense (6) : B08 B09 B07
Torre Attack (9) : A46 A48
Trompowsky Attack (7) : A45
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Queen's Gambit Accepted (35) : D20 D21 D26 D27 D28
Catalan Opening (6) : E05 E00 E01
Undefined (2) : A00
Colle System (1) : D04
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
London System (3) : A48
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D78 D73 D77
Vienna Game (3) : C26 C27
King's Gambit Accepted (4) : C39 C33
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (5) : A57
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (9) : B06
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Alekhine Defense (2) : B04 B02

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