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Jeremy Silman vs Kamran Shirazi
"Vintage Shirazi" (game of the day Mar-22-2006)
Lone Pine (1979), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 8, Apr-03
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1



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Mar-22-06  GilHamilton: Hi, I'm new to and a total patzer... :)

26. ♔h1 removes the threat of a pin on the g-pawn when the bishop moves away. But, would 26. ♔f2 have changed the outcome of the game? Was white's position lost before move 27?

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  WannaBe: <GilHamilton> Long time member, first time kibitzer, I see. =)

Shredder 9 gave both Kf2 and Bf4 equal weight, -2.47

Mar-22-06  TigerPawns: sad story for Silman. the opening might have impressed a gallery of patzers but starting move 18 he just found increasingly bad moves... then shirazi found a tactic that is both cute *and* strong.

he's a great chess writer though. 'Reassess Your Chess' helped me a lot.

Mar-22-06  fxenderby: and the pun... someone help a non-native speaker..
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  keypusher: Shiraz is a kind of wine...
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  Richard Taylor: yes there was pun on wine -not that i drink wine - it was an entertaining game but looked a bit messy.
Mar-22-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Isn't Shiraz the name of an Iranian city as well?
Mar-22-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Interesting game! What happens after 9...exd6? I don't see a winning combination for White..
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  Phony Benoni: After 9...exd5 10.exd5 threatening 11.dxc6 and 11.d6. I doubt White is winning after that, but Black would be on the defensive. which would not appeal to Shirazi.

When Jim Marfia and I were editing U.S. Open bulletins in the 1980s, we would jokingly bestow the Shirazi Award for Outrageous Opening Play. The rules were (a) the move had to be outrageous; (b) it had to work. No one could ever equal Shirazi himself, who once won a game starting with 1.e4 c5 2.f4 g5!??!

Mar-22-06  Canuck16: <EmperorAtahualpa> Yes. The French called the grape syrah, but some australians that were growing the grape/making the wine decided to look at its history/origins, and found that it may have originated near the Iranian city of Shiraz, so they decided to use that name for the grape/wine.
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  keypusher: <emperor> <canuck16> <Isn't Shiraz the name of an Iranian city as well?> I had no idea! You learn something every day on this site.
Mar-22-06  dakgootje: Too little time to have a good look at the game, but while skipping through it, it seemed quite nice and that both sides wanted to sac there minors as soon as possible =)
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  kevin86: I knew it was going to be a bad day for Silman when the pun was about the other guy:)

White had the gumption to attack but black had the moxy to seal white's queen to the edge of the board-where a pin will soon eat her up.

Mar-22-06  itz2000: 28. Bxg5, hxg5
29 ?, Rh8!
Mar-22-06  Jack Kerouac: Shirazi uncorked a nice rook move to bottle in the queen ;)
Mar-22-06  HannibalSchlecter: Yes, Shiraz is a city in Iran. "Shirazi" literally means "from Shiraz". Kamran Shirazi is of Iranian descent and had a cameo playing himself in the chess movie classic,"Searching For Bobby Fischer." He's also an excellent blitz player and a nice guy :)
Mar-22-06  schnarre: Nicely done!
Mar-22-06  Castle In The Sky: Reassess my what???
Mar-22-06  jperr75108: A good game. Another good book by Silman is his ending book.
Mar-23-06  khense: Hopefully after this game Jeremy won five hands of poker in a row!
Mar-29-06  schnarre: <khense> Maybe!
Jun-06-08  Morphyisgod: <Phony Benoni> could you post a link to the game in which Shirazi played that variation with g5?
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  Phony Benoni: <Morphyisgod> I don't have a link to the game, but here's the next best thing.

[Event "US Open"]
[Site "Pasadena, CA"]
[Date "1983.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Hill, D"]
[Black "Shirazi, Kamran"]
[ECO "B21"]
[WhiteElo "2184"]
[BlackElo "2563"]

1.e4 c5 2.f4 g5 3.Bc4 e6 4.d4 Bg7 5.Nf3 gxf4 6.Bxf4 cxd4 7.Bd6 Nc6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Ng5 Qa5

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10.Nxf7 Kxf7 11.e5 Nxe5 12.b4 Nxc4 13.bxa5 Nxd6 14.Qxd4 Nf5 15.Qd3 Rf8 16.c3 Kg8 17.Nd2 b6 18.a6 d5 19.a4 Bd7 20.Rf3 Rac8 21.a5 bxa5 22.Raf1 Ng4 23.Qb1 Rb8 24.Qa2 Nge3 25.Rc1 a4 26.c4 Rb2 27.Qa3 Rxd2 28.cxd5 Bb2 0-1

White found an interesting sacrifice, but Shirazi went him one better and then some. The last few moves were probably time pressure.

In the tournament bulletins, Marfia and I recommended a couple of better ideas for White at move 3:

1) 3.d4, the Longhorn Counter Gambit
2) Pass, anticipating the natural follow-up 3...f6.

Jul-30-08  Morphyisgod: <phonybenoni> thank you =)
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  Phony Benoni: <morphyisgod> No problem. By the way, I submitted it to as well, and it is now available here: D Hill vs K Shirazi, 1983
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