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Kamran G Shirazi vs Jack Peters
USA-ch / Zonal (1984), Berkeley, CA USA, rd 15, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit. Marshall Variation (B20)  ·  0-1

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Apr-13-09  Dredge Rivers: What do you expect? The Sicilian Wing Gambit is garbage!
Apr-13-09  Riverbeast: This game was played when Shirazi was on serious 'tilt'...Of the 17 games he played in the US Championship, he only drew one and lost the rest
Apr-13-09  Dredge Rivers: Why was Shirazi in the US championship? Wasn't he an Iranian?
Apr-13-09  AnalyzeThis: Whatever he was, Jackie Peters didn't mind.
Apr-13-09  Riverbeast: <Wasn't he an Iranian?>

Naturalized American, I'm assuming...He played in several US Championships.

It's a bit unfair to judge him just from his poor performances in the US Championships, because he had some decent results after 1984, including a plus score in the US Championship a few years later.....

But after he went 1-14 in the 1992 US Championships, a rather unkind joke was going around the Manhattan Chess Club..."Shirazi wanted to prove that his 1984 performance wasn't a fluke!"

May-07-09  Marmot PFL: This game as well as any demonstrates the power of the Sicilian. White seems psychologically beaten from the start.

<AnalyzeThis> Strong master from Boston. Vas Rajlich studied chess with him while learning about computers at MIT.

Dec-17-11  King Death: I witnessed this fiasco, and it was played in 1984, like others have said, not 1986.
Apr-30-12  gredow: this game reminded me of a miniature I watched on playchess.com Is there any escape for black? Here is the game: 1. e4 b6 2. 2. d3 e6
3. Nf3 h6
4. Be2 Be7
5. O-O Bb7
6. Nc3 Nf6
7. h3 O-O
8. Re1 d6
9. Nd4 e5
10. Nf5 Re8
11. Bxh6 gxh6
12. Nxh6+ Kf8
13. Bh5 Nxh5
14. Qxh5 Kg7
15. Nf5+ Kg8
16. Qg4+ Bg5
17. Nh6+ Kg7
18. Nf5+ Kf8
19. h4 f6
20. Qh5 Kg8
21. hxg5 fxg5
22. Qg6+
May-01-12  DanielBryant: <Riverbeast> Why didn't he just withdraw?
Feb-10-14  yureesystem: lol Fellow kibitzers, you have no idea how funny this is. Shirazi could be a rook down and beat most strong masters and sometime a IM. But to lose this way, he was completely asleep. Zzzzz. It is important for chess player to drink his coffee in the morning, otherwise, BLUNDER big time.
Feb-11-14  Granny O Doul: A witness to the game told me Shirazi did not actually resign till some moves later. Shirazi himself told me that he did not overlook ...Qe5+ but some other move a moves down the line. I guess it felt rude to me to ask just what.
Feb-11-14
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  Phony Benoni: <Granny O'Doul> Well, after <6.Ne2 Qxa1 7.Nec3>:


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Black's queen is trapped, and if White had time for Ba3-Qc1-Bb2 he would be OK. But Black can surely break that up without too much trouble.

Feb-11-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <Phony Benoni>,

I think just 7 ... a5 suffices to break out. In particular, 8 Ba3 ab.

Mar-18-14  Poisonpawns: Obviously;Black has developed his Queen too early and white didn`t want to entertain such rubbish.
Mar-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <King Death: I witnessed this fiasco....>

Lucky you.

Mar-26-14  LIFE Master AJ: One of the shortest <real> master games ever ... to think it happened in a U.S. Championship is almost too bizarre.
Mar-26-14  LIFE Master AJ: J L Watson vs K Shirazi, 1979

Shirazi beating Watson.

Before his health problems, many masters thought John Watson was probably close to/over GM strength.

Jan-31-15  Howard: The reason Shirazi was in the 1984 U.S.
championship was because he was seeded, due to his winning the Church's Fried Chicken competition the year before.
Apr-11-15  Howard: THIS game was the shortest decisive one in a U.S. championship, rather than the one yesterday in the U.S. championship between So and Akobian.
Dec-28-15
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  Moose Malloy: When Roman Dzhindihashvilli saw this and watched the players sign the scoresheets and rise from the board, he cracked "Now they are going to analyze the game!"
Dec-29-15  Granny O Doul: Though Shirazi did twice flirt with an oh-for-US Championship performance, note that he finished at +1 in the 1986 edition.
Dec-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: In response to some earlier comments, I witnessed the game and the score is correct; Shirazi did resign after 5...Qe5. Shirazi was an amazing player to watch in the Eighties because he was a legitimate IM-level talent who wrested victories in some of the most incomprehensibly wild games ever played, but who could also play games like this.
May-11-17  ChessHigherCat: <An Englishman: Shirazi was an amazing player to watch in the Eighties because he was a legitimate IM-level talent who wrested victories in some of the most incomprehensibly wild games ever played, but who could also play games like this.>

Exactly, he was one of the most amazing blitz players I've ever seen, too, but I think part of the problem is that he used to stay up all night playing backgammon in that period.

May-11-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: The two times I met Shirazi at the board featured a Vienna Gambit and an offbeat line in a Symmetrical English.

He was a most interesting player, if of uneven form--wish I had caught him when he was not quite on par. (laughs)

Apr-30-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: from NICM 2020 01..

<He mentioned one game in particular, a loss to Jack Peters in five moves, which remains the shortest in U.S. Championship history (1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5. axb4 Qe5+, 0-1 - ed.). 'I had this same position the night before blitzing with Dzindzichashvili - ten times I played this against Dzindzichashvili and I missed this move!' (Evidently so did Dzindzichashvili - DLM) 'And in the tournament, I was playing a tempo - I was just out of my mind. I hadn't slept, I had played for 20 hours or something.'>

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