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2812, BUL
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2770, NOR
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2746, UKR
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2745, ESP
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2738, CHN
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2721, CUB
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Alexei Shirov 

Shirov became the World Champion (under 16) in 1988, the World Under-20 Vice-Champion in 1990, and achieved the title of Grandmaster in 1990. Shirov is the winner of numerous international tournaments: Biel 1991, Madrid 1997 (shared first place with Veselin Topalov),Ter Apel 1997, Monte Carlo 1998, Merida 2000, two time winner of the Paul Keres Memorial in Tallinn, Estonia, with victories in 2004 and 2005 just to name a few. He won the 2005 Canadian Open Chess Championship.

In 1998 Shirov's ranking rose to number four in the world. On the basis of his rating, he was invited to play a ten game match against Vladimir Kramnik to select a challenger for World Champion Garry Kasparov. Shirov won the match with two wins, no losses and seven draws. However the plans for the Kasparov match fell through when sufficient financial backing could not be found.

When Kasparov instead played Kramnik for the world title in 2000, Shirov maintained that the match was invalid and he was the rightful challenger.

In 2000, Shirov reached the final of the FIDE World Chess Championship, losing to Viswanathan Anand.

In May-June 2007 he played in the Candidates Tournament of the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007. He won his first round match againstMichael Adams (+1-1=4, won in rapid playoff), but was eliminated when he lost his second round match to Levon Aronian (+0-1=5).

In November-December 2007 Shirov played in the Chess World Cup 2007. He made the final, but lost the match 2.5-1.5 to Gata Kamsky.

Personal life

In 1994 Shirov married an Argentine, Veronica Alvarez, moved to Tarragona, and became a citizen of Spain. Although he still plays for Spain, he currently resides in Latvia. He married, then later divorced, Lithuanian IM/WGM Viktorija Cmilyte.

Playing style

Shirov is noted for his attacking style and for seeking complications, a tendency which has led to comparisons with fellow Latvian and former world champion, Mikhail Tal, under whom he studied in his youth.

Chess books

Shirov has written two books of his best games:
Shirov, Alexei (1995). Fire on Board: Shirov's Best Games. Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-150-8.
Shirov, Alexei (2005). Fire on Board, Part 2: 1997-2004. Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-382-9  

Best results

Place
Category
Score
Rank
Val Maubuee FRA 1989
9
6,5/9
1
Stockholm SWE 1990
11
7/9
1
Daugavpils LAT 1990
8
6/9
1
Gausdal NOR 1991
12
8/9
1
Biel SUI 1991
15
9,5/14
1
Brno CZE 1991
13
5/9
2
Reykjavik ICE 1992
11
7,5/11
1
Muenchen GER 1993
16
8/11
1
Linares ESP1994
18
8,5/13
3
Pardubice CZE 1994
15
5,5/9
2
Leon ESP 1995
15
6,5/9
1
Biel SUI 1995
15
8/13
2
Belgrade YUG 1995
17
6,5/11
3
Mainz GER 1996
18
5/6
1
Madrid ESP 1996
17
6/9
3
Kloosters NED 1997
16
4/5
1
Madrid ESP 1997
17
6,5/9
2
Linares ESP1998
21
7/12
2
Sarajevo BIH 1999
19
6/9
3
Merida ESP 2000
17
4/6
1
Polanica Zdroj POL
17
6/9
2
Liepajas LAT 2001
14
8/11
1
Reykjavik ICE 2003
15
7/9
1
Sarajevo BIH 2004
15
7,5/9
1
Drammen NOR 2004
14
6/9
1
Poikovsky RUS 2006
18
6/9
1
Moscow RUS 2008
20
5/9
2

 



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