Barry Childs 0 - 1 Alexei Shirov (Friendly game - July 2006)

An impressive early entry for the Cornwall Chess Casual Name-dropping and Oneupmanship prize. (Ian G)

In July 2006 I attended the Camping La Rochade International wine open in France where I won the grading prize (a huge bottle of superior wine).

During the event I was fortunate enough to meet GM Alexei Shirov, and after a few drinks on a hot summer's evening he offered to play me a game of chess. After I forced a few more glasses of wine down his neck, play commenced. I had a BCF grade of 96 and he had a FIDE rating of 2709 (quite a difference!) He had 2 minutes on the clock and I had 1 hour! After he thrashed me in 23 moves he still had over 1 minute remaining. Although not annotated, it is interesting to see the difference between a novice's moves and a tipsy Grandmaster's rapidplay moves.

I played the exchange variation of the Polish opening, hoping to win a rook, ha-ha! (Barry Childs).