Barry Childs v Alexei Shirov

Friendly, ??/07/2006

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

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!.

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 4.Nc3 0-0 5.Bxf6 Qxf6 6.Nd5 Qd6 7.Nxb4 Qxb4 8.Rb1 Qa5 9.Rb2 b6 10.e3 Na6 11.Ne2 Bb7 12.Nf4 Nc5 13.Bd3 Ne6 14.Nxe6 dxe6 15.0-0 Rad8 16.Qe2 Rd6 17.f4 c5 18.Qh5 g6 19.Qd1 c4 20.Be2 Rxd2 21.Qe1 c3 22.Rb3 Rxc2 23.a3 Qd5


Notes by Barry Childs