Alexei Shirov wins Gazprom Brilliancy Prize

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9/5/2020 – Alexei Shirov has been proclaimed the winner of the Gazprom Brilliancy Prize, a special trophy awarded by the General Partner of the Online Chess Olympiad. The game that earned Shirov this prize was his victory with the black pieces against Danyyil Dvirnyy, in which the Spaniard got to show a novelty in the Slav Defence and sacrificed his queen while attacking on the queenside. | Photo: FIDE

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Press release by FIDE

Alexei Shirov has been proclaimed the winner of the Gazprom Brilliancy Prize, a special trophy awarded by the General Partner of the Online Chess Olympiad.

The game that earned Shirov this prize was his victory with the black pieces against Danyyil Dvirnyy, in the match Spain v Italy that took place in the Pool C of Division 2. The game was a Slav Defense in which Alexei came up with a novelty relatively early in the game, 14...Qb8 instead of the queen's exchange proposal that implies the most common continuation 14...Qb6. Shirov’s attack on the queenside progressed much faster than Danyyil’s advances on the kingside, and the Spaniard achieved a crushing victory in just 29 moves with an elegant checkmate threat following a queen sacrifice. 

This isn’t the first brilliancy prize in Shirov’s career, and for sure it won’t be the last. The Spaniard remains one of the most popular players among chess fans on account of his uncompromising style and fighting spirit, and he is always willing to jump into the sharpest possible continuation that the position has to offer. During the Online Olympiad, Alexei demonstrated to be in very good shape, and this is just one of the dozen victories he scored with the Spanish team. He totalled 13 points in 15 games, with just 1 defeat and 2 draws.

FIDE had invited a panel of 14 popular Streamers and YouTubers to be the judges for the Gazprom Brilliancy Prize, asking them to give 3 points to their favorite game, 2 to their second favorite, and 1 to the third. Ten out of the fourteen judges picked Shirov's game as their top choice, announcing their votes in their respective channels.

[Merijn van Delft had already chosen Shirov’s victory as his Game of the Week. Replay the video analysis on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account.]

Final results

  1. Dvirnyy - Shirov, 33 points 
  2. Kapitanchuk - Kozak, 18 points 
  3. Anand - Maghsoodloo, 10 points
  4. Noritsyn - So, 10 points
  5. Pavlidis - Ftacnik, 4 points
  6. Salman - Aziz, 4 points
  7. Xiong - Esipenko, 3 points
  8. Gunina - Gara, 1 point
  9. Zabi - Napoleao, 1 point

GM Daniel King analyzes Dvirnyy vs. Shirov


All 9 games that received votes

 

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List of judges

Anna Cramling (Sweden) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/730184512
3 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov
2 points: Noritsyn - So
1 point: Kapitanchuk - Kozak

Anna-Maja Kazarian (Netherlands) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/727936451
3 points: Noritsyn - So 
2 points: Salman - Aziz 
1 point: Zaibi - Napoleao

Antonio Radic (Croatia) https://youtu.be/3kNznwra7yg
3 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov
2 points: Pavlidis - Ftacnik
1 point: Kapitanchuk - Kozak

Ayelen Martinez (Argentina) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/730094968
3 points: Anand - Maghsoodloo
2 points: Noritsyn - So
1 point: Kapitanchuk  - Kozak

Carlos Matamoros (Ecuador) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/729181975
3 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov
2 points: Anand - Maghsoodloo
1 point: Noritsyn - So

Daniel King (UK) https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerPlayChess
3 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov
2 points: Anand - Maghsoodloo
1 point: Noritsyn - So

Daniel Naroditsky (USA) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/730761731
3 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov 
2 points: Kapitanchuk - Kozak 
1 point: Xiong - Esipenko

Eric Rosen (USA) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/730665604
3 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov
2 points: Anand - Maghsoodloo
1 point: Noritsyn - So

Fiona Steil Antoni (Luxemburg) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/727205369
3 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov 
2 points: Kapitanchuk - Kozak 
1 point: Salman - Aziz

Jesse February (South Africa) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/727913527
 3 points: Kapitanchuk - Kozak 
2 points: Xiong - Esipenko 
1 point: Dvirnyy - Shirov

Maria Emelianova (Russia) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/730030600
3 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov 
2 points: Pavlidis - Ftacnik 
1 point: Anand - Maghsoodloo

Michael Rahal (Spain) https://youtu.be/WP1GSRgtB3s
3 points: Kapitanchuk - Kozak 
2 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov 
1 point: Salman - Aziz

Sagar Shah & Amruta Mokal (India) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzJPLw4AoFM
3 points: Dvirnyy vs Shirov
2 points: Vidit - Nepomniachtich
1 point: Kapitanchuk - Kozak

Simon Williams (UK) https://youtu.be/CVRrQ_1N06s
3 points: Dvirnyy - Shirov 
2 points: Kapitanchuk - Kozak 
1 point: Gunina - Ticia Gara

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