Shirov - Laznicka match ends 4-2

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8/10/2012 – It was a friendly match designed to delight the spectators and chess fans, while promoting the sponsor, but the match between Alexei Shirov and Viktor Laznicka was a model of organization on all levels. It not only had a fine venue, live broadcast, a website with excellent labeled pictures, and GM commentary, but had a number of touches to make it unique. See more in this lovely pictorial.

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Alexei Shirov and Viktor Laznicka played a friendly match in Novy Bor, Czechoslovakia. The match was six games at the classical time control 30 moves in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment per move. The main sponsor was Ajeto Glassworks who organized a number of parallel events as befits such a match such as simuls and more. The match was broadcast live and included two grandmasters to provide live commentary for the spectators... in Czech. Nevertheless, it was a first-class event as can be seen in the photographs. Shirov ultimately won, beating Vikto Laznicka 4-2.

The first day was devoted to sight-seeing

This included visiting the glass museum in Novy Bor

The opening ceremony was a tribute to Shirov's famus book "Fire on the Board", though
instead of a metaphor, it was the real deal.

The drrawing of colors was done with a couple of glassblowers

Shirov tries his hand at glass making

The event would hardly be complete without the time-honored signing of the board

IA Pavel Votruba starts the match

Viktor Laznicka

A view of the match from the Ajeto restaurant

The players engaged in an animated discussion after the games in the post-mortem

Shirov faced 20 opponents in the Glass Tavern in Lindava

Are those pitchers of sangria to even the odds?

GM Mark Vokac and GM Robert Cvek provided daily commentary for the audience

The beautiful trophy made for the event

Martin Sikola from Lasvits applauds Shirov's deserved victory

Alexey Shirov, the victor, holds his trophy high

After the match, autographs were requested

The match score


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