Tuesday, June 15, 2010


The (in)famous Shirazi-Peters game, the shortest-ever decisive game in a U.S. Championship, provides another example of a queen check and fork leading to a quick win. After 1.e4 c5 2.b4?! (the dubious Wing Gambit) cxb4 3.a3 d5! 4.exd5 Qxd5, Shirazi fell into the known trap 5.axb4?? After 5...Qe5+, forking his king and rook, he resigned. IM Shirazi, a very strong player whose style may have been too "coffeehouse" for the U.S. Championship, went on to score .5-16.5 in the Championship. (In fairness, he played in other U.S. Championships, doing much better in some of the others.)

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