Wijk aan Zee: Quite the event… so far.

With Shirov going 4 for 4 right out of the starting gate this has become a very interesting horse race – with plenty of contenders chasing after Shirov.  It is still too early yet to say who will win this years’ edition of Wijk aan Zee.  Much to much early to speculate upon what kind of chess tournament Shirov will have for this year’s edition as he has yet to play Carlsen, Anand, Kramnik and Ivanchuk – opponents who are capable of winning or losing to the latvian now Spanish firebrand.

I will provide some commentary upon games from this event in upcoming postings – as there are already many interesting games that have been played as of round four.  Shirov will have to really focus now and control his nerves if he is to attempt the amazing feat matching Karpov’s phenomenal accomplishment at Linares 1994.  Let us all cheer on Shirov’s brand of chess – fighting chess – and keep our fingers crossed for more of it in upcoming rounds.

– Sean Tobin.


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