Shirov tames Radjabov

NEW DELHI, FEB. 26. Alexei Shirov broke the long monotony of draws in the Linares chess tournament by taming Teimour Radjabov in the sixth round late on Wednesday.

Shirov's first victory was only the second of the tournament after Leko's first-round win over Radjabov. The result gave Shirov three points from five outings, same as Leko.

After Veselin Topalov and Garry Kasparov drew their Slav game in 36 moves and Francisco Vallejo did likewise with Peter Leko despite enjoying an extra pawn in the Scotch encounter lasting 25 moves, it was Shirov at his best.

After the opening lines of King's Indian Defence, Shirov sacrificed a rook for a bishop and pawn on the 20th move, regained the pawn eight moves later and gave up a bishop for a pawn on the 30th move to rip open Radjabov's kingside.

To survive the relentless onslaught, Radjabov chose to trade his queen for Shirov's advanced pawn and a rook.

The results (sixth round):

Veselin Topalov (2.5) drew with Garry Kasparov (2.5); Francisco Vallejo (2.5) drew with Peter Leko (3); Alexei Shirov (3) bt Teimour Radjabov (2/6); Vladimir Kramnik bye (2.5/5).