After finishing first at Mtel ahead of Topalov and Carlsen, Shirov finished dead last at Poikovsky Karpov without recording a single win. He is back to the Mtel form by beating the super solid Kamsky in the opener of Bazna.

GM Kamsky (2720) – GM Shirov (2745) [A14]
Bazna (1), 14.06.2009
1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0–0 0–0 6.b3 d4 7.e3 c5 8.exd4 cxd4 9.d3 Nc6 10.Qe2 a5 11.Na3 a4 12.Bb2 Nd7 13.Nb5 e5 14.Nd2 Nc5 15.Ba3 Bf5 16.Bxc5 Bxc5 17.Kh1 Bg6 18.Ne4 Be7 19.f4 f5 20.Nd2 exf4 21.gxf4 Re8 22.Qe6+ Kh8 23.Nf3 Bb4 24.Qd5 Bc3 25.Rad1 Qe7 26.Nd6 Nb4 27.Qe5 a3 28.Nxe8 Qxe8 29.Rf2 Bb2 30.Nh4 Qxe5 31.Nxg6+ hxg6 32.fxe5 Nxa2 33.Bxb7 Ra7 34.Bd5 Nb4 35.Rf3 Nxd5 36.cxd5 a2 37.Rff1 Kg8 38.Ra1 Bxa1 39.Rxa1 Ra5 40.b4 Rxd5 41.Rxa2 Rxe5 42.Ra8+ Kf7 43.Rd8 Re1+ 44.Kg2 Re2+ 45.Kg1 g5 46.Rxd4 g4 47.b5 Rb2 48.Rd5 Ke6 49.Rc5 g5 50.d4 Rb4 51.Rc6+ Kd5 52.Rc5+ Ke4 53.Re5+ Kf4 54.Rd5 Rb1+ 55.Kg2 Rb2+ 56.Kg1 Rd2 57.Rc5 Rxd4 58.b6 Rb4 59.Rc6 g3 60.h3 Ke4 Black wins 0–1
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Round 1 results:

Radjabov, Teimour – Gelfand, Boris ½-½

Kamsky, Gata – Shirov, Alexei 0-1

Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter – Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1

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