Alexei Shirov (Riga 1972) A player who stands out for his style of attack and for the search for complications, a tendency that makes him be compared to his compatriot Mikhail Tal.
Currently with Spanish nationality, he has participated with Spain in several Olympics, including his best historical result, 6th place in Yerevan 1996.
World Youth Champion, he quickly established himself among the world chess elite. In 1998 he is second at the Linares Tournament, where the first seven ranked players of the FIDE ranking. He won the PCA Candidates Match against Vladimir Krámnik, played in Cazorla, winning a place to play against Garri Kaspárov for the title of Champion of the Classical Chess World. However, Kasparov puts many obstacles in the way and prevents the title from being disputed, in a maneuver known as The Cazorla Scam, and then finally do it with Krámnik, who would be proclaimed World Champion in that category He was FIDE World Runner-up in Tehran in 2000, where he lost the final to Viswanathan Anand. Winner of the 2009 M-Tel Masters tournament in Sofia, ahead of Carlsen and Topalov, between