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Giovanni Vescovi vs Boris Gelfand
Bermuda Round Robin (2004), It, rd 10, Jan-25
Slav Defense: Czech. Wiesbaden Variation Sharp line (D17)  ·  1-0



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Jan-28-04  Catfriend: Surely a good game!
Black sets the board at fire with the knight-sacrifice(which doesn't seem siund, BTW) and proceeds to a dangerous assault. However, Vescovi defends safely, and wins a wonderful endgame!
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  kevin86: What a wild one! Black has five pawns-and suddenly-white is up two pawns! I think he flubs the ending by letting the black king back into the fray,but in the nick of time,he wins. And why not 93♖a1 ? I think black can still put up a fight!
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  Honza Cervenka: I think that after 93...Ra1 94.Rf6+ Ke7 95.Kg7 the fight is over.
Jan-28-04  AdrianP: The N-sac is seems to be pretty well-trodden theory, with Khalifman in particular playing this line on a number of occasions.

E.g. Anand vs Khalifman, 2000 which turned out to be a loss for B.

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  tamar: Yes lots of theory here. 22 ♘b3 is Vescovi's try in the safe placement of white's pieces against the steamroller of black pawns . Previous games had 22 Be2 or 22 Bb5. It looks like a decent idea. The rook on a4 does the pawn chasing and the bishop and knight's main job is to stay out of the way of the pawns until there is a favorable time to sacrifice back.
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  beenthere240: What's wrong with 27...Rf7 -- to stop the intrusion -- it could lead to a draw by repetition after 28. Bh5 etc, but that wouldn't be bad for black.
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  beenthere240: Black offers a draw by repetition twice after this in any case, so it isn't that he still intends to win.
Jun-12-04  filipecea: Great endgame here!
Jun-12-04  vonKrolock: <felipecea> o Giovanni ganhou este torneio nas Bermudas e eu não vi, nem ouvi, nem mesmo li nada na nossa chamada grande imprensa... o que Você acha disto!?
Nov-21-04  SimonBrazil: vonKrolock: realmente na imprensa "normal" não, mas Giovanni teve um grande destaque na imprensa especializada mundial, inclusive com diagramas de seus grandes jogos neste tornei e uma bela matéria: "Tudo bem! Vescovi wins Fourways International in Bermuda" no importante site, além de matéria no,etc brilhante torneio de Vescovi, conseguindo o bicampeonato, em 2003/2004, com jogadores do calibre de Svidler, Gelfand, Sabalov e muitos outros grandes nomes, parabéns Vescovi!
Nov-22-04  vonKrolock: <SimonBrazil> Eu sei, vi várias matérias na rede (é assim que eu chamo a 'web', sorry), mas eu sou do tempo em que, quando o Mequinho jogava um Interzonal ou Candidatos até o Jornal do <plim plim> apresentava longas reportagens diárias, e também cobertura e comentários em eventos mundiais (desde Fischer vs Spassky até Kasparov vs Karpov) Essa foi a era de ouro, a nova geração de jornalistas praticamente baniu o assunto... Hoje dificilmente se vê algo mesmo na Folha ou Estadão (exceto quando se faz alguma campanha de Xadrez nas Escolas) A propósito: Você viu algo sobre a recente visita do Kasparov a São Paulo - a Martha estava lá, um ministro jogou a simultânea - Você viu algo que não fosse na internet?!; é claro que para os adeptos isto não é tão importante, mas aquele apoio da mídia para bilhões (de pessoas) é, a meu ver, fundamental para uma melhor penetração e vulgarização da nossa Arte
Nov-24-04  SimonBrazil: <vonKrolock> comentário bastante pertinente o seu, realmente não peguei essa "fase de ouro" que você citou..., e realmente da visita de Anand, Karpov e Kasparov à São Paulo, a única coisa que vi na "grande imprensa" foi uma reportagem de Kasparov nas páginas amarelas da Veja..., mas é isso, abraço!
Nov-24-04  weirdoid: Oh humanity .... :( :o :)
Even lines like this is highly theoretical now. One may even like to see and see Magnus Carlsen - L'Ami 2004 (not in database yet) where the (quickly lost) theoretical novelty is at move 33(!). I don't know whether this is awesome or pathetic.

I admire all those theoretical analysis, but somehow I feel that it robs us from the sense of possibility and of mystery the chessboard gave. It still gives those to me now, but does it give the same to grandmasters?

Nov-27-04  vonKrolock: <SimonBrazil> Outro! Obrigado pela dica da Veja - eu não tenho assinatura, e quando vou ao dentista levo algum livro de Xadrez para ler na sala de espera...
Jan-06-06  sucaba: Black could draw with 53. _ ♘xf3 54. ♖xa5+ ♔b6 55. gxf3 ♖f8.
Apr-30-11  wordfunph: Vescovi - Gelfand

after 70...Rd6

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"Here I spent 10 of my last 15 minutes. I know that the rook ending was winning, but I could not exactly remember Smyslov's lessons."

- GM Giovanni Vescovi

(NIC Magazine 2004 02)

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  plang: Played in the last (10th) round of a six player double round robin; Gelfand held a half point lead over Vescovi so Vescovi needed to play for a win. Vescovi normally plays 1 e4 but here chose a long theoretical variation with the intention of playing for a slow squeeze without taking big risks.

25 Bb5 had been played in Shchekachev-Vandevoort Paris 2003 and White went on to win; 22 Nb3 was new. 25..Kd6? made it easier for White to activate his rooks; better was 25..h6 26 h4..Rc7 with equality. Rather than taking the pawn at once as Vescovi did with 28 Rxh7?! He felt that it would have been stronger to play 28 Rh6 with strong pressure. 43..Rb8? was a careless error allowing 44 h4!; 43..a5 would have maintained the balance. 46..Rh8? 47 Rc4_..Kb5 48 Be2 would have been immediately decisive. 49 Kb2?! (49 Re5 was better) was inaccurate but Black with 49..Rc8?! missed the clever drawing line 49..Rd2+ 50 Kc3..Rc2+ 51 Kd4..Rd2+ 52 Ke4..Rb2 53 g4..Rxb3 54 g5..Rb1 55 g6..Rg1 56 Kf5..a4 57 Rg5..Rxg5 58 58 Kxg5..a3 59 g7..a2 60 g8(Q)..a1(Q) 61 Qb8+..Kc5 62 Qc7+..Kb5 63 Be2+..Nd3 64 Bxd3+..Kb4.

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