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Giovanni Vescovi vs Anatoly Karpov
Sao Paulo Rapid (2004) (rapid), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 1, Aug-20
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Kasparov Attack (C10)  ·  1-0

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Sep-16-04  Mostolesdude: Amazing shot out of nowhere by Vescovi
Sep-16-04
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  offramp: Great move! After 21...♗e5 there are two pieces shielding the king on the e-file - but it's not enough!
Dec-22-04  kahn: You can't say it was a shot out of nowhere because:
19.Qa5 threatened the knight check
20.Re1 threatened the knight check again due to the pin on the e6 pawn. If Karpov went for the cheap 19...Qe5 threatening Bxf2+, then 20.Nc4 would lead to Qc7+ and goodbye b7 pawn.
Dec-31-04  ArturoRivera: Rubinstein variation of the French!...how sad karpov lost :(
Apr-14-05  notyetagm: What a move, 22 ♘d5+!!. I just love it, the point being 22 ♘d5+!! exd5 23 ♕xc7+! and the White queen cannot be recaptured because of the pin down the e-file. A beautiful concept, combining the tactical elements of <double attack> (knight fork), <discovered attack> (queen versus queen on the a5-d8 diagonal), <deflection> (the e6-pawn must leave the e-file to take the knight), and <pin> (of the e5-bishop to the e7-king leaving the Black queen undefended).

Just beautiful. Even Capablanca would be proud of such a fine <petite combination>.

Nov-13-06  notyetagm: White To Play: 22 ?


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The Black e6-pawn must meet the threat of the royal fork ♘b6-d5+ by <DEFENDING> the d5-forking square. Since <DEFENDING> this square is the defensive task being performed by this pawn, Black cannot also use it to <BLOCK> the e-file.

Black must <DEPEND> upon his e5-bishop to <BLOCK> the e-file, meeting the threat of ♖x♔. But since the Black e5-bishop is then busy <BLOCKING> the e-file, it cannot also <DEFEND> the c7-queen.

So the Black e6-pawn <DEFENDS> the d5-forking square while the Black e5-bishop <BLOCKS> the e-file.

Vescovi's 22 ♘d5+!! magnificently exploits this tactical situation. After 22 ... exd5, the Black e5-bishop is <PINNED> to the Black king, allowing 23 ♕x♕+ and 24 ♖x♗.

Black's problem is that the Black e6-pawn must <DEFEND> the d5-forking square, the Black e5-bishop must <DEFEND> the Black c7-queen, -and- either the Black e6-pawn or the Black e5-bishop must also <BLOCK> the e-file. So one of them is <OVERWORKED>. That is, Black has -three- defensive tasks to perform (<DEFEND> d5-square, <DEFEND> c7-queen, <BLOCK> e-file) but has only -two- pieces (Black e6-pawn, Black e5-bishop) with which to perform them.

Aug-30-09  ohfluckaduck: This game is a tactical beauty. Very sharp play!
Jan-08-10  reisena23: very proud of Vescovi! one day i faced him in a tournment, by 15 years-old we had the same level, after that... lol!!!
Jun-28-11
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  profK: I was surprised that Karpov has had the odd flirtation with the French..So does Spassky but in other ways !!!
Jun-28-11
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  coachjay: What a coincidence. Larry Christiansen was player of the day yesterday, and he had a VERY quick game against a World Champion who blundered badly. You guessed it - Karpov!
Jun-05-13  Cemoblanca: Karpov had twice the chance to play 20...Kf8!, respectively 21...Kf8! to protect the K from the deadly check on d5. Too bad, but nevertheless, it was a very "bello" finish by Vescovi! :)

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