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David E Vigorito vs Peter Alfred Fontaine
Simultaneous Display (2005) (exhibition), Las Vegas, Nevada, May-02
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0



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  suenteus po 147: Hurray! They finally posted it! This is probably the best game of chess I have ever played. Though I lost I consider it a success for me because during the game I seemed to give IM Vigorito almost as much trouble as he gave me. That, in itself, is a huge improvement over my crushing defeat last year.
Jul-03-05  me to play: Nice try, so close!
I think 39...Rc3 may have been where things started to slip away on you. A line that I looked at, is 39...Rc2+
40.Kxe3 Rxg2 41.Ra6+ Kf7 42.h4 Rg3+ 43.Ke4 Rg4+ 44.Ke5 Rxh4 45.a4 c4, and I believe that you have very good chances here....certainly no worse than a draw. But, having said that, I am sure you were under pressure to move rather quickly as you were probably one of the "last men standing". All in all a very nice game on your part!
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  tpstar: <Peter> Awesome game! Very intricate opening, then I liked how your active piece play saved the exchange. I believe you stood better as of 37. Rxa7, then 37 ... Rc2 should keep the draw in hand. I would have left the Pawn at e4, because hopefully your King can hide behind it on e3 with an easy win since White's King is pinned to the back rank.

Don't despair - you still have until the end of the year to break 2200! ;>D

Jul-03-05  dvigorito: hmmm I remember this game. I know I saw the whole sequence with 23...Qc5 but in my head somehow I was thinking the roon on a8 (and not b8) was attacked and could not get away after I moved my Rb3. so then I am a pawn down for nothing. I remember trying to draw the Rook ending but as the pace picked up I was able to play for a win. I believe that on the board next to this I dropped a piece with check in a winning position so things were not looking good in that corner...
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  suenteus po 147: <me to play> & <tpstar> Thanks! I've had some experience with the Symmetrical English before, but never against an IM! I just tried to remember basic conventions as I looked for good moves. Contest the center, protect my king, make favorable exchanges, etc. I forgot a basic rule of the endgame, though: ROOKS SHOULD RAMPAGE! I only realized my mistake in 37...e3? after Vigorito played 42.Kf3 and gained the opposition. By then he only had one other game going, which he quickly finished, and then it was just him and me. Without the distraction of other games, and with little time to think, he demonstrated quite well why he was an IM and I am still struggling to break 1600. He made good moves quickly in positions that weren't at all clear to me.
Jul-19-05  Backward Development: Wow, IM David Vigorito has joined the site? Welcome! I'm sure you'll find your way around, but some things that might interest you are:

Sicilian, Najdorf (B90) -The Discussion page for the Najdorf in general.


Opening Explorer -Links to the respective variations of each opening are at the bottom.

Again, welcome to the site!

Jul-21-05  Backward Development: Since I thought the rook endgame was pretty instructive, here's a piece of the analysis on Peter's page following 37.Rxa7.

37.Rxa7< ; this position is a dead win for black, mostly because of his two, advanced, passed pawns.> 37...e3!<an accurate start to a tricky rook ending. The basic winning plan will be to 1)pin the white king to the back rank, 2) Bring the King to the 6th rank, & 3)Eliminate white's passed pawn. > 38. Kf1 h5?<a major inaccuracy which makes the technical task much more difficult. 38...Rc2! 39.a4 h5 40.Ra6+ Kf5 41.Rc6 Rf2+ 42.Ke1 Rxg2 43.Rxc5+ Kg4 44.Rc6 g5 45.Re6 Kf4 46.h3 h4! and white's crushed.> 39. Ke2! Rc3!?<39...Rc2+!? 40.Ke3 Rxg2 is maybe better> 40. h4!<stopping the g-pawn for a while.> 40...Kf5 41. Ra4?! c4! 42.Kf3!<grabbing the opposition.> 42...Ke5 43. Ra6 Rd3! 44. Rxg6 c3?<Another serious mistake. The king may need to travel via c3. Better was the flexible 44...Kd4!> 45. Ke2?<a losing move! 45.Rc6! was much better.> 45...c2??<Throwing the win away! 45...Rd7! 46.Rc6 Kd4 47.a4 Rf7! 48.Rd6+ Kc5 49.Rd8 Rc7!<fancy rook manevuers>50.Kd3 Kb4 51.Rb8+ Ka3! 52.Kc2 Re7!! 53.Rb1 e2 54.Re1 Kb4! and the king returns with decisive effect.> 46. Rc6 Kd4?<46...Rd2+ => 47. Rxc2< > 47...Ra3 48. Rb2 Kc4?<48...Ke4! 49.Rb4+ Kf5 => 49. g3 Rc3??<the time trouble brings further errors. 49...Kd4 50.Rb4+ Ke5 51.Rb3 Rxa2+ 52.Kxe3 Ra5 > 50. Rb7??<unbelievable! 50.Rb3! > 50...Kd4?<50...Ra3! > 51. Rb4+ Kc5 52. Ra4 Kb5? 53. Re4 Rc2+? 54. Kxe3 Rxa2 55. Re5+ Kc6 56. Rxh5 Ra3+ 57. Kf4 1-0

Nov-26-05  Chopin: <Suenteus Po 147><This is probably the best game of chess I have ever played>

If you continue to play like this, you'll soon be giving exhibitions Suenteus:) An excellent performance!

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  Benzol: Good game by you mate.
Dec-08-05  Akavall: <suenteus po 147> Nice game, I liked your position for most of the game. I think you were simply better after move 25. IMO, you should've played 37...Rc2 and there is no way that you could lose, with the good chanced to win on your side.

Also it seems that at end you tried to take (or exchange) his a2 pawn, when you could've just held on to your e3 pawn by just moving the king around it and keeping you rook on a3 and I don't see how he could make any progress.

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  suenteus po 147: <Chopin>, <Benzol>, and <Akavall> Thank you all for your encouragement!
Dec-31-05  HannibalSchlecter: Vigorito?! Never heard of him. Isn't that one of the three tenors? Anyway, I'm just kidding. I know Dave Vigorito and he's a nice guy (when he's not being a wise guy) :)
Jun-17-06  Tariqov: Good game!!<suenteus po 147> i like your Bxc3+ move daring to give a Bishop for a knight,but getting compensation with White's ruined pawn structure,i don't know if it's enough compensation but nice game!good opening ,good middlegame but you have to improve your endgame skills.
Mar-08-08  mistreaver: Peter what was your idea when you played h5? why not continuing with Rc2?

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