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Gavriil Veresov
Number of games in database: 134
Years covered: 1931 to 1972

Overall record: +50 -56 =28 (47.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D01 A45 A40 E00
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E32 E34 E24 E33 E22
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D92 D83 D94 D81
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D63 D52 D56 D58
 King's Indian (5) 
    E69 E67 E81
 Slav (4) 
    D15 D11 D10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B31 B74 B32 B72 B65
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E34 E45 E24 E21 E46
 Slav (7) 
    D11 D19 D14 D10
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B17 B10 B11
 Sicilian Dragon (5) 
    B74 B75 B72 B76
 Semi-Slav (4) 
    D45 D49 D48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Litvinov vs Veresov, 1958 0-1
   L Savitsky vs Veresov, 1934 0-1
   P Dubinin vs Veresov, 1940 0-1
   Y Novikov vs Veresov, 1955 0-1
   Veresov vs Levenfish, 1934 1-0
   Veresov vs Ragozin, 1934 1-0
   Veresov vs Bronstein, 1944 1-0
   P Romanovsky vs Veresov, 1938 1/2-1/2
   Veresov vs Boleslavsky, 1940 1/2-1/2
   Keres vs Veresov, 1940 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1940)
   USSR Championship (1944)
   USSR Championship 1934/35 (1934)

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(born Jul-28-1912, died Nov-12-1979, 67 years old) Belarus

[what is this?]
Gavriil Nikolayevich Veresov was awarded the IM title in 1950. He was a leading Soviet master during the war years but is best known for the opening that bears his name: 1.d4 d5 2.♘c3 ♘f6 3.♗g5*. He was Belarusian champion in 1936, 1939, 1941, 1958 and 1963.

*Wikipedia article: Richter-Veresov Attack

Wikipedia article: Gavriil Veresov

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 150  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Veresov vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-12519317th USSR Ch Semi-finalsA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
2. Veresov vs Ragozin 1-0321934TbilisiD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
3. Rauzer vs Veresov 0-1201934TbilisiB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. Veresov vs N Sorokin  0-1321934TbilisiA95 Dutch, Stonewall
5. I Kan vs Veresov 1-0421934USSR Championship 1934/35B10 Caro-Kann
6. Veresov vs F Bohatirchuk  0-1311934USSR Championship 1934/35E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Ragozin vs Veresov  0-1591934USSR Championship 1934/35D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Veresov vs I Mazel 0-1321934USSR Championship 1934/35A40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. S Belavenets vs Veresov 1-0281934USSR Championship 1934/35D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. L Savitsky vs Veresov 0-1371934USSR Championship 1934/35B10 Caro-Kann
11. Veresov vs Riumin  1-0591934USSR Championship 1934/35A84 Dutch
12. V Makogonov vs Veresov  1-0411934USSR Championship 1934/35D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Veresov vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 0-1231934USSR Championship 1934/35D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Panov vs Veresov 0-1371934USSR Championship 1934/35B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
15. Veresov vs S von Freymann  1-0331934USSR Championship 1934/35D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Rauzer vs Veresov 0-1451934USSR Championship 1934/35B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. Veresov vs P Dubinin  1-0451934USSR Championship 1934/35D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
18. Chekhover vs Veresov 1-0141934USSR Championship 1934/35D14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
19. Veresov vs Levenfish 1-0421934USSR Championship 1934/35E00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. I Rabinovich vs Veresov 1-0301934USSR Championship 1934/35A43 Old Benoni
21. Veresov vs Alatortsev  0-1431934USSR Championship 1934/35D83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
22. Lisitsin vs Veresov 1-0411934USSR Championship 1934/35D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Veresov vs M Yudovich Sr.  1-0311935USSR Championship 1934/35E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. Ivanov vs Veresov  0-13119368th Ch BelarusE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
25. Veresov vs Maletz  1-0251937Match-Tournament (Team)D23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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May-22-05  Akavall: <Sneaky> Is that game in this database?
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  Sneaky: Akavall, I don't know, but I'd love to see it.
May-22-05  cuendillar: Sounds like the chess equivalent to Buridan's donkey
Jul-08-06  dzanone: I had never heard of Buridan's donkey so I googled it. After reading this at I remembered it. Seems like Buridan may not have written it. "It is also in Buridan's moral psychology that we find the most plausible explanation of the example that has come down to us known as ‘Buridan's Ass’, in which a donkey starves to death because it has no reason to choose between two equidistant and equally tempting piles of hay. This particular example is nowhere to be found in Buridan's writings, although there are versions of it going back at least to Aristotle. The best explanation of its association with Buridan is that it originated as a parody of his account of free choice by later critics, who found absurd the idea that the will's freedom could consist in inaction, i.e., in its ability to defer or ‘send back’ for further consideration any practical judgment that is not absolutely certain."

Why would they find that absurd? Haven't they ever dealt with bureaucrats?

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  Phony Benoni: In the case of BUridan's donkey, the problem was with burrocrats.
Apr-07-07  stanleys: Here is his game against Uhlmann in which Veresov played an important novelty 14...Rac8!! and managed to win after a blunder by white

[Event "DDR-BLR m"]
[Site "Schwedt"]
[Date "1969.12.11"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Uhlmann,Wolfgang"]
[Black "Veresov,Gavriil N"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "D53"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.Rc1 h6 7.Bh4 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 exd5 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.g3 Re8 12.Bg2 Ba6 13.Ne5 Nd7 14.Rxc7 Rac8 15.Rxc8 Rxc8 16.0-0 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Qxe5 18.Re1 d4 19.Qd2 Re8 20.f4 Qc5 21.b4 Qd6 22.Bf3 Bc4 23.a3 b5 24.Rd1 Rd8 25.Kg2 a5 26.Qb2 a4 27.Rd2 g5 28.fxg5 hxg5 29.Qc2 Qe5 30.Qe4 Qxe4 31.Bxe4 Kg7 32.e3 Re8 33.Kf3 dxe3 34.Rd1 e2 35.Re1 Kf6 36.Bc6 Re6 37.Bd7 Rd6 38.Bg4 Rd3+ 39.Ke4 Rxa3 40.Bxe2 Bxe2 41.Rxe2 Rb3 0-1

Jul-08-08  Infohunter: <cuendillar: Sounds like the chess equivalent to Buridan's donkey>

<dzanone: ...[A] donkey starves to death because it has no reason to choose between two equidistant and equally tempting piles of hay. This particular example is nowhere to be found in Buridan's writings, although there are versions of it going back at least to Aristotle....>

The title song of Devo's 1980 album "Freedom of Choice" contains a reference to this idea, attributing it to someone in ancient Rome. I could be more specific, but quoting the lyrics here would probably run afoul of U.S. copyright law, and hence also run afoul of <cg> Posting Guideline #4.

Jul-08-08  BIDMONFA: Gavriil Veresov

VERESOV, Gavriil

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  whiteshark: Bio, sort of

Richter-Veresov Attack:

He was a Captain in the Russian Army.

He became the champion of Byelorussia in 1938. He was 2nd after A. Liliental, who wasn't the inhabitant of Byelorussia.

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  Everett: Two quotes from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

After annotating game 26 (not in this database) Bronstein states "You ought to know that Veresov was very anti-Semitic. He lived in Minsk and was a real enemy of Isaac Boleslavsky."

The very next game (27) against Fischer...

Bronstein vs Fischer, 1960

... Bronstein describes the opening as the "Lewickiego Attack" with this explanation:

"Lewickiego Attack? Yes, in the old books it was called just that! I do not feel any inclination to call it the Veresov Attack as it is done nowadays. Although he played this line quite often, he should not be honored by having an opening named after him."

Jul-08-08  MichAdams: <You ought to know that Veresov was very anti-Semitic. He lived in Minsk and was a real enemy of Isaac Boleslavsky.>

Any other evidence adduced or is being regarded an enemy of Boleslavsky sufficient?

Jul-08-08  Brown: <MichAdams>

<Any other evidence adduced or is being regarded an enemy of Boleslavsky sufficient?>

I guess you'll have to ask Bronstein with a ouija board.

It seems the message quoted was, indeed, a quote, not a "view." In this light, your last paragraph misses the mark.

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  whiteshark: Bronstein vs Veresov, declined battles:
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  whiteshark: <Boleslavsky tied Veresov 0 to 0, with 3 draws.>:
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  GrahamClayton: <Whiteshark>He was a captain in the Russian Army

When Veresov competed in the 13th USSR championship (Moscow 1944), he played his games still wearing his military uniform.

Source: Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov, "The Soviet Championships", Cadogan Books, 1998

Jul-08-10  igiene: Recently I win a game (in a lost position) because my adversary exceeded the time limit (2 hours qpf)while he was thinking about 1/2 hour on a move. When I asked him why he don't move before the flag falls, he said: "I believe it was the first, not second hour of play" (!)
Jul-28-10  wordfunph: Veresov wouldn't exist without Richter.. :-)
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  Richard Taylor: I played the Veresov attack a few days ago. I misplayed the opening but I won by luck later. But I have had some success with it previously. Good opening. It is also called the Richter-Veresov as <wordfunph> implies
Jul-08-11  number 23 NBer: I couldn't help but notice Veresov's record in the'34/35 USSR Championship: +9 -10. A victory for fighting chess (?)
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice checkmate by Veresov against Valery I Zilberstein in 1969:

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1...♕h2+ 2.♔g4 f5+ 3.♔g5 ♕xg2+ 4.♕xg2 ♗e3#

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. IM Gavriil Veresov.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <In positions that are right on the line which separates a draw from a loss, we generally find, as a rule, a single solution> - Gavriil Veresov.
Jul-08-16  offramp: The day he met Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter ... Well, that was history.
Jul-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Gavriil Veresov.
Jul-08-20  jith1207: Wiki says Boleslavsky was Bronstein's second in 1951, and Bronstein married his daughter Tatiana who was born in 1946 and was 22 years younger than Bronstein, while Boleslavsky and Bronstein only had 5 years of difference in their age.

So I guess Bronstein might have been extra harsh on Veresov, terming him as real enemy of Boleslavsky. Boleslavsky was Ukrainian and Veresov seemed to be in Soviet Army.

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