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Gavriil Veresov
Number of games in database: 105
Years covered: 1931 to 1971
Overall record: +36 -42 =27 (47.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    D01 A40 A45 E00
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E34 E32 E22 E24 E33
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D92 D94 D81 D83
 King's Indian (5) 
    E69 E67 E81
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D63 D58 D52 D56
 Slav (4) 
    D15 D13 D11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B74 B31 B51 B27 B22
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E34 E45 E46 E20
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B17 B10 B11
 Slav (6) 
    D11 D14 D19 D10
 Sicilian Dragon (4) 
    B74 B72 B76
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Savitsky vs Veresov, 1934 0-1
   Veresov vs Lilienthal, 1944 1/2-1/2
   Veresov vs Bronstein, 1944 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Veresov, 1944 1/2-1/2

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

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GAVRIIL VERESOV
(born Jul-08-1912, 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.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5*. He was Belarusian champion in 1936, 1939, 1941, 1958 and 1963.

*Wikipedia article: Richter-Veresov Attack

Wikipedia article: Gavriil Veresov


 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 105  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Veresov vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-125 1931 7th USSR Ch Semi-finalsA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
2. Rauzer vs Veresov 0-145 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
3. Veresov vs M Yudovich Sr.  1-031 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
4. Ragozin vs Veresov  0-159 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Veresov vs Riumin  1-059 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35A84 Dutch
6. Veresov vs N Sorokin  0-132 1934 Ch URS (1/2 final)A95 Dutch, Stonewall
7. Lisitsin vs Veresov  1-041 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Panov vs Veresov 0-137 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
9. Veresov vs Alatortsev  0-143 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
10. I Rabinovich vs Veresov  1-030 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35A43 Old Benoni
11. Veresov vs Ragozin  1-032 1934 Ch URS (1/2 final)D92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
12. S Belavenets vs Veresov 1-028 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
13. Veresov vs Levenfish 1-042 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35E00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. L Savitsky vs Veresov 0-137 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35B10 Caro-Kann
15. Veresov vs P Dubinin  1-045 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
16. Rauzer vs Veresov  0-120 1934 Ch URS (1/2 final)B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. Chekhover vs Veresov 1-014 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
18. Kan vs Veresov  1-042 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35B10 Caro-Kann
19. Veresov vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-123 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Veresov vs S Von Freymann  1-033 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
21. Veresov vs F Bohatirchuk  0-131 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. Veresov vs I Mazel  0-132 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35A40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. V Makogonov vs Veresov  1-041 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Veresov vs Kasparian  0-191 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
25. A Poliak vs Veresov  1-042 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalA15 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-26-02
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: In one of the semi-final competitions during the Championship of the Soviet Union master Veresov exceeded the time limit. After the game he started to show his partner various ways of how he could have given checkmate in three or five moves.

"So why didn’t you do it? What did you waste your time for?" asked his surprised opponent.

"I was trying to decide which mate would have been more spectacular."

May-22-05  WMD: Born 28th July 1912, died 12th November 1979.
May-22-05  Akavall: <Sneaky> Is that game in this database?
May-22-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/b... 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?

Jul-08-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
http://www.bidmonfa.com/veresov_gav...
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Jul-08-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Bio, sort of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavrii...

Richter-Veresov Attack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richte...

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.

Jul-08-08  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.

Jul-09-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Bronstein vs Veresov, declined battles:
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Jul-09-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Boleslavsky tied Veresov 0 to 0, with 3 draws.>: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Oct-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <Whiteshark>He was a captain in the Russian Army

Whiteshark,
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Veresov wouldn't exist without Richter.. :-)
Jul-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 (?)
Dec-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice checkmate by Veresov against Valery I Zilberstein in 1969:


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1...Qh2+ 2.Kg4 f5+ 3.Kg5 Qxg2+ 4.Qxg2 Be3#


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Jul-08-14  Penguincw: R.I.P. IM Gavriil Veresov.
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