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Peter Svidler vs Boris Gelfand
Armenia - The Rest of the World (2004), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Jun-10
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jun-16-04  Rowson: Isn't Svidler a Russian not an Armenian?
Jun-16-04  Cyphelium: He's a Russian and he plays for the World. It was Gelfand who played for Armenia. Ok, I can anticipate your next question. Apparently, the definition of 'Armenian' is quite wide in this tournament. I think I read somewhere that Kasparov played for Armenia because his mother is Armenian. As for Gelfand, I guess he has some sort of relation to the country of Petrosian, maybe his grandfather was from Armenia? Or whatever.
Jun-16-04  Cyphelium: Ok, further research revealed this, which I copied from the TWIC site:

'The Armenian team will consist of three Armenians; Vladimir Akopian, Smbat Lputian and Rafael Vaganian and three players with Armenian connections; Garry Kasparov whose mother is Armenian and world title challenger Peter Leko whose wife is Armenian. Mrs Leko's family name is Petrosian and her father Arshak is a GM but they are not related to Tigran Petrosian. Boris Gelfand makes up the numbers for the Armenian team. I was baffled as to what Armenian connection Gelfand could have, as he is a Jew who now lives in Israel but he explained that he was the most famous pupil to study under Tigran Petrosian. Gelfand attended classes with Petrosian between 1980-83 at Sochi and the Moscow suburbs and recalls how well pupils were looked after. Petrosian even took them to ice hockey matches after lessons.'

Jun-16-04  PinkPanther: What does being a Jew have to do with anything?
Jun-16-04  Cyphelium: I don't know. To get the answer, I guess you'll have to go to the TWIC site and see if you can find the e-mail adress to Malcolm Pein, who wrote the article I quoted.
Jun-16-04  rochade18: An Armenian poet (or so) once said: Anybody who feels like an Armenian is an Armenian!
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  patzer2: In the final position, Black is powerless to prevent either the Queening of the a-Pawn or the mopping up of the weak Black pawns (all on White Squares) by the White King.

Play could continue 52...
Bb4+ 53. c3 Ba5 54. Kc2 Bc7 55. Kb3 Bc5 56. Kc4 , with the Black pawns soon to be gobbled up by the White King.

Jun-19-04  Rowson: Thanks for the clear up! i knew Gelfand played for israel... so i figure that svidler had to be the Armenian in this game. cheers
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