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Giovanni Vescovi

Giovanni Vescovi, Linares 2008
Full name Giovanni Portilho Vescovi
Country Brazil
Born June 14, 1978
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Title Grandmaster (1998)
Peak rating 2648 (April 2004)

Giovanni Portilho Vescovi (born June 14, 1978) is a Brazilian chess player. He is currently the highest rated Brazilian and has won the national championship seven times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010). He was awarded the title of International Master in 1993 and the Grandmaster title in 1998. In 1998 he played on the first board in the first World Junior Team Chess Championship (for Under-20) in Rio de Janeiro. He won the gold medal winning with a score of 5.5/6. In 2001 we won the South American Chess Championship (FIDE 2.4 Zonal). He won the Bermuda tournament three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He won the international tournament in Sao Paulo in 2005 and 2006.

He participated in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2002 knockout tournament, and was knocked out in the second round against Veselin Topalov. He took part in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, but was eliminated in the first round by Gadir Guseinov. In the Chess World Cup 2005, where he was eliminated in the second round by Pentala Harikrishna.

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Vescovi reached this position as white, playing with Michael Bezold (black) in the 6th round of the Mermaid Beach Club tournament in 1997. Here he played the beautiful 24. B:e4!! After d:e4 25. d5 Rc8 26. d6 Qf7 27. d7 Rd8 28. Nf6+ Kf8...


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...Vescovi played 29. Nxh7+ Kg8 (29... Qxh7 30. Qf6+ Qf7 31. Qxd8+) 30. Nf6+ Kf8 31. Qe5 Nc5 32. Nh7+ Kg8 33. Qxg5+ Kxh7 34. Qxd8 Nd3 1-0


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