Tiviakov in Capri

11/4/2017 – Between October 26th and 29th, 2017, the Italian island of Capri hosted the 3rd International Tournament "Isola di Capri Vladimir Lenin". During those three days, Sergei Tiviakov drew two conclusions: that the island is beautiful, and that his own skills have suffered a bit during the almost 10 months of total absence from the board, while he was dedicated to training the team of Turkmenistan. Although he had to yield first place to Aleksander Rakhmanov — the only player with 6 points — Tiviakov was sixth and returned with a fine collection of photos as consolation, which he now shares with you.

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Tiviakov talks Capri

3rd International Tournament "Isola di Capri Vladimir Lenin"

"I played badly, because I have not played since January 2017, because I dedicated myself to training the team of Turkmenistan full time," wrote Tiviakov.

"But Sergei", we protest, "sixth place in a tournament of 38 participants is not so bad is it?"

Regardless, he has sent us a selection of photographic impressions of the beautiful Italian island of Capri, and that we can appreciate all the same.

Sergei Tiviakov enjoying the wonderful views that the island offers | Photo: Sergei Tiviakov

One curiosity is why "Vladimir Lenin" has a tournament named after him. We assume it has to do with the story of Maxim Gorky and Lenin spending a season on the island together:

Gorky sets foot on the island of Capri in 1906. It's the beginning of a hectic life in exile. His house becomes something like a shelter and refuge for many Russian intellectuals after the failure of the revolution of 1905.

In 1908, Gorky's house, called "Villa Casa Rosa", is the scene of a game of chess between Alexander Bogdanov and Vladimir Lenin, the two aspiring leaders of the Bolshevik movement. History notes that Gorky is on the side of Bogdanov, who happens to be the "free thinker" within the party. 

Lenin, Gorky, Bogdanov

Bogdanov, Gorky (middle) and Lenin in April 1908

Update November 5: Although clearly they did play chess on Capri, the game below is apocryphal. See the discussion in comments, and original in the Links section.

 

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A year later, they open a school in which the spirit of non-dogmatic thinking reigns. Lenin refuses to be a professor there. From his exile in Paris, he attacked the Bolsheviks of Capri and opened his own school in Paris. As a consequence, the school in Capri closed its doors in December of 1909.

Half a year later, Lenin returns to visit Gorky on the island. He depends on him to some extent and seeks to resurrect friendship with the esteemed writer. Two weeks later, when he returns to Paris, Lenin could be happy with the result. And three years later, on November 9, 1914, Gorky also leaves the island of Capri, returning to Russia under an amnesty arangement. His departure marks the end of a utopian era, that remains connected to the island. "Gorky and Lenin in Capri" is the story of a dream dreamed by Gorky and many more Russian exiles for a season.

La costa rocosa de Capri

A precipice so precious can scarcely be found | Photo: Sergei Tiviakov

El mar azul de Capri

"Azzurro" (Adriano Celentano's version jumps into his ear when he sees the photo) | Photo: Sergei Tiviakov

Puesta del sol en Capri

What about the special sunset of Capri, already knew to Rudi Schuricke in his (German) song of the year 1943 "Capri-Fischer" | Photo: Sergei Tiviakov

Aleksandr Rakhmanov se coronó campeón

Aleksandr Rakhmanov, the king of the tournament | Photo: Sergei Tiviakov

Marta Fierro

Marta Fierro occupied the fourteenth place and was the best scoring woman | Photo: Sergei Tiviakov

Final standings (top 20)

# Title Name FED Elo Points TB1 TB2 TB3
1 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2654 6 31.00 25.75 2397.00
2 GM Istratescu Andrei ROU 2589 5.5 31.00 23.75 2400.00
3 GM Epishin Vladimir RUS 2519 5 31.00 20.50 2412.00
4 GM Lazic Miroljub SRB 2490 4.5 30.50 18.25 2368.00
5 GM Djuric Stefan SRB 2385 4.5 30.50 18.25 2344.00
6 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2591 4.5 30.00 18.75 2051.00
7 FM Kozlov Gennady RUS 2332 4.5 28.50 16.50 2244.00
8   Gregori Giacomo ITA 2227 4.5 24.50 13.25 2114.00
9 FM Selbes Tarik TUR 2330 4.5 24.50 13.00 2210.00
10 IM Bonafede Alessandro ITA 2397 4 27.50 13.75 2298.00
11 FM Esposito Luca ITA 2200 4 25.00 11.25 2206.00
12 IM Martorelli Antonio ITA 2198 4 24.50 12.00 2169.00
13 GM Mogranzini Roberto ITA 2501 3.5 30.00 13.75 2331.00
14 IM Fierro Baquero Martha L. ECU 2367 3.5 27.50 10.75 2234.00
15 FM Lagumina Giulio ITA 2241 3.5 27.00 11.25 2241.00
16   Pisacane Pietro ITA 2148 3.5 27.00 11.00 2243.00
17 FM Caposciutti Maurizio ITA 2342 3.5 25.50 12.00 2219.00
18   Grasso Gaetano ITA 2130 3.5 24.00 9.50 2141.00
19   Egli Urs SUI 1996 3.5 21.50 9.50 2057.00
20 IM Laketic Gojko SRB 2368 3 28.00 10.00 2204.00

(Total 38 players)


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Photos and information: Sergei Tiviakov
Text: Nadja Wittmann (ChessBase)
Translation from Spanish: Macauley Peterson

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macauley macauley 11/6/2017 12:17
We weren't intending to vouch for the game's authenticity, nor claiming the illustrative photo portrayed the same, but have added a clarification update.
chronograph chronograph 11/5/2017 02:43
On the photo it looks like Lenin had the black pieces.
daftarche daftarche 11/5/2017 01:56
yes that makes sense. two amateurs are just playing a casual game. the guy is yawning bored out of his mind. who cared to record the game.
thudandblunder thudandblunder 11/5/2017 01:53
The game between Lenin and Gorky is likely a hoax since it is extremely unlikely that the position after four moves arose in any game played prior to WW1. See discussion at: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1387603. Infohunter points out that the game is in "Chess Openings Theory and Practice" by Horowitz on page 235 and is listed as having being played between the Deschna Chess Club and the Lenin Chess Club.
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