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Havana Tournament

Vasily Smyslov15.5/21(+13 -3 =5)[games]
Borislav Ivkov15/21(+12 -3 =6)[games]
Efim Geller15/21(+9 -0 =12)[games]
Robert James Fischer15/21(+12 -3 =6)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov14.5/21(+8 -0 =13)[games]
Ludek Pachman13/21(+6 -1 =14)[games]
Karl Robatsch12.5/21(+6 -2 =13)[games]
Jan Hein Donner12/21(+7 -4 =10)[games]
Istvan Bilek11.5/21(+7 -5 =9)[games]
Bruno Parma11/21(+3 -2 =16)[games]
Laszlo Szabo10.5/21(+6 -6 =9)[games]
Wolfgang Pietzsch10.5/21(+5 -5 =11)[games]
Alberic O'Kelly de Galway10/21(+3 -4 =14)[games]
Georgi Tringov10/21(+5 -6 =10)[games]
Eleazar Jimenez Zerquera9.5/21(+3 -5 =13)[games]
Victor Ciocaltea9/21(+3 -6 =12)[games]
Zbigniew Doda8/21(+4 -9 =8)[games]
Heinz Lehmann7.5/21(+2 -8 =11)[games]
Robert Wade7.5/21(+3 -9 =9)[games]
Eldis Cobo Arteaga5.5/21(+2 -12 =7)[games]
Francisco Jose Perez Perez4/21(+1 -14 =6)[games]
Gilberto Garcia4/21(+3 -16 =2)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Havana (1965)

The 4th Capablanca Memorial International Chess Tournament was held in the capital city of Havana in Cuba. Eighteen grandmasters and six masters participated in the round-robin event at the Habana Libre hotel from August 25 to September 26, 1965. It was one of the best-funded tournaments at the time, due to Ché Guevara's patronage. As the director of the Cuban National Bank and Minister of Industry, he guaranteed a $3000 first prize with more than $4500 to be dispersed among the next five finishers. This edition of the memorial gained worldwide significance because it was the first international tournament in which Bobby Fischer would be participating since the Curacao Candidates (1962), more than three years before. He had agreed to attend for a $3000 appearance fee, but difficulties arose when the US State Department refused him a visa to travel to Cuba. When Fischer suggested playing by telex from the Manhattan Chess Club, the organizers agreed although it would end up costing them over $10,000. Although Fischer had been playing regularly in US championships in the intervening three years (and winning them all), this tournament would mark the first time Fischer would be facing a number of the strongest Soviet grandmasters since his accusations against them for conspiring to keep him from winning the Candidates Tournament to challenge Botvinnik in 1963. Fischer's main Soviet rivals at this event were former world champion Vasily Smyslov, Efim Geller and Ratmir Kholmov. Smyslov finished first by one-half point, despite losing to Fischer in their individual game. Fischer shared second place with Geller and Borislav Ivkov, and Kholmov joined the top finishers in fifth place.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Smyslov * 0 = 0 = = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15.5 =2 Ivkov 1 * = 1 0 = 0 1 1 = = = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 0 15.0 =2 Geller = = * 1 = = = = 1 1 = = = = 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 15.0 =2 Fischer 1 0 0 * 0 = 1 1 1 = 1 1 = 1 = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 15.0 5 Kholmov = 1 = 1 * = = = = = = = = 1 1 1 = = = 1 1 1 14.5 6 Pachman = = = = = * 0 1 = = = = = = = = 1 = 1 1 1 1 13.0 7 Robatsch = 1 = 0 = 1 * = = = 1 0 = = = = = = = 1 1 1 12.5 8 Donner 0 0 = 0 = 0 = * 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 = = = = = 1 1 12.0 9 Bilek 0 0 0 0 = = = 0 * = = = = = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.5 10 Parma = = 0 = = = = = = * 0 1 = = 1 = = = 1 = = = 11.0 =11 Szabo 0 = = 0 = = 0 0 = 1 * 1 = = = 1 0 = 1 1 0 1 10.5 =11 Pietzsch 0 = = 0 = = 1 0 = 0 0 * = 1 = = = = = 1 1 1 10.5 =13 O'Kelly 0 0 = = = = = 0 = = = = * = = 0 1 = = = 1 1 10.0 =13 Tringov 0 0 = 0 0 = = = = = = 0 = * 0 = 1 1 1 1 = 1 10.0 15 Jimenez 1 0 0 = 0 = = 0 = 0 = = = 1 * = = = = = = 1 9.5 16 Ciocaltea 0 = = = 0 = = = 0 = 0 = 1 = = * = 0 1 0 = 1 9.0 17 Doda 0 0 0 0 = 0 = = 0 = 1 = 0 0 = = * 1 0 1 = 1 8.0 =18 Lehmann 0 0 0 0 = = = = 0 = = = = 0 = 1 0 * 1 = = 0 7.5 =18 Wade 0 0 = = = 0 = = 0 0 0 = = 0 = 0 1 0 * = 1 1 7.5 20 Cobo Arteaga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 = = * 1 = 5.5 =21 Perez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 = = = = = 0 0 * 0 4.0 =21 Garcia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 = 1 * 4.0

The historical information is thanks to Jan van Reek.

Original collection: Game Collection: Havana 1965, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 54  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tringov vs Kholmov 0-1321965HavanaC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
2. Doda vs O'Kelly  0-1351965HavanaA13 English
3. W Pietzsch vs Smyslov 0-1301965HavanaA48 King's Indian
4. H Lehmann vs Fischer 0-1321965HavanaB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. E Cobo Arteaga vs Robatsch  0-1321965HavanaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. G Garcia vs Kholmov 0-1481965HavanaB83 Sicilian
7. J H Donner vs Pachman  0-1511965HavanaD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
8. Wade vs Smyslov 0-1311965HavanaB07 Pirc
9. I Bilek vs Geller 0-1291965HavanaE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
10. F J Perez Perez vs G Garcia  0-1381965HavanaC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Tringov vs Fischer 0-1221965HavanaB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. E Jimenez Zerquera vs J H Donner  0-1361965HavanaB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
13. Doda vs I Bilek  0-1581965HavanaA05 Reti Opening
14. E Cobo Arteaga vs Doda  0-1581965HavanaE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
15. F J Perez Perez vs Pachman  0-1371965HavanaE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
16. O'Kelly vs Ivkov  0-1261965HavanaA10 English
17. G Garcia vs Tringov  0-1491965HavanaA56 Benoni Defense
18. Wade vs Szabo  0-1391965HavanaA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. E Cobo Arteaga vs Smyslov 0-1301965HavanaE12 Queen's Indian
20. F J Perez Perez vs Geller  0-1241965HavanaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. G Garcia vs Fischer 0-1521965HavanaD85 Grunfeld
22. Wade vs I Bilek  0-1441965HavanaE91 King's Indian
23. H Lehmann vs Doda  0-1721965HavanaA56 Benoni Defense
24. G Garcia vs Robatsch  0-1421965HavanaA13 English
25. Tringov vs E Jimenez Zerquera  0-1581965HavanaC55 Two Knights Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-26-13  ughaibu: Professor! Shouldn't it be 'three years before', rather than "three years ago"?
Feb-05-15  suenteus po 147: <ughaibu> Yes. Yes it should. And it looks like someone already heard you since it's corrected now.
Feb-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  swordfish: Wow - 21 rounds! That's what I call a chess tournament!
Feb-05-15  suenteus po 147: <swordfish> This was back in the days of adjournments. Once the two players made the time control they were done for the day and could have dinner, smoke, and maybe play some tennis or go bowling (not necessarily with each other). So it was possible to have longer tournaments without substantial 'fatigue' creeping into the player performance (though even then there are still certain of examples of that from tournaments at this time). And, too, we mustn't forget that less money bought more grandmasters and more of their time back then. It's an expensive proposition to put together a lot of GMs in one event, or to have double rounds with a smaller field that's still strong.
Feb-06-15  mojonera: Solo 2 de los participantes viven , Parma e Ivkov
Feb-06-15  suenteus po 147: <mojonera> It has been 50 years since this event took place. It's impressive, in a way, that Ivkov and Parma are still around. I wonder, were they the youngest participants? Or Fischer must have been because he was always the youngest.
Feb-06-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Fischer over Parma, by a bit more than a year.
Aug-23-16  ughaibu: Taking the results of just the top eight finishers, we get a tournament won by Kholmov.
Jan-24-17  jerseybob: The Marshall, not the Manhattan, was Fischer's home base in this tourney, and the back room where he played looks much the same today as it did in the CR photos from '65.
Apr-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Bobby Fischer plays by teletype in Havana 1965:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w0UJ5...

Jun-22-17  machuelo: From the Cuban side nobody is alive. The Garcia in the cross table is Gilberto García who died more that 15 years ago, not Silvino or Guillermo García, Cuban Grand Masters. The organizer of the event, José Luis Barrera passed away, as well the main arbiters, José Raúl Capablanca Jr., and Alberto García. But some other people like Francisco Acosta is still alive. Acosta was the young man who received in Havana Fischer's move and took it to the board of his rival, where Capa Jr., executed it as 'Ficher representive'. Acosta wrote several years ago an interesting article with the tittle "I Was Fischer's Messenger", with the story of the event. Also is alive the person in charge of play the moves in the wall board, Orlando Peraza. Both of them live in Havana. Later, Peraza join the Cuban Army and retired with the grade or Lieutenant Colonel.Acosta rose as engineer to Adjunct Dean of the Faculty of Science of Havana University.
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