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Gothenburg Interzonal Tournament

David Bronstein15/20(+10 -0 =10)[view games]
Paul Keres13.5/20(+9 -2 =9)[view games]
Oscar Panno13/20(+9 -3 =8)[view games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian12.5/20(+5 -0 =15)[view games]
Laszlo Szabo12/20(+6 -2 =12)[view games]
Efim Geller12/20(+7 -3 =10)[view games]
Herman Pilnik11/20(+4 -2 =14)[view games]
Boris Spassky11/20(+7 -5 =8)[view games]
Miroslav Filip11/20(+4 -2 =14)[view games]
Georgy Ilivitsky10.5/20(+4 -3 =13)[view games]
Ludek Pachman10.5/20(+3 -2 =15)[view games]
Miguel Najdorf9.5/20(+5 -6 =9)[view games]
Carlos Enrique Guimard9.5/20(+5 -6 =9)[view games]
Braslav Rabar9/20(+3 -5 =12)[view games]
Andrija Fuderer9/20(+6 -8 =6)[view games]
Wolfgang Unzicker8.5/20(+3 -6 =11)[view games]
Arthur Bisguier8/20(+4 -8 =8)[view games]
Gideon Stahlberg8/20(+3 -7 =10)[view games]
Jan Hein Donner5.5/20(+2 -11 =7)[view games]
Bogdan Sliwa5.5/20(+3 -12 =5)[view games]
Antonio Angel Medina Garcia5.5/20(+2 -11 =7)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)
The Gothenburg interzonal tournament was played between 15th August and 21st September 1955. It was a 21-player round robin, with the top nine players qualifying for the Amsterdam Candidates (1956) tournament. The winner was Bronstein with 15/20 (+10 =10 -0), Keres was second with 13.5, Panno had 13, Petrosian 12.5, Geller and Szabo each had 12 and the other qualifiers were Filip, Pilnik and Spassky with 11. Just missing out with 10.5 were Ilivitsky and Pachman.

Of particular theoretical note is that the 14th round saw three unsuccessful tries of the novelty 9 ... g5 10. fxg5 Nd7 by players from Argentina when three Soviets tested their sacrifices in the move-order 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3 h6 9. Bh4, so the so-called Vespers - (Argentine or Göteborg) variation - with the main continuation being 11. Nxe6 (11. 0-0-0 saw the game R T Cardoso vs Fischer, 1957 0-1) 11 ... fxe6 12. Qh5 Kf8 13. Bb5 - and remained under a cloud for more than 2 years, when the improvement 13 ... Rh7 of Gligoric vs Fischer, 1958 1/2-1/2 resurrected that Sicilian, Najdorf (B98) line (1).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 1 Bronstein * 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15.0 2 Keres 0 * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 0 1 ˝ ˝ 1 13.5 3 Panno 0 0 * ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 13.0 4 Petrosian ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 12.5 5 Geller 0 ˝ 1 ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 12.0 6 Szabo ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 7 Filip ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 11.0 8 Spassky ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 * 1 1 0 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 0 1 1 ˝ 11.0 9 Pilnik ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 11.0 10 Ilivitsky ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 10.5 11 Pachman ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 10.5 12 Najdorf ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ * 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 0 9.5 13 Guimard ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 * ˝ 1 0 1 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 9.5 14 Rabar ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 1 0 9.0 15 Fuderer 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 1 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 0 ˝ * 1 1 1 1 0 ˝ 9.0 16 Unzicker 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 0 * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 8.5 17 Stahlberg 0 1 ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * 1 ˝ ˝ 1 8.0 18 Bisguier 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 0 ˝ 0 * ˝ 1 1 8.0 19 Medina Garcia 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 1 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 0 5.5 20 Donner 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 0 ˝ 0 1 * ˝ 5.5 21 Sliwa 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 0 1 ˝ 0 0 0 1 ˝ * 5.5

Picture of participants: http://es.chessbase.com/portals/0/f...

The Stockholm Interzonal (1952) and Portoroz Interzonal (1958) were the previous and next Interzonals of these FIDE cycles.

References: (1) http://chessbase.com/columns/column... , Original collection: Game Collection: Interzonals 1955: Gothenburg, by User: capybara

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 210  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Pachman vs Filip  ½-½20 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalE17 Queen's Indian
2. Panno vs Pilnik  ½-½36 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalA22 English
3. B Rabar vs A Fuderer  ½-½31 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalB01 Scandinavian
4. Bronstein vs Stahlberg 1-083 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Spassky vs Szabo ½-½30 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalC77 Ruy Lopez
6. Bisguier vs Najdorf  0-143 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalE70 King's Indian
7. G Ilivitsky vs Unzicker  1-041 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
8. A Medina Garcia vs Guimard  1-041 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalC02 French, Advance
9. Geller vs Sliwa  1-065 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
10. Keres vs J H Donner ½-½56 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
11. Filip vs B Rabar  ½-½29 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. A Fuderer vs A Medina Garcia  1-033 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
13. Sliwa vs G Ilivitsky  0-151 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalD88 Grunfeld, Spassky Variation, Main line, 10...cd, 11.cd
14. Szabo vs Geller  ½-½13 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalC01 French, Exchange
15. Unzicker vs Bronstein 0-142 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. Petrosian vs Keres ½-½22 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
17. Najdorf vs Panno  0-141 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
18. Stahlberg vs Pachman  ½-½40 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalA12 English with b3
19. J H Donner vs Spassky 0-132 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. Guimard vs Bisguier  ½-½20 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. B Rabar vs Stahlberg  ½-½11 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalC07 French, Tarrasch
22. Panno vs Guimard  1-031 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Pilnik vs Najdorf  ½-½55 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalA15 English
24. Bisguier vs A Fuderer 0-128 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalB50 Sicilian
25. Geller vs J H Donner  ½-½29 1955 Gothenburg InterzonalC11 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: The most memorable event of this tournament came in round 14, when three Soviet players (Keres, Geller and Spassky) had White against three Argentinans (Najdorf, Panno, Pilnik). The Argentinans had carefully analyzed a sharp variation in the Sicilian beforehand, and all three played it. The three Soviet players all found a spectacular series of sacrifices and went on to win quickly (See games #134, 135, 136).
May-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Quite a performance by Bronstein!
Jun-04-14  ughaibu: At the half-way point, Geller had only four points from ten games. Amazing!
Jun-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Of interest only to me: in Bisguier's games, White scored +4-8=8.
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