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🏆 Gothenburg Interzonal (1955) Chess Event Description
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 ... [more]

Player: Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Petrosian vs Keres ½-½221955Gothenburg InterzonalE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
2. Spassky vs Petrosian ½-½241955Gothenburg InterzonalB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
3. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½141955Gothenburg InterzonalC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. G Ilivitsky vs Petrosian  ½-½141955Gothenburg InterzonalA56 Benoni Defense
5. Petrosian vs Bronstein  ½-½191955Gothenburg InterzonalA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
6. Pachman vs Petrosian  ½-½361955Gothenburg InterzonalE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
7. Petrosian vs B Rabar  ½-½201955Gothenburg InterzonalA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
8. A Medina Garcia vs Petrosian  0-1511955Gothenburg InterzonalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. Petrosian vs Bisguier ½-½201955Gothenburg InterzonalD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Panno vs Petrosian  ½-½311955Gothenburg InterzonalE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
11. Petrosian vs Pilnik  ½-½421955Gothenburg InterzonalE91 King's Indian
12. Najdorf vs Petrosian  ½-½411955Gothenburg InterzonalD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
13. Petrosian vs Guimard 1-0621955Gothenburg InterzonalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. A Fuderer vs Petrosian  ½-½261955Gothenburg InterzonalC07 French, Tarrasch
15. Petrosian vs Filip  ½-½191955Gothenburg InterzonalE46 Nimzo-Indian
16. Stahlberg vs Petrosian 0-1411955Gothenburg InterzonalA56 Benoni Defense
17. Petrosian vs Unzicker  ½-½161955Gothenburg InterzonalE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
18. Sliwa vs Petrosian 0-1361955Gothenburg InterzonalA57 Benko Gambit
19. Petrosian vs Szabo  ½-½161955Gothenburg InterzonalD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
20. J H Donner vs Petrosian 0-1411955Gothenburg InterzonalA61 Benoni
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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).
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  keypusher: Quite a performance by Bronstein!
Jun-04-14  ughaibu: At the half-way point, Geller had only four points from ten games. Amazing!
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  keypusher: Of interest only to me: in Bisguier's games, White scored +4-8=8.
Sep-26-14  Ke2: Awesome tournament. +10 =10 from bronstein was amazing. And of course the Argentinian tragedy.
Sep-26-14  Everett: < keypusher: Quite a performance by Bronstein!>

Yes this is one of Bronstein's career highlights.besides the remarkable victory over Keres, he had some other gems as well. I think it helped that he secured Furman as his second for the tournament. I think it shows in his focused play.

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  WCC Editing Project:

<Phony Benoni> Here is a video that in part discusses the "Sicilian Vespers" anecdote you describe:

Sep-26-14  Everett: I find it both amazing and typical that a tournament that involves Fischer not at all somehow has an introduction with two links to his games.

Apparently Fischer was the only one that discovered some theoretical improvements on these games. Remarkable.

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  Benzol: Actually it wasn't Fischer but Keres who discovered the improvement. See the discussion on the Geller vs Panno, 1955 game.
Sep-26-14  Everett: <Sep-26-14
member Benzol: Actually it wasn't Fischer but Keres who discovered the improvement. See the discussion on the Geller vs Panno, 1955 game.>

Great! Let's now change this page to rightfully honor Keres.

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  WCC Editing Project:

The bio doesn't need to be changed- it already credits <Keres> for coming up with the post-Vespers improvement:

"until Paul Keres suggested the improvement 13 ... Rh7 which was later played in Gligoric vs Fischer, 1958 1/2-1/2 and resurrected that Sicilian, Najdorf (B98) line (1)."

Sep-28-14  Everett: Too bad.
Apr-20-15  Howard: Wonder why Gligoric didn't take part in this tournament.
Apr-20-15  Olavi: <Howard: Wonder why Gligoric didn't take part in this tournament.>

He failed in the Jugoslav championship and didn't qualify for the Munich zonal:

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