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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: Herman Pilnik

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Panno vs Pilnik  ½-½361955Gothenburg InterzonalA22 English
2. Pilnik vs Najdorf  ½-½551955Gothenburg InterzonalA15 English
3. Guimard vs Pilnik  ½-½301955Gothenburg InterzonalE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
4. Pilnik vs A Fuderer  1-0871955Gothenburg InterzonalB07 Pirc
5. Filip vs Pilnik  ½-½221955Gothenburg InterzonalA20 English
6. Pilnik vs Stahlberg  ½-½221955Gothenburg InterzonalC05 French, Tarrasch
7. Unzicker vs Pilnik  ½-½291955Gothenburg InterzonalA56 Benoni Defense
8. Pilnik vs Sliwa  1-0941955Gothenburg InterzonalC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. Szabo vs Pilnik  ½-½191955Gothenburg InterzonalE60 King's Indian Defense
10. Pilnik vs J H Donner  1-0511955Gothenburg InterzonalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Petrosian vs Pilnik  ½-½421955Gothenburg InterzonalE91 King's Indian
12. Pilnik vs Keres  ½-½191955Gothenburg InterzonalC78 Ruy Lopez
13. Spassky vs Pilnik 1-0311955Gothenburg InterzonalB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Pilnik vs Geller 0-1381955Gothenburg InterzonalB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
15. G Ilivitsky vs Pilnik  ½-½351955Gothenburg InterzonalE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. Pilnik vs Bronstein  ½-½391955Gothenburg InterzonalB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
17. Pachman vs Pilnik  ½-½411955Gothenburg InterzonalA16 English
18. Pilnik vs B Rabar  1-0371955Gothenburg InterzonalB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
19. A Medina Garcia vs Pilnik  ½-½401955Gothenburg InterzonalB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
20. Pilnik vs Bisguier  ½-½161955Gothenburg InterzonalE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
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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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