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Gothenburg Interzonal Tournament

David Bronstein15/20(+10 -0 =10)[games]
Paul Keres13.5/20(+9 -2 =9)[games]
Oscar Panno13/20(+9 -3 =8)[games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian12.5/20(+5 -0 =15)[games]
Efim Geller12/20(+7 -3 =10)[games]
Laszlo Szabo12/20(+6 -2 =12)[games]
Miroslav Filip11/20(+4 -2 =14)[games]
Boris Spassky11/20(+7 -5 =8)[games]
Herman Pilnik11/20(+4 -2 =14)[games]
Georgy Ilivitsky10.5/20(+4 -3 =13)[games]
Ludek Pachman10.5/20(+3 -2 =15)[games]
Miguel Najdorf9.5/20(+5 -6 =9)[games]
Carlos Enrique Guimard9.5/20(+5 -6 =9)[games]
Braslav Rabar9/20(+3 -5 =12)[games]
Andrija Fuderer9/20(+6 -8 =6)[games]
Wolfgang Unzicker8.5/20(+3 -6 =11)[games]
Gideon Stahlberg8/20(+3 -7 =10)[games]
Arthur Bisguier8/20(+4 -8 =8)[games]
Antonio Angel Medina Garcia5.5/20(+2 -11 =7)[games]
Jan Hein Donner5.5/20(+2 -11 =7)[games]
Bogdan Sliwa5.5/20(+3 -12 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
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 (but see the Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956)).

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

Of particular theoretical note is that the 14th round saw three unsuccessful tries of the novelty 9 ... g5 10. fxg5 ♘d7 by players from Argentina when three Soviets tested their sacrifices in the move-order 1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. ♘xd4 ♘f6 5. ♘c3 a6 6. ♗g5 e6 7. f4 ♗e7 8. ♕f3 h6 9. ♗h4, so the so-called Vespers - (Argentine or Göteborg) variation - with the main continuation being 11. ♘xe6 (11. 0-0-0 saw the game Rodolfo Cardoso vs Fischer, 1957 0-1) 11 ... fxe6 12. ♕h5 ♔f8 13. ♗b5 - and remained under a cloud for more than 2 years, until Paul Keres suggested the improvement 13 ... ♖h7 which was later played in Gligoric vs Fischer, 1958 1/2-1/2 and resurrected that Sicilian, Najdorf (B98) line. (1)

Gothenburg, Sweden, 15 August - 21 September 1955

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

Previous interzomal tournament: Stockholm Interzonal (1952). Next: Portoroz Interzonal (1958).

(1) https://web.archive.org/web/2010070...

Original collection: Game Collection: Interzonals 1955: Gothenburg, by User: capybara.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 40  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bisguier vs Najdorf  0-1431955Gothenburg InterzonalE70 King's Indian
2. J H Donner vs Spassky 0-1321955Gothenburg InterzonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. Najdorf vs Panno 0-1411955Gothenburg InterzonalB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
4. Sliwa vs G Ilivitsky 0-1511955Gothenburg InterzonalD88 Grunfeld, Spassky Variation, Main line, 10...cd, 11.cd
5. Unzicker vs Bronstein 0-1421955Gothenburg InterzonalB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. Bisguier vs A Fuderer 0-1281955Gothenburg InterzonalB50 Sicilian
7. B Rabar vs Sliwa  0-1581955Gothenburg InterzonalE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
8. Najdorf vs Guimard 0-1511955Gothenburg InterzonalD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Bisguier vs Stahlberg  0-1411955Gothenburg InterzonalE12 Queen's Indian
10. G Ilivitsky vs Spassky 0-1351955Gothenburg InterzonalA04 Reti Opening
11. A Medina Garcia vs Szabo 0-1531955Gothenburg InterzonalC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
12. Geller vs G Ilivitsky 0-1391955Gothenburg InterzonalD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
13. A Medina Garcia vs Petrosian  0-1511955Gothenburg InterzonalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
14. J H Donner vs Panno 0-1251955Gothenburg InterzonalE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
15. Stahlberg vs A Fuderer 0-1311955Gothenburg InterzonalA04 Reti Opening
16. Bisguier vs Keres 0-1401955Gothenburg InterzonalC46 Three Knights
17. A Medina Garcia vs Spassky 0-1321955Gothenburg InterzonalC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
18. Spassky vs Bisguier 0-1681955Gothenburg InterzonalC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
19. Unzicker vs Filip 0-1191955Gothenburg InterzonalB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. J H Donner vs Najdorf  0-1401955Gothenburg InterzonalE60 King's Indian Defense
21. A Medina Garcia vs G Ilivitsky 0-1421955Gothenburg InterzonalB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
22. A Fuderer vs Szabo 0-1321955Gothenburg InterzonalB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
23. Bisguier vs Geller 0-1411955Gothenburg InterzonalA48 King's Indian
24. Sliwa vs Stahlberg  0-1311955Gothenburg InterzonalD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. A Medina Garcia vs Pachman  0-1381955Gothenburg InterzonalB58 Sicilian
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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.
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.

Sep-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project:

<Phony Benoni> Here is a video that in part discusses the "Sicilian Vespers" anecdote you describe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVJ_...

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.

Sep-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
premium
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.

Sep-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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: http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...

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