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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 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Panno vs Pilnik  ½-½361955Gothenburg InterzonalA22 English
2. Keres vs J H Donner ½-½561955Gothenburg InterzonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Pachman vs Filip  ½-½201955Gothenburg InterzonalE17 Queen's Indian
4. Spassky vs Szabo ½-½301955Gothenburg InterzonalC77 Ruy Lopez
5. B Rabar vs A Fuderer  ½-½311955Gothenburg InterzonalB01 Scandinavian
6. Petrosian vs Keres ½-½221955Gothenburg InterzonalE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
7. Szabo vs Geller  ½-½131955Gothenburg InterzonalC01 French, Exchange
8. Filip vs B Rabar  ½-½291955Gothenburg InterzonalD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Stahlberg vs Pachman  ½-½401955Gothenburg InterzonalA12 English with b3
10. Guimard vs Bisguier  ½-½201955Gothenburg InterzonalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Geller vs J H Donner  ½-½291955Gothenburg InterzonalC11 French
12. B Rabar vs Stahlberg  ½-½111955Gothenburg InterzonalC07 French, Tarrasch
13. A Medina Garcia vs Filip  ½-½501955Gothenburg InterzonalB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
14. Spassky vs Petrosian ½-½241955Gothenburg InterzonalB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
15. G Ilivitsky vs Szabo  ½-½351955Gothenburg InterzonalD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
16. Pilnik vs Najdorf  ½-½551955Gothenburg InterzonalA15 English
17. Pachman vs Unzicker  ½-½131955Gothenburg InterzonalE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Filip vs Bisguier  ½-½191955Gothenburg InterzonalA06 Reti Opening
19. A Fuderer vs Panno ½-½501955Gothenburg InterzonalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Stahlberg vs A Medina Garcia  ½-½331955Gothenburg InterzonalD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
21. Guimard vs Pilnik  ½-½301955Gothenburg InterzonalE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
22. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½141955Gothenburg InterzonalC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
23. Sliwa vs Pachman  ½-½321955Gothenburg InterzonalE60 King's Indian Defense
24. Szabo vs Bronstein  ½-½151955Gothenburg InterzonalC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
25. Unzicker vs B Rabar  ½-½291955Gothenburg InterzonalE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
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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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