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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Mar del Plata Tournament

Boris Spassky13.5/15(+12 -0 =3)[games]
Robert James Fischer13.5/15(+13 -1 =1)[games]
David Bronstein11.5/15(+8 -0 =7)[games]
Fridrik Olafsson10.5/15(+9 -3 =3)[games]
Osvaldo Manuel Bazan9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Bernardo Wexler8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Rene Letelier Martner8/15(+6 -5 =4)[games]
Carlos Incutto6.5/15(+2 -4 =9)[games]
Rodolfo Argentino Redolfi6.5/15(+4 -6 =5)[games]
Alberto Foguelman6.5/15(+5 -7 =3)[games]
Carlos Bielicki6/15(+3 -6 =6)[games]
Erich Eliskases6/15(+3 -6 =6)[games]
Luis Marini4/15(+1 -8 =6)[games]
Jose Luis Alvarez del Monte4/15(+2 -9 =4)[games]
Olicio Gadia4/15(+3 -10 =2)[games]
Julio Saadi2/15(+1 -12 =2)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Mar del Plata (1960)

The 23rd Mar del Plata International Chess Tournament was held in Mar del Plata, Argentina (1) from March 29th to April 15th. Among the longtime participants of the event and the field of Argentinian masters, four grandmasters were invited to compete. Bobby Fischer was participating on behalf of the United States for the second time, while the Soviet Union sent David Bronstein and Boris Spassky to represent them, and Fridrik Olafsson journeyed from Iceland. While neither player was new to international chess, the 17 year old Fischer and the 23 year old Spassky drew a great deal of attention to themselves by dominating the event, both of them tying for first place with 13˝/15. Spassky had defeated Fischer in their individual encounter and gone undefeated, but Fischer's results were not lost on the Soviets who perceived him as a potential challenger to their long reign in international chess.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts =1 Spassky * 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 13˝ =1 Fischer 0 * ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13˝ 3 Bronstein ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 11˝ 4 Olafsson 0 0 ˝ * 1 1 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 10˝ 5 Bazan 0 0 0 0 * 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 9 6 Wexler ˝ 0 0 0 0 * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 8˝ 7 Letelier 0 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 0 * ˝ 1 0 1 1 1 0 ˝ 1 8 =8 Incutto 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 6˝ =8 Redolfi 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 * 0 1 ˝ ˝ 1 0 1 6˝ =8 Foguelman 0 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 ˝ 6˝ =11 Bielicki 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 0 1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 6 =11 Eliskases 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 1 6 =13 Marini ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 0 1 4 =13 Alvarez 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 1 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 1 4 =13 Gadia 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 4 16 Saadi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 1 * 2

Sources: Wikipedia article: Mar del Plata chess tournament, and Game Collection: Mar del Plata 1960 by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Bielicki vs Spassky  0-1431960Mar del PlataD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. B Wexler vs Fischer 0-1401960Mar del PlataE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
3. R A Redolfi vs O Bazan  0-1381960Mar del PlataB24 Sicilian, Closed
4. C Incutto vs F Olafsson  0-1371960Mar del PlataE97 King's Indian
5. Bronstein vs Foguelman 1-0441960Mar del PlataA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Letelier vs J Saadi 1-0221960Mar del PlataB40 Sicilian
7. J L Alvarez del Monte vs E Eliskases  ½-½311960Mar del PlataA65 Benoni, 6.e4
8. L Marini vs O Gadia  0-1281960Mar del PlataA10 English
9. J Saadi vs L Marini  0-1301960Mar del PlataA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
10. Spassky vs Fischer 1-0291960Mar del PlataC39 King's Gambit Accepted
11. E Eliskases vs Letelier  0-1341960Mar del PlataA12 English with b3
12. F Olafsson vs Bronstein  ½-½191960Mar del PlataC17 French, Winawer, Advance
13. Foguelman vs J L Alvarez del Monte  1-0411960Mar del PlataE60 King's Indian Defense
14. O Gadia vs B Wexler  0-1441960Mar del PlataB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
15. C Bielicki vs R A Redolfi  0-1621960Mar del PlataE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
16. O Bazan vs C Incutto  ½-½201960Mar del PlataC44 King's Pawn Game
17. B Wexler vs J Saadi 1-0341960Mar del PlataA14 English
18. Letelier vs Foguelman  0-1531960Mar del PlataB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
19. C Incutto vs C Bielicki  ½-½321960Mar del PlataB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. J L Alvarez del Monte vs F Olafsson  0-1331960Mar del PlataD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Fischer vs O Gadia 1-0231960Mar del PlataB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
22. L Marini vs E Eliskases  ½-½241960Mar del PlataA16 English
23. R A Redolfi vs Spassky  0-1391960Mar del PlataB53 Sicilian
24. Bronstein vs O Bazan 1-0431960Mar del PlataB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. C Bielicki vs Bronstein  ½-½401960Mar del PlataA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: At the time this tournament was played Spassky and Fischer were the two youngest grandmasters in the world. Spassky later wrote an interesting article on Fischer based on his observations of him in this tournament.
Nov-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 was, of course, that famous King's Gambit game that cost Fischer the clear first place thereby inspiring him to write his famous tract "A Bust to the King's Gambit".
Mar-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Spassky, Fischer, Bronstein and Olafsson were all top-class players.

As they say in the great big state of Texas: "Of the rest of the competitors it is hardly necessary to speak."

Mar-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Argentina was one of the strongest chess countries in the world at the time, but for some reason only one of their top players (Eliskases) participated in this event. Seems strange, since they had so few opportunities to play against top foreigners.
Jul-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: Argentina vs The Rest of The World: 5-43

Any other examples of a major round-robin tournament were 13.5/15 was not enough for clear first?

Sep-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Diademas: ...Any other examples of a major round-robin tournament were 13.5/15 was not enough for clear first?>

There was a similar result at St Petersburg (1909) where Rubinstein & Lasker ran away from the field which was strong and included Duras, Vidmar & Schlechter. Both finished on 14.5/18.

Seperately,I think it's odd that Eliskases didn't do a bit better. Probably just a run of bad form.

Sep-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <Seperately,I think it's odd that Eliskases didn't do a bit better. Probably just a run of bad form.>

Wasn´t he getting old and had peaked several years ago ?

Feb-19-16  A.T PhoneHome: The infamous first encounter between two child prodigies, Fischer the American and Spassky the Soviet Russian, took place in this edition of Mar del Plata. Considering the aforementioned fact, this tournament had something symbolic to offer. Fischer's first game against Spassky, a loss here, lost him the tournament, but Fischer's last 'official' game against Spassky, a win, clinched him the World Championship of chess. I find this fact to have undeniable beauty and mysterious appeal to it.

Spassky's win prompted Fischer to use his blade of journalism.

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