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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Havana Tournament

Vasily Smyslov15.5/21(+13 -3 =5)[games]
Borislav Ivkov15/21(+12 -3 =6)[games]
Efim Geller15/21(+9 -0 =12)[games]
Robert James Fischer15/21(+12 -3 =6)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov14.5/21(+8 -0 =13)[games]
Ludek Pachman13/21(+6 -1 =14)[games]
Karl Robatsch12.5/21(+6 -2 =13)[games]
Jan Hein Donner12/21(+7 -4 =10)[games]
Istvan Bilek11.5/21(+7 -5 =9)[games]
Bruno Parma11/21(+3 -2 =16)[games]
Laszlo Szabo10.5/21(+6 -6 =9)[games]
Wolfgang Pietzsch10.5/21(+5 -5 =11)[games]
Alberic O'Kelly de Galway10/21(+3 -4 =14)[games]
Georgi Tringov10/21(+5 -6 =10)[games]
Eleazar Jimenez Zerquera9.5/21(+3 -5 =13)[games]
Victor Ciocaltea9/21(+3 -6 =12)[games]
Zbigniew Doda8/21(+4 -9 =8)[games]
Heinz Lehmann7.5/21(+2 -8 =11)[games]
Robert Wade7.5/21(+3 -9 =9)[games]
Eldis Cobo Arteaga5.5/21(+2 -12 =7)[games]
Francisco Jose Perez Perez4/21(+1 -14 =6)[games]
Gilberto Garcia4/21(+3 -16 =2)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Havana (1965)

The 4th Capablanca Memorial International Chess Tournament was held in the capital city of Havana in Cuba. Eighteen grandmasters and six masters participated in the round-robin event at the Habana Libre hotel from August 25 to September 26, 1965. It was one of the best-funded tournaments at the time, due to Ché Guevara's patronage. As the director of the Cuban National Bank and Minister of Industry, he guaranteed a $3000 first prize with more than $4500 to be dispersed among the next five finishers. This edition of the memorial gained worldwide significance because it was the first international tournament in which Bobby Fischer would be participating since the Curacao Candidates (1962), more than three years before. He had agreed to attend for a $3000 appearance fee, but difficulties arose when the US State Department refused him a visa to travel to Cuba. When Fischer suggested playing by telex from the Manhattan Chess Club, the organizers agreed although it would end up costing them over $10,000. Although Fischer had been playing regularly in US championships in the intervening three years (and winning them all), this tournament would mark the first time Fischer would be facing a number of the strongest Soviet grandmasters since his accusations against them for conspiring to keep him from winning the Candidates Tournament to challenge Botvinnik in 1963. Fischer's main Soviet rivals at this event were former world champion Vasily Smyslov, Efim Geller and Ratmir Kholmov. Smyslov finished first by one-half point, despite losing to Fischer in their individual game. Fischer shared second place with Geller and Borislav Ivkov, and Kholmov joined the top finishers in fifth place.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Smyslov * 0 = 0 = = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15.5 =2 Ivkov 1 * = 1 0 = 0 1 1 = = = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 0 15.0 =2 Geller = = * 1 = = = = 1 1 = = = = 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 15.0 =2 Fischer 1 0 0 * 0 = 1 1 1 = 1 1 = 1 = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 15.0 5 Kholmov = 1 = 1 * = = = = = = = = 1 1 1 = = = 1 1 1 14.5 6 Pachman = = = = = * 0 1 = = = = = = = = 1 = 1 1 1 1 13.0 7 Robatsch = 1 = 0 = 1 * = = = 1 0 = = = = = = = 1 1 1 12.5 8 Donner 0 0 = 0 = 0 = * 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 = = = = = 1 1 12.0 9 Bilek 0 0 0 0 = = = 0 * = = = = = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.5 10 Parma = = 0 = = = = = = * 0 1 = = 1 = = = 1 = = = 11.0 =11 Szabo 0 = = 0 = = 0 0 = 1 * 1 = = = 1 0 = 1 1 0 1 10.5 =11 Pietzsch 0 = = 0 = = 1 0 = 0 0 * = 1 = = = = = 1 1 1 10.5 =13 O'Kelly 0 0 = = = = = 0 = = = = * = = 0 1 = = = 1 1 10.0 =13 Tringov 0 0 = 0 0 = = = = = = 0 = * 0 = 1 1 1 1 = 1 10.0 15 Jimenez 1 0 0 = 0 = = 0 = 0 = = = 1 * = = = = = = 1 9.5 16 Ciocaltea 0 = = = 0 = = = 0 = 0 = 1 = = * = 0 1 0 = 1 9.0 17 Doda 0 0 0 0 = 0 = = 0 = 1 = 0 0 = = * 1 0 1 = 1 8.0 =18 Lehmann 0 0 0 0 = = = = 0 = = = = 0 = 1 0 * 1 = = 0 7.5 =18 Wade 0 0 = = = 0 = = 0 0 0 = = 0 = 0 1 0 * = 1 1 7.5 20 Cobo Arteaga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 = = * 1 = 5.5 =21 Perez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 = = = = = 0 0 * 0 4.0 =21 Garcia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 = 1 * 4.0

The historical information is thanks to Jan van Reek.

Original collection: Game Collection: Havana 1965, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 231  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs Wade  ½-½451965HavanaB01 Scandinavian
2. H Lehmann vs Fischer 0-1321965HavanaB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Robatsch vs I Bilek  ½-½151965HavanaB06 Robatsch
4. W Pietzsch vs Smyslov 0-1301965HavanaA48 King's Indian
5. G Garcia vs E Cobo Arteaga  ½-½701965HavanaA05 Reti Opening
6. Parma vs J H Donner  ½-½141965HavanaB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
7. Tringov vs Kholmov 0-1321965HavanaC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
8. V Ciocaltea vs F J Perez Perez  ½-½231965HavanaB07 Pirc
9. Doda vs O'Kelly  0-1351965HavanaA13 English
10. Pachman vs Ivkov  ½-½331965HavanaE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
11. E Jimenez Zerquera vs Szabo  ½-½351965HavanaB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
12. Ivkov vs E Jimenez Zerquera 1-0241965HavanaD85 Grunfeld
13. Szabo vs Geller  ½-½321965HavanaA38 English, Symmetrical
14. I Bilek vs Pachman  ½-½221965HavanaD94 Grunfeld
15. H Lehmann vs V Ciocaltea  1-0491965HavanaA26 English
16. J H Donner vs G Garcia  1-0471965HavanaE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. E Cobo Arteaga vs Robatsch  0-1321965HavanaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. O'Kelly vs W Pietzsch  ½-½231965HavanaC18 French, Winawer
19. Fischer vs Smyslov 1-0431965HavanaC77 Ruy Lopez
20. F J Perez Perez vs Tringov  ½-½251965HavanaB08 Pirc, Classical
21. Wade vs Doda  1-0571965HavanaA57 Benko Gambit
22. Kholmov vs Parma  ½-½291965HavanaE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
23. G Garcia vs Kholmov 0-1481965HavanaB83 Sicilian
24. Geller vs Ivkov  ½-½291965HavanaC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
25. Smyslov vs O'Kelly  1-0341965HavanaE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-26-13  ughaibu: Professor! Shouldn't it be 'three years before', rather than "three years ago"?
Feb-05-15  suenteus po 147: <ughaibu> Yes. Yes it should. And it looks like someone already heard you since it's corrected now.
Feb-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  swordfish: Wow - 21 rounds! That's what I call a chess tournament!
Feb-05-15  suenteus po 147: <swordfish> This was back in the days of adjournments. Once the two players made the time control they were done for the day and could have dinner, smoke, and maybe play some tennis or go bowling (not necessarily with each other). So it was possible to have longer tournaments without substantial 'fatigue' creeping into the player performance (though even then there are still certain of examples of that from tournaments at this time). And, too, we mustn't forget that less money bought more grandmasters and more of their time back then. It's an expensive proposition to put together a lot of GMs in one event, or to have double rounds with a smaller field that's still strong.
Feb-06-15  mojonera: Solo 2 de los participantes viven , Parma e Ivkov
Feb-06-15  suenteus po 147: <mojonera> It has been 50 years since this event took place. It's impressive, in a way, that Ivkov and Parma are still around. I wonder, were they the youngest participants? Or Fischer must have been because he was always the youngest.
Feb-06-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Fischer over Parma, by a bit more than a year.
Aug-23-16  ughaibu: Taking the results of just the top eight finishers, we get a tournament won by Kholmov.
Jan-24-17  jerseybob: The Marshall, not the Manhattan, was Fischer's home base in this tourney, and the back room where he played looks much the same today as it did in the CR photos from '65.
Apr-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Bobby Fischer plays by teletype in Havana 1965:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w0UJ5...

Jun-22-17  machuelo: From the Cuban side nobody is alive. The Garcia in the cross table is Gilberto García who died more that 15 years ago, not Silvino or Guillermo García, Cuban Grand Masters. The organizer of the event, José Luis Barrera passed away, as well the main arbiters, José Raúl Capablanca Jr., and Alberto García. But some other people like Francisco Acosta is still alive. Acosta was the young man who received in Havana Fischer's move and took it to the board of his rival, where Capa Jr., executed it as 'Ficher representive'. Acosta wrote several years ago an interesting article with the tittle "I Was Fischer's Messenger", with the story of the event. Also is alive the person in charge of play the moves in the wall board, Orlando Peraza. Both of them live in Havana. Later, Peraza join the Cuban Army and retired with the grade or Lieutenant Colonel.Acosta rose as engineer to Adjunct Dean of the Faculty of Science of Havana University.
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