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Havana Tournament

Vasily Smyslov15.5/21(+13 -3 =5)[view games]
Borislav Ivkov15/21(+12 -3 =6)[view games]
Efim Geller15/21(+9 -0 =12)[view games]
Robert James Fischer15/21(+12 -3 =6)[view games]
Ratmir Kholmov14.5/21(+8 -0 =13)[view games]
Ludek Pachman13/21(+6 -1 =14)[view games]
Karl Robatsch12.5/21(+6 -2 =13)[view games]
Jan Hein Donner12/21(+7 -4 =10)[view games]
Istvan Bilek11.5/21(+7 -5 =9)[view games]
Bruno Parma11/21(+3 -2 =16)[view games]
Laszlo Szabo10.5/21(+6 -6 =9)[view games]
Wolfgang Pietzsch10.5/21(+5 -5 =11)[view games]
Alberic O'Kelly de Galway10/21(+3 -4 =14)[view games]
Georgi Tringov10/21(+5 -6 =10)[view games]
Eleazar Jimenez Zerquera9.5/21(+3 -5 =13)[view games]
Victor Ciocaltea9/21(+3 -6 =12)[view games]
Zbigniew Doda8/21(+4 -9 =8)[view games]
Heinz Lehmann7.5/21(+2 -8 =11)[view games]
Robert Wade7.5/21(+3 -9 =9)[view games]
Eldis Cobo Arteaga5.5/21(+2 -12 =7)[view games]
Francisco Jose Perez Perez4/21(+1 -14 =6)[view games]
Gilberto Garcia4/21(+3 -16 =2)[view 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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs Wade  ½-½45 1965 HavanaB01 Scandinavian
2. H Lehmann vs Fischer 0-132 1965 HavanaB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Robatsch vs I Bilek  ½-½15 1965 HavanaB06 Robatsch
4. W Pietzsch vs Smyslov 0-130 1965 HavanaA48 King's Indian
5. G Garcia vs E Cobo Arteaga  ½-½70 1965 HavanaA05 Reti Opening
6. Parma vs J H Donner  ½-½14 1965 HavanaB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
7. Tringov vs Kholmov 0-132 1965 HavanaC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
8. V Ciocaltea vs F J Perez Perez  ½-½23 1965 HavanaB07 Pirc
9. Doda vs O'Kelly  0-135 1965 HavanaA13 English
10. Pachman vs Ivkov  ½-½33 1965 HavanaE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
11. E Jimenez Zerquera vs Szabo  ½-½35 1965 HavanaB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
12. Ivkov vs E Jimenez Zerquera 1-024 1965 HavanaD85 Grunfeld
13. Szabo vs Geller  ½-½32 1965 HavanaA38 English, Symmetrical
14. I Bilek vs Pachman  ½-½22 1965 HavanaD94 Grunfeld
15. H Lehmann vs V Ciocaltea  1-049 1965 HavanaA26 English
16. J H Donner vs G Garcia  1-047 1965 HavanaE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. E Cobo Arteaga vs Robatsch  0-132 1965 HavanaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. O'Kelly vs W Pietzsch  ½-½23 1965 HavanaC18 French, Winawer
19. Fischer vs Smyslov 1-043 1965 HavanaC77 Ruy Lopez
20. F J Perez Perez vs Tringov  ½-½25 1965 HavanaB08 Pirc, Classical
21. Wade vs Doda  1-057 1965 HavanaA57 Benko Gambit
22. Kholmov vs Parma  ½-½29 1965 HavanaE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
23. G Garcia vs Kholmov 0-148 1965 HavanaB83 Sicilian
24. Geller vs Ivkov  ½-½29 1965 HavanaC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
25. Smyslov vs O'Kelly  1-034 1965 HavanaE55 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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