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Havana (1965) Chess Event Description
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 ed ... [more]

Player: Jan Hein Donner

 page 1 of 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Parma vs J H Donner  ½-½14 1965 HavanaB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
2. J H Donner vs G Garcia  1-047 1965 HavanaE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
3. Robatsch vs J H Donner  ½-½38 1965 HavanaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. J H Donner vs Pachman  0-151 1965 HavanaD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
5. E Jimenez Zerquera vs J H Donner  0-136 1965 HavanaB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
6. J H Donner vs Geller  ½-½21 1965 HavanaE60 King's Indian Defense
7. Doda vs J H Donner  ½-½41 1965 HavanaA37 English, Symmetrical
8. J H Donner vs W Pietzsch 1-028 1965 HavanaE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
9. Smyslov vs J H Donner  1-018 1965 HavanaA14 English
10. J H Donner vs O'Kelly  1-055 1965 HavanaD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Wade vs J H Donner  ½-½54 1965 HavanaB07 Pirc
12. J H Donner vs Szabo  1-041 1965 HavanaD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. Ivkov vs J H Donner 1-021 1965 HavanaC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
14. J H Donner vs I Bilek  1-048 1965 HavanaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. E Cobo Arteaga vs J H Donner  ½-½50 1965 HavanaE12 Queen's Indian
16. Fischer vs J H Donner 1-035 1965 HavanaC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
17. J H Donner vs Kholmov  ½-½19 1965 HavanaE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. F J Perez Perez vs J H Donner  0-126 1965 HavanaB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. J H Donner vs H Lehmann  ½-½31 1965 HavanaA22 English
20. V Ciocaltea vs J H Donner  ½-½21 1965 HavanaC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
21. J H Donner vs Tringov  ½-½16 1965 HavanaD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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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.
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  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.
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  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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  TheFocus: Bobby Fischer plays by teletype in Havana 1965:

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