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: Istvan Bilek
| page 1 of 1; 21 games
|1. Robatsch vs I Bilek
|| ||½-½||15||1965||Havana||B06 Robatsch|
|2. I Bilek vs Pachman
|| ||½-½||22||1965||Havana||D94 Grunfeld|
|3. E Jimenez Zerquera vs I Bilek
|| ||½-½||28||1965||Havana||B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein|
|4. I Bilek vs Geller
||0-1||29||1965||Havana||E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System|
|5. Doda vs I Bilek
|| ||0-1||58||1965||Havana||A05 Reti Opening|
|6. I Bilek vs W Pietzsch
|| ||½-½||40||1965||Havana||A04 Reti Opening|
|7. Smyslov vs I Bilek
|| ||1-0||38||1965||Havana||E92 King's Indian|
|8. I Bilek vs O'Kelly
|| ||½-½||40||1965||Havana||E14 Queen's Indian|
|9. Wade vs I Bilek
|| ||0-1||44||1965||Havana||E91 King's Indian|
|10. I Bilek vs Szabo
|| ||½-½||20||1965||Havana||C42 Petrov Defense|
|11. Ivkov vs I Bilek
|| ||1-0||40||1965||Havana||A30 English, Symmetrical|
|12. Fischer vs I Bilek
|13. I Bilek vs E Cobo Arteaga
|| ||1-0||33||1965||Havana||A22 English|
|14. J H Donner vs I Bilek
|| ||1-0||48||1965||Havana||E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|15. I Bilek vs Kholmov
||½-½||18||1965||Havana||A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6|
|16. F J Perez Perez vs I Bilek
|| ||0-1||52||1965||Havana||B56 Sicilian|
|17. I Bilek vs H Lehmann
|| ||1-0||55||1965||Havana||E92 King's Indian|
|18. V Ciocaltea vs I Bilek
|| ||0-1||36||1965||Havana||B56 Sicilian|
|19. I Bilek vs Tringov
|| ||½-½||17||1965||Havana||D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|20. Parma vs I Bilek
|| ||½-½||30||1965||Havana||C11 French|
|21. I Bilek vs G Garcia
|| ||1-0||44||1965||Havana||E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1|
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|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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||TheFocus: Bobby Fischer plays by teletype in Havana 1965: |
|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.|
|Feb-20-18|| ||Petrosianic: Also, at 44, Smyslov was past his prime and didn't have energy to burn. He did finish clear First in the tournament, but lost 3 games along the way, which probably wouldn't have happened to him 10 years earlier.|
|Feb-20-18|| ||Marmot PFL: Photo tour of Havana, which even today retains much of its 1960s charm.|
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