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Havana (1965)

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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  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Robatsch vs I Bilek  ½-½15 1965 HavanaB06 Robatsch
2. I Bilek vs Pachman  ½-½22 1965 HavanaD94 Grunfeld
3. E Jimenez Zerquera vs I Bilek  ½-½28 1965 HavanaB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
4. I Bilek vs Geller 0-129 1965 HavanaE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
5. Doda vs I Bilek  0-158 1965 HavanaA05 Reti Opening
6. I Bilek vs W Pietzsch  ½-½40 1965 HavanaA04 Reti Opening
7. Smyslov vs I Bilek  1-038 1965 HavanaE92 King's Indian
8. I Bilek vs O'Kelly  ½-½40 1965 HavanaE14 Queen's Indian
9. Wade vs I Bilek  0-144 1965 HavanaE91 King's Indian
10. I Bilek vs Szabo  ½-½20 1965 HavanaC42 Petrov Defense
11. Ivkov vs I Bilek  1-040 1965 HavanaA30 English, Symmetrical
12. Fischer vs I Bilek 1-040 1965 HavanaC11 French
13. I Bilek vs E Cobo Arteaga  1-033 1965 HavanaA22 English
14. J H Donner vs I Bilek  1-048 1965 HavanaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. I Bilek vs Kholmov ½-½18 1965 HavanaA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
16. F J Perez Perez vs I Bilek  0-152 1965 HavanaB56 Sicilian
17. I Bilek vs H Lehmann  1-055 1965 HavanaE92 King's Indian
18. V Ciocaltea vs I Bilek  0-136 1965 HavanaB56 Sicilian
19. I Bilek vs Tringov  ½-½17 1965 HavanaD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. Parma vs I Bilek  ½-½30 1965 HavanaC11 French
21. I Bilek vs G Garcia  1-044 1965 HavanaE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
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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
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  suenteus po 147: <ughaibu> Yes. Yes it should. And it looks like someone already heard you since it's corrected now.
Feb-05-15
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  swordfish: Wow - 21 rounds! That's what I call a chess tournament!
Feb-05-15
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  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
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  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
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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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