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Havana (1965)

Chessgames.com 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: Efim Geller

 page 1 of 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs Wade  ½-½45 1965 HavanaB01 Scandinavian
2. Szabo vs Geller  ½-½32 1965 HavanaA38 English, Symmetrical
3. Geller vs Ivkov  ½-½29 1965 HavanaC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
4. I Bilek vs Geller 0-129 1965 HavanaE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
5. Geller vs E Cobo Arteaga 1-039 1965 HavanaA35 English, Symmetrical
6. J H Donner vs Geller  ½-½21 1965 HavanaE60 King's Indian Defense
7. Geller vs Kholmov  ½-½95 1965 HavanaD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. F J Perez Perez vs Geller  0-124 1965 HavanaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
9. Geller vs H Lehmann  1-022 1965 HavanaE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. V Ciocaltea vs Geller  ½-½26 1965 HavanaC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
11. Geller vs Tringov ½-½41 1965 HavanaD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. Parma vs Geller  0-138 1965 HavanaC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
13. Geller vs G Garcia 1-025 1965 HavanaB27 Sicilian
14. Robatsch vs Geller  ½-½17 1965 HavanaC55 Two Knights Defense
15. Geller vs Pachman  ½-½41 1965 HavanaE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
16. E Jimenez Zerquera vs Geller  0-132 1965 HavanaB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. Geller vs Fischer 1-057 1965 HavanaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
18. Geller vs Doda  1-043 1965 HavanaA07 King's Indian Attack
19. W Pietzsch vs Geller ½-½18 1965 HavanaC55 Two Knights Defense
20. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½40 1965 HavanaE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
21. O'Kelly vs Geller  ½-½18 1965 HavanaA43 Old Benoni
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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...

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