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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: Laszlo Szabo

 page 1 of 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Jimenez Zerquera vs Szabo  ½-½35 1965 HavanaB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
2. Szabo vs Geller  ½-½32 1965 HavanaA38 English, Symmetrical
3. Doda vs Szabo  1-044 1965 HavanaA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Szabo vs W Pietzsch  1-030 1965 HavanaD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Smyslov vs Szabo  1-042 1965 HavanaE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
6. Szabo vs O'Kelly  ½-½22 1965 HavanaE14 Queen's Indian
7. Wade vs Szabo  0-139 1965 HavanaA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Fischer vs Szabo 1-036 1965 HavanaC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Szabo vs Ivkov  ½-½39 1965 HavanaE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
10. I Bilek vs Szabo  ½-½20 1965 HavanaC42 Petrov Defense
11. Szabo vs E Cobo Arteaga  1-039 1965 HavanaD88 Grunfeld, Spassky Variation, Main line,,
12. J H Donner vs Szabo  1-041 1965 HavanaD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. Szabo vs Kholmov ½-½46 1965 HavanaE51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
14. F J Perez Perez vs Szabo  1-033 1965 HavanaB40 Sicilian
15. Szabo vs H Lehmann ½-½22 1965 HavanaB83 Sicilian
16. V Ciocaltea vs Szabo  0-155 1965 HavanaA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Szabo vs Tringov  ½-½45 1965 HavanaE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
18. Parma vs Szabo  0-154 1965 HavanaC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
19. Szabo vs G Garcia  1-043 1965 HavanaE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
20. Robatsch vs Szabo  1-040 1965 HavanaB56 Sicilian
21. Szabo vs Pachman  ½-½42 1965 HavanaE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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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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