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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: Alberic O'Kelly de Galway

 page 1 of 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Doda vs O'Kelly  0-135 1965 HavanaA13 English
2. O'Kelly vs W Pietzsch  ½-½23 1965 HavanaC18 French, Winawer
3. Smyslov vs O'Kelly  1-034 1965 HavanaE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
4. Fischer vs O'Kelly ½-½54 1965 HavanaC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
5. O'Kelly vs Wade  ½-½28 1965 HavanaA13 English
6. Szabo vs O'Kelly  ½-½22 1965 HavanaE14 Queen's Indian
7. O'Kelly vs Ivkov  0-126 1965 HavanaA10 English
8. I Bilek vs O'Kelly  ½-½40 1965 HavanaE14 Queen's Indian
9. O'Kelly vs E Cobo Arteaga  ½-½31 1965 HavanaE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
10. J H Donner vs O'Kelly  1-055 1965 HavanaD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. O'Kelly vs Kholmov  ½-½19 1965 HavanaE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
12. F J Perez Perez vs O'Kelly  0-144 1965 HavanaB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. O'Kelly vs H Lehmann  ½-½16 1965 HavanaA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. V Ciocaltea vs O'Kelly  1-068 1965 HavanaC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
15. O'Kelly vs Tringov  ½-½34 1965 HavanaE60 King's Indian Defense
16. Parma vs O'Kelly  ½-½39 1965 HavanaC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
17. O'Kelly vs G Garcia  1-066 1965 HavanaE91 King's Indian
18. Robatsch vs O'Kelly  ½-½20 1965 HavanaD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. O'Kelly vs Pachman  ½-½28 1965 HavanaC66 Ruy Lopez
20. E Jimenez Zerquera vs O'Kelly  ½-½31 1965 HavanaB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
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.
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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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