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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: Eldis Cobo Arteaga

 page 1 of 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Garcia vs E Cobo Arteaga  ½-½701965HavanaA05 Reti Opening
2. E Cobo Arteaga vs Robatsch  0-1321965HavanaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Pachman vs E Cobo Arteaga  1-0291965HavanaD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. E Cobo Arteaga vs E Jimenez Zerquera  ½-½151965HavanaE12 Queen's Indian
5. Geller vs E Cobo Arteaga 1-0391965HavanaA35 English, Symmetrical
6. E Cobo Arteaga vs Doda  0-1581965HavanaE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
7. W Pietzsch vs E Cobo Arteaga  1-0391965HavanaB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
8. E Cobo Arteaga vs Smyslov 0-1301965HavanaE12 Queen's Indian
9. O'Kelly vs E Cobo Arteaga  ½-½311965HavanaE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
10. E Cobo Arteaga vs Wade  ½-½161965HavanaA34 English, Symmetrical
11. Szabo vs E Cobo Arteaga  1-0391965HavanaD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
12. E Cobo Arteaga vs Ivkov  0-1501965HavanaD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
13. I Bilek vs E Cobo Arteaga  1-0331965HavanaA22 English
14. Fischer vs E Cobo Arteaga 1-0391965HavanaB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
15. E Cobo Arteaga vs J H Donner  ½-½501965HavanaE12 Queen's Indian
16. Kholmov vs E Cobo Arteaga  1-0431965HavanaD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
17. E Cobo Arteaga vs F J Perez Perez  1-0281965HavanaA68 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack
18. H Lehmann vs E Cobo Arteaga  ½-½421965HavanaE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
19. E Cobo Arteaga vs V Ciocaltea  1-0291965HavanaE77 King's Indian
20. Tringov vs E Cobo Arteaga  1-0441965HavanaB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
21. E Cobo Arteaga vs Parma  ½-½211965HavanaE12 Queen's Indian
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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  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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  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.
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  Marmot PFL: Photo tour of Havana, which even today retains much of its 1960s charm.

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