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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: Heinz Lehmann

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Lehmann vs Fischer 0-1321965HavanaB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. H Lehmann vs V Ciocaltea  1-0491965HavanaA26 English
3. Tringov vs H Lehmann  1-0311965HavanaB27 Sicilian
4. H Lehmann vs Parma  ½-½401965HavanaE20 Nimzo-Indian
5. G Garcia vs H Lehmann  1-0281965HavanaB27 Sicilian
6. H Lehmann vs Robatsch  ½-½251965HavanaC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
7. Pachman vs H Lehmann  ½-½381965HavanaA17 English
8. H Lehmann vs E Jimenez Zerquera  ½-½631965HavanaC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
9. Geller vs H Lehmann  1-0221965HavanaE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. H Lehmann vs Doda  0-1721965HavanaA56 Benoni Defense
11. W Pietzsch vs H Lehmann  ½-½441965HavanaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. H Lehmann vs Smyslov  0-1391965HavanaA80 Dutch
13. O'Kelly vs H Lehmann  ½-½161965HavanaA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. H Lehmann vs Wade  1-0281965HavanaD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. Szabo vs H Lehmann ½-½221965HavanaB83 Sicilian
16. H Lehmann vs Ivkov 0-1461965HavanaE57 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...dc and
17. I Bilek vs H Lehmann  1-0551965HavanaE92 King's Indian
18. H Lehmann vs E Cobo Arteaga  ½-½421965HavanaE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
19. J H Donner vs H Lehmann  ½-½311965HavanaA22 English
20. H Lehmann vs Kholmov  ½-½171965HavanaE57 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...dc and
21. F J Perez Perez vs H Lehmann  ½-½171965HavanaB27 Sicilian
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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:

Jun-22-17  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.
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  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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