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Amsterdam Interzonal Tournament

Boris Spassky17/23(+13 -2 =8)[view games]
Bent Larsen17/23(+13 -2 =8)[view games]
Vasily Smyslov17/23(+11 -0 =12)[view games]
Mikhail Tal17/23(+11 -0 =12)[view games]
Leonid Stein16.5/23(+12 -2 =9)[view games]
David Bronstein16/23(+10 -1 =12)[view games]
Borislav Ivkov15/23(+9 -2 =12)[view games]
Samuel Reshevsky14.5/23(+7 -1 =15)[view games]
Lajos Portisch14.5/23(+10 -4 =9)[view games]
Svetozar Gligoric14/23(+9 -4 =10)[view games]
Klaus Viktor Darga13.5/23(+8 -4 =11)[view games]
Levente Lengyel13/23(+8 -5 =10)[view games]
Ludek Pachman12.5/23(+7 -5 =11)[view games]
Larry Melvyn Evans10/23(+5 -8 =10)[view games]
Georgi Tringov9.5/23(+4 -8 =11)[view games]
Pal Benko9/23(+2 -7 =14)[view games]
Alberto Foguelman8/23(+4 -11 =8)[view games]
Hector Decio Rossetto8/23(+3 -10 =10)[view games]
Istvan Bilek8/23(+3 -10 =10)[view games]
Oscar Quinones7/23(+4 -13 =6)[view games]
Yosef Porat5.5/23(+2 -14 =7)[view games]
Francisco Jose Perez Perez5/23(+3 -16 =4)[view games]
Bela Berger4.5/23(+2 -16 =5)[view games]
Zvonko Vranesic4/23(+1 -16 =6)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
This qualification tournament for the 1965 Candidates matches was held 20 May - 21 June in the building of the GAK (Social Security Organization) in Amsterdam. The purpose was to select a challenger for Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, the World Champion.

The first six finishers would qualify, with the restriction that only three players from the Soviet Union could advance. 1 Two players were already seeded into the Candidates matches (and did not have to participate): Mikhail Botvinnik (as the loser of the Petrosian - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1963)) and Paul Keres (as the winner of the Keres - Geller 2nd place Candidates Playoff (1962) that followed after the Curacao Candidates (1962)). 1, 2 Botvinnik later (in March 19653) withdrew from the cycle so that Efim Geller (who had failed to qualify in the USSR Zonal (1964) and therefore did not play in the Interzonal) went to the Candidates matches after all (by virtue of his placement in Curacao).

All five participants from the Soviet Union finished in the top six, so the fifth and sixth-place finishers (Stein and Bronstein) were excluded as qualifiers, with Ivkov advancing instead and, after a playoff with Reshevsky, Portisch. The American champion Robert James Fischer chose not to play.

Amsterdam, Netherlands 20 May - 21 June 1964 4, 5

Pts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 =1 Smyslov 17 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 =1 Larsen 17 ˝ * 1 ˝ 0 1 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 =1 Spassky 17 ˝ 0 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 =1 Tal 17 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 5 Stein 16˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ * 0 1 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 6 Bronstein 16 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 7 Ivkov 15 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 =8 Reshevsky 14˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 =8 Portisch 14˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 10 Gligoric 14 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 0 1 1 1 11 Darga 13˝ 0 0 1 ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ * 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 12 Lengyel 13 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 1 * ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 Pachman 12˝ ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 ˝ ˝ 14 Evans 10 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ 1 1 0 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 15 Tringov 9˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 16 Benkö 9 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * 1 0 ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ =17 Bilek 8 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 * 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ =17 Foguelman 8 ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 0 * ˝ 0 1 1 0 1 =17 Rosetto 8 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 0 1 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ 0 1 0 1 20 Quinones 7 0 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 21 Porath 5˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 1 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 1 ˝ * 0 ˝ ˝ 22 Perez 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 23 Berger 4˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ 0 * 0 24 Vranesic 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 0 1 *

Arbiters: H. J. J. Slavekoorde and Harry de Graaf. 6 The top four finishers are listed here in Neustadtl order.

Playoff 25-29 June 1964:

Pts 1 2 3 1 Portisch 2˝ 1 ˝ 1 2 Reshevsky ˝ 0 ˝ 0

Playoff games are here: Amsterdam Interzonal Playoff (1964).

The Geller - Smyslov Candidates Quarterfinal (1965), Spassky - Keres Candidates Quarterfinal (1965), Larsen - Ivkov Candidates Quarterfinal (1965) and Tal - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1965) became the four Candidates quarterfinal matches the following year.

The Stockholm Interzonal (1962) and Sousse Interzonal (1967) were the previous and next Interzonals.

Notes

1) Tidskrift för Schack, September 1958, p. 195 (http://www.schack.se/tfs/history/19...); The Times 18 June 1964 p. 12.

2) http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cand....

3) Tidskrift för Schack, April-May 1965, p. 107.

4) Magyar Sakkelet 1964, p. 99. In Di Felice, Chess Results 1964-1967, pp. 5-6.

5) Game dates are from Alexander Khalifman (ed.), Mikhail Tal Games II (Chess Stars 1995), pp. 56-68.

6) Schakend Nederland, June 1964.

Original collection: Game Collection: Amsterdam Interzonal 1964 by User: Sneaky Pete.

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 276  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Darga vs Spassky 1-096 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalE17 Queen's Indian
2. I Bilek vs Portisch  ½-½30 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA06 Reti Opening
3. Reshevsky vs Benko ½-½30 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
4. H Rossetto vs Foguelman  ½-½30 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
5. Z Vranesic vs Y Porat  ½-½56 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
6. Ivkov vs Gligoric  ½-½30 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. Larry Evans vs F J Perez Perez  ½-½30 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. O Quinones vs Smyslov 0-125 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
9. L Lengyel vs B Berger  1-061 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA06 Reti Opening
10. Tringov vs Stein 0-163 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Bronstein vs Tal  ½-½30 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalC28 Vienna Game
12. Larsen vs Pachman  1-060 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. Stein vs Bronstein 0-171 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalB15 Caro-Kann
14. Portisch vs Tal ½-½39 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA04 Reti Opening
15. Y Porat vs Ivkov  ½-½52 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA04 Reti Opening
16. Smyslov vs K Darga 1-025 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA04 Reti Opening
17. Benko vs Larry Evans  ½-½26 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA37 English, Symmetrical
18. B Berger vs Reshevsky 0-134 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
19. F J Perez Perez vs Z Vranesic  1-034 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalE12 Queen's Indian
20. Pachman vs O Quinones 1-036 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Gligoric vs H Rossetto  1-056 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalC42 Petrov Defense
22. Spassky vs Tringov 1-046 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. I Bilek vs L Lengyel  ½-½31 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
24. Foguelman vs Larsen 0-140 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
25. H Rossetto vs Y Porat  0-137 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA34 English, Symmetrical
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Jan-21-15
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  Benzol: < zanzibar> See <Olavi>'s post earlier about USSR Zonal (1964) for the "Tournament of Seven" .
Jan-22-15
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  Tabanus: I made some Quick and Dirty changes, better now?

I know it could be much better, and with more info (e. g. who was arbiter?) etc. By the way, I found that the text was mostly stolen from http://www.chess.com/groups/forumvi...

Jan-22-15  sneaky pete: <Tabanus> The arbiters were H.J.J. Slavekoorde and H. de Graaf. The 3 qualifiers restriction was only in effect for players from the Soviet Union, but no other federation had more than 3 representatives anyway.

By the way, very clever how you detected that a game collection introduction I wrote 4 or 5 years ago was mostly stolen from a text that first appeared on another website 10 months ago.

Jan-22-15
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  Tabanus: <sneaky pete> Yeah not so clever. Probably it was exactly the opposite, that Chess.com stole it from CG.

Sorry!

Jan-22-15
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  Tabanus: <sneaky pete> I could add the arbiters, if you gave me a reference to where they are mentioned.
Jan-22-15  sneaky pete: <Tabanus> The original tournament bulletin (loose leafed, published in daily installments in May and June 1964) and the June 1964 edition of <Schakend Nederland>.
Jan-22-15
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  Tabanus: Added, thanks.
Jan-22-15
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  Fusilli: <Tabanus: I made some Quick and Dirty changes, better now?>

Great job! It's complete, accurate, and nicely written now.

Jan-22-15  Petrosianic: <zanzibar>: <Are you sure the 64 Soviet Ch wasn't a Zonal in disguise?>

In ordinary cycles, both the US and Soviet championships served as a zonal every 3rd year. But for some reason there was a separate Soviet Zonal that year.

Jan-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <In ordinary cycles, both the US and Soviet championships served as a zonal every 3rd year....>

As was also the case in Canada; through the 1984 championship, it was held <only> in zonal years.

<....But for some reason there was a separate Soviet Zonal that year.>

Don't recall why, but the whole business smacked of typical behind-the-scenes political manoeuvring in Mother Russia; to wit, Smyslov's participation.

Jan-22-15  Petrosianic: Maybe, but Smyslov didn't play in the Zonal. Not sure how he got into the Interzonal, but he certainly justified the faith placed in him. I know there had been a lot of grumbling worldwide about his omission from the previous cycle, with people claiming he could have given Pawn and Move to the qualifiers from the Southeast Asian Zonal.
Jan-22-15  Petrosianic: Interestingly, all of the post-war world champions, with the exception of Botvinnik, either won or tied for first in an Interzonal at some point.
Jan-22-15
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  perfidious: <Petrosianic> Most amusing--I had never heard the pawn and move bit till now.

And some posters have wondered how old So-and-So got his IM title in the distant past......

The good old two-thirds rule had its uses.

Jan-22-15
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  Fusilli: <Petrosianic: ... he could have given Pawn and Move to the qualifiers from the Southeast Asian Zonal.>

Probably, but I always thought the inclusion of players from many places was good for the diffusion of chess. Besides, the super GMs had to compete not only at fighting each other but at being effective killing the cannon fodder. And occasionally, there would be an upset or two that made things more interesting. As an example, in the Stockholm Interzonal (1962), both Geller and Korchnoi lost to Cuellar.

Jan-22-15  Petrosianic: Well, that was the idea, yes. To have all the zones represented. It was always an imperfect solution, though. The idea of a recent ex-world champion being out of the picture seems wrong.

They did make improvements to the system, though. Like in the '65 and '68 cycle, they had an 8th candidates match between the two semifinal losers, to see which one would get a seat in the next Interzonal. Later on, all of the Candidates in one cycle would automatically be in the next Interzonal.

Jan-22-15  Olavi: As for Smyslov's Place in the Interzonal (he should have been the eight player in the zonal), Korchnoi in <Chess is my life>: "Smyslov put in an application to the Federation, requesting that he be allowed to have one of the four qualifying places (...) The Federation rejected the claim. He then turned to his friends with access to the Government and leading Party Organs. From there came an order which was unconditionally accepted by the USSR Sports Committee, and the head of the Chess Federation (Rodionov) was reprimanded. (...) chess followers will now be able to guess why, at the Biel Interzonal tournament in 1976, Kuzmin was replaced By Smyslov."

As for me, the origins of his place in the 1982 Las Palmas Interzonal is unclear.

Jan-22-15
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  perfidious: That qualifies as 'internal manoeuvring', right enough!

Ol' Vasily Vasilyevich had some juice, it would seem.

Jan-22-15  Petrosianic: <As for me, the origins of his place in the 1982 Las Palmas Interzonal is unclear.>

Yeah, that's a mystery. He hadn't played in the 1981 Soviet Championship, or for several years before that. His Federation must have exercised their discretion, similar to the way Fischer got in, to try to get their best players in. Smyslov usually did very well in Interzonals, and finished only a half point out of the money in 1970, 1973 and 1976, and then qualified in 1982.

Jan-22-15  Olavi: I forgot to mention that there was a separate zonal in 1982. No Smyslov there. http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...
Jan-22-15  Petrosianic: I didn't know about that one. And Yusupov, Psakhis and Tukmakov, the top three finishers did play in the Interzonals.

I wondered why I didn't have the 1981 Soviet Championship marked as a Zonal, even though it seemed like it ought to be.

For that matter, 1975, and 1978 don't show as Zonals either. An omission, or were there separate zonals those years too?

Jan-22-15  Olavi: <And Yusupov, Psakhis and Tukmakov, the top three finishers did play in the Interzonals.> 4th Geller too.

http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...

http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...

In 1985 the championship was again a zonal.

Jan-23-15  zanzibar: Thanks <Benzol> and everyone. This will take me a little while to go through.

As for 1964, I think the <Tournament of Seven> was also to the benefit of Korchnoi, who was "hot" at about that time. I think the officials wanted to give him a second chance to qualify.

Smyslov was the big-gun driving the bus through, and the <CG> mention of the <Tournament of Seven> should mention him, which I don't think it does.

Jan-24-15  Howard: Regarding Perfidious' comment about not having heard the ol' "pawn and move" story, that was mentioned in Al Horowitz' book on the history of the world championship---came out around the time of the Fischer-Spassky match.

More specifically, the book said that many experts had pointed out that Spassky, Bronstein, and Smyslov (in other words, not just Smyslov) could have given pawn-and-move odds to the eastern Asian qualifiers to the Stockholm interzonal, in 1962, and still beaten 'em ! But none of these greats made it into the 1962 event, as most of us know.

Jan-24-15  Howard: Regarding Perfidious' comment about not having heard the ol' "pawn and move" story, that was mentioned in Al Horowitz' book on the history of the world championship---came out around the time of the Fischer-Spassky match.

More specifically, the book said that many experts had pointed out that Spassky, Bronstein, and Smyslov (in other words, not just Smyslov) could have given pawn-and-move odds to the eastern Asian qualifiers to the Stockholm interzonal, in 1962, and still beaten 'em ! But none of these greats made it into the 1962 event, as most of us know.

Also, as far as Smyslov's unexplained appearance in the 1982 Las Palmas interzonal...that wasn't the first time he made such an appearance. In the 1976 interzonal in Biel, Kuzmin was supposed to be in that--Chess Life and Review had run a list a few months in advance of all the participants. But at the tournament, Smyslov appeared in his place. As CL and R put it, "no explanation was given" for the last-minute change.

Jan-25-15
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  perfidious: < Howard: Regarding Perfidious' comment about not having heard the ol' "pawn and move" story, that was mentioned in Al Horowitz' book on the history of the world championship---came out around the time of the Fischer-Spassky match.>

Dang it, ya mean Ah don't remember everthang?

In all seriousness, I have a copy of that book in mothballs and first read it many years ago, but obviously forgot that charming little bit.

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