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Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)

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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 ... [more]

Player: Vasily Smyslov

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. O Quinones vs Smyslov 0-125 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
2. Smyslov vs K Darga 1-025 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA04 Reti Opening
3. Tringov vs Smyslov  ½-½41 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
4. Smyslov vs Bronstein ½-½31 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA05 Reti Opening
5. Tal vs Smyslov  ½-½37 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Smyslov vs Stein  ½-½34 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA36 English
7. Spassky vs Smyslov ½-½60 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
8. Portisch vs Smyslov 0-165 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalE15 Queen's Indian
9. Smyslov vs Pachman  ½-½40 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
10. Foguelman vs Smyslov  ½-½40 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. Smyslov vs Gligoric 1-066 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalB40 Sicilian
12. Y Porat vs Smyslov 0-156 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA06 Reti Opening
13. Smyslov vs F J Perez Perez 1-033 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
14. Benko vs Smyslov ½-½34 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalC45 Scotch Game
15. Smyslov vs B Berger 1-045 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA09 Reti Opening
16. I Bilek vs Smyslov 0-143 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Smyslov vs L Lengyel 1-049 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Reshevsky vs Smyslov ½-½20 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
19. Smyslov vs Larry Evans 1-039 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. Z Vranesic vs Smyslov 0-160 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalE41 Nimzo-Indian
21. Smyslov vs Ivkov  ½-½30 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA13 English
22. H Rossetto vs Smyslov  ½-½30 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalE15 Queen's Indian
23. Smyslov vs Larsen ½-½49 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
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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
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  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
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  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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