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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. ... [more]

Player: Vasily Smyslov

 page 1 of 1; 23 games  PGN Download 
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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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-11-13  Everett: A request, if possible, to have two standings charts above, to separate the playoffs from the main tournament.
Mar-11-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <Everett> To do that, the games would have to be removed from the collection; otherwise, they will count in the standings.

One way this could be done would be creating an entirely new tournament page for the playoff, and have links between the pages in the introductions. This may seem a lot of work for a three-game playoff (or shorter), but it would make the standings correct.

Another possiblity worth considering would be to include links to the playoff games in the introduction, with an explanation of what they are. Might be less work.

Mar-11-13  Everett: <PhonyBenoni> I really don't want to make more work for the staff. I thought it may be an easy fix, but I can figure it out.

This tourney was Bronstein's last gasp, and he played some really interesting games. His loss vs Larsen and draws to Tringov and Benko, IMHO, are missed opportunities. I've kibitzed all three with my own analysis, and think the "storyline" of the Larsen game is especially wrong. He had more chances than just a draw in that one .

Sep-10-13  jerseybob: Reshevsky is listed with three losses. I'm assuming that includes the two games lost to Portisch in the play-off.
Sep-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <jerseybob>: Yes; it will be noted that both players have three extra games compared to all other participants.
Apr-01-14  ughaibu: It's interesting that even at this stage Tal went through the tournament unbeaten, though he had a couple of close shaves. In fact Tal went through three interzonals unbeaten, a record, as far as I can tell, only matched (and beaten) by Petrosian, who was unbeaten in four.
Apr-21-14  siggemannen: can someone correct the date in the comments?

<Playoff 25-29 June 1980: >

Apr-22-14  siggemannen: thank you, stranger :P
Dec-10-14  ColdSong: What a pity that Fischer didn't come and fight to Amsterdam.Are his reasons known ?
Dec-11-14  RookFile: It's a good question. They played matches in the next round, presumably Fischer would have welcomed that. I know that around this time, Fischer was working very hard to toughen up his endgame strength.
Dec-11-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <ColdSong> After Curacao 1962 Fischer accused the Russians of collusion ("The Russians Have Fixed World Chess, http://chessheroes.blogspot.com/201...) so that only a Russian (I assume he meant the Soviets since Petrosian, winner of the WCC in 1963, was Armenian and not Russian ) could win the Candidates Tournament and challenge for the WCC. Fischer indicated that the one thing that he learned from that tournament was "not to play in any more of them." Presumably the memory and opinion of Curacao was still fresh in his mind in 1964 and that's the reason he declined to participate in the Interzonal. But only Fischer really knows.
Dec-11-14  Petrosianic: Fischer never resolved not to play in another Interzonal. It was the Candidates that he wanted restructured. The Interzonal, with a much weaker field, and multiple qualifiers was an entirely different matter. This isn't a secret known only to Fischer, it's public knowledge. Fischer gave multiple contradictory reasons for not playing in 1964, but none of them had anything to do with what you're saying.

The REAL reason (never stated, but not too hard to figure out) is that despite his bad sportsmanship at Curacao, the tournament had revealed some notable defects in his play, and he wasn't going to try again until he was sure he'd corrected them. You don't have to be as good as Fischer to see that. Even much weaker players can see how badly he piddled away the advantage of the White pieces in game after game at Curacao. The problem is most people don't bother to play those games over.

Dec-11-14  Howard: Fischer probably didn't completely realize that a Candidates tournament is a very different ball game than an Interzonal.

Keep in mind that at the 1962 Stockholm interzonal, he did fairly well against the players who finished in the top half....but 2-3 of his rivals (such as Petrosian and Geller) did just as well as he did. His "huge" victory margin in that event was due to his almost completely shutting out the weaker players. Problem is, at a Candidates tournament there are no weaklings to bowl over...as Fischer ended up learning the hard way at Curacao.

Dec-11-14  Petrosianic: There's that, and also the fact that most of the top players aren't even trying to win an interzonal. Only to qualify, and save as much energy as possible for the candidates.

That is in 1962 Fischer didn't grasp that. He probably did afterwards. But he simply never at any time demanded that the interzonal format be scrapped, nor did he ever say he wouldn't play in another one.

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