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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Monte Carlo Tournament

Robert James Fischer7/9(+6 -1 =2)[view games]
Vasily Smyslov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[view games]
Bent Larsen6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Aleksandar Matanovic5/9(+2 -1 =6)[view games]
Efim Geller5/8(+3 -1 =4)[view games]
William James Lombardy3.5/8(+2 -3 =3)[view games]
Svetozar Gligoric3.5/8(+1 -2 =5)[view games]
Gyozo Victor Forintos3/8(+1 -3 =4)[view games]
Guy Mazzoni1/9(+0 -7 =2)[view games]
Volf Bergraser0.5/5(+0 -4 =1)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Monte Carlo (1967)
After more than sixty years, the city of Monte Carlo in the principality of Monaco hosted a new annual series of international chess tournaments beginning in 1967.

Monte Carlo 24 March - 4 April3

1st Fischer 7.0/9 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2nd Smyslov 6.5/9 * 1 1 1 1 =3rd Geller 6.0/9 1 * 0 1 1 1 =3rd Larsen 6.0/9 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 5th Matanovic 5.0/9 0 1 * 1 =6th Gligoric 4.5/9 0 0 * 1 1 =6th Lombardy 4.5/9 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 8th Forintos 4.0/9 0 0 0 * 1 1 9th Mazzoni 1.0/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 10th Bergraser 0.5/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 *

More than 10 grandmasters and masters had been invited to participate in the round robin event, but circumstances limited the number who could attend. The French master Pierre Rolland died in a car accident, Klaus Viktor Darga cancelled on business grounds, Florin Gheorghiu was invited but couldn't get a visa in time, and Wolfgang Unzicker telegraphed at the last minute that he could not come.1 Finally, the current world champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian also withdrew at the last minute. He objected to Fischer being granted an extra $2,000 appearance fee.2 The final list of participants included former world champion Vasily Smyslov and Efim Geller from the Soviet Union; Bobby Fischer and William Lombardy from the United States; Bent Larsen from Denmark; Svetozar Gligoric and Aleksander Matanovic from Yugoslavia; Gyozo Forintos from Hungary; and Volf Bergraser and Guy Mazzoni from France. This was another important triumph for Fischer as he placed clear first ahead of both Smyslov and Geller, despite dropping a point and a half to both players. Although Smyslov finished undefeated with +4, it was only good enough for clear second behind Fischer. Bergrasser forfeited four games due to illness.2

1 B. Reilly, "BCM" (June 1967), pp.157-158

2 Dragoslav Andric, "CHESS," (9 May 1967), p.276

3 Di Felice "Chess Results 1964-1967," p.396

Original collection: Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1967, by User: suenteus po 147; Introduction written by User: suenteus po 147 and User: WCC Editing Project; Sourced by User: WCC Editing Project

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Forintos vs Larsen ½-½60 1967 Monte CarloD97 Grunfeld, Russian
2. Geller vs Smyslov ½-½11 1967 Monte CarloD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. G Mazzoni vs V Bergraser  ½-½14 1967 Monte CarloB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
4. Gligoric vs A Matanovic  ½-½18 1967 Monte CarloC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Lombardy vs Fischer 0-154 1967 Monte CarloA15 English
6. A Matanovic vs Geller  ½-½29 1967 Monte CarloC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
7. Larsen vs G Mazzoni  1-042 1967 Monte CarloE35 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 5.cd ed
8. Smyslov vs Lombardy  ½-½28 1967 Monte CarloA53 Old Indian
9. Fischer vs G Forintos 1-047 1967 Monte CarloC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
10. G Mazzoni vs Fischer 0-145 1967 Monte CarloB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. V Bergraser vs Larsen  0-137 1967 Monte CarloA80 Dutch
12. Lombardy vs A Matanovic  ½-½13 1967 Monte CarloC29 Vienna Gambit
13. G Forintos vs Smyslov  0-147 1967 Monte CarloE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. Smyslov vs G Mazzoni  1-037 1967 Monte CarloA16 English
15. Fischer vs V Bergraser 1-030 1967 Monte CarloB01 Scandinavian
16. A Matanovic vs G Forintos  ½-½26 1967 Monte CarloB27 Sicilian
17. Gligoric vs Geller  ½-½25 1967 Monte CarloE92 King's Indian
18. V Bergraser vs Smyslov  0-133 1967 Monte CarloE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. G Mazzoni vs A Matanovic  ½-½23 1967 Monte CarloC16 French, Winawer
20. Larsen vs Fischer 0-161 1967 Monte CarloE97 King's Indian
21. Lombardy vs Gligoric  ½-½16 1967 Monte CarloA02 Bird's Opening
22. Gligoric vs G Forintos  ½-½59 1967 Monte CarloD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
23. A Matanovic vs V Bergraser 1-024 1967 Monte CarloB01 Scandinavian
24. Geller vs Lombardy 1-060 1967 Monte CarloE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Smyslov vs Larsen  ½-½42 1967 Monte CarloB08 Pirc, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-03-14  sneaky pete: O'Kelly in <Schakend Nederland>, June 1967: "Initially 12 grandmasters would participate, but in the nick of time Unzicker had to cancel due to illness, and Gheorghiu, who was invited at the last moment, didn't succeed in vanquishing his passport formalities."
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