|San Antonio (1972)|
In 1972, while the world's gaze was fixed on Iceland, a company in America had plans to generate publicity for itself through the chess world. Church's Fried Chicken, a restaurant chain in the United States, organized an international tournament to be held in San Antonio, Texas. European and Soviet grandmasters were pitted against grandmasters and masters from the Americas in a round robin format. The sixteen participants were (in order of Elo rating): Tigran Petrosian (2645), Lajos Portisch (2640), Anatoli Karpov (2630), Bent Larsen (2625), Vlastimil Hort (2600), Paul Keres (2600), Svetozar Gligoric (2575), Henrique Mecking (2570), Larry Evans (2545), Walter Shawn Browne (2530), Donald Byrne (2470), Julio Kaplan (2470), Duncan Suttles (2470), Dr. Anthony Saidy (2425), Ken Smith (2395), and Mario Campos Lopez (2200). The tournament ended with the top three seeds sharing first place.
San Antonio, Texas USA, 19 November - 5 December 1972
Original collection: Game Collection: San Antonio 1972 User: suenteus po 147.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
01 Portisch * ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 10.5
02 Petrosian ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 10.5
03 Karpov 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 10.5
04 Gligoric 1 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 10.0
05 Keres 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 9.5
06 Hort 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 9.0
07 Suttles ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9.0
08 Mecking ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 8.5
09 Larsen 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 8.5
10 Byrne ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 7.0
11 Evans ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 6.5
12 Browne ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ * 1 0 0 1 6.5
13 Kaplan 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 * 1 ½ 0 5.0
14 Campos Lopez ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 * 1 ½ 3.5
15 Saidy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 * 1 3.5
16 Smith 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 * 2.0
| page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120
|1. D Byrne vs Petrosian
|| ||½-½||22||1972||San Antonio||A00 Uncommon Opening|
|2. Keres vs Hort
||1-0||60||1972||San Antonio||E14 Queen's Indian|
|3. Larsen vs K R Smith
||1-0||24||1972||San Antonio||D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|4. Suttles vs Gligoric
|| ||0-1||48||1972||San Antonio||E81 King's Indian, Samisch|
|5. M C Lopez vs Portisch
|| ||½-½||33||1972||San Antonio||B42 Sicilian, Kan|
|6. Mecking vs J Kaplan
||1-0||31||1972||San Antonio||B44 Sicilian|
|7. Browne vs Larry Evans
|| ||½-½||25||1972||San Antonio||A43 Old Benoni|
|8. Saidy vs Karpov
||0-1||52||1972||San Antonio||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|9. Keres vs Mecking
||1-0||28||1972||San Antonio||D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|10. K R Smith vs M C Lopez
||½-½||64||1972||San Antonio||C02 French, Advance|
|11. J Kaplan vs Saidy
|| ||½-½||69||1972||San Antonio||B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation|
|12. Gligoric vs D Byrne
|| ||1-0||39||1972||San Antonio||D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5|
|13. Hort vs Petrosian
|| ||½-½||13||1972||San Antonio||B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|14. Portisch vs Suttles
|| ||½-½||40||1972||San Antonio||B08 Pirc, Classical|
|15. Larry Evans vs Larsen
||0-1||43||1972||San Antonio||A14 English|
|16. Karpov vs Browne
||1-0||59||1972||San Antonio||A30 English, Symmetrical|
|17. Petrosian vs Gligoric
||1-0||35||1972||San Antonio||E81 King's Indian, Samisch|
|18. Saidy vs Keres
||0-1||55||1972||San Antonio||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|19. D Byrne vs Portisch
|| ||½-½||32||1972||San Antonio||A22 English|
|20. M C Lopez vs Larry Evans
|| ||½-½||41||1972||San Antonio||B96 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|21. Larsen vs Karpov
|| ||½-½||33||1972||San Antonio||E17 Queen's Indian|
|22. Suttles vs K R Smith
||1-0||49||1972||San Antonio||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|23. Mecking vs Hort
|| ||0-1||87||1972||San Antonio||B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7|
|24. Browne vs J Kaplan
|| ||1-0||24||1972||San Antonio||B54 Sicilian|
|25. Mecking vs Saidy
|| ||½-½||41||1972||San Antonio||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
| page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120
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|Jan-26-13|| ||Phony Benoni: The 1962 US Open was held in San Antonio. Buried down in 121st place in the crosstable:|
Game Collection: US Open 1962, San Antonio
is <G W Church>.
In 1962 George W. Church Jr. was the head of Church's Fried Chicken, which sponsored the 1972 Grandmaster Tournament. Could somebody with the tournament book check and see if it mentions whether he was the "G W Church" who played at San Antonio 1962?
|Jan-28-13|| ||FSR: <Phony Benoni> Seems quite likely, but the tournament book by RHM Press doesn't appear to answer the question. On the unnumbered page right before 1, there's a picture of George W. (Bill) Church, Jr. Pages 1 and 2 extol the virtues of Church's Fried Chicken, Inc. ("GRANDMASTERS OF GOOD FOOD"). We learn, <inter alia>, that:|
<George W. Church, Sr., founded Church's Fried Chicken as a post-retirement project in 1952 in downtown San Antonio. Chess had not grown to its present stature throughout America and neither had the food service industry.>
<At the time of his death in 1956, four Church's stores were open. Other members of the family continued Mr. Church's vision, and by 1962, the chain had grown to eight San Antonio stores.>
<In 1962, George W. (Bill) Church, Jr., Church's current President and Chairman of the Board, assumed chief operating responsibility for the family's business.>
Given the centrality of San Antonio to Church's (as of 1962, all of its stores were there), it's a fair surmise that G W Church and George W. (Bill) Church, Jr. are the same guy. But there's doesn't seem to be any discussion of his, or any other Church's, involvement in chess beyond the company's sponsorship of the tournament.
Page 2 of the book also mentions a "vision" of the company: "the growth of Church's Fried Chicken's International Chess Tournament through the years to come." Well, <that> didn't happen. Maybe they chickened out.
|Jan-28-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <FSR> Thanks for checking. Had a vague memory of some information being in the book.|
|Jan-28-13|| ||EdZelli: Mecking lost to Pertosian but the cross-table shows a draw.
08 Mecking 8.5/15 0 ½|
|Jan-28-13|| ||me to play: <Page 2 of the book also mentions a "vision" of the company: "the growth of Church's Fried Chicken's International Chess Tournament through the years to come." Well, <that> didn't happen. Maybe they chickened out.> They did , if I recall correctly, go on to sponsor a Grand Prix type circuit for US tournaments through the 1980's.|
|Jan-28-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <EdZelli> Thanks. Looks like there's an extra result in there for Mecking. I'll straighten it out tonight.|
|Jun-20-13|| ||kingscrusher: Gutsy ken smith did try his smith-morra gambit 3 times in this very strong tournament :)|
|Oct-17-13|| ||GrahamClayton: Prior to the Sinquefield Cup (2013), this was the last top level round-robin tournament held in the United States.|
|Oct-17-13|| ||TheFocus: So we can expect another GM tournament in 2054?
I ain't gonna live long enough to see it. I'm taking a dirt vacation by then.
|Jan-13-14|| ||EdZelli: I wish we could get some sponsorships like the old days. Lots of good players in the south ie. San Anton, Dallas, Houston etc.|
|Jan-14-14|| ||SChesshevsky: < EdZelli: I wish we could get some sponsorships like the old days. Lots of good players in the south ie. San Anton, Dallas, Houston etc.>|
Fischermania can probably be thanked for this tourney and his retirement can probably be thanked for the lack of interest by sponsors since.
I believe the idea of the 72 event came up from a suggestion by a GM or USCF official, I forget which, when having dinner with the Church's. Of course, it was hoped Fischer would show and if I remember right he did but only as a spectator for a very short time.
|Aug-15-14|| ||SteinitzLives: What a glorious window of chess sponsorship opportunity was open but for such a brief moment thanks to the Fischer boom. A shame organizers and Fischer himself could not or would not jump in to get more sponsors to participate, and bring big money to chess.|
Petrosian, Karpov and Keres all came to the U.S. to play in the San Antonio tourney, (which was rare, but there was a slight hope that Fischer might play in it). Kavalek would have played, but chose preparation for, and the Olympiad instead, maybe not a great choice, but understandable since there was hope Fischer would play on the Olympiad team too!
Kavalek had committed to the Olympiad, thinking that with Fischer possibly on the team, the U.S. had a real shot at a medal. This info. is per one of Kavalek's lectures in the D.C. metro area just a few years ago.
|Aug-15-14|| ||MissScarlett: Lubosh, still hanging on Fischer's coat-tails after all these years.|
|Nov-12-14|| ||waustad: The idea of a fried chicken tournament has continued: http://chess-results.com/tnr146254....|
|Nov-12-14|| ||waustad: Admittedly it doesn't have quite as big names.|
|Nov-12-14|| ||Petrosianic: <Of course, it was hoped Fischer would show and if I remember right he did but only as a spectator for a very short time.>|
He was in the audience for part of the final round.
|Nov-16-14|| ||Howard: Yes, Fischer did make a brief appearance at the event----Chess Life and Review (as it was called at the time) had a small picture of him, in fact, taken at the tournament.|
|Nov-16-14|| ||HeMateMe: How about a KFC speed tournament, just for all of the hustlers in the park, who like the extra crispy wings, smothered in ketchup or barbecue sauce? You know who you are...|
|Jul-17-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: <Phony Benoni: <FSR> Thanks for checking. Had a vague memory of some information being in the book.>|
I have that same memory about many of my college text books.
|Apr-15-16|| ||offramp: It's a shame there were no Fried Chicken Fried Livers.|
|Mar-23-18|| ||MissScarlett: Shortly after this tournament, on December 12th, a massive simultaneous display took place in the La Salle Hotel in Chicago, featuring the three Soviet players. |
The details aren't exactly clear, but a piece by Joel Havemann of the <Chicago Sun-Times Service> in the <Minnesota Star> of December 15th, reports a final score in favour of the Soviet Union of 186-12, suggesting each player faced 66 boards - Karpov drew 3; Petrosian lost 3 and drew 3; Keres lost 5 and drew 2.
Havemann gave his loss to Karpov (sample annotation: <At move 8, Joe Hopkins, a spectator, walks by and says Karpov has put me in a Mroczy [sic] bind. Thanks a lot. Who's Maroczy?>) but the score has a very glaring problem, so the only reliable game I could find is: Keres vs Paul R Little, 1972
Three of Karpov's games (all draws, vs Taylor, Mulberry and Markewycz), apparently from this simul, are in the DB. Did <Chess Life & Review > cover this event?
|Mar-23-18|| ||MissScarlett: From Kashdan's column in the <LA Times> of December 17th 1972, Sect.I, p.8:|
<World champion Bobby Fischer, now a resident of this area, visited the tournament during the last round. He stated that the playing conditions were very good, including the lighting.
Asked why he had not competed, Fischer replied that the prizes were well below what he would consider adequate. He intends to play in tournaments, but has no commitment at present.
The total prize fund was over $10,000. The three winners divided the top prizes of $4000, $2,000 and $1,000. All traveling and living expenses during the event were paid by the sponsor.>
|Mar-23-18|| ||offramp: I visualise the competitors dining 24/7 like Boss Hogg.|
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