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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Skopje Tournament

Robert James Fischer13.5/17(+12 -2 =3)[games]
Milan Matulovic13/17(+11 -2 =4)[games]
Efim Geller13/17(+9 -0 =8)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov11.5/17(+7 -1 =9)[games]
Enver Bukic9.5/17(+5 -3 =9)[games]
Rudolf Maric9/17(+4 -3 =10)[games]
Mato Damjanovic8.5/17(+5 -5 =7)[games]
Milorad Knezevic8.5/17(+3 -3 =11)[games]
Luben S Popov8.5/17(+3 -3 =11)[games]
Dragoljub Minic8.5/17(+3 -3 =11)[games]
Peter Dely8/17(+6 -7 =4)[games]
Jovan Sofrevski8/17(+2 -3 =12)[games]
Bela Soos7.5/17(+4 -6 =7)[games]
Dragoljub Janosevic7.5/17(+6 -8 =3)[games]
Borce Ilievski6/17(+2 -7 =8)[games]
Risto Nicevski6/17(+2 -7 =8)[games]
Vasil Panov4/17(+2 -11 =4)[games]
Kiril Danov2.5/17(+2 -14 =1)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Skopje (1967)
Following the rebuilding of the Macedonian capital Skopje, Yugoslavia organized the first in a series of international chess tournaments to be held in Skopje, as well as the two nearby villages of Krusevo and Ochrid, in 1967. The first "Turnir solidarnosti" featured a field of twelve Yugoslavian chess masters headed by grandmaster Milan Matulovic. Visiting participants included Peter Dely from Hungary, Luben Popov from Bulgaria, and Bela Soos from Romania. As was expected, the Soviet Union sent emissaries to participate as well in the guise of two veteran grandmasters, Efim Geller and Ratmir Kholmov. This was perhaps calculated on the Soviet Chess School's part as the final participant was Bobby Fischer, who participated on behalf of the United States. Fischer had just recently returned to regular international competition and Skopje would be an important stop on his road to the Sousse Interzonal (1967), which he announced he would be participating in later in the year. Going into this event, not only did Matulovic have a plus score against Fischer, but Geller and Kholmov as well, making them excellent choices to potentially stifle the upstart American's chances. And stifle it almost did: Fischer lost his second round game to Geller, and after the ninth round, despite being tied for first with Kholmov ahead of Geller, Fischer announced he would withdraw from the tournament unless the chess sets were modified and the spectators removed from further rounds. The organizers were in a panic as they could not meet the second demand and Fischer forfeited his tenth round game. However, upon Fischer's arrival to complete an adjourned game, a compromise within the playing hall was reached and Fischer was allowed to replay his tenth round game. Despite the high drama that often came with Fischer's participation, he found his form and managed to defeat both Matulovic and Kholmov in their encounters in the latter half of the tournament and go on to secure clear first upon the event's completion.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Fischer * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 13.5 2 Geller 1 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.0 3 Matulovic 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.0 4 Kholmov 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.5 5 Bukic 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 9.5 6 Maric 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 9.0 7 Knezevic 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 8.5 8 Popov 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 8.5 9 Minic 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 8.5 10 Damjanovic 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 8.5 11 Sofrevski 0 0 * 1 1 0 8.0 12 Dely 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 0 1 8.0 13 Janosevic 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 1 0 1 7.5 14 Soos 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 7.5 15 Nicevski 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 6.0 16 Ilievski 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 6.0 17 Panov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 4.0 18 Danov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 2.5

Thanks go to <jessicafischerqueen> for providing the historical background for this tournament.

Original Collection: Game Collection: Skopje 1967, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kholmov vs R Nicevski  1-0401967SkopjeB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
2. P Dely vs J Sofrevski  0-1211967SkopjeB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
3. M Damjanovic vs B Ilievski  1-0381967SkopjeC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
4. Kholmov vs M Knezevic  1-0321967SkopjeD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. P Dely vs Minic  ½-½211967SkopjeB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. M Damjanovic vs M Knezevic  1-0281967SkopjeB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. P Dely vs Bukic  0-1291967SkopjeB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. B Ilievski vs Janosevic  0-1521967SkopjeB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. M Knezevic vs L Popov  ½-½191967SkopjeB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
10. R Nicevski vs Janosevic  0-1371967SkopjeA08 King's Indian Attack
11. Matulovic vs K Danov 1-0201967SkopjeC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Soos vs L Popov  ½-½221967SkopjeE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
13. P Dely vs Matulovic  0-1581967SkopjeB44 Sicilian
14. Soos vs B Ilievski  0-1711967SkopjeE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. J Sofrevski vs Bukic  ½-½191967SkopjeA10 English
16. Geller vs K Danov 1-0411967SkopjeA35 English, Symmetrical
17. V Panov vs Maric  0-1411967SkopjeA10 English
18. J Sofrevski vs K Danov  0-1521967SkopjeD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. V Panov vs L Popov  0-1401967SkopjeA36 English
20. Minic vs Janosevic  0-1451967SkopjeB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
21. Maric vs M Knezevic  ½-½211967SkopjeC56 Two Knights
22. B Ilievski vs Kholmov  0-1521967SkopjeA04 Reti Opening
23. Bukic vs Janosevic  1-0351967SkopjeA56 Benoni Defense
24. J Sofrevski vs Matulovic  ½-½741967SkopjeA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
25. Soos vs K Danov  1-0401967SkopjeA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-27-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zydeco: The Yugoslav players actually put up a pretty good show against Fischer in this tournament -- they seemed to come up with all kinds of opening schemes to wrong-foot Fischer; and Fischer had to work hard for his points.

This tournament must have been a major disappointment for Kholmov. He was always a bit suspect with the Soviet chess bureaucrats for his heavy drinking. Then he beat Fischer at Havana 1965, and the aparatchiks seemed to come up with a role for Kholmov as a Fischer-killer -- sort of the way that, in baseball, a pitcher like Frank Lary could have a profitable sideline as a 'yankee-killer'. Unfortunately for Kholmov, chess doesn't really work that way, and, after this disaster, Kholmov vs Fischer, 1967, he probably lost much of his usefulness from the perspective of the Soviet sports federation. Not too many more international appearances for Kholmov after Skopje.

Jul-06-16  Resignation Trap: Interesting article about Fischer at Skopje: http://utrinski.mk/?ItemID=64D9D091...
Jul-06-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Resignation Trap>!!!!!

You are back! =))

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