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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Bucharest Tournament

Viktor Korchnoi13/17(+10 -1 =6)[games]
Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov12.5/17(+10 -2 =5)[games]
Miroslav Filip11/17(+8 -3 =6)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov11/17(+7 -2 =8)[games]
Gyula Kluger10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[games]
Semyon Abramovich Furman10/17(+6 -3 =8)[games]
Ludek Pachman10/17(+6 -3 =8)[games]
Alberic O'Kelly de Galway9.5/17(+4 -2 =11)[games]
Gideon Stahlberg9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Octavio Troianescu8.5/17(+5 -5 =7)[games]
Bela Sandor8/17(+4 -5 =8)[games]
Ion Balanel7/17(+3 -6 =8)[games]
Bogdan Sliwa7/17(+6 -9 =2)[games]
Stefan Szabo7/17(+4 -7 =6)[games]
Robert Wade6.5/17(+4 -8 =5)[games]
Victor Ciocaltea6/17(+3 -8 =6)[games]
Enrico Paoli3.5/17(+1 -11 =5)[games]
Paul Voiculescu3/17(+0 -11 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Bucharest (1954)

In the spring of 1954, after the USSR Championship in January but before the FIDE congress in July, an international chess tournament was held in the Romanian capital of Bucharest. The players in attendance included four Soviet masters, Viktor Korchnoi, Ratmir Kholmov, Semion Furman, and Rashid Nezmetdinov; 1 Swedish grandmaster Gideon Stahlberg; 2 two Czechoslovakian international masters, Miroslav Filip and Ludek Pachman; 3 Belgian international master Alberic O'Kelly de Galway; 4 Polish international master Bogdan Sliwa; 5 Italian international master Enrico Paoli; 6 three Hungarian masters, Bela Sandor, Stefan Szabo, and Gyula Kluger; 7 New Zealand international master Robert Wade; 8 and four players representing Romania: international master Octav Troianescu, Victor Ciocaltea, Ion Balanel, and Paul Voiculescu. 9 The four Soviet masters were practically unknown outside their own country at this time, but were allowed to compete internationally for the first time as a result of loosening travel restrictions due to Nikita Khrushchev's policy of "Destalinization". 10 In addition, the All-Union section of the Russian Chess Federation wanted to answer criticism that they only sent their top grandmasters to international tournaments because they were afraid their masters wouldn't show very good results against tough western players. 11 Before the tournament, the Russian Chess Federation paid for the four Soviet masters to go to Moscow for a special preparation and training course under the direction of grandmasters Isaac Boleslavsky and David Bronstein. 1

Nezhmetdinov won the tournament first brilliancy prize with his astounding win against Paoli in the fifth round: Nezhmetdinov vs E Paoli, 1954. Just before the round, Nezhmetdinov was informed that his son, Iskander, had been born. He later reported that "At the end of the round, I sent a telegram to my wife: 'I congratulate you on the birth of our son, and I dedicate my game with Paoli to him'." 1, 12 And a fine dedication it was!

It soon became clear that Korchnoi and Nezhmetdinov would fight neck and neck for the top honors. As Korchnoi recalls, "Nezhmetdinov ... was at his best. In the first round I miraculously managed to draw against him the exchange and a pawn down". 13

Final position, Nezhmetdinov vs Korchnoi, 1954, Round 1, White to move:


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After the penultimate round, Korchnoi and Nezhmetdinov were deadlocked at 12 points. Nezhmetdinov then lost to Furman, and Korchnoi drew O'Kelly to win the tournament, making his entrance into international chess entirely memorable.

Due to their impressive results at Bucharest, the four Soviet masters (as well as Kluger and Balanel) were awarded international master titles at the July 1954 FIDE Congress. 14

Bucharest, Romania, 24 February - 26 March 1954 15

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts 1 Korchnoi * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 2 Nezhmetdinov * 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 =3 Filip 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 =3 Kholmov 1 * 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 11 5 Kluger 1 * 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 10 =6 Furman 1 0 1 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 10 =6 Pachman 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 10 8 O'Kelly * 1 1 0 1 0 1 9 9 Stahlberg 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 9 10 Troianescu 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 8 11 Sandor 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 8 =12 Balanel 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 7 =12 Sliwa 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 7 =12 Szabo 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 7 15 Wade 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 * 0 1 6 16 Ciocaltea 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 6 17 Paoli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 3 18 Voiculescu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 3

<Notes>

1 Rashid Nezhmetdinov, Nezhmetdinov's Best Games of Chess (Caissa Editions 2000), p. 61.
2 Jeremy Gaige, Chess Personalia (McFarland 1987), p. 403.
3 Gaige, pp. 118, 316.
4 Gaige, p. 310.
5 Gaige, p. 395.
6 Gaige, p. 319.
7 Gaige, pp. 217, 371, 415.
8 Gaige, p. 454.
9 Gaige, pp. 20, 72, 431, 448.
10 Alex Pishkin, Super Nezh - Chess Assassin (Thinker's Press 2000), p. 27.
11 Pishkin, p. 28.
12 Rashid Nezhmetdinov documentary film: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?li...
13 Victor Korchnoi, Chess is My Life (Arco 1978), p. 26.
14 Gaige, pp. 20, 129, 212, 217, 222, 302.
15 Magyar Sakkelet 1954, p. 102. In Gino Di Felice, Chess Results 1951-1955 (McFarland 2010), p. 337.

Original collection: Game Collection: Bucharest 1954, by User: suenteus po 147. This collection would not have been possible without the support and hard work of User: jessicafischerqueen.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Voiculescu vs Kholmov  0-1311954BucharestE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
2. Stahlberg vs G Kluger  0-1331954BucharestA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
3. G Kluger vs Furman  0-1581954BucharestE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
4. G Kluger vs Balanel  1-0411954BucharestD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
5. G Kluger vs P Voiculescu  1-0281954BucharestD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
6. G Kluger vs Pachman  ½-½401954BucharestD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
7. B Sandor vs G Kluger  ½-½191954BucharestD75 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
8. G Kluger vs O'Kelly  ½-½231954BucharestE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
9. V Ciocaltea vs G Kluger  1-0541954BucharestC22 Center Game
10. G Kluger vs Wade 1-0711954BucharestD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. G Kluger vs O Troianescu  ½-½721954BucharestE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
12. Stahlberg vs O'Kelly  ½-½241954BucharestD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. O Troianescu vs Stahlberg  ½-½411954BucharestA07 King's Indian Attack
14. O'Kelly vs O Troianescu  1-0281954BucharestD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. V Ciocaltea vs Stahlberg  0-1411954BucharestC12 French, McCutcheon
16. O'Kelly vs Balanel  ½-½721954BucharestE60 King's Indian Defense
17. Pachman vs P Voiculescu  1-0351954BucharestC02 French, Advance
18. Furman vs V Ciocaltea  0-1641954BucharestE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. Nezhmetdinov vs G Kluger ½-½861954BucharestC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
20. Nezhmetdinov vs Wade 1-0411954BucharestC11 French
21. Kholmov vs E Paoli  1-0471954BucharestE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
22. Kholmov vs B Sandor  1-0651954BucharestC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. O'Kelly vs Kholmov  ½-½201954BucharestD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
24. Kholmov vs V Ciocaltea  1-0311954BucharestB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. E Paoli vs Wade  0-1581954BucharestC11 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-28-13  suenteus po 147: Hmmmm....I can see that I have to be more explicit in my dedicatory footnotes from now on. <jessicafischerqueen> provided <all> of the historical information present in the tournament introduction. I simply edited it into a narrative whole, but the work is hers.
Mar-28-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <suenteus po 147> Not to worry. Games Editors are allowed to edit these introductions, so you'll be able to change it once you're authorized.
Feb-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen:

Here is a documentary video about 2nd place finisher Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?li...

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