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Larsen - Ivkov Candidates Quarterfinal Match

Bent Larsen5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[games]
Borislav Ivkov2.5/8(+1 -4 =3)[games] Chess Event Description
Larsen - Ivkov Candidates Quarterfinal (1965)

The Amsterdam Interzonal (1964) selected Borislav Ivkov and Bent Larsen to meet for this quarterfinal match, which was played in Bled, Yugoslavia in June and July of 1965.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts Larsen 1 = = 1 1 = 0 1 5.5 Ivkov 0 = = 0 0 = 1 0 2.5

Larsen advanced to the Tal - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1965).

Reference: Wikipedia article: Candidates Tournament.

Original collection: Game Collection: WCC Index (Larsen-Ivkov 1965), by User: Hesam7.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Larsen vs Ivkov 1-0601965Larsen - Ivkov Candidates QuarterfinalA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Ivkov vs Larsen  ½-½311965Larsen - Ivkov Candidates QuarterfinalE16 Queen's Indian
3. Larsen vs Ivkov ½-½731965Larsen - Ivkov Candidates QuarterfinalA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Ivkov vs Larsen 0-1311965Larsen - Ivkov Candidates QuarterfinalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Larsen vs Ivkov 1-0661965Larsen - Ivkov Candidates QuarterfinalA25 English
6. Ivkov vs Larsen ½-½401965Larsen - Ivkov Candidates QuarterfinalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Larsen vs Ivkov 0-1501965Larsen - Ivkov Candidates QuarterfinalA00 Uncommon Opening
8. Ivkov vs Larsen 0-1271965Larsen - Ivkov Candidates QuarterfinalB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  keypusher: In My Life and Games, Tal recounts that he and Koblents expected Ivkov to win, and had to adjust their preparation in a hurry.

Ivkov had just finished tied for first with Uhlmann at Zagreb 1965, ahead of Larsen (as well as Petrosian, Portisch, and Bronstein) and beaten Larsen in their individual game.

Ivkov vs Larsen, 1965

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  plang: There must be more to it than that - results of one tournament and one game are not very good predictors of anything.
Mar-16-15  Troller: Ivkov also beat Larsen in Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)

I think the common expectation was that Ivkov was slight favourite; at this time Larsen had not had so many great results either. The Interzonal '64 was actually his breakthrough (or second breakthrough following some meagre years after he became a GM in 1956).

Mar-16-15  Zonszein: Probably one of the reasons is that at the time we were not very open to the rest of the world and therefore Ivkov (from the East) was slightly overrated....
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  Honza Cervenka: <Zonszein: Probably one of the reasons is that at the time we were not very open to the rest of the world and therefore Ivkov (from the East) was slightly overrated....>

I don't think so. Ivkov was since 1950s quite regular participant of top international tournaments as well as team events around the globe. Moreover, in Yugoslavia were organised many international tournaments with Ivkov's regular participation. He played with Larsen before the match at least eight times (according to this database) with score +2-3=3. Larsen (bit younger than Ivkov) was then an interesting grandmaster with original style but also a bit unstable results to put it mildly. Later he became one of the world's top chess stars but it was not yet apparent in January of 1965, when this match was played.

Mar-16-15  Zonszein: Thank you. If I remeber well. Larsen was one of the winner of the interzonal, brilliantly beaten Spassky in the process
Mar-16-15  RookFile: Ivkov was certainly a strong player. It would have been perfectly reasonable to predict he would beat Larsen.
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  offramp: Ivkov. Crazy name, crazy guy!

When he began this assault on the World Throne there must have been millions of right-thinking chess cognoscenti around the globe who thought, This is it! Ivkov will soon be our new king.

Sadly, fate had more in store.

Mar-16-15  RookFile: He was the first World Junior Champion in 1951.
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