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First Piatigorsky Cup 1963
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NOTE : This collection has now been superceded by First Piatigorsky Cup (1963)

In 1963 famous cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and his wife Jaqueline gave a cup through the Piatigorsky Foundation for a chess tournament that would include two grandmasters from the USSR and two grandmasters from the USA. Four grandmasters from other countries filled out the playing list. The final player line-up consisted of Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Paul Keres, Samuel Reshevsky, Pal Benko, Fridrik Olafsson, Svetozar Gligoric, Oscar Panno and Miguel Najdorf. The tournament ran from the 2nd of July to the 30th of July 1963 in Los Angeles, USA. The players met in a double round all-play-all and the joint winners Petrosian and Keres returned to the Soviet Union with more than half of the $10,000 prize fund offered by the Piatigorsky Foundation. This tournament was the strongest to be held in the USA after New York 1927

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Pts 1. Keres * * 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 8 2. Petrosian * * 0 1 1 1 1 8 3. Najdorf 1 * * 0 1 0 1 7 4. Olafsson 0 0 1 * * 1 1 1 0 7 5. Reshevsky 1 1 0 0 * * 1 0 7 6. Gligoric 0 1 0 0 * * 0 1 6 7. Benko 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 * * 1 0 5 8. Panno 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * * 5

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Round 1 July 2nd
Keres vs Petrosian, 1963 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs Panno, 1963 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

F Olafsson vs Gligoric, 1963 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reshevsky vs Benko, 1963 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 2 July 3rd
Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1963 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 43 moves, 1-0

Benko vs Keres, 1963 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

F Olafsson vs Najdorf, 1963
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 63 moves, 1-0

Round 3 July 7th
Petrosian vs Benko, 1963 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Najdorf vs Gligoric, 1963
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reshevsky vs F Olafsson, 1963 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Panno, 1963
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 July 8th
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1963
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 41 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Benko, 1963
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs Keres, 1963 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 86 moves, 0-1

Panno vs Petrosian, 1963 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 111 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 July 10th
Petrosian vs F Olafsson, 1963
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Najdorf, 1963
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko vs Panno, 1963
(E77) King's Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky vs Gligoric, 1963
(E92) King's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 July 11th
Gligoric vs Panno, 1963 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 31 moves, 1-0

Najdorf vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reshevsky vs Keres, 1963 
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

F Olafsson vs Benko, 1963
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 57 moves, 1-0

Round 7 July 14th
Benko vs Najdorf, 1963 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 26 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Gligoric, 1963
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs F Olafsson, 1963
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 July 15th
Petrosian vs Keres, 1963 
(A28) English, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko vs Reshevsky, 1963
(E79) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs Najdorf, 1963 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs F Olafsson, 1963 
(D75) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5, 100 moves, 0-1

Round 9 July 17th
Najdorf vs F Olafsson, 1963
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 41 moves, 0-1

Reshevsky vs Panno, 1963
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1963 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 48 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Benko, 1963 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 10 July 18th
F Olafsson vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Benko vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 0-1

Panno vs Keres, 1963 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 42 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs Najdorf, 1963 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 July 21st
Petrosian vs Najdorf, 1963
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs Gligoric, 1963
(E79) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko vs F Olafsson, 1963 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 73 moves, 0-1

Round 12 July 22nd
F Olafsson vs Petrosian, 1963 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs Keres, 1963 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Reshevsky, 1963
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs Benko, 1963 
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 59 moves, 1-0

Round 13 July 24th
Petrosian vs Panno, 1963 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 1-0

Keres vs F Olafsson, 1963 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 52 moves, 1-0

Benko vs Gligoric, 1963 
(E79) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line, 44 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1963
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14 July 28th
Reshevsky vs Petrosian, 1963 
(A36) English, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs Keres, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

F Olafsson vs Panno, 1963 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs Benko, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

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