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Budapest 1952
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In the year following the death of Geza Maroczy a memorial chess tournament was held in the city of Budapest. The Hungarian chess association with the assistance of Viacheslav Ragozin and Arpad Vajda organized the round robin event that began on March 3rd, 1952, which would have been Maroczy's 82nd birthday. Eight grandmasters, eight international masters, and two national masters totaled the playing strength of those invited. Five of the Soviet Union's best grandmasters, including the world champion, attended. They were Mikhail Botvinnik, Efim Geller, Paul Keres, Tigran Petrosian, and Vasily Smyslov. The other three grandmasters to attend were Swedish grandmaster Gideon Stahlberg, and grandmasters and Hungarian champions Laszlo Szabo and Gedeon Barcza. Hungary was also represented by international masters Pal Benko, Erno Gereben, and Jozsef Szily. Harry Golombek participated on behalf of England, Alberic O'Kelly de Galway participated on behalf of Belgium, and Hans Platz participated on behalf of East Germany. Bogdan Silwa traveled from Poland, Octavio Troianescu from Romania, and Cenek Kottnauer from Czechoslovakia. Herman Pilnik, the only player to participate from the Americas, traveled from Argentina. Additional information on the event can be found here: http://blog.chess.com/cgs/marczy-me...

The event was one of the stronger post-war tournaments to be held, as well as an indication of the Soviet Union's chess might in international events. Four of the five Soviet participants finished in the top five, with Paul Keres taking the trophy with clear first. It was a brutal month of chess, with few draws, due in part to the uneven playing strengths of the participants. Not many players escaped with less than three losses, including such undefeatable heavyweights as Smyslov and Petrosian. I think, though, Maroczy would have approved. A fine tournament to commemorate one of the turn of the century's most dynamic chess masters.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Keres 12/17 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

2nd Geller 12/17 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

=3rd Botvinnik 11/17 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1

=3rd Smyslov 11/17 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1

=3rd Stahlberg 11/17 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1

6th Szabo 10/17 1 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1

=7th Petrosian 9/17 1 0 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1

=7th Pilnik 9/17 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 1 1 1

9th O'Kelly de Galway 9/17 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1

10th Benko 8/17 0 1 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 0 0 1

=11th Barcza 8/17 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 1 0 1

=11th Szily 8/17 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1

=13th Golombek 7/17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1

=13th Kottnauer 7/17 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 0

15th Gereben 6/17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1

16th Troianescu 5/17 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 * 1

17th Sliwa 5/17 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 1

18th Platz 2/17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 *


Round One
Sliwa vs Botvinnik, 1952 
(B20) Sicilian, 62 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1952
(A22) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs H Platz, 1952 
(E03) Catalan, Open, 25 moves, 1-0

Golombek vs O'Kelly, 1952
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 58 moves, 0-1

E Gereben vs Szily, 1952
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Geller vs O Troianescu, 1952
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Pilnik vs G Barcza, 1952
(B32) Sicilian, 57 moves, 0-1

Stahlberg vs C Kottnauer, 1952
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs Benko, 1952
(E90) King's Indian, 24 moves, 1-0

Round Two
O'Kelly vs Stahlberg, 1952
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Platz vs Pilnik, 1952 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Keres, 1952 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 36 moves, 1-0

O Troianescu vs Golombek, 1952
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 41 moves, 0-1

C Kottnauer vs Szabo, 1952
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 40 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Geller, 1952 
(E68) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4, 47 moves, 0-1

Benko vs E Gereben, 1952
(A15) English, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Barcza vs Sliwa, 1952
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Szily, 1952
(A13) English, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three
Geller vs G Barcza, 1952 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 53 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs O'Kelly, 1952
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stahlberg vs O Troianescu, 1952
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 47 moves, 1-0

Pilnik vs Petrosian, 1952 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Smyslov, 1952 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Sliwa vs H Platz, 1952
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

Szily vs Benko, 1952
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 41 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs Botvinnik, 1952
(A21) English, 43 moves, 0-1

E Gereben vs C Kottnauer, 1952
(B56) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Four
C Kottnauer vs Szily, 1952
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 0-1

O Troianescu vs Szabo, 1952
(E07) Catalan, Closed, 55 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Benko, 1952 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 52 moves, 1-0

H Platz vs Geller, 1952 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 33 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Sliwa, 1952 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

O'Kelly vs E Gereben, 1952
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Pilnik, 1952
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Stahlberg, 1952 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Barcza vs Golombek, 1952
(E03) Catalan, Open, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
Szabo vs Botvinnik, 1952 
(A94) Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pilnik vs Smyslov, 1952 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Sliwa vs Keres, 1952 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 52 moves, 0-1

Szily vs O'Kelly, 1952
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stahlberg vs G Barcza, 1952
(A48) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Golombek vs H Platz, 1952
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 28 moves, 1-0

E Gereben vs O Troianescu, 1952
(B27) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Petrosian, 1952
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko vs C Kottnauer, 1952
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Six
G Barcza vs Szabo, 1952
(A05) Reti Opening, 48 moves, 0-1

O'Kelly vs Benko, 1952
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 63 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Golombek, 1952 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Geller, 1952 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

H Platz vs Stahlberg, 1952 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 38 moves, 0-1

Pilnik vs Sliwa, 1952
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs C Kottnauer, 1952
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 62 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs E Gereben, 1952 
(A13) English, 41 moves, 1-0

O Troianescu vs Szily, 1952
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Seven
Szabo vs H Platz, 1952
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 29 moves, 1-0

Szily vs Botvinnik, 1952 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1-0

Golombek vs Keres, 1952
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Gereben vs G Barcza, 1952
(B32) Sicilian, 55 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Pilnik, 1952 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

Benko vs O Troianescu, 1952
(E61) King's Indian, 71 moves, 0-1

C Kottnauer vs O'Kelly, 1952
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stahlberg vs Petrosian, 1952 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Sliwa vs Smyslov, 1952 
(A06) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Round Eight
Botvinnik vs Benko, 1952 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Stahlberg, 1952
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian vs Szabo, 1952 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 0-1

Pilnik vs Golombek, 1952
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Platz vs E Gereben, 1952
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 40 moves, 0-1

Sliwa vs Geller, 1952
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs O'Kelly, 1952 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0

O Troianescu vs C Kottnauer, 1952
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 60 moves, 0-1

G Barcza vs Szily, 1952
(A05) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine
Golombek vs Sliwa, 1952
(E16) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Smyslov, 1952 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stahlberg vs Pilnik, 1952
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs Keres, 1952 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 40 moves, 1-0

Benko vs G Barcza, 1952 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 0-1

Szily vs H Platz, 1952 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1-0

C Kottnauer vs Botvinnik, 1952 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

O'Kelly vs O Troianescu, 1952
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 1-0

E Gereben vs Petrosian, 1952
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten
Petrosian vs Szily, 1952
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Golombek, 1952 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sliwa vs Stahlberg, 1952
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 0-1

Pilnik vs Szabo, 1952
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs E Gereben, 1952
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs O Troianescu, 1952
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 32 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs O'Kelly, 1952
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

G Barcza vs C Kottnauer, 1952
(A06) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

H Platz vs Benko, 1952
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 22 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven
Golombek vs Smyslov, 1952 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 59 moves, 0-1

C Kottnauer vs H Platz, 1952
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 0-1

O'Kelly vs G Barcza, 1952
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szily vs Keres, 1952 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 57 moves, 0-1

Stahlberg vs Geller, 1952
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs Sliwa, 1952 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 67 moves, 0-1

E Gereben vs Pilnik, 1952
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko vs Petrosian, 1952 
(A04) Reti Opening, 62 moves, 1-0

O Troianescu vs Botvinnik, 1952 
(D94) Grunfeld, 23 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1952
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sliwa vs E Gereben, 1952
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 33 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Szabo, 1952 
(A92) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

H Platz vs O'Kelly, 1952
(A93) Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian vs C Kottnauer, 1952
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pilnik vs Szily, 1952 
(B58) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

G Barcza vs O Troianescu, 1952
(D75) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5, 33 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs Stahlberg, 1952 
(A91) Dutch Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Benko, 1952 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen
Benko vs Pilnik, 1952
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Troianescu vs H Platz, 1952
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Szily vs Sliwa, 1952
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs Golombek, 1952
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Stahlberg vs Smyslov, 1952
(D94) Grunfeld, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

O'Kelly vs Petrosian, 1952
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Gereben vs Geller, 1952 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

C Kottnauer vs Keres, 1952
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs G Barcza, 1952
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen
Golombek vs E Gereben, 1952
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs O Troianescu, 1952 
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 32 moves, 1-0

Stahlberg vs Szabo, 1952 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs G Barcza, 1952 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Pilnik vs C Kottnauer, 1952
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs O'Kelly, 1952 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 70 moves, 1-0

H Platz vs Botvinnik, 1952
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sliwa vs Benko, 1952 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Szily, 1952
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen
C Kottnauer vs Sliwa, 1952
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 40 moves, 1-0

G Barcza vs H Platz, 1952
(A04) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

E Gereben vs Stahlberg, 1952
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1952
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

O'Kelly vs Pilnik, 1952
(A15) English, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Troianescu vs Keres, 1952 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 44 moves, 0-1

Szily vs Golombek, 1952
(A15) English, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs Smyslov, 1952
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko vs Geller, 1952
(A48) King's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Sixteen
Stahlberg vs Szily, 1952 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 89 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs H Platz, 1952 
(E09) Catalan, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Sliwa vs O'Kelly, 1952
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 0-1

Pilnik vs O Troianescu, 1952 
(C15) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Botvinnik, 1952
(A48) King's Indian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs E Gereben, 1952
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Golombek vs Benko, 1952
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 77 moves, 0-1

Geller vs C Kottnauer, 1952
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian vs G Barcza, 1952 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Seventeen
C Kottnauer vs Golombek, 1952
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko vs Stahlberg, 1952 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 41 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Pilnik, 1952
(D54) Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

E Gereben vs Smyslov, 1952
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 52 moves, 0-1

G Barcza vs Keres, 1952 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 37 moves, 0-1

O'Kelly vs Geller, 1952
(A48) King's Indian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Platz vs Petrosian, 1952 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

Szily vs Szabo, 1952
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 38 moves, 0-1

O Troianescu vs Sliwa, 1952
(E07) Catalan, Closed, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

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