|Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966)|
After the success of the First Piatigorsky Cup (1963), the second was organized by Gregor and Jacqueline Piatigorsky in Santa Monica, California from July 17-August 15, 1966, with Isaac Kashdan directing. The stellar field included the current and next two World Champions plus a slew of Candidates-level grandmasters in a double-round robin event:
Jan Hein Donner, Robert James Fischer, Borislav Ivkov, Bent Larsen, Miguel Najdorf, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Lajos Portisch, Samuel Reshevsky, Boris Spassky, Wolfgang Unzicker.
The Piatigorskys invited both Reshevsky and Fischer in spite of the Fischer - Reshevsky (1961) match fiasco.
Spassky played steadily and was at or near the lead most of the way, unsheathing his claws when the time was right. Larsen gave him some competition for a while, even taking the lead in Round 10, but three losses in a row (the last being to Spassky) put an end to his challenge.
But it was Fischer who captured everybody's attention and made this into a "Tale of Two Tournaments". In the first half, a three-game losing streak (the last being to Spassky) left him in ninth place at the halfway mark, 2.5 points behind Spassky. Undaunted, he won his first four games in the second go-around and caught Spassky by round 16. Their draw in round 17 didn't change anything, but the last round saw Fischer with Black against Petrosian while Spassky had White against tail-ender Donner.
Petrosian had been having a lousy tournament, his two losses to Larsen both being of the immortal variety. In the final round he hunkered down and secured a draw with Fischer, while Spassky demolished Donner to take first place.
In fact, Petrosian's even score made him the first world champion since Alekhine to achieve "only" an even score in a subsequent tournament.
Original collection: Game Collection: Second Piatigorsky Cup 1966, by User: Benzol, based on Game Collection: Second Piatigorsky Cup 1966 by User: matey.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Spassky ** 1˝ ˝1 1˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 1˝ ˝1 11.5
2 Fischer 0˝ ** 01 ˝˝ ˝1 ˝1 ˝˝ 01 11 ˝1 11.0
3 Larsen ˝0 10 ** ˝0 1˝ ˝1 11 1˝ 01 ˝0 10.0
4 Unzicker 0˝ ˝˝ ˝1 ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 1˝ ˝˝ 9.5
5 Portisch ˝˝ ˝0 0˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ 1˝ ˝˝ ˝1 ˝1 9.5
6 Reshevsky ˝˝ ˝0 ˝0 ˝˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝1 ˝˝ 1˝ 9.0
7 Petrosian ˝˝ ˝˝ 00 ˝˝ 0˝ ˝˝ ** 11 ˝˝ ˝1 9.0
8 Najdorf ˝˝ 10 0˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝0 00 ** 1˝ ˝1 8.0
9 Ivkov 0˝ 00 10 0˝ ˝0 ˝˝ ˝˝ 0˝ ** ˝1 6.5
10 Donner ˝0 ˝0 ˝1 ˝˝ ˝0 0˝ ˝0 ˝0 ˝0 ** 6.0
| page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 90
|1. J H Donner vs Unzicker
||½-½||43||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation|
|2. Ivkov vs Larsen
||1-0||46||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E16 Queen's Indian|
|3. Reshevsky vs Fischer
||½-½||42||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E92 King's Indian|
|4. Portisch vs Najdorf
||½-½||33||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|5. Petrosian vs Spassky
||½-½||29||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst|
|6. Najdorf vs Ivkov
||1-0||26||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|7. Petrosian vs Reshevsky
||½-½||41||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E12 Queen's Indian|
|8. Fischer vs Portisch
||½-½||71||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer|
|9. Larsen vs J H Donner
||½-½||58||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7|
|10. Spassky vs Unzicker
||1-0||46||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer|
|11. Ivkov vs Fischer
||0-1||42||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4|
|12. Portisch vs Petrosian
||1-0||32||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation|
|13. Unzicker vs Larsen
||½-½||38||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2|
|14. Reshevsky vs Spassky
||½-½||20||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation|
|15. J H Donner vs Najdorf
||½-½||41||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E60 King's Indian Defense|
|16. Spassky vs Larsen
||½-½||80||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||B64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack|
|17. Najdorf vs Unzicker
||½-½||26||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line|
|18. Fischer vs J H Donner
||½-½||34||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall|
|19. Reshevsky vs Portisch
||½-½||16||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||D28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|20. Petrosian vs Ivkov
||½-½||25||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line|
|21. Larsen vs Najdorf
||1-0||69||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1|
|22. Unzicker vs Fischer
||½-½||77||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation|
|23. Ivkov vs Reshevsky
||½-½||93||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|24. Portisch vs Spassky
||½-½||32||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3|
|25. J H Donner vs Petrosian
||½-½||35||1966||Second Piatigorsky Cup||A56 Benoni Defense|
| page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 90
|Sep-30-13|| ||offramp: The intro says, " he promptly won his first four games..."
Does that mean he won them very quickly? Or that he won them exactly according to schedule?|
|Mar-11-15|| ||Maynard5: This was an outstanding tournament, not only for the strength of the players, but also for the quality of the games. Standout games include Spassky’s wins over Unzicker and Fischer, Larsen’s two wins against Petrosian, and several of Fischer’s wins, against Portisch, Larsen, Donner and Ivkov.|
|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <Nowadays tournaments are for nurseries. Look at those kiddies> - (pointing to Fischer, Spassky, and Larsen in 1966) - Miguel Najdorf.|
|Jul-17-15|| ||fisayo123: This was the last time Fischer ever took less than 1st place in any tournament he participated in.|
|Aug-22-15|| ||Everett: <Jul-17-15 fisayo123: This was the last time Fischer ever took less than 1st place in any tournament he participated in.>|
He quit at Sousse 1967.
|Jan-27-17|| ||offramp: Larsen beat World Champion Petrosian twice here, and Korchnoi beat Petrosian twice in 1966 as well. So it was not a great year for Petrosian, but he did beat Spassky in the WC match.|
|Jan-27-17|| ||perfidious: <offramp: Larsen beat World Champion Petrosian twice here, and Korchnoi beat Petrosian twice in 1966 as well....>|
Korchnoi scored two wins from the champion in 1965, but Petrosian supposedly won both encounters in '66, in a double-round training event for Petrosian's title defence which also featured Averbakh, Simagin, Boleslavsky and Shamkovich.
The 1978 collection of Korchnoi's games authored by himself, Bob Wade and Les Blackstock provides a crosstable which has Petrosian winning the training tourney with 8/10, with a loss to Boleslavsky and draws with Korchnoi and Averbakh in the second cycle after going 5-0 in the first.
While Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1966 is given as a White win here, another source lists the game as drawn.
|Jan-27-17|| ||EdZelli: <offramp>: Tigran got his revenge later in 1966 Havana Olympiad by winning the first place gold medal at table 1 with Larsen, Bobby,
Portisch, etc present.
Tigran repeated his success again in 1968 Olympiad with same players (Larsen, Bobby, ..) present.
|Jan-27-17|| ||AylerKupp: <offramp> You may have a different opinion but as far as I'm concerned any year that you win the world championship is a "good year", even if you lose all the other games that you play that year.|
|Jan-27-17|| ||offramp: <AylerKupp> I am a big fan of Petrosian, and I <DID> mean that it wasn't important how often he lost in 1965 or 1966 - he still remained World Champion.|
|Sep-26-17|| ||Stonehenge: Photo:
|Mar-29-19|| ||RookFile: Larsen had a lot of decisive games in this tournament. The guy came to fight.|
|Mar-29-19|| ||harrylime: <RookFile: Larsen had a lot of decisive games in this tournament. The guy came to fight.>|
GROW A PAIR 😝
|Mar-29-19|| ||harrylime: ROBERT JAMES FISCHER was THE best chess player in the world whilst this tournament was being played. |
BOBBY was playing against the Chess world , and the Political world .
BOBBY V THE WORLD ❤️️😎
|Mar-29-19|| ||Count Wedgemore: <harrylime: ROBERT JAMES FISCHER was THE best chess player in the world whilst this tournament was being played>|
Yet he ended behind Spassky. And Petrosian was the World Champion.
|Mar-29-19|| ||harrylime: <Count Wedgemore: <harrylime: ROBERT JAMES FISCHER was THE best chess player in the world whilst this tournament was being played>
Yet he ended behind Spassky. And Petrosian was the World Champion.>|
You not read abooooooot the COLD WAR ?? lol lol lol
|Mar-29-19|| ||Count Wedgemore: <harry> Cold War? Must have been fought in the winter months, huh?|
|Mar-29-19|| ||harrylime: <Count Wedgemore: <harry> Cold War? Must have been fought in the winter months, huh?>|
Don't even start mentioning RJF's name on ere before reading Ooooooooop on the Cold War. 😉
|May-30-19|| ||ChessDryad: Strongest tournament ever played in California!|
|May-30-19|| ||AylerKupp: <<harrylime> ROBERT JAMES FISCHER was THE best chess player in the world whilst this tournament was being played.>|
I wouldn't say that during the first half of the tournament when he lost 3 straight games to Larsen, Najdorf, and Spassky in rounds 6 through 8 to fall into last place tied with Ivkov at 3.0/8. But then he caught fire and won 4 straight games in rounds 10 through 13, and 2 more games in rounds 15 and 16 to catch up with Spassky. He unfortunately could not beat either Spassky or Petrosian in the last 2 rounds and had to settle for second place. It was a very exciting finish.
In fact, I think that it was during the second half of the Second Piatigorsky cup tournament when Fischer became the best player in the world until after the 1972 Spassky match when the stopped playing.
|Sep-29-19|| ||amadeus: Spassky vs Top5: +3
Fischer vs Top5: 0
|Oct-11-19|| ||thegoodanarchist: <Count Wedgemore: <harry> Cold War? Must have been fought in the winter months, huh?>|
Winter months? Where you're from, I suppose that's September through June...
Am I wrong?
|Oct-12-19|| ||Cibator: <EdZelli: <offramp>: Tigran got his revenge later in 1966 Havana Olympiad by winning the first place gold medal at table 1 with Larsen, Bobby, Portisch, etc present.>|
Petrosian might have won that gold medal ahead of Fischer but it was only by a whisker (13.5/15 vs 15/17). AND he was carefully sheltered from the strongest opposition, including Fischer himself. Poor old Spassky had to take black against all the toughies, which accounted for his relatively low score (for a Soviet) of 10/15.
|Oct-12-19|| ||ewan14: Fischer was not the best player in the world in 1966|
|Oct-12-19|| ||Olavi: <Cibator: <EdZelli: <offramp>: Tigran got his revenge later in 1966 Havana Olympiad by winning the first place gold medal at table 1 with Larsen, Bobby, Portisch, etc present.>
Petrosian might have won that gold medal ahead of Fischer but it was only by a whisker (13.5/15 vs 15/17). AND he was carefully sheltered from the strongest opposition, including Fischer himself.>|
Petrosian was hardly sheltered from Fischer, as he was included in the line up against the USA, a match which the latter first defaulted because of Fischer's demands. The Soviets agreed to play it later on the free day anyway. Fischer sheltered himself from Tigran.
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