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🏆 Moscow (1963) Chess Event Description
This tournament was played at the Moscow Central Chess Club. ... [more]

Player: Witold Balcerowski

 page 1 of 1; 15 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Balcerowski vs A Matanovic  0-1361963MoscowE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. W Pietzsch vs W Balcerowski  1-0291963MoscowB07 Pirc
3. W Balcerowski vs F Kuijpers  0-1601963MoscowE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
4. Antoshin vs W Balcerowski 1-0801963MoscowB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
5. W Balcerowski vs Tal ½-½561963MoscowE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
6. Simagin vs W Balcerowski  ½-½251963MoscowE92 King's Indian
7. W Balcerowski vs Keres 0-1491963MoscowE15 Queen's Indian
8. W Balcerowski vs Gligoric  0-1211963MoscowD80 Grunfeld
9. Smyslov vs W Balcerowski 1-0351963MoscowE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. W Balcerowski vs E Jimenez Zerquera  ½-½341963MoscowD84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
11. Hort vs W Balcerowski 1-0271963MoscowB07 Pirc
12. W Balcerowski vs B Vladimirov  0-1241963MoscowE70 King's Indian
13. Szabo vs W Balcerowski 1-0351963MoscowE70 King's Indian
14. W Balcerowski vs N Padevsky  ½-½301963MoscowB06 Robatsch
15. V Liberzon vs W Balcerowski  ½-½251963MoscowB08 Pirc, Classical
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  WCC Editing Project: <TheFocus>, <Sneaky Pete>

I can't thank you enough for constructing this event, with the round numbers and dates also.

Any reason why you haven't listed the <start-finish> dates of this event in the intro, since you have listed the dates of each game in the collection?

Might you tell me your source for these dates?

Curiosities I've found:

In In Edward Winter, ed. "Word Chess Champions" (Pergamon 1981), p.150, <Winter> lists <Smyslov> winning the <5th Central Chess Club Championship> in Moscow 1963 with +8 -0 =7.

Clearly <Winter> means this tournament here, but he's mislabeled it- here is the actual <5th Central Chess Club Championship 1962>, which wasn't played in 1963:

And here is the <6th Central Chess Club Championship 1963>, which *was* played in 1963 and was won by Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon, who also appears in the tournament on this page, which might help explain <Winter's> mistake.

So in their title for the event on this page, <Rusbase> calls it the <International Tournament of Central Chess Club 1963> and lists the correct crosstable:

But when I downloaded all the games from this <Rusbase> page, I found they are all labeled <Alekhine Memorial 1963>, with "chessbase" listed as the source for the game scores.

I don't think the "chessbase" title can be correct because there was an <Alekhine Memorial> in 1956, and the next one wasn't until 1971.

So I think it likely this tournament was indeed played at the <Moscow Chess Club>. But what we know for sure is that it was an international tournament played in <Moscow 1963>.

I would really like to know where the dates for these games came from though. The "chessbase" PGNs from the <Rusbase> tournament page list the round numbers, but not the dates. So if you could help me with this information, I'd be grateful.

Feb-04-14  sneaky pete: I was only trying to build a game collection, I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition.

The dates are from Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1960-66 by Hilary Thomas, published by Batsford in 1979. A number of games in this database (I believe the Keres games and some others) already had a date. None of these dates here conflicted with the Thomas dates I used for my reconstruction of the event.

Some of the games I found here had the clearly wrong event tag Alekhine Memorial. The undated (it's probably from 1964) Yugoslav booklet by Bozic and Matanovic that I used to make the collection (and from which I submitted 17 missing games) calls it V (= 5th) Medjunarodni Turnir U Moskvi. On another page the dates are given: 28.X = 20.XI.1963. I guess October 28 was the day of the opening ceremony, the first round was played the next day and the last round November 20.

I think medjunarodni means international, so this was the 5th (in a series started in 1959) International Tournament organised by the Moscow Chess Club. I believe we have collections of some of the earlier tournaments here.

The magazines from 1963 I consulted (Deutsche Schachzeitung and Schakend Nederland) gave no details about prize money and playing hall and things like that. Matanovic wrote a 4 page introduction in the Yugoslav booklet mentioned above, but I have no idea what he's talking about.

Feb-04-14  nok: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!!
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  WCC Editing Project: <sneaky pete>

Thanks for giving such a thorough explanation of your data provenance, and also of the detailed process of how you put the puzzle together.

Your information supports mine. At the least, it doesn't contradict the conclusion I reached, so I'm breathing a little easier now. I'm glad to hear of the "5th" matching the number of Moscow chess club "Internationals." It also helps explain how <Winter> may have made his error.

And yes I can confirm that medjunarodni means international in <Bosnian>. At the least, when I type "medjunarodni" into the Google translator set to go from "Bosnian to English," then it coughs up the word "international."

I'm a little concerned at how heavily <Rusbase> relies on "chessbase" for its information though. That was "chessbase" that had every single game in this event mislabeled "Alekhine Memorial."

Here is some rare film footage that also supports your thesis:

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