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Monte Carlo Tournament

Robert James Fischer7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Vasily Smyslov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Efim Geller6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Bent Larsen6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Aleksandar Matanovic5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
William Lombardy4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Gyozo Forintos4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Guy Mazzoni1/9(+0 -7 =2)[games]
Volf Bergraser0.5/5(+0 -4 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Monte Carlo (1967)

After more than sixty years, the city of Monte Carlo in the principality of Monaco hosted a new annual series of international chess tournaments beginning in 1967.

Monte Carlo, Monaco, 24 March - 4 April 1967 (1)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Fischer * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7 2 Smyslov ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 6½ =3 Geller 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6 =3 Larsen 0 ½ 1 * 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 6 5 Matanovic ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 =6 Gligoric 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 4½ =6 Lombardy 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 1 4½ 8 Forintos 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 4 9 Mazzoni 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 * ½ 1 10 Bergraser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½

Bergraser forfeited four games due to illness. (2)

More than 10 grandmasters and masters were invited to participate in the round robin event, but circumstances limited the number who could attend. The French master Pierre Rolland died in a car accident, Klaus Viktor Darga cancelled on business grounds, Florin Gheorghiu was invited but couldn't get a visa in time, and Wolfgang Unzicker telegraphed at the last minute that he could not come. (3) Finally, the current world champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian also withdrew at the last minute. He objected to Fischer being granted an extra $2,000 appearance fee. (2) The final list of participants included former world champion Vasily Smyslov and Efim Geller from the Soviet Union; Bobby Fischer and William Lombardy from the United States; Bent Larsen from Denmark; Svetozar Gligoric and Aleksander Matanovic from Yugoslavia; Gyozo Forintos from Hungary; and Volf Bergraser and Guy Mazzoni from France. This was another important triumph for Fischer as he placed clear first ahead of Smyslov and Geller, despite dropping a point and a half to both players. Although Smyslov finished undefeated with +4, it was only good enough for clear second behind Fischer.

(1) Gino Di Felice, Chess Results 1964-1967, p. 396.
(2) Dragoslav Andric in CHESS, 9 May 1967, p. 276.
(3) Brian Patrick Reilly in British Chess Magazine, June 1967, pp. 157-158.

Original collection: Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1967, by User: suenteus po 147. Introduction written by User: suenteus po 147 and User: WCC Editing Project. Sourced by User: WCC Editing Project.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Mazzoni vs V Bergraser  ½-½141967Monte CarloB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
2. Lombardy vs Fischer 0-1541967Monte CarloA15 English
3. Forintos vs Larsen ½-½601967Monte CarloD97 Grunfeld, Russian
4. Gligoric vs A Matanovic  ½-½181967Monte CarloC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Geller vs Smyslov ½-½111967Monte CarloD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Fischer vs Forintos 1-0471967Monte CarloC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
7. Smyslov vs Lombardy  ½-½281967Monte CarloA53 Old Indian
8. Larsen vs G Mazzoni 1-0421967Monte CarloE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
9. A Matanovic vs Geller  ½-½291967Monte CarloC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
10. Forintos vs Smyslov 0-1471967Monte CarloE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. G Mazzoni vs Fischer 0-1451967Monte CarloB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Lombardy vs A Matanovic  ½-½131967Monte CarloC29 Vienna Gambit
13. V Bergraser vs Larsen 0-1371967Monte CarloA80 Dutch
14. Fischer vs V Bergraser 1-0301967Monte CarloB01 Scandinavian
15. Smyslov vs G Mazzoni  1-0371967Monte CarloA16 English
16. Gligoric vs Geller  ½-½251967Monte CarloE92 King's Indian
17. A Matanovic vs Forintos  ½-½261967Monte CarloB27 Sicilian
18. Lombardy vs Gligoric  ½-½161967Monte CarloA02 Bird's Opening
19. G Mazzoni vs A Matanovic  ½-½231967Monte CarloC16 French, Winawer
20. Larsen vs Fischer 0-1611967Monte CarloE97 King's Indian
21. V Bergraser vs Smyslov  0-1331967Monte CarloE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. Gligoric vs Forintos  ½-½591967Monte CarloD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
23. A Matanovic vs V Bergraser 1-0241967Monte CarloB01 Scandinavian
24. Smyslov vs Larsen ½-½421967Monte CarloB08 Pirc, Classical
25. Geller vs Lombardy 1-0601967Monte CarloE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-03-14  sneaky pete: O'Kelly in <Schakend Nederland>, June 1967: "Initially 12 grandmasters would participate, but in the nick of time Unzicker had to cancel due to illness, and Gheorghiu, who was invited at the last moment, didn't succeed in vanquishing his passport formalities."
Jan-27-15  zydeco: A few of the good games in this tournament:

Fischer vs G Forintos, 1967
Larsen vs Fischer, 1967
Smyslov vs Larsen, 1967
Fischer vs Geller, 1967
Geller vs Larsen, 1967
Geller vs Lombardy, 1967

May-21-15  TheFocus: <Fischer performed excellently ... Fischer’s moves are rational and constantly pursue concrete aims. Even if the opponent is considerably weaker and it would appear that he can have a bit of “fun”, the American operates like a splendidly programmed calculating machine, which is indifferent to who is sitting opposite> - Efim Geller, in reference to Bobby Fischer’s play at Monaco 1967.
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  MissScarlett: <For several years he sank into moody semi-retirement, embellishing his record as a prima donna. In 1987 [sic], for example, Prince Rainier of Monaco requested two American grand masters for a tournament; his only stipulation was that one of them had to be Fischer. Bobby behaved so rudely and childishly that, two years later, Rainier made a similar request--this time the Prince's only stipulation was that neither of his American guests should be Fischer.>

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