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Curacao Candidates Tournament

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian17.5/27(+8 -0 =19)[games]
Efim Geller17/27(+8 -1 =18)[games]
Paul Keres17/27(+9 -2 =16)[games]
Robert James Fischer14/27(+8 -7 =12)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi13.5/27(+7 -7 =13)[games]
Pal Benko12/27(+6 -9 =12)[games]
Mikhail Tal7/21(+3 -10 =8)[games]
Miroslav Filip7/27(+2 -15 =10)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Curacao Candidates (1962)

Soon after the Stockholm Interzonal (1962), eight players met from 2 May - 26 June in Curacao in order to determine the Challenger for Mikhail Botvinnik, the World Champion.

The event in Stockholm selected six of the top finishers there. Due to a restriction limiting the number of players advancing from the same country to the next stage, Leonid Stein did not qualify, and Benkö took his place after the Stockholm Interzonal Playoff (1962). Both Paul Keres and Mikhail Tal qualified by virtue of their placings from the Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959). This made for an eight-player quadruple round-robin, as in the previous FIDE cycle.

Only 105 games were played since Tal withdrew due to illness after round 21.

Keres and Geller, having finished second ex aequo, were obliged to play a match to determine who would automatically qualify for the next Candidates cycle; Keres - Geller 2nd place Candidates Playoff (1962) was held at Moscow from 11th-25th August 1962 and was won by Keres by a score of 2-1, with five draws.

1 Petrosian XXXX ==== ==== =1== ==11 ==1= 11=* =11= 17.5 =2 Keres ==== XXXX ==== 0=1= ==1= 1110 1=1* =11= 17 =2 Geller ==== ==== XXXX 11=0 ==1= ===1 =11* =11= 17 4 Fischer =0== 1=0= 00=1 XXXX 010= 01=1 =1=* 1=1= 14 5 Korchnoi ==00 ==0= ==0= 101= XXXX ===0 10=* 1111 13.5 6 Benko ==0= 0001 ===0 10=0 ===1 XXXX 10=* 011= 12 7 Tal 00=* 0=0* =00* =0=* 01=* 01=* XXXX 10=* 7 8 Filip =00= =00= =00= 0=0= 0000 100= 01=* XXXX 7

Petrosian advanced to the Botvinnik - Petrosian World Championship Match (1963).

(1) Wikipedia article: Candidates Tournament.

Original collection: Game Collection: WCC Index (Curacao 1962), by User: Hesam7.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 105  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keres vs Filip ½-½371962Curacao CandidatesB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. Petrosian vs Tal 1-0641962Curacao CandidatesA12 English with b3
3. Benko vs Fischer 1-0401962Curacao CandidatesB07 Pirc
4. Korchnoi vs Geller ½-½381962Curacao CandidatesE60 King's Indian Defense
5. Korchnoi vs Petrosian ½-½361962Curacao CandidatesC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. Geller vs Fischer 1-0401962Curacao CandidatesB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. Filip vs Benko 1-0281962Curacao CandidatesE60 King's Indian Defense
8. Tal vs Keres 0-1401962Curacao CandidatesC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Benko vs Tal 1-0411962Curacao CandidatesA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Fischer vs Filip 1-0661962Curacao CandidatesC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
11. Keres vs Korchnoi  ½-½331962Curacao CandidatesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Petrosian vs Geller ½-½211962Curacao CandidatesE12 Queen's Indian
13. Petrosian vs Keres ½-½171962Curacao CandidatesD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
14. Geller vs Filip ½-½131962Curacao CandidatesB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Tal vs Fischer ½-½581962Curacao CandidatesB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. Korchnoi vs Benko  ½-½591962Curacao CandidatesB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
17. Keres vs Geller ½-½271962Curacao CandidatesE61 King's Indian
18. Benko vs Petrosian ½-½671962Curacao CandidatesA00 Uncommon Opening
19. Filip vs Tal 0-1341962Curacao CandidatesA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
20. Fischer vs Korchnoi 0-1331962Curacao CandidatesB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. Geller vs Tal  ½-½271962Curacao CandidatesB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. Petrosian vs Fischer ½-½251962Curacao CandidatesE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
23. Keres vs Benko 1-0281962Curacao CandidatesB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
24. Korchnoi vs Filip 1-01011962Curacao CandidatesD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Tal vs Korchnoi 0-1351962Curacao CandidatesC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 105  PGN Download
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Jul-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> The truth is out and has always been out

Benko is not a liar, he's always been an honorable man

So, are you going to believe Benko, or some bureaucrat?

case closed

Typically <AK> refuses to ever admit he's wrong, so he hides behind the easiest way out, that great wall: "the truth will probably never come out"

sad

*****

Jul-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: jeez - just hold a frigging seance - or build a time machine...
Jul-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Time machines are erected here at CG every day....as in, any time someone wants to put forth their stalking horse for the latest crusade.
Jul-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <perfidious> Well said
Jul-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<morfishine> Typically <AK> refuses to ever admit he's wrong, so he hides behind the easiest way out, that great wall: "the truth will probably never come out"

<morfishine>, you have said that you have me on your ignore list so you won't see this, but that's a laughable comment to someone who readily admits when he is wrong, apologizing for it, and has even been criticized for doing so. See, for example, Altibox Norway (Blitz) (2018) (kibitz #68), World Cup (2017) (kibitz #730), Norway Chess (2013) (kibitz #415), and World Championship Candidates (2016) (kibitz #2127).

However, sometimes I don't think I'm wrong and I present evidence as to why I don't think so. If someone can present evidence to the contrary and I agree, I will readily admit that I was wrong. but if no one can present new evidence to the contrary, I don't change my opinion just to please someone who has a different idea and can't or won't provide any information as to why they think that way. That's not the situation with <Sally Simpson> who certainly did that; in this case we're just disagreeing because of what I think the preponderance of the evidence indicates. But I might be wrong. See? I can at least admit that I might be wrong.

But I upset you for some unknown reason some time ago and you doesn't seem able to forget it. If you told me why you feel the way you do and I agreed, I would be the first to apologize for it. It could simply have been a misunderstanding. But instead you seem to take the opportunity to criticize me whenever you feel like it. Which is fine, that's your right, but I think it's too bad because we used to have constructive discussions. Heck, you sometimes even seemed to enjoy them (Team White vs Team Black, 2013 (kibitz #3452)). Oh well, some people just carry a grudge.

<case closed>

Typical. First you say that I hide out behind the easiest way out and then you try to shut-off discussion by a <tuttifrutty>-like "case closed". Like I said, the case will likely never be closed since all of the people involved have either passed away, are well advanced in age when memory naturally falters, and too many conflicting stories have been written.

<sad>

Yup, you got that right. But it's not me that the comment properly applies to.

Nov-08-18  swampdragon: When Fischer was undistracted and wasn't pouting about some real or imagined injustice, he was one of the greatest players who ever lived. Unfortunately, due to a combination of immaturity and mental illness, we did not get to see that Fischer enough times to really know what he could have done over the long haul. Is it better to be a meteor blazing in the sky for a brief period, or one of the best for 20 or 30 years like so many of Fischer's competitors in this tournament?
Nov-08-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <AK....So let me try to express it qualitatively. Keep in mind that by 1979 Benko was an experienced international GM; remember that he qualified for the 1962 Curacao Candidates Tournament. So he certainly had the experience of qualifying for a Candidates tournament....>

In point of fact, twice over, as he had also survived the event at Portoroz 1958.

Mar-29-19
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Page 150, 'The Art of Bisguier'. Bisguer is talking about how Fischer varied his openings in the '72 match (Game 11 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 is an exception) adding in 1962 he tried in vain to get Fischer to vary his opening repertoire.

***

Sep-10-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Arturo2nd: Every chess fan, including Boris Spassky, wanted to see Fischer competing for the championship in 1972. The Russian authorities didn't like it because they saw the chess crown as a propaganda tool. But Fischer was very popular among chess fans, even in Russia. They appreciated the quality of his play and admired him for battling their bullying and corrupt government. We were all very disappointed when he left while leading the Sousse Interzonal.
Sep-10-19
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  keypusher: <AK>

<historic USCF membership figures>

See link here:

http://www.uschess.org/images/stori...

It went from about 10,000 in 1967 to about 60,000 in 1974, then dropped back to about 50,000. It then bumped around 50,000 for a long time before beginning to rise again in the early 1990s.

There was a pretty sharp drop from about 2005-2010 -- the decline seems a little early for the Great Recession, so I don't know what was going on there. Then it began rising again.

Sep-10-19  JimNorCal: keypusher, my impression of USCF membership numbers is that a continuous stream of kids join due to participation in after school programs and other similar activities. Many or most drop out but are replaced by a new cohort.

My opinion is anecdotal and not based on number crunching. So, admittedly an opinion. But if you scan tournament listings in the US you'll see a large chunk of them are scholastic events. Many of the former tourney organizers (for adult events) have retired or passed on. New ones have not come forward.

Sep-10-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<keypusher> See link here: http://www.uschess.org/images/stori...>

Thanks. But by coincidence a friend of mine recently sent me a link to this article: https://www.theatlantic.com/enterta... about "The End of the Golden Era of Chess". What's interesting is that the article had this link: http://www.uschess.org/datapage/USC..., which in turn had this link: http://www.uschess.org/datapage/USC.... The last 2 links show the total USCF membership (and membership in various different membership types) from 1952 to Apr-2016. They each contain the phrase "These numbers are from the official US Chess membership audit and from Chess Life magazine" so I would tend to believe it.

Unfortunately there are discrepancies between these 2 links and the link you provided to the USCF 2016yearbook so I don't know which, if either, is accurate. There were no significant discrepancies until 1988 but the two links I provided above then show the total USCF membership gradually increasing to the 80K range before decreasing briefly to the 75K range before an upsurge back to the 80K range. The link you provided shows the USCF membership stabilizing in the 50K range (except for a 1-year spike to about 73K in 1994) until 2008, when it jumped from 50K in 2008 to 79K in 2009 and stabilized in the 75K to 85K range.

I have no idea why there are discrepancies between the to sets of data but I think that, in the absence of a well known event like the membership increase following Fischer's win in the 1972 WCC match, the accuracy of these sudden USCF membership increases is questionable.

I also calculated the USCF membership by year as a percentage of the US population since that seemed to make sense to me, given that the US population has been increasing steadily. The general shape of the curve is of course the same, but difference in % membership after Fischer won the WCC title in 1972 and the period after 1995 is smaller since the US population was larger. Why the USCF membership started to significantly increase since 1989 is a mystery to me.

If interested you can download the charts showing the total USCF membership from 1952 through 2015 and the USCF membership as a % of the US population from http://www.mediafire.com/file/af2ce... and http://www.mediafire.com/file/5lzz1....

Sep-10-19  ewan14: 1) Lombardy in fourth ( IIRC ) was a friend of Fischer so would probably have dropped out for him

2) If Spassky had defeated a challenger other than RJF in 1972 it would merely have confirmed his position as one of the all time greats , and his last game with RJF would have been the 1970 victory

Sep-10-19  ewan14: Who could Boris' non RJF challengers have been in 1972 ?

Spassky Petrosian part 3 - very interesting but not box office ?

Spassky Korchnoi , very very interesting

Sep-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: ruskies

letz all gang oooooooop on bobby

Sep-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<ewan14> Lombardy in fourth ( IIRC ) was a friend of Fischer so would probably have dropped out for him>

I'm assuming that you're talking about the 1969 US Championship which was the preliminary to the 1970 Palma de Majorca Interzonal and not the 1960 US Championship which served as the Zone 5 tournament to select the 3 US representatives to the 1962 Curacao Candidates tournament. In 1960 US Championship Fischer finished 1st, Lombardy 2nd, and Weinstein 3rd. Bisguier, Reshevsky, and Sherwin finished in a tie for 4th – 6th places. So there was no need for Lombardy to drop out.

At any rate neither Weinstein, Lombardy, or Sherwin were able to participate in the 1962 Curacao Candidates, and Reshevsky declined to participate. So Bisguier was selected as the 2nd US representative and somehow Benko was selected as the 3rd even though Kalme finished in 7th place ahead of Benko who finished in a tie for 8th – 11th places with Berliner, R. Byrne, and Saidy.

I haven't been able to find out why Benko was selected as the 3rd US representative over the others, although I suspect that it was because Benko had by far the most international experience, having participated in the 1959 Yugoslavia Candidates Tournament held in Bled, Zagreb, and Belgrade. So the criteria for selection of US representatives for the Candidates Tournaments was already somewhat, shall I say, "flexible".

Sep-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <<AylerKupp: <<ewan14> Lombardy in fourth ( IIRC ) was a friend of Fischer so would probably have dropped out for him> I'm assuming that you're talking about the 1969 US Championship which was the preliminary to the 1970 Palma de Majorca Interzonal and not the 1960 US Championship which served as the Zone 5 tournament to select the 3 US representatives to the 1962 Curacao Candidates tournament. In 1960 US Championship Fischer finished 1st, Lombardy 2nd, and Weinstein 3rd. Bisguier, Reshevsky, and Sherwin finished in a tie for 4th – 6th places. So there was no need for Lombardy to drop out.

At any rate neither Weinstein, Lombardy, or Sherwin were able to participate in the 1962 Curacao Candidates, and Reshevsky declined to participate. So Bisguier was selected as the 2nd US representative and somehow Benko was selected as the 3rd even though Kalme finished in 7th place ahead of Benko who finished in a tie for 8th – 11th places with Berliner, R. Byrne, and Saidy.

I haven't been able to find out why Benko was selected as the 3rd US representative over the others, although I suspect that it was because Benko had by far the most international experience, having participated in the 1959 Yugoslavia Candidates Tournament held in Bled, Zagreb, and Belgrade. So the criteria for selection of US representatives for the Candidates Tournaments was already somewhat, shall I say, "flexible".>>

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Jan-30-20
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Recently going through my old BCM's looking for something else and read (again) Heidenfeld's March and April's 1962 report of the Stockholm Interzonal (1962) (excellent round by round writing, a lost skill in this day and age.)

Heidenfeld mentions Stockholm was an historic event as it was the first major FIDE tournament not won by a Soviet contender. (Fischer won it by 2½ pts)

He then goes on to warn readers that the future (this tournament) is 'not as bright as it appears.'

Adding, Fischer's aim was to win, The Russians (sic) to qualify. If everyone taking part wanted to win the Stockholm tournament then the outcome may well have been different.

Heidenfeld highlights this by mentioning that Fischer only won two games v the top 10 at Stockholm finishing with:

"...it will be seen that Bobby's achievement, imposing though it is, is no guarantee for success at Curacao."

He was right!

***

Jan-31-20  spingo: Why do people say, or write, “an historic”?
Jan-31-20
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  Sally Simpson: I'm a genuine cockey, and we drop our 'h's' I pronounce 'historic' as 'istoric' and I post as I speak.

I typed an istoric event but spell checker changed it. I've searched for a cockney spell checker that uses rhyming slang but so far that is rain.

(rain and hail = fail)

Hope that makes things Edward.

(Edward Lear = Clear.)

Jan-31-20
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  keypusher: < Sally Simpson: I'm a genuine cockey, and we drop our 'h's' I pronounce 'historic' as 'istoric' and I post as I speak. I typed an istoric event but spell checker changed it. I've searched for a cockney spell checker that uses rhyming slang but so far that is rain.

(rain and hail = fail)

Hope that makes things Edward.

(Edward Lear = Clear.)>

It's funny how far back this goes. In Ancient Greek (at least as it is written now) there is no letter H, rather just a mark that goes before vowels at the beginning of a word and denotes that the vowel is to be aspirated -- which is to say an H was to be pronounced. No doubt there were cockneys back then who ignored the marks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek...

Jan-31-20
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  perfidious: For a further bit of Liverpudlian speech, go to Hurricane, Utah sometime: I can vouch from experience that the locals pronounce it HER-e-ken instead of the normal American way.
Jan-31-20
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  Diademas: <Sally Simpson: I'm a genuine cockey, and we drop our 'h's' I pronounce 'historic' as 'istoric' and I post as I speak.>

'ello Geoff.

Couldn't find a Cockney (or was it Cockey) spell checker, but there does actually exist a Cockney Bible written in Cockney rhyming slang by English school teacher Mike Coles and published with the Church of England's blessing.

For your enjoyment - The Lords Prayer:

<'ello, Dad, up there in good old ‘eaven,
Your name is, well, great and ‘oly,
and we respect you, Guv.
We ‘ope we can all ‘ave a butcher’s at ‘eaven
and be there as soon as possible.
And we want to make you ‘appy, Guv,
and do what you want ‘ere on earth,
just like what you do in ‘eaven.
Guv, please give us some Uncle Fred,
and enough grub and stuff to keep us going today.
And we ‘ope you’ll forgive us when we cock things up,
just like we’re supposed to forgive them who annoy us
and do dodgy stuff to us.
There’s a lot of dodgy people around, Guv;
please don’t let us get tempted to do bad things.
‘elp keep us away from all the nasty, evil stuff
and keep that dodgy Satan away from us,
‘cos you’re much stronger than ‘im.
You’re the Boss, God,
and will be forever, innit?
Cheers,>

http://susanne.vejdemo.se/popling/?...

Jan-31-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: ***

Wotcha Diademas,

Only really use 'the slang' for chess. For example


click for larger view

Black met a Blind Date on the Uncle from a Captain.

Blind Date - Checkmate.

Captains Hook - Rook

Uncle Frank - Back Rank.

***

Jan-31-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: All this was started because Ringo (spingo) was a window licker.

(Window Licker = Nit Picker.)

:)

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