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🏆 Skopje (1967) Chess Event Description
Following the rebuilding of the Macedonian capital Skopje, Yugoslavia organized the first in a series of international chess tournaments to be held in Skopje, as well as the two nearby villages of Krusevo and Ochrid, in 1967. The first "Turnir solidarnosti" featured a field of twelve Yugoslavian chess masters headed by grandmaster Milan Matulovic. Visiting participants included Peter Dely from Hungary, Luben Popov from Bulgaria, and Bela Soos from Romania. As was expected, the Soviet Union sent emissaries t ... [more]

Player: Borce Ilievski

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Soos vs B Ilievski  0-1711967SkopjeE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
2. J Sofrevski vs B Ilievski  ½-½251967SkopjeA27 English, Three Knights System
3. M Damjanovic vs B Ilievski  1-0381967SkopjeC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
4. B Ilievski vs Janosevic  0-1521967SkopjeB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. B Ilievski vs Fischer ½-½331967SkopjeD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
6. B Ilievski vs Kholmov  0-1521967SkopjeA04 Reti Opening
7. Bukic vs B Ilievski  ½-½231967SkopjeD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. B Ilievski vs M Knezevic 0-1251967SkopjeA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
9. L Popov vs B Ilievski  ½-½241967SkopjeE12 Queen's Indian
10. Matulovic vs B Ilievski 1-0331967SkopjeC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
11. B Ilievski vs R Nicevski  ½-½991967SkopjeA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
12. B Ilievski vs K Danov  1-0361967SkopjeD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
13. B Ilievski vs Geller 0-1631967SkopjeA07 King's Indian Attack
14. B Ilievski vs P Dely  0-1431967SkopjeB15 Caro-Kann
15. Minic vs B Ilievski  ½-½631967SkopjeA07 King's Indian Attack
16. B Ilievski vs V Panov  ½-½201967SkopjeB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
17. Maric vs B Ilievski  ½-½131967SkopjeC47 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  zydeco: The Yugoslav players actually put up a pretty good show against Fischer in this tournament -- they seemed to come up with all kinds of opening schemes to wrong-foot Fischer; and Fischer had to work hard for his points.

This tournament must have been a major disappointment for Kholmov. He was always a bit suspect with the Soviet chess bureaucrats for his heavy drinking. Then he beat Fischer at Havana 1965, and the aparatchiks seemed to come up with a role for Kholmov as a Fischer-killer -- sort of the way that, in baseball, a pitcher like Frank Lary could have a profitable sideline as a 'yankee-killer'. Unfortunately for Kholmov, chess doesn't really work that way, and, after this disaster, Kholmov vs Fischer, 1967, he probably lost much of his usefulness from the perspective of the Soviet sports federation. Not too many more international appearances for Kholmov after Skopje.

Jul-06-16  Resignation Trap: Interesting article about Fischer at Skopje:
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  WannaBe: <Resignation Trap>!!!!!

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