|Pan Pacific International (1995)|
A Category 13 event (average rating 2574) held in San Francisco. It featured a selection of veterans and younger players, with two of the strongest women in the world thrown in for good measure:
Maurice Ashley Walter Shawn Browne Larry Mark Christiansen Nick de Firmian Boris Gulko Robert Huebner
Viktor Korchnoi John Nunn
Jonathan David Tisdall
The veterans had the best of it. By round 8, Gulko, Korchnoi and Nunn were tied for the lead and 1.5 points ahead of anyone else. Round nine proved decisive, as Korchnoi disposed of Waitzkin while Gulko lost a strange game to DeFirmian and Nunn could only draw with Huebner. The old man had to face his nearest competitors in the last two rounds, but drew both games handily to maintain his lead.
Holiday Inn, San Francisco, 21 February - 4 March 1995
Huebner seemed off form, while DeFirmian and Christiansen never got closer than shouting distance. Xie Jun had the best result of the younger players.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts
1 Korchnoi * = = = 1 = = = 1 1 1 1 8.0
2 Nunn = * = = = = 1 1 = = 1 1 7.5
3 Gulko = = * 0 1 1 = = 1 = 1 1 7.5
4 DeFirmian = = 1 * 0 = = = 1 1 = = 6.5
5 Huebner 0 = 0 1 * = 1 = = = 1 = 6.0
6 Christiansen = = 0 = = * = = = 1 0 1 5.5
7 Xie Jun = 0 = = 0 = * = 1 = = 1 5.5
8 Browne = 0 = = = = = * 0 1 = = 5.0
9 Waitzkin 0 = 0 0 = = 0 1 * = = = 4.0
10 Polgar 0 = = 0 = 0 = 0 = * 1 0 3.5
11 Tisdall 0 0 0 = 0 1 = = = 0 * = 3.5
12 Ashley 0 0 0 = = 0 0 = = 1 = * 3.5
Main sponsors: Mindscape (makers of Chessmaster 4000) and the Mechanics Institute. The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Georges Koltanowski and Carolyn Withgitt served as tournament directors.
Original Collection: Game Collection: Pan Pacific International, San Francisco, 1995 by User: Phony Benoni. Game dates are from reports by Eric Schiller in The Week in Chess (http://www.theweekinchess.com/html/... and http://www.theweekinchess.com/html/...).
| page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66
|1. Gulko vs Waitzkin
||1-0||44||1995||Pan Pacific International||A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto|
|2. Xie Jun vs de Firmian
|| ||½-½||42||1995||Pan Pacific International||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|3. Nunn vs J D Tisdall
||1-0||68||1995||Pan Pacific International||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|4. Zsofia Polgar vs L Christiansen
|| ||0-1||73||1995||Pan Pacific International||B32 Sicilian|
|5. Ashley vs Korchnoi
||0-1||24||1995||Pan Pacific International||B18 Caro-Kann, Classical|
|6. Browne vs Huebner
||½-½||39||1995||Pan Pacific International||E15 Queen's Indian|
|7. Korchnoi vs Xie Jun
|| ||½-½||55||1995||Pan Pacific International||E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1|
|8. de Firmian vs Browne
|| ||½-½||41||1995||Pan Pacific International||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|9. L Christiansen vs Gulko
|| ||0-1||55||1995||Pan Pacific International||D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch|
|10. J D Tisdall vs Ashley
||½-½||32||1995||Pan Pacific International||E41 Nimzo-Indian|
|11. Waitzkin vs Nunn
||½-½||59||1995||Pan Pacific International||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|12. Huebner vs Zsofia Polgar
||½-½||60||1995||Pan Pacific International||C80 Ruy Lopez, Open|
|13. Xie Jun vs J D Tisdall
|| ||½-½||49||1995||Pan Pacific International||B72 Sicilian, Dragon|
|14. Zsofia Polgar vs de Firmian
|| ||0-1||44||1995||Pan Pacific International||B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4|
|15. Huebner vs L Christiansen
|| ||½-½||39||1995||Pan Pacific International||D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|16. Nunn vs Gulko
|| ||½-½||30||1995||Pan Pacific International||C19 French, Winawer, Advance|
|17. Ashley vs Waitzkin
||½-½||41||1995||Pan Pacific International||D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|18. Browne vs Korchnoi
|| ||½-½||22||1995||Pan Pacific International||D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|19. de Firmian vs Huebner
|| ||0-1||44||1995||Pan Pacific International||C71 Ruy Lopez|
|20. J D Tisdall vs Browne
|| ||½-½||23||1995||Pan Pacific International||A30 English, Symmetrical|
|21. Korchnoi vs Zsofia Polgar
||1-0||39||1995||Pan Pacific International||D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|22. Waitzkin vs Xie Jun
||0-1||30||1995||Pan Pacific International||C53 Giuoco Piano|
|23. L Christiansen vs Nunn
|| ||½-½||104||1995||Pan Pacific International||E77 King's Indian|
|24. Gulko vs Ashley
||1-0||36||1995||Pan Pacific International||A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto|
|25. Huebner vs Korchnoi
||0-1||18||1995||Pan Pacific International||C11 French|
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|Jan-17-14|| ||WannaBe: Nice work <Phony Benoni>. Me and <JimNorCal> are talking about this tournament, he was a spectator.|
|May-26-17|| ||dashjon: I went to watch the Pan Pacific International. Viktor met me at the water cooler. I was surprised he remember me from 15 years earlier when I first met him. He would ,make a move and return to talk to me. My hero was never Terrible to me again,|
|May-26-17|| ||JimNorCal: From the intro: "Carolyn Withitt served as tournament director"|
I believe her last name was Withgitt.
The 1991 version of this tournament include Mikhail Tal and Susan Polgar. Torre won but was not invited back for the '95 tournament. I overheard a couple of Mechanics Institute leaders discussing this. Apparently local SF Filipinos had promised to help fund the '91 event but later reneged. Thus, no return invitation for GM Torre.
WannaBe has gathered a lot of info here for the '91 tourney.
Game Collection: Pan-Pacific GM Tournament, San Francisco 1991
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