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Pan Pacific International Tournament

Viktor Korchnoi8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
John Nunn7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Boris Gulko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nick de Firmian6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Robert Huebner6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Larry Mark Christiansen5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Xie Jun5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Walter Browne5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Joshua Waitzkin4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Zsofia Polgar3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Jonathan David Tisdall3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Maurice Ashley3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
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 Zsofia Polgar Jonathan David Tisdall Joshua Waitzkin Xie Jun.

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

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

Huebner seemed off form, while DeFirmian and Christiansen never got closer than shouting distance. Xie Jun had the best result of the younger players.

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  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gulko vs Waitzkin 1-0441995Pan Pacific InternationalA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
2. Xie Jun vs de Firmian  ½-½421995Pan Pacific InternationalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Nunn vs J D Tisdall 1-0681995Pan Pacific InternationalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Zsofia Polgar vs L Christiansen  0-1731995Pan Pacific InternationalB32 Sicilian
5. Ashley vs Korchnoi 0-1241995Pan Pacific InternationalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. Browne vs Huebner ½-½391995Pan Pacific InternationalE15 Queen's Indian
7. Korchnoi vs Xie Jun  ½-½551995Pan Pacific InternationalE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
8. de Firmian vs Browne  ½-½411995Pan Pacific InternationalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. L Christiansen vs Gulko  0-1551995Pan Pacific InternationalD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. J D Tisdall vs Ashley ½-½321995Pan Pacific InternationalE41 Nimzo-Indian
11. Waitzkin vs Nunn ½-½591995Pan Pacific InternationalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Huebner vs Zsofia Polgar ½-½601995Pan Pacific InternationalC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. Xie Jun vs J D Tisdall  ½-½491995Pan Pacific InternationalB72 Sicilian, Dragon
14. Zsofia Polgar vs de Firmian  0-1441995Pan Pacific InternationalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
15. Huebner vs L Christiansen  ½-½391995Pan Pacific InternationalD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Nunn vs Gulko  ½-½301995Pan Pacific InternationalC19 French, Winawer, Advance
17. Ashley vs Waitzkin ½-½411995Pan Pacific InternationalD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Browne vs Korchnoi  ½-½221995Pan Pacific InternationalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. de Firmian vs Huebner  0-1441995Pan Pacific InternationalC71 Ruy Lopez
20. J D Tisdall vs Browne  ½-½231995Pan Pacific InternationalA30 English, Symmetrical
21. Korchnoi vs Zsofia Polgar 1-0391995Pan Pacific InternationalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Waitzkin vs Xie Jun 0-1301995Pan Pacific InternationalC53 Giuoco Piano
23. L Christiansen vs Nunn  ½-½1041995Pan Pacific InternationalE77 King's Indian
24. Gulko vs Ashley 1-0361995Pan Pacific InternationalA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
25. Huebner vs Korchnoi 0-1181995Pan Pacific InternationalC11 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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