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Saltsjöbaden Interzonal Tournament

David Bronstein13.5/19(+8 -0 =11)[games]
Laszlo Szabo12.5/19(+8 -2 =9)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky12/19(+6 -1 =12)[games]
Alexander Kotov11.5/19(+5 -1 =13)[games]
Andre Lilienthal11/19(+5 -2 =12)[games]
Igor Bondarevsky10.5/19(+5 -3 =11)[games]
Miguel Najdorf10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[games]
Gideon Stahlberg10.5/19(+4 -2 =13)[games]
Salomon Flohr10.5/19(+3 -1 =15)[games]
Petar Trifunovic10/19(+5 -4 =10)[games]
Vasja Pirc9.5/19(+4 -4 =11)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric9.5/19(+5 -5 =9)[games]
Eero Einar Book9.5/19(+4 -4 =11)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin8.5/19(+4 -6 =9)[games]
Daniel Abraham Yanofsky8.5/19(+2 -4 =13)[games]
Savielly Tartakower8/19(+3 -6 =10)[games]
Ludek Pachman7.5/19(+3 -7 =9)[games]
Gosta Stoltz6.5/19(+1 -7 =11)[games]
Lajos Steiner5.5/19(+1 -9 =9)[games]
Erik Ruben Lundin4.5/19(+1 -11 =7)[games]
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Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)

The system of zonal and interzonal tournaments was not yet firmly established, and the participants of this first interzonal were selected by FIDE based on 'zonal performances'. From Budapest (1948) came Szabó and Gligoric. From Hilversum (1947) arrived Pachman and Trifunovic (but not the winner Alberic O'Kelly de Galway). From Helsinki (1947) came the co-winners Böök and Stoltz. From Quebec (1947) came the winner Yanofsky, and from Mar del Plata (1948) arrived Najdorf and Ståhlberg (but not Erich Eliskases). From New York (1946) came none (all declined or could not come). The Soviet players were also selected by FIDE, partly based on Moscow (1947). Steiner was chosen to represent Australia, and O'Kelly and Eliskases were replaced by Pirc and Lundin. The plan was that the top five from Saltsjöbaden and the five (or as it turned out, four) losers of the FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948) would compete in the Budapest Candidates (1950). But on 12 August, before the penultimate round, FIDE decided that nine players could go to the Candidates. But Bondarevsky got sick, and when Reuben Fine, Max Euwe and Samuel Reshevsky also withdrew, eight players from Saltsjöbaden ended up against Paul Keres and Vasily Smyslov in the Budapest Candidates (1950).

Sweden was relatively well off after the War. They also had a well organized chess life (much thanks to the efforts of Ludvig Collijn), three world class players, and the FIDE Vice President, Folke Rogard. In addition to the interzonal tournament, the program consisted of a competition between the Nordic countries Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway (10-14 August), and the FIDE Congress (11-14 August). The opening ceremony took place in Stockholm City Hall, on 15 July, after which the players went to luxurious Grand Hôtel* in Saltsjöbaden, 12 km east of Stockholm where play started the next day at 6 pm. Thinking time was 40 moves in 2½ hours then 16 moves every hour. Any time during play, the participants could have fresh air (or a cigarette) on a nearby balcony with a view to the Baltic Sea.

The Hungarian Szabó held the lead during rounds 7-17, but in the last round he unexpectedly lost to Lundin whereas Bronstein defeated Tartakower. Thus the only Soviet who did not have the Russian GM title won the tournament. He was also the only player who went undefeated.

Grand Hôtel Saltsjöbaden, Stockholm, Sweden, 16 July - 14 August 1948

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SEK# 1 Bronstein * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 13½ 2000 2 Szabó 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 12½ 1000 3 Boleslavsky ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 12 700 4 Kotov 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 11½ 500 5 Lilienthal ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 11 300 =6 Bondarevsky ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 10½ 210 =6 Najdorf ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 10½ 210 =6 Ståhlberg ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 10½ 210 =6 Flohr ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 10½ 210 10 Trifunovic ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 10 200 =11 Pirc 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 9½ 190 =11 Gligoric ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 9½ 190 =11 Böök ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 9½ 190 =14 Ragozin 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ * 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 8½ 170 =14 Yanofsky ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 8½ 170 16 Tartakower 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 * 0 ½ ½ ½ 8 160 17 Pachman ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * 1 ½ 1 7½ 150 18 Stoltz 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 6½ 130 19 Steiner 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 5½ 110 20 Lundin 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 4½ 90

Tournament controller: Fritz Andersson, assisted by Herman Söderborg and John Collett (among others). Appeals committee: Fritz Andersson plus four of the players.

The banquet was attended by 125 people. Speeches were made by heavyweights such as Gustaf Collijn, Erik Olson, Carl Oscar Hovind, and David Bronstein! Prizes were awarded by FIDE President Alexander Rueb. First Brilliancy Prize went to Lilienthal, for Lilienthal vs Najdorf, 1948.

Tournament books: Interzonala Schackturneringen Saltsjöbaden 1948 by Gideon Ståhlberg (Sveriges Schackförbunds Forlag, Örebro 1949. 359 pp.) and Meduzonski Turnir Saltsjöbaden, 1948 by Vasja Pirc (Tipografija Graficko-Nakladini Zavod, Zagreb 1949. 301 pp). The tournament program and a report afterwards in Tidskrift för Schack are available online at https://tfsarkiv.schack.se/pdf/1948... and https://tfsarkiv.schack.se/pdf/1948... (both in Swedish). Harry Golombek wrote a report for the September 1948 issue of the British Chess Magazine. Round dates (rounds 9-12 and 18-19 did not follow the program) are from reports in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The event was a success and the next of its kind was the Stockholm Interzonal (1952).

Original collections: Game Collection: 1948 Saltsjöbaden interzonal by User: jww and Game Collection: Saltsjöbaden Interzonal 1948 by User: Tabanus. *http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped... #Players behind the top 5 received 10 Swedish Kroner (SEK) for each half point.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Stoltz vs Gligoric  ½-½461948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalE09 Catalan, Closed
2. E R Lundin vs Stahlberg 0-1651948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Tartakower vs L Steiner  ½-½291948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalB40 Sicilian
4. Boleslavsky vs E E Book 1-0251948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
5. Najdorf vs Bronstein ½-½321948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalA90 Dutch
6. Lilienthal vs Flohr  ½-½291948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. Yanofsky vs Pirc  0-1671948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalB58 Sicilian
8. Kotov vs P Trifunovic  ½-½251948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
9. Bondarevsky vs Ragozin 0-1541948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
10. Pachman vs Szabo  ½-½401948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalC15 French, Winawer
11. Ragozin vs Yanofsky 0-1431948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalC13 French
12. Flohr vs Boleslavsky  ½-½761948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalB07 Pirc
13. P Trifunovic vs Lilienthal ½-½1081948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. Tartakower vs Najdorf 0-1571948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. Stahlberg vs Pachman  ½-½541948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalD97 Grunfeld, Russian
16. Bronstein vs Kotov 1-0591948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
17. L Steiner vs Szabo 0-1391948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. E E Book vs Bondarevsky ½-½411948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
19. Pirc vs Stoltz  1-0471948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalA06 Reti Opening
20. Gligoric vs E R Lundin 1-0631948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Pachman vs Gligoric 0-1831948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Bondarevsky vs Flohr 1-0381948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
23. Kotov vs Tartakower 1-0811948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
24. Boleslavsky vs P Trifunovic  1-0701948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. Szabo vs Stahlberg  ½-½311948Saltsjöbaden InterzonalD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: A really well-written and comprehensive introduction. They get better and better. My thanks to the writer!
Mar-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <The banquet was attended by 125 people. Talks were held by heavyweights such as Gustaf Collijn, Erik Olson, Carl Oscar Hovind, and Bronstein!>

Were talks held or speeches made?

May-25-17  cunctatorg: GM Szabo's last round Benko Gambit tragedy...

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