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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Monte Carlo Tournament

Bent Larsen9.5/13(+7 -1 =5)[games]
Mikhail Botvinnik9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Vlastimil Hort8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Vasily Smyslov8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Robert Eugene Byrne8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Lajos Portisch7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Florin Gheorghiu7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Pal Benko7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Gyozo Victor Forintos6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Mato Damjanovic5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Wolfgang Uhlmann5.5/13(+3 -5 =5)[games]
Nikola Padevsky5/13(+2 -5 =6)[games]
Jean Claude Letzelter1.5/13(+1 -11 =1)[games]
Sylvain Zinser1/13(+0 -11 =2)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Monte Carlo (1968)

More than 60 years after Monte Carlo (1901), Monte Carlo (1902), Monte Carlo (1903) and Monte Carlo (1904), the principality of Monaco again hosted three GM tournaments: Monte Carlo (1967), Monte Carlo (1968) (this page) and Monte Carlo (1969). The event in 1968 was organised by the French chess magazine Europe Echecs. (1) The first two rounds of the GM event were played at the stately Hôtel Hermitage, (4) whereafter the contest was moved to the Hall du Centenaire where the Masters, Open and Junior events started later in the week. (2) A dozen strong GM's were invited, but Harry Golombek was critical of the inclusion of the two French players, describing it as absurd and a waste of valuable places. (3)

Larsen won again! C. W. Anderton reported in the CHESS magazine that it was his fifth successive first place, after Havana (1967), Winnipeg (1967), Sousse Interzonal (1967), and Palma de Mallorca (1967). Botvinnik came second, as at Palma in December. He beat Portisch brilliantly. A good result for Hort also, after his relative lack of success in the Los Angeles Interzonal Playoff (1968). He did not really exert himself, except at the casino! Smyslov looked unbeatable and remained good humoured throughout. Byrne made one of his best results. He chain smoked throughout, but revived his rating by beating Larsen in the last round. Benko amused people with his time trouble antics. Uhlmann was off-form, and his play was unrecognizable compared with Zagreb (1965). (2)

A noticeable absence in this tournament was that of Robert James Fischer. The American had won the previous year, but due to his demands during the event, the organizers this year were adamant that he not be part of the tournament. In 1967, they had been insistent that he attend. In 1968, however, they were just as insistent that he NOT attend.*

Hôtel Hermitage (1-2) and Hall du Centenaire (3-13), Monte Carlo, Monaco, 3-17 April 1968

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 GM Larsen 2650 * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 9½ 2 GM Botvinnik 2690 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 9 =3 GM Hort 2570 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 8½ =3 GM Smyslov 2630 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 8½ 5 GM Byrne 2520 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8 =6 GM Portisch 2610 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 1 7½ =6 GM Gheorghiu 2530 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7½ =6 GM Benkö 2580 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7½ 9 IM Forintos - 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6½ =10 GM Damjanovic 2420 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 5½ =10 GM Uhlmann 2530 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 * 0 1 1 5½ 12 GM Padevsky 2480 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * 1 ½ 5 13 Letzelter - 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 * ½ 1½ 14 Zinser - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 1

GM Alberic O'Kelly de Galway was Tournament Director. (5) The Masters tournament was won by Karoly Honfi ahead of Predrag Ostojic. The Open tournament was won by George Kuprejanov, and the junior event was won by Georg Eppinger ahead of Aldo Haik. (2)

Photo from Round 5: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_jjgksVeNn...

Tournament books: Bulletin du grand prix international de Monaco 1968 (Europe-échecs, Besançon 1968. 128 pp.); Monte Carlo: Grand Prix D'échecs de Monaco, April 3-17, 1968 by Robert Wade and Leslie Stephen Fraser Blackstock (Chess Player (No. 69), Nottingham 1968. 52 pp.). Elo is from the unofficial FIDE Rating List April 1968: http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo196.... Round dates are from British Chess Magazine, June and July 1968.

*This unsourced claim is not in the original collection and has been added later.

1) La Vanguardia, 6 April 1968, p. 63: http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/....
2) CHESS magazine, May 1968, pp. 234-237; End May 1968, pp. 263-270.
3) British Chess Magazine, June 1968, pp. 163-169; July 1968, pp. 207-210.
4) Wikipedia article: H%C3%B4tel Hermitage Monte-Carlo.
5) Chess Life, July 1968, p. 239.

Original collection: Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1968 by User: Tabanus. Thanks to User: TheFocus for providing round dates, User: Chessical for information from Chess Life, and User: Paint My Dragon for information from CHESS and the British Chess Magazine.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Forintos vs Portisch  ½-½231968Monte CarloA13 English
2. Hort vs M Damjanovic  ½-½421968Monte CarloA44 Old Benoni Defense
3. Benko vs Robert E Byrne ½-½191968Monte CarloE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. Larsen vs N Padevsky 1-0471968Monte CarloE03 Catalan, Open
5. Gheorghiu vs Uhlmann  ½-½221968Monte CarloE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
6. S Zinser vs J C Letzelter ½-½361968Monte CarloA14 English
7. Botvinnik vs Smyslov  ½-½151968Monte CarloD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. Portisch vs Uhlmann 1-0481968Monte CarloC18 French, Winawer
9. Smyslov vs Hort  ½-½361968Monte CarloA33 English, Symmetrical
10. M Damjanovic vs S Zinser  1-0421968Monte CarloB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. Robert E Byrne vs Botvinnik  ½-½251968Monte CarloC18 French, Winawer
12. J C Letzelter vs Gheorghiu  0-1231968Monte CarloB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
13. G Forintos vs Larsen 0-1631968Monte CarloA07 King's Indian Attack
14. N Padevsky vs Benko  ½-½391968Monte CarloB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. Gheorghiu vs M Damjanovic  ½-½811968Monte CarloA17 English
16. Benko vs G Forintos  ½-½801968Monte CarloA30 English, Symmetrical
17. S Zinser vs Smyslov  0-1341968Monte CarloE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Botvinnik vs N Padevsky 1-0271968Monte CarloE07 Catalan, Closed
19. Larsen vs Portisch  ½-½231968Monte CarloD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Uhlmann vs J C Letzelter  1-0401968Monte CarloE90 King's Indian
21. Hort vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½231968Monte CarloE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
22. Portisch vs J C Letzelter 0-1421968Monte CarloD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Smyslov vs Gheorghiu  ½-½171968Monte CarloD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Larsen vs Benko  ½-½351968Monte CarloA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
25. Robert E Byrne vs S Zinser  1-0431968Monte CarloA07 King's Indian Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zydeco: This tournament has a very similar field to Palma de Mallorca (1967)

As at Palma de Mallorca, Larsen jumps out to an early lead, and Botvinnik, with a chance to reel him in at the end of the tournament, instead opts for a draw and second place.

The tournament is a significant step forward for Robert Byrne -- and a low point for Uhlmann. I like this story of Hort showing up Botvinnik: Botvinnik vs Hort, 1968

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