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Wageningen Zonal Tournament

Laszlo Szabo13.5/17(+10 -0 =7)[games]
Fridrik Olafsson13/17(+10 -1 =6)[games]
Bent Larsen12.5/17(+10 -2 =5)[games]
Jan Hein Donner12.5/17(+11 -3 =3)[games]
Wolfgang Uhlmann12/17(+9 -2 =6)[games]
Petar Trifunovic11/17(+5 -0 =12)[games]
Gideon Stahlberg11/17(+7 -2 =8)[games]
Rudolf Teschner9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Borislav Ivkov8/17(+3 -4 =10)[games]
Walter Niephaus7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[games]
Octavio Troianescu7.5/17(+5 -7 =5)[games]
Atanas Stefanov Kolarov7/17(+2 -5 =10)[games]
Ladislav Alster7/17(+4 -7 =6)[games]
Andreas Dueckstein6.5/17(+4 -8 =5)[games]
Peter Hugh Clarke5.5/17(+3 -9 =5)[games]
Veikko Hanninen3.5/17(+1 -11 =5)[games]
Constant Orbaan3.5/17(+1 -11 =5)[games]
Per Lindblom2.5/17(+1 -13 =3)[games]
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Wageningen Zonal (1957)

The Wageningen Zonal Tournament took place from 27th October to 26th November 1957. (1) Laszlo Szabo, Fridrik Olafsson and Bent Larsen qualified. It was one of the three Zonal tournaments held in 1957 (Dublin and Sofia being the others) to decide on the European participation at Portoroz Interzonal (1958). Wageningen is a university town in the province of Gelderland, in the Netherlands.

The Zonal system

"In the involved system of qualifying events for the World Championship, 1957 is the year of zonal tournaments. These represent the first stage in the arduous climb which continues through the Interzonal next year and, in 1959, to another World Championship Candidates Tournament designed, like those of 1953 and 1956, to produce an official challenger for the world title in 1960." (2)

"Each particular country’s representatives used to compete in the same zonal. So at Prague, one might have three Czechs, three Hungarians, two Bulgarians, three Yugoslavs, etc., competing together, and at Bad Nauheim correspondingly three Germans, three Dutchmen, and so on; bunches of players competing, occasionally on team lines, in an event designed to be an individual one. For instance, suppose, towards the end of the contest, only one of the Czechs remained with any chance to qualify, one can imagine what might happen to a fellow-Czech who managed to destroy his chances by defeating him in the last round." (2)

"This year the various nationalities have been scattered among the three European zonal events, one in Dublin, one in Sofia and now one in Wageningen (Holland). So there has been one Hungarian competitor in each of these tournaments and one Czech; the Yugoslavs have been split between two events. Quite apart from the elimination of intra-national collusion, it has undoubtedly been a godsend to organisers, scraping for the £1,500 or so needed to finance even such a relatively minor event as a zonal, to be able to advertise it as a contest of so many different nationalities." (2)

"In 1960, the three-year cycle will have turned it's full and whilst the successful challenger is engaged in his match, zonal tournaments will be once again underway all around the world. By an inspiration, the European zonal events have been split up this year. I should explain that whilst Portugal, for instance, may put forward one player only for the Zonals, such countries as Hungary and Czechoslovakia, much stronger in chess, may and do enter three or even four." (2)

The Dutch player Frits Roessel qualified for the Zonal but was replaced by Orbaan. Similarly, Lindblom was a late replacement from Norway. "Two changes have been made to the composition of the Zonal chess tournament, commencing in Wageningen on 26th October. The Amsterdammer C. Orbaan will replace Frits Roessel, who has study commitments and for Norway P. Lindblom will take the place of Johannessen." (3)

"The three highest-placed players are entitled to participate in the interzonal tournament. Without a doubt, Larsen, Olafsson, Ivkov, Szabo and Stahlberg are the favourites for one of these three places, although Donner can not be excluded nor the young Englishman Clarke could produce a surprise result. The 21-year-old grandmaster Larsen, after his remarkable success in the Chess Olympiad in Moscow in 1956, will certainly do his best not to disappoint the expectations invested in him. This is all the more so because he performed below average in the recent tournament at Reykjavik. He lost, for example, to the Russian Tal and also to Munoz, a gifted but completely unknown player from Ecuador." (4)

The progress of the tournament

It was a fighting tournament and 94 of the 153 games were decisive (61.4%).

52 White wins - 34.0%
42 Black wins - 27.4%
59 Drawn games - 38.6%

Szabo led from the start scoring 9½ points from his first ten games, permitting only Alster a draw. Stahlberg, Szabo's fellow 1953 Candidate, with 9 points after 13 rounds tailed off into four draws and missed out on qualification. Ólafsson, Donner, Larsen and Uhlmann scrambled for an interzonal place over the last three rounds; Donner and Ulhmann scored three out of three each and Ólafsson and Larsen two and a half. The future World championship candidate Ivkov, the winner of the inaugural World Junior Chess Championship in 1951 and of the Mar del Plata 1955 and Buenos Aires 1955 tournaments, gave a very disappointing performance. His only three victories were against the tail-enders. The most popular openings were:

25 x King's Indian (scoring 4 wins and 9 draws for Black)
20 x Sicilian (scoring 6 wins and 10 draws for Black)
15 x French (scoring 5 wins and 6 draws for Black)
13 x Nimzo Indian (scoring 4 wins and 4 draws for Black)
12 x Ruy Lopez
11 x Queen's Gambits

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Szabo g * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 13½ 2 Ólafsson m ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 13 3 Larsen g ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 12½ 4 Donner m 0 ½ 1 * 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12½ 5 Uhlmann m 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 12 6 Trifunovic g ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 11 7 Stahlberg g ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 8 Teschner m 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 9 9 Ivkov g 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 8 10 Niephaus ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 7½ 11 Troianescu m 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 7½ 12 Kolarov m ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 7 13 Alster ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ 1 0 1 1 7 14 Dueckstein m 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 6½ 15 Clarke 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 0 5½ 16 Hanninen 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ 3½ 17 Orbaan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 3½ 18 Lindblom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 * 2½

Progressive scores:

Szabo 1 2 3 4 5 5½ 6½ 7½ 8½ 9½ 10 11 11½ 12 12½ 13 13½ Ólafsson ½ 1½ 2 3 3½ 3½ 4½ 5½ 6½ 7½ 8½ 9½ 10 10½ 11½ 12 13 Larsen 1 1½ 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 8 8½ 8½ 9½ 10 11 12 12½ Donner 1 1 2 3 3 4 5 6 6 7 7½ 8½ 9 9½ 10½ 11½ 12½ Uhlmann 1 2 3 3 3 4 5 6 6½ 7 7½ 8 8½ 9 10 11 12 Trifunovic ½ 1 1½ 2½ 3 3½ 4½ 5½ 6½ 7 7½ 8 8½ 9 10 10½ 11 Stahlberg 0 ½ 1 1½ 2½ 3½ 4½ 4½ 5½ 6½ 7 8 9 9½ 10 10½ 11 Teschner ½ ½ 1 2 2½ 3½ 3½ 3½ 4 4 5 6 7 7½ 8 8½ 9 Ivkov ½ 1 1½ 1½ 1½ 2½ 3 4 4½ 4½ 5 5 5½ 6½ 7 7½ 8 Niephaus ½ 1 1½ 1½ 1½ 1½ 1½ 2 2½ 3½ 4½ 5 5½ 5½ 6 6½ 7½ Troianescu 0 ½ ½ ½ 1½ 2½ 2½ 2½ 3½ 4½ 5½ 6 6 6 6½ 7 7½ Kolarov 0 ½ 1 1½ 2½ 3 3 3½ 3½ 3½ 4½ 5 5½ 6 6 6½ 7 Alster 1 2 2 2 2 2½ 3 3 3½ 3½ 4 4½ 4½ 5½ 5½ 6 7 Dueckstein 1 2 2 2½ 3½ 3½ 4 4 4 5 5 5 5½ 6 6 6½ 6½ Clarke 0 0 1 1½ 2 2 2½ 2½ 3½ 3½ 3½ 4 4 5 5½ 5½ 5½ Hanninen ½ 1 1½ 2 2½ 2½ 2½ 3½ 3½ 3½ 3½ 3½ 3½ 3½ 3½ 3½ 3½ Orbaan 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1½ 2½ 3 3½ 3½ Lindblom 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1½ 2½ 2½ 2½ 2½ 2½

Noteable games:

J H Donner vs O Troianescu, 1957
O Troianescu vs Larsen, 1957
J H Donner vs Larsen, 1957
Larsen vs P Clarke, 1957
F Olafsson vs Larsen, 1957
Stahlberg vs J H Donner, 1957
P Clarke vs Niephaus, 1957

The playoff

The last place for the Interzonal was shared by Donner and Larsen. Although Donner had more wins, he had an inferior Sonneborn–Berger score. The tie was to be resolved by a match. "Because Donner and Larsen are now tied in third place a tie-breaking match will be required, which according to the regulations must be of four games unless FIDE agrees with the request of the Royal Dutch Chess Federation to also award four players places from this zonal tournament...". (5) The playoff took place in The Hague, April 1958 (Donner - Larsen Zonal Playoff (1958)) and was won by Larsen who progressed to the Interzonal.

Tournament book

Zonenturnier Wageningen 1957, by Hans Bouwmeester. Published by W. ten Have uitgeverij, Amsterdam 1960. "The publishing company W. ten Have N.V. in Amsterdam has just published: "Das Zonenturnier Wageningen 1957", by Hans Bouwmeester, International Master. The theoretical section was provided by the International Master Th. D. van Scheltinga, whilst the photographs were taken by Teschner. A well-designed tournament book, with detailed analysis, many diagrams, all kinds of statistical data (edited by H. J. J. Slavekoorde), and a review of each round (by B. J. Withuis)". (6)

Notes

(1) De waarheid, 25th September 1957, De Tijd, 27th November 1957.
(2) Illustrated London News, 30th November 1957, author Baruch Harold Wood.
(3) Leeuwarder courant, 21st October 1957.
(4) Trouw, 5th October 1957.
(5) Het Vrije Volk, 27th November 1957.
(6) Book review in the Leeuwarder Courant, 18th June 1960.

User: Chessical - original text and compilation. A total of 87 games were added to the database to complete this tournament record.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J H Donner vs C Orbaan  1-0411957Wageningen ZonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. A Dueckstein vs A Kolarov  1-0631957Wageningen ZonalC44 King's Pawn Game
3. V Hanninen vs F Olafsson  ½-½581957Wageningen ZonalB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
4. L Alster vs P Clarke  1-0391957Wageningen ZonalA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
5. Uhlmann vs O Troianescu  1-0391957Wageningen ZonalD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Stahlberg vs Larsen 0-1391957Wageningen ZonalA15 English
7. Ivkov vs P Trifunovic  ½-½151957Wageningen ZonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
8. Szabo vs P Lindblom  1-0321957Wageningen ZonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. Teschner vs Niephaus  ½-½221957Wageningen ZonalD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. A Kolarov vs V Hanninen  ½-½321957Wageningen ZonalE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
11. Uhlmann vs J H Donner  1-0641957Wageningen ZonalE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
12. F Olafsson vs Teschner  1-0371957Wageningen ZonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. P Clarke vs Szabo  0-1361957Wageningen ZonalE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
14. Niephaus vs Stahlberg  ½-½291957Wageningen ZonalC05 French, Tarrasch
15. C Orbaan vs L Alster  0-1401957Wageningen ZonalA80 Dutch
16. P Lindblom vs A Dueckstein  0-1411957Wageningen ZonalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Larsen vs Ivkov  ½-½421957Wageningen ZonalA07 King's Indian Attack
18. O Troianescu vs P Trifunovic  ½-½341957Wageningen ZonalD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. Stahlberg vs F Olafsson  ½-½411957Wageningen ZonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. Teschner vs A Kolarov  ½-½311957Wageningen ZonalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Szabo vs C Orbaan  1-0291957Wageningen ZonalC00 French Defense
22. V Hanninen vs P Lindblom  ½-½481957Wageningen ZonalB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. Ivkov vs Niephaus  ½-½421957Wageningen ZonalA14 English
24. L Alster vs Uhlmann  0-1401957Wageningen ZonalE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
25. J H Donner vs O Troianescu 1-0271957Wageningen ZonalE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-03-20
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  Tabanus: Round dates from https://www.delpher.nl/ :

Round 01: 27 October
Round 02: 28 October
Round 03: 30 October
Round 04: 02 November
Round 05: 03 November
Round 06: 05 November
Round 07: 06 November
Round 08: 09 November
Round 09: 10 November
Round 10: 13 November
Round 11: 14 November
Round 12: 16 November
Round 13: 17 November
Round 14: 20 November
Round 15: 23 November
Round 16: 24 November
Round 17: 26 November

A very generous schedule, so it took a whole month.

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