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Sofia Zonal Tournament

Miroslav Filip9.5/13(+7 -1 =5)[games]
Bogdan Sliwa8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Oleg Neikirch8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Aleksandar Matanovic8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Gerhard Pfeiffer8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Gheorghe Mititelu7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Nikola Karaklajic7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Gyorgy Szilagyi7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
Gedeon Barcza5.5/13(+3 -5 =5)[games]
Frantisek Zita5/13(+3 -6 =4)[games]
Alfred Beni4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
Reinhart Fuchs4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Sad Zaglul Basjuni3.5/13(+1 -7 =5)[games]
Aarne Ilmari Niemela3.5/13(+2 -8 =3)[games]
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Sofia Zonal (1957)

Introduction

This was one of three European World Championship zonal tournaments held in 1957, the other two being Dublin Zonal (1957) (11th May - 1st June) and Wageningen Zonal (1957) (27th October - 26th November). The Sofia Zonal tournament took place in the Bulgarian capital Sofia from 9th - 25th May. They were three of nine zonal tournaments held worldwide. The decision to hold three European zonal tournaments had been made at the FIDE Congress in Moscow, August 1956.

"The issue of Zonal and Interzonal Tournaments was relatively easy to resolve. As Zones may vary from cycle to cycle, it was decided that in the year preceding the first year of each cycle, the Zonal and Interzonal Tournaments would be determined according to the playing strength of the Federations in each Zone. An important modification was made: Zones N° 1 and 3 were reworked to form three new zones (N° 1, 2, 3) each with an 18-day Zonal Tournament, making a total of 54 players. Of these three European Zonal Tours, as well as those of the other six zones (a new zone being created for the Asian Nations) 21 players would be selected for the Interzonal Tournament at the rate of 14 players depending on the size of the zone, to whom would be added under certain conditions the 22nd participant designated by the organizing nation." (1)

"The adoption of these General Regulations which provided for three Zonal Tournaments in Europe (except for the USSR) resulted in the obligation to add another Zone the two existing European Zones. The division was thus:

ZONE I (West European): South Africa, England, Belgium, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland.
ZONE 2 (Central European): West Germany, East Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
ZONE 3 (East European): Albania, Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia." (1)

South Africa was added to the West European zone as there was insufficient chess organization in the south of Africa to properly institute its own geographical zone. Similarly, Sad Zaglul Basjuni (Egypt) played in the Sofia zonal.

The tournament

The tournament was a close run with the Czech GM Miroslav Filip finishing a point ahead of Bogdan Sliwa (Poland), Oleg Neikirch (Bulgaria) and Aleksandar Matanovic (Yugoslavia). Like after Wageningen (see Donner - Larsen Zonal Playoff (1958)), there was a need for a playoff, and the second and third places, which were qualifying slots for the Portoroz Interzonal (1958), were decided by a playoff in December 1957 with Matanovic and Neikirch qualifying.

Statistics

54 (59%) of the games were decisive, with more games won with Black, 30 (33%), than White, 24 (26%). 37 games were drawn (41%). The most popular openings were Spanish (15 games), Nimzo Indian (14), QGD (12), English (8), and King's Indian (7).

Cross tables

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Filip g * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 9½ 2 Sliwa m ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 8½ 3 Neikirch ½ 1 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 8½ 4 Matanovic g ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 8½ 5 Pfeiffer 0 ½ 1 ½ * 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 8 6 Mititelu 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 7½ 7 Karaklajic m ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7 8 Szilagyi m ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7 9 Barcza g 1 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 5½ 10 Zita m 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 * 0 ½ 1 1 5 11 Beni m 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 1 * 0 0 ½ 4½ 12 Fuchs 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ 4½ 13 Basjuni 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * 0 3½ 14 Niemela 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 * 3½

Progressive scores:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 Filip g 1 2 3 3½ 4 5 6 6 6½ 7½ 8 9 9½ 2 Sliwa m 1 2 2 2½ 3½ 3½ 4½ 5½ 6 6½ 7 8 8½ 3 Neikirch ½ ½ 1½ 2 3 3½ 4 5 6 6½ 7 7½ 8½ 4 Matanovic g ½ 1 2 3 4 5 5½ 5½ 6 6½ 7 8 8½ 5 Pfeiffer ½ 1½ 2½ 3 4 4½ 5 6 6½ 6½ 7½ 7½ 8 6 Mititelu 0 1 2 3 3½ 4 4½ 5½ 5½ 5½ 6 7 7½ 7 Karaklajic m 0 ½ ½ 1 1½ 2 2½ 3 4 4½ 5½ 6 7 8 Szilagyi m 1 1 2 3 3 3½ 4½ 5½ 6 6½ 6½ 6½ 7 9 Barcza g 1 1 1½ 1½ 1½ 2 2 3 3½ 4½ 5 5½ 5½ 10 Zita m 0 1 1 1½ 1½ 1½ 1½ 1½ 2 3 3½ 4 5 11 Beni m 1 1 ½ 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4½ 4½ 12 Fuchs 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1½ 2 2½ 3½ 4 4 4½ 13 Basjuni ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1½ 1½ 1½ 1½ 1½ 2½ 3 3½ 14 Niemela 0 ½ ½ 1½ 2 2 3 3 3 3½ 3½ 3½ 3½

The playoff was held in December 1957: (2)

Matanovic ** ½- 11 2½ Neikirch ½- ** 1- 1½ Sliwa m 00 0- ** 0

Filip, Matanovic and Neikirch qualified for the Portoroz Interzonal (1958).

Some highlights

Sliwa vs A Beni, 1957. A vicious King's Indian attack by Beni defeats Sliwa and wins the Brilliancy Prize. (3)


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N Karaklajic vs G Pfeiffer, 1957. Karaklajic allowed mate in 6 on move 16 against Pfeiffer by playing f3


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F Zita vs A Matanovic, 1957. Zita lost a drawn R+P ending to Matanovic after 68.Rd8+


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G Mititelu vs F Zita, 1957. Mititelu, in Capablanca style, beat Zita in short order after 18...exd5


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G Barcza vs R Fuchs, 1957. Fuchs defends a R v R+B ending from move 75 and secures a draw on move 122!


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A Matanovic vs S Basjuni, 1957. Somehow Basjuni holds a draw as Black against Matanovic


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R Fuchs vs G Szilagyi, 1957. Szilagyi sacrifices his Queen against Fuchs


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G Pfeiffer vs G Szilagyi, 1957. Szilagyi loses a piece with 18...Qc6?


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G Mititelu vs Filip, 1957. Filip forces through the <a> pawn versus Mititelu


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Filip vs G Barcza, 1957. Filip delicately wins a multiple pawn endgame against Barcza


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Notes

(1) Berman, FIDE Review 1957, p. 54. (original in French)
(2) Di Felice, Chess Results 1956 - 1960.
(3) Die Tat, 13 July 1957, p. 22.

Original collection and text by User: Chessical.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Barcza vs G Szilagyi  ½-½511957Sofia ZonalA13 English
2. O Neikirch vs N Karaklajic  ½-½191957Sofia ZonalE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
3. G Mititelu vs G Barcza  0-1451957Sofia ZonalE10 Queen's Pawn Game
4. R Fuchs vs A Beni  1-0471957Sofia ZonalE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
5. Filip vs G Pfeiffer  1-0301957Sofia ZonalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. S Basjuni vs F Zita  0-1421957Sofia ZonalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. F Zita vs R Fuchs  ½-½251957Sofia ZonalA04 Reti Opening
8. G Pfeiffer vs Sliwa  ½-½161957Sofia ZonalC78 Ruy Lopez
9. O Neikirch vs A Niemela  1-0381957Sofia ZonalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. A Matanovic vs Filip  ½-½131957Sofia ZonalC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
11. N Karaklajic vs S Basjuni 1-0431957Sofia ZonalC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. A Beni vs G Mititelu  1-0321957Sofia ZonalE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
13. A Niemela vs Sliwa  ½-½281957Sofia ZonalE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
14. G Szilagyi vs A Beni  1-0321957Sofia ZonalA43 Old Benoni
15. Sliwa vs A Matanovic  1-0411957Sofia ZonalE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
16. A Niemela vs G Pfeiffer  0-1291957Sofia ZonalD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. G Mititelu vs F Zita  1-0251957Sofia ZonalD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. R Fuchs vs N Karaklajic ½-½641957Sofia ZonalE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
19. Filip vs G Barcza 0-1421957Sofia ZonalA43 Old Benoni
20. S Basjuni vs O Neikirch  0-1411957Sofia ZonalA13 English
21. F Zita vs G Szilagyi  0-1801957Sofia ZonalD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. O Neikirch vs R Fuchs  ½-½541957Sofia ZonalD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. A Matanovic vs G Pfeiffer  ½-½481957Sofia ZonalC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. N Karaklajic vs F Zita  ½-½281957Sofia ZonalB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
25. F Zita vs A Niemela 1-0441957Sofia ZonalA06 Reti Opening
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