|Monte Carlo (1967)|
After more than sixty years, the city of Monte Carlo in the principality of Monaco hosted a new annual series of international chess tournaments beginning in 1967.
Monte Carlo, Monaco, 24 March - 4 April 1967 (1)
Bergraser forfeited four games due to illness. (2)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Fischer * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7
2 Smyslov ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 6½
=3 Geller 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6
=3 Larsen 0 ½ 1 * 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 6
5 Matanovic ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5
=6 Gligoric 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 4½
=6 Lombardy 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 1 4½
8 Forintos 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 4
9 Mazzoni 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 * ½ 1
10 Bergraser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½
More than 10 grandmasters and masters were invited to participate in the round robin event, but circumstances limited the number who could attend. The French master Pierre Rolland died in a car accident, Klaus Viktor Darga cancelled on business grounds, Florin Gheorghiu was invited but couldn't get a visa in time, and Wolfgang Unzicker telegraphed at the last minute that he could not come. (3) Finally, the current world champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian also withdrew at the last minute. He objected to Fischer being granted an extra $2,000 appearance fee. (2) The final list of participants included former world champion Vasily Smyslov and Efim Geller from the Soviet Union; Bobby Fischer and William Lombardy from the United States; Bent Larsen from Denmark; Svetozar Gligoric and Aleksander Matanovic from Yugoslavia; Gyozo Forintos from Hungary; and Volf Bergraser and Guy Mazzoni from France. This was another important triumph for Fischer as he placed clear first ahead of Smyslov and Geller, despite dropping a point and a half to both players. Although Smyslov finished undefeated with +4, it was only good enough for clear second behind Fischer.
(1) Gino Di Felice, Chess Results 1964-1967, p. 396.
(2) Dragoslav Andric in CHESS, 9 May 1967, p. 276.
(3) Brian Patrick Reilly in British Chess Magazine, June 1967, pp. 157-158.
Original collection: Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1967, by User: suenteus po 147. Introduction written by User: suenteus po 147 and User: WCC Editing Project. Sourced by User: WCC Editing Project.
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|1. G Mazzoni vs V Bergraser
|| ||½-½||14||1967||Monte Carlo||B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack|
|2. Lombardy vs Fischer
||0-1||54||1967||Monte Carlo||A15 English|
|3. Forintos vs Larsen
||½-½||60||1967||Monte Carlo||D97 Grunfeld, Russian|
|4. Gligoric vs A Matanovic
|| ||½-½||18||1967||Monte Carlo||C80 Ruy Lopez, Open|
|5. Geller vs Smyslov
||½-½||11||1967||Monte Carlo||D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|6. Fischer vs Forintos
||1-0||47||1967||Monte Carlo||C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer|
|7. Smyslov vs Lombardy
|| ||½-½||28||1967||Monte Carlo||A53 Old Indian|
|8. Larsen vs G Mazzoni
||1-0||42||1967||Monte Carlo||E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation|
|9. A Matanovic vs Geller
|| ||½-½||29||1967||Monte Carlo||C85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)|
|10. Forintos vs Smyslov
||0-1||47||1967||Monte Carlo||E25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch|
|11. G Mazzoni vs Fischer
||0-1||45||1967||Monte Carlo||B97 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|12. Lombardy vs A Matanovic
|| ||½-½||13||1967||Monte Carlo||C29 Vienna Gambit|
|13. V Bergraser vs Larsen
||0-1||37||1967||Monte Carlo||A80 Dutch|
|14. Fischer vs V Bergraser
||1-0||30||1967||Monte Carlo||B01 Scandinavian|
|15. Smyslov vs G Mazzoni
|| ||1-0||37||1967||Monte Carlo||A16 English|
|16. Gligoric vs Geller
|| ||½-½||25||1967||Monte Carlo||E92 King's Indian|
|17. A Matanovic vs Forintos
|| ||½-½||26||1967||Monte Carlo||B27 Sicilian|
|18. Lombardy vs Gligoric
|| ||½-½||16||1967||Monte Carlo||A02 Bird's Opening|
|19. G Mazzoni vs A Matanovic
|| ||½-½||23||1967||Monte Carlo||C16 French, Winawer|
|20. Larsen vs Fischer
||0-1||61||1967||Monte Carlo||E97 King's Indian|
|21. V Bergraser vs Smyslov
|| ||0-1||33||1967||Monte Carlo||E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|22. Gligoric vs Forintos
|| ||½-½||59||1967||Monte Carlo||D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower|
|23. A Matanovic vs V Bergraser
||1-0||24||1967||Monte Carlo||B01 Scandinavian|
|24. Smyslov vs Larsen
||½-½||42||1967||Monte Carlo||B08 Pirc, Classical|
|25. Geller vs Lombardy
||1-0||60||1967||Monte Carlo||E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
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|Feb-03-14|| ||sneaky pete: O'Kelly in <Schakend Nederland>, June 1967:
"Initially 12 grandmasters would participate, but in the nick of time Unzicker had to cancel due to illness, and Gheorghiu, who was invited at the last moment, didn't succeed in vanquishing his passport formalities."|
|Jan-27-15|| ||zydeco: A few of the good games in this tournament:
Fischer vs G Forintos, 1967
Larsen vs Fischer, 1967
Smyslov vs Larsen, 1967
Fischer vs Geller, 1967
Geller vs Larsen, 1967
Geller vs Lombardy, 1967
|May-21-15|| ||TheFocus: <Fischer performed excellently ... Fischer’s moves are rational and constantly pursue concrete aims. Even if the opponent is considerably weaker and it would appear that he can have a bit of “fun”, the American operates like a splendidly programmed calculating machine, which is indifferent to who is sitting opposite> - Efim Geller, in reference to Bobby Fischer’s play at Monaco 1967.|
|Sep-14-15|| ||MissScarlett: <For several years he sank into moody semi-retirement, embellishing his record as a prima donna. In 1987 [sic], for example, Prince Rainier of Monaco requested two American grand masters for a tournament; his only stipulation was that one of them had to be Fischer. Bobby behaved so rudely and childishly that, two years later, Rainier made a similar request--this time the Prince's only stipulation was that neither of his American guests should be Fischer.>|
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