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🏆 Stockholm Interzonal (1952)

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The event started with the FIDE Congress 8-13 September in Grand Hôtel Saltsjöbaden (about 14 km east of Stockholm proper but a part of the Stockholm county), where Geller, Eliskases and Pilnik were awarded the GM title. ... [more]

Player: Wolfgang Unzicker

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Matanovic vs Unzicker  ½-½271952Stockholm InterzonalC03 French, Tarrasch
2. Unzicker vs L A Sanchez 1-0351952Stockholm InterzonalC88 Ruy Lopez
3. Stahlberg vs Unzicker  ½-½151952Stockholm InterzonalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Unzicker vs Petrosian  ½-½191952Stockholm InterzonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. Geller vs Unzicker 1-0301952Stockholm InterzonalD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Unzicker vs Szabo  ½-½211952Stockholm InterzonalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. Kotov vs Unzicker 1-0301952Stockholm InterzonalE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
8. Unzicker vs Taimanov 0-1301952Stockholm InterzonalB58 Sicilian
9. H Steiner vs Unzicker 0-1401952Stockholm InterzonalE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
10. Unzicker vs Eliskases  ½-½451952Stockholm InterzonalB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
11. Stoltz vs Unzicker 0-1491952Stockholm InterzonalA04 Reti Opening
12. P Vaitonis vs Unzicker  ½-½411952Stockholm InterzonalE15 Queen's Indian
13. Unzicker vs Gligoric 1-0851952Stockholm InterzonalC02 French, Advance
14. Prins vs Unzicker 0-1671952Stockholm InterzonalB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
15. G Barcza vs Unzicker  ½-½581952Stockholm InterzonalE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
16. Unzicker vs Golombek  1-0551952Stockholm InterzonalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. Pilnik vs Unzicker 1-0941952Stockholm InterzonalC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
18. Unzicker vs Averbakh ½-½281952Stockholm InterzonalC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
19. R G Wade vs Unzicker  0-1361952Stockholm InterzonalB56 Sicilian
20. Unzicker vs Pachman  ½-½401952Stockholm InterzonalB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Kotov's great Interzonal win. He scored 82.5% and won by three points. He must have felt unstoppable... But at the subsequent Zurich Candidates (1953) he scored 50% for mid-table anonymity.
Jun-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: 'Mid-table anonymity' sounds like the same affliction which ailed Fischer after he cruised to victory at Stockholm Interzonal (1962).
Mar-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: After this result, how many people said, "Kotov will be the next World Champion"? I do not know. I think it would not have been many.
Mar-15-15
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  Retireborn: <offramp> Hardly anybody, I should think. He was already nearly 40 in 1952; perhaps ten years earlier he might still have been regarded as a possible rival for Botvinnik and Smyslov.

Still, you never know. Boris Gelfand, who shared first place in the 1990 Manila izt, didn't get to play a world title match until 2012 when he was well over 40!

Mar-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I believe <Perfidious> once gave a quick resumé of how well interzonal winners fared in the overall World Championship cycle. God knows where it was posted. I think the general synopsis was that interzonal winners were not likely to go on to become World Champion finalists. But of course there can only be one winner of a Candidates cycle! It's very tough.
Mar-15-15
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  perfidious: <offramp> If God knows, He ain't tellin'!

Can't say I recall where I maundered on in that vein, either, though my recollection is that IZ winners experienced a mixed bag, come to results--Kotov was far from the only convincing victor at the IZ stage to come a cropper when there were no rabbits to beat.

Mar-15-15
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  Retireborn: Mecking comes to mind - he even won two interzonals, but was unable to get past Korchnoi and Polugaevsky. Torre and Sax who shared first place in 1982 and 1987 also only made fleeting appearances in the Candidates. No disgrace, of course - as <offramp> says it was very tough!
Mar-15-15
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  offramp: Reaching the WC final was like <The Right Stuff>. Extremely hard. I think the 1962 Curacao Candidates may have been the hardest. Bobby got a shock; he'd won the Interzonal by a mile, then lost his first two games in the Caribbean.
Mar-15-15
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  keypusher: <perfidious > <offramp > Kotov resembled Fischer in that he spoiled his chances at the outset, losing his first three games. The tournament wasn't a washout for him though. He got wins against Smyslov and Reshevsky and also won the first brilliancy prize against Averbakh.
Mar-25-15
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  offramp: Sorry. It was <Petrosianic: <perfidious> <As to those title aspirants named by <offramp>, fat lot of good their massive plus scores did them:> Well, that's a good question. How have Interzonal winners fraed in the Candidates?

1948 - Bronstein: Tied for First in Candidates, drew world championship match

1952 - Kotov: 8th-9th in Candidates, 50% score

1955 - Bronstein: 3rd - 7th in Candidates, +1 score.

1958 - Tal: Won Candidates, won World Championship. Jackpot!

1962 - Fischer: 4th at Candidates, +1 score.

1964 -
Smyslov: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.
Larsen: Eliminated in Semifinals.
Tal: Eliminated in Finals.
Spassky: Won Candidates, lost world championship match

1967 - Larsen: Eliminated in Semifinals.

1970 - Fischer: Won Candidates, won World Championship. Jackpot!

1973 -
Mecking: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.
Korchnoi: Eliminated in Finals.
Karpov: Won Candidates, became World Champion. Jackpot!

1976 -
Larsen: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.
Mecking: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.

1979 -
Petrosian: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.
Portisch: Eliminated in Semifinals.
Huebner: Eliminated in Finals.
Tal: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.

1982 -
Portisch: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.
Torre: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.
Ribli: Eliminated in Semifinals.
Kasparov: Won Candidates, won world championship. Jackpot!

1985-7 -
Vaganian: 1st-3rd in Candidates Tournament.
Eliminated in Quarterfinals.

Yusupov: 1st-3rd in Candidates Tournament. Eliminated in semifinals.

Timman: Qualified from Candidates Tournament, eliminated in Quarterfinals.

1988-90
Korchnoi: Eliminated in Octifinals
Sax: Eliminated in Octifinals
Salov: Eliminated in Octifinals
Short: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.
Hjartarson: Eliminated in Quarterfinals.
Speelman: Eliminated in Seminfinals.

So, there's a real mixed bag here. A couple of jackpots, and also a lot of quick exits and mediocre candidates tournament results. But out of 34 Interzonal winners, only 4 went all the way.>

Feb-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: This is the earliest Interzonal from which there are still some players alive (three of them - Taimanov, Averbakh and Matanovic).
Sep-01-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Taimanov is now dead, but the other two are still alive.
Apr-01-19  ughaibu: <out of 34 Interzonal winners, only 4 went all the way>

This is rather misleading as there were only 14 opportunities to go "all the way".

Apr-15-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  carpovius: The article above says no words about the winner who finished 3 points ahead the board (+13-0=7). Outstanding result!
Apr-15-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  carpovius: 5 first places for soviets))

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