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🏆 Stockholm Interzonal (1952) Chess Event Description
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: Yuri L Averbakh

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Averbakh vs G Barcza  ½-½251952Stockholm InterzonalC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
2. Averbakh vs R G Wade  1-0321952Stockholm InterzonalD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Pachman vs Averbakh  ½-½231952Stockholm InterzonalD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Averbakh vs A Matanovic ½-½681952Stockholm InterzonalE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
5. L A Sanchez vs Averbakh  ½-½401952Stockholm InterzonalE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
6. Averbakh vs Stahlberg 0-1611952Stockholm InterzonalC07 French, Tarrasch
7. Petrosian vs Averbakh  ½-½211952Stockholm InterzonalE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
8. Averbakh vs Geller  ½-½181952Stockholm InterzonalC07 French, Tarrasch
9. Szabo vs Averbakh  ½-½821952Stockholm InterzonalE14 Queen's Indian
10. Averbakh vs Kotov  ½-½201952Stockholm InterzonalD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Taimanov vs Averbakh  ½-½491952Stockholm InterzonalB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
12. Averbakh vs H Steiner 1-0511952Stockholm InterzonalD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Eliskases vs Averbakh  ½-½411952Stockholm InterzonalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
14. Averbakh vs Stoltz  1-0391952Stockholm InterzonalD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Averbakh vs P Vaitonis  1-0411952Stockholm InterzonalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
16. Gligoric vs Averbakh 0-1631952Stockholm InterzonalE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
17. Averbakh vs Prins  ½-½771952Stockholm InterzonalE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Unzicker vs Averbakh ½-½281952Stockholm InterzonalC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
19. Averbakh vs Golombek 1-0291952Stockholm InterzonalE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
20. Pilnik vs Averbakh  ½-½681952Stockholm InterzonalC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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.
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  perfidious: 'Mid-table anonymity' sounds like the same affliction which ailed Fischer after he cruised to victory at Stockholm Interzonal (1962).
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  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.
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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!

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  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.
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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.

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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.>

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  alexmagnus: This is the earliest Interzonal from which there are still some players alive (three of them - Taimanov, Averbakh and Matanovic).
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  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".

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

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