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Skopje 1967
Compiled by Pawn and Two
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Following the rebuilding of the Macedonian capital Skopje, Yugoslavia organized the first in a series of international chess tournaments to be held in Skopje, as well as the two nearby villages of Krusevo and Ochrid, in 1967. The first "Turnir solidarnosti" featured a field of twelve Yugoslavian chess masters headed by grandmaster Milan Matulovic. Visiting participants included Peter Dely from Hungary, Luben Popov from Bulgaria, and Bela Soos from Romania. As was expected, the Soviet Union sent emissaries to participate as well in the guise of two veteran grandmasters, Efim Geller and Ratmir Kholmov. This was perhaps calculated on the Soviet Chess School's part as the final participant was Bobby Fischer, who participated on behalf of the United States. Fischer had just recently returned to regular international competition and Skopje would be an important stop on his road to the Sousse interzonal tournament, which he announced he would be participating in later in the year. Going into this event, not only did Matulovic have a plus score against Fischer, but Geller and Kholmov as well, making them excellent choices to potentially stifle the upstart American's chances. And stifle it almost did: Fischer lost his second round game to Geller, and after the ninth round, despite being tied for first with Kholmov ahead of Geller, Fischer announced he would withdraw from the tournament unless the chess sets were modified and the spectators removed from further rounds. The organizers were in a panic as they could not meet the second demand and Fischer forfeited his tenth round game. However, upon Fishcer's arrival to complete an adjourned game, a compromise within the playing hall was reached and Fischer was allowed to replay his tenth round game. Despite the high drama that often came with Fischer's participation, he found his form and managed to defeat both Matulovic and Kholmov in their encounters in the latter half of the tournament and go on to secure clear first upon the event's completion.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Fischer 13½/17 * 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 1

=2nd Geller 13/17 1 * 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1

=2nd Matulovic 13/17 0 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1

4th Kholmov 11½/17 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1

5th Bukic 9½/17 0 0 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1

6th Maric 9/17 0 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1

=7th Knezevic 8½/17 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1

=7th Popov 8½/17 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½

=7th Damjanovic 8½/17 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1

=10th Sofrevski 8/17 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0

=10th Soos 8/17 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 1 0 0 1 1

=10th Minic 8/17 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1

=10th Dely 8/17 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ * 0 1 1 0 1

14th Janosevic 7½/17 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 * 1 1 0 1

=15th Nicevski 6/17 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 1

=15th Ilievski 6/17 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 1

17th Panov 4/17 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ * 0

18th Danov 2½/17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 *

*Thanks go to <jessicafischerqueen> for providing the historical background for this tournament.

Round One
Damjanovic vs V Panov, 1967
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

P Dely vs Minic, 1967
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Maric, 1967 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

B Ilievski vs Fischer, 1967 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kholmov vs M Knezevic, 1967
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Matulovic vs K Danov, 1967 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 20 moves, 1-0

R Nicevski vs Janosevic, 1967
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

J Sofrevski vs Bukic, 1967
(A10) English, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Soos vs L Popov, 1967
(E82) King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two
Bukic vs B Ilievski, 1967
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Danov vs Minic, 1967
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Geller, 1967 
(B89) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Janosevic vs B Soos, 1967
(B27) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

M Knezevic vs J Sofrevski, 1967
(C11) French, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maric vs Damjanovic, 1967
(B32) Sicilian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Matulovic vs R Nicevski, 1967
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Panov vs P Dely, 1967
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 59 moves, 1-0

L Popov vs Kholmov, 1967
(E16) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

Round Three
Damjanovic vs Fischer, 1967 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 0-1

P Dely vs Maric, 1967
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Bukic, 1967 
(B83) Sicilian, 49 moves, 1-0

B Ilievski vs M Knezevic, 1967 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 25 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs Janosevic, 1967
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Minic vs V Panov, 1967 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 59 moves, 1-0

R Nicevski vs K Danov, 1967
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

J Sofrevski vs L Popov, 1967
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Soos vs Matulovic, 1967 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 29 moves, 0-1

Round Four
Bukic vs Damjanovic, 1967 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 20 moves, 1-0

K Danov vs V Panov, 1967
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs P Dely, 1967 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 17 moves, 1-0

Janosevic vs J Sofrevski, 1967
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Knezevic vs Geller, 1967
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maric vs Minic, 1967
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Matulovic vs Kholmov, 1967
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Nicevski vs B Soos, 1967 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

L Popov vs B Ilievski, 1967
(E12) Queen's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
Damjanovic vs M Knezevic, 1967
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 28 moves, 1-0

P Dely vs Bukic, 1967 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 29 moves, 0-1

Geller vs L Popov, 1967 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Ilievski vs Janosevic, 1967
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 52 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs R Nicevski, 1967
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 40 moves, 1-0

Minic vs Fischer, 1967 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 55 moves, 0-1

V Panov vs Maric, 1967
(A10) English, 41 moves, 0-1

J Sofrevski vs Matulovic, 1967
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Soos vs K Danov, 1967
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Six
Bukic vs Minic, 1967
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Danov vs Maric, 1967
(A04) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs V Panov, 1967 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

Janosevic vs Geller, 1967
(A10) English, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Knezevic vs P Dely, 1967
(A02) Bird's Opening, 41 moves, 0-1

Matulovic vs B Ilievski, 1967 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

R Nicevski vs J Sofrevski, 1967
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Popov vs Damjanovic, 1967
(E15) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Soos vs Kholmov, 1967
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven
Damjanovic vs Janosevic, 1967
(D94) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

P Dely vs L Popov, 1967
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 24 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Matulovic, 1967 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 68 moves, 1-0

B Ilievski vs R Nicevski, 1967 
(A39) English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4, 99 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kholmov vs K Danov, 1967
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 48 moves, 1-0

Maric vs Fischer, 1967 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Minic vs M Knezevic, 1967
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Panov vs Bukic, 1967
(A26) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Sofrevski vs B Soos, 1967
(A36) English, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
Bukic vs Maric, 1967
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Danov vs Fischer, 1967 
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

Janosevic vs P Dely, 1967
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 31 moves, 1-0

Kholmov vs J Sofrevski, 1967
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 51 moves, 1-0

M Knezevic vs V Panov, 1967
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Matulovic vs Damjanovic, 1967
(B32) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1-0

R Nicevski vs Geller, 1967
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Popov vs Minic, 1967
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Soos vs B Ilievski, 1967
(E50) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5, 71 moves, 0-1

Round Nine
Damjanovic vs R Nicevski, 1967
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Dely vs Matulovic, 1967
(B44) Sicilian, 58 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Bukic, 1967 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 54 moves, 1-0

Geller vs B Soos, 1967 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Ilievski vs Kholmov, 1967
(A04) Reti Opening, 52 moves, 0-1

Maric vs M Knezevic, 1967
(C56) Two Knights, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Minic vs Janosevic, 1967
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 45 moves, 0-1

V Panov vs L Popov, 1967
(A36) English, 40 moves, 0-1

J Sofrevski vs K Danov, 1967
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 52 moves, 0-1

Round Ten
K Danov vs Bukic, 1967 
(A36) English, 30 moves, 0-1

Janosevic vs V Panov, 1967 
(D94) Grunfeld, 43 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs Geller, 1967
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Knezevic vs Fischer, 1967 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Matulovic vs Minic, 1967
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1-0

R Nicevski vs P Dely, 1967
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 29 moves, 0-1

L Popov vs Maric, 1967
(A90) Dutch, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Sofrevski vs B Ilievski, 1967
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Soos vs Damjanovic, 1967
(D85) Grunfeld, 39 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven
Bukic vs M Knezevic, 1967
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Damjanovic vs Kholmov, 1967
(E17) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Dely vs B Soos, 1967
(B27) Sicilian, 62 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs L Popov, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs J Sofrevski, 1967
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Ilievski vs K Danov, 1967
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 36 moves, 1-0

Maric vs Janosevic, 1967
(A03) Bird's Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

Minic vs R Nicevski, 1967
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Panov vs Matulovic, 1967
(A10) English, 48 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve
K Danov vs M Knezevic, 1967
(A04) Reti Opening, 49 moves, 0-1

B Ilievski vs Geller, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 63 moves, 0-1

Janosevic vs Fischer, 1967 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 69 moves, 1-0

Kholmov vs P Dely, 1967
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Matulovic vs Maric, 1967
(C16) French, Winawer, 27 moves, 1-0

R Nicevski vs V Panov, 1967
(A03) Bird's Opening, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Popov vs Bukic, 1967
(E82) King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Sofrevski vs Damjanovic, 1967
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Soos vs Minic, 1967
(A76) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 39 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen
Bukic vs Janosevic, 1967
(A56) Benoni Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Damjanovic vs B Ilievski, 1967
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

P Dely vs J Sofrevski, 1967
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 21 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Matulovic, 1967 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Geller vs K Danov, 1967 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

M Knezevic vs L Popov, 1967
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maric vs R Nicevski, 1967
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 43 moves, 1-0

Minic vs Kholmov, 1967
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Panov vs B Soos, 1967
(A36) English, 47 moves, 0-1

Round Fourteen
K Danov vs L Popov, 1967
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Damjanovic, 1967 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

B Ilievski vs P Dely, 1967
(B15) Caro-Kann, 43 moves, 0-1

Janosevic vs M Knezevic, 1967 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 31 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs V Panov, 1967 
(D94) Grunfeld, 35 moves, 1-0

Matulovic vs Bukic, 1967
(B44) Sicilian, 60 moves, 1-0

R Nicevski vs Fischer, 1967 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 35 moves, 0-1

J Sofrevski vs Minic, 1967
(A10) English, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Soos vs Maric, 1967
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen
Bukic vs R Nicevski, 1967
(E91) King's Indian, 67 moves, 1-0

Damjanovic vs K Danov, 1967
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 34 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs B Soos, 1967 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 39 moves, 1-0

M Knezevic vs Matulovic, 1967
(B20) Sicilian, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maric vs Kholmov, 1967
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Minic vs B Ilievski, 1967
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Dely vs Geller, 1967 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

V Panov vs J Sofrevski, 1967
(A48) King's Indian, 54 moves, 0-1

L Popov vs Janosevic, 1967 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Sixteen
Damjanovic vs P Dely, 1967
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Danov vs Janosevic, 1967
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 57 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Minic, 1967 
(A04) Reti Opening, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Ilievski vs V Panov, 1967
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kholmov vs Fischer, 1967 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 32 moves, 0-1

Matulovic vs L Popov, 1967
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 59 moves, 1-0

R Nicevski vs M Knezevic, 1967
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Sofrevski vs Maric, 1967
(A90) Dutch, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Soos vs Bukic, 1967
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seventeen
Bukic vs Kholmov, 1967
(E17) Queen's Indian, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Dely vs K Danov, 1967
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 55 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs J Sofrevski, 1967 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 19 moves, 1-0

Janosevic vs Matulovic, 1967
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 55 moves, 0-1

M Knezevic vs B Soos, 1967
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maric vs B Ilievski, 1967
(C47) Four Knights, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Minic vs Damjanovic, 1967
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Panov vs Geller, 1967 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 53 moves, 0-1

L Popov vs R Nicevski, 1967
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 41 moves, 1-0

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