Bamberg 1968, Round 11: Miss Mar del Plata and a bank robbery

by André Schulz
7/3/2020 – At the Bamberg jubilee tournament, the arrival of Boris Ivkov's wife Olga Kesic (pictured), Miss Mar del Plata 1955, and a bank robbery in nearby Nürnberg provided opportunities for conversation. The bank robbers in Nürnberg were soon caught but Ivkov lost his game. Lothar Schmid fared better.

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Borislav Ivkov was allowed to rejoice. His wife and four-year-old son have now arrived in Bamberg. Boris Ivkov's wife Olga Maria Kesic is Argentinian and her birth name reveals that she has Serbian ancestors. At the age of 19 she became "Miss Mar del Plata 1954/55."

Olga Maria Kesic 

In 1955 Boris Ivkov played a tournament in Buenos Aires. The 21-year-old won ahead of Svetozar Gligoric, and it was Miss Mar del Plata, i.e. Olga Kesic, who presented him with the prize. There was a spark between the two young people and now Ivkov lives with her in Belgrade. They seem to be a happy couple, however, as far as chess is concerned his beautiful wife did not bring him luck in the eleventh round of the Bamberg jubilee tournament.

Ivkov, together with Tigran Petrosian the closest pursuant of tournament leader Keres – if one can still call a 1.5 point gap close –, lost to Heikki Westerinen. The Yugoslavian Grandmaster played his unconventional pet opening, the Modern or Robatsch Defence, as he had done in some of the previous rounds, against Lothar Schmid, Jürgen Teufel and Andreas Dückstein, quite successfully. Ivkov also came out of the opening well, but then he lost a pawn and had to defend a bad endgame. While Westerinen played a good part of the game under great time pressure, Ivkov tried to bring down his opponent with tactical tricks. Alas he did not succeed.


45.Nb6 Bf3 46.a7 Rf6 47.Re8+ Kg7 48.Nd7 Rf4 49.Rb8 Bd5 50.Nb6 Bc6 51.Rc8 Rg4+ 52.Kf2 Rf4+ 53.Ke3 Bh1 54.Rc1 Bg2 55.a8Q Bxa8 56.Nxa8 Kf6 57.Nc7 Rf5 58.Kd4 Rf4+ 59.Kd5 Ke7 60.Re1 h5 61.Re4 Rf1 62.Kc6 Rc1+ 63.Kb6 Rb1+ 64.Kc6 Rc1+ 65.Kb7 Rc5


66.Re2 66.Kc8 would have sufficed: 66... d5 67.Re1 Kd6 68.e7 Rxc7+ 69.Kd8. 66...Rf5 67.Kc6 Rc5+ 68.Kb6 Rf5 69.Ra2 Rf1 70.Ra5 Rb1+ 71.Kc6 Rc1+ 72.Kb7 Kf6 73.Kc8 

Lothar Schmid profited from Ivkov's defeat. Against Milko Bobotsov, the Karl May Publisher gained a superior position from the opening, which he converted in the major piece endgame. A far advanced white passed pawn caused Black great grief. The endgame was played in mutual time pressure.


30.Red1 Rd4 30...Rbb8 31.a3 Kg7 32.R6d3 Kg6 33.Rf3 31.R1xd4 exd4 32.b3 32.Rxd4 Qf1+ is rarely successful among grandmasters. 32...Qe5 33.Qc7 d3 Black is trying to muddy the waters but it's too late. 


34.cxd3 34.Qxd8 is winning too: 34...dxc2+ 35.Kc1 (35.Kxc2 Qc5+ leads to a perpetual.) 35...Qe1+ 36.Kxc2 Qe4+ 37.Rd3 Qe2+ 38.Rd2 Qe4+ 39.Kc3 Qe3+ 40.Kc4 Qxd2 41.Qg8+ Kf5 42.d8Q 34...Qe1+ 35.Kb2 Qe5+ 36.d4 Qe1 37.Qc2+ Kg7 38.h3 Qb4 39.Rd5 Qb7 40.Qf5 Qb4 41.Qg4+ Kf8 42.Qf4 Ke7 43.Qe3+ 1–0

The duel between the two Bamberg players Helmut Pfleger and Jürgen Teufel was won by Pfleger:



40.Qxf4 wins as well: 40...gxf4 41.Nf5+ Kf7 42.Nxe7 Kxe7 43.Ke2 Kd6 44.Kd3 (But not 44.Kf3? Ke5 then it's Black who's winning.) 44...Ke5 45.h6 White is faster. 45...Kd6 etc. (Or 45...f5 46.g5 f3 47.g6) 46.Ke4 

40...Kg8 41.Qc8+ Kf7 42.Qf5 Kg8 43.d6 Qxd6 44.Nd5 Be5 45.Kg2 Qf8


46.f4 gxf4 47.g5 f3+ 48.Kf1 Obviously not 48.Kxf3 fxg5 with a draw. 48...Kh8 49.Kf2 Bd4+ 50.Kxf3 Kg8 51.gxf6 Qe8 52.Qg4+ 1–0

Paul Keres drew, but Tigran Petrosian was properly scared by Klaus Klundt:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 a6 7.Bb3 b5 8.0–0


8.... Bb7 8...Be7 is more cautious 9.Bxe6 An intuitive sacrifice to get an attack. And why not? Black has to be careful. 9...fxe6 10.Nxe6 Qd7 10...Qc8!? 11.Nd5

Now obviously not 11...Qxe6 12.Nc7+. In fact, this sacrifice had been played before, in a correspondence game in England, which continued 11...Kf7 12.Ng5+ Kg8 13.Nb6 Qc6 14.Nxa8 Bxa8 15.f3 with an unclear position, which White somehow managed to win.

Petrosian's solution is not necessarily better: 11...Bxd5 12.exd5 Kf7 13.g4 13.g5!? with the idea to trade on f6 and then play Qh5. 13...h6 14.f4 Qa7+ 15.Kh1 Nbd7


16.g5 White knows no fear. 16...Qb7 Black has to return the piece. The endgame is equal 16...Ne8 17.Qg4 with the idea to play 18. Nd8 was not a serious option.

17.gxf6 Nxf6 18.Qf3 Qxd5 19.f5 Be7 20.Be3 g5 21.Rad1 Qxf3+ 22.Rxf3 Rac8 23.c3 Ne8 24.Bd4 Bf6 25.Re3 Rxd4 26.Rxd4 Kf6 27.a4 Rb8 28.Rb4 ½–½

The remaining games also ended in a draw.

A bank robbery in broad daylight, which had taken place the previous day in the city of Nürnberg, which is close to Bamberg, provided more opportunity for conversation than the results of round 11. Shortly before closing time, two young men entered the Bayerische Vereinsbank in Nürnberg and threatened the five employees with pistols, which later turned out to be dummies.

One of the men jumped over the counter and put about 80,000 marks into a briefcase. Then the robbers fled. The robbery only lasted a few seconds but the police were on the scene immediately and closed off the main roads and sealed off the nearby buildings.

Photo: Helmholz

Visitors of a cinema close by, who were watching the extremely successful adult movie "Engelchen, oder die Jungfrau von Bamberg" (Angel, or the virgin of Bamberg, with Gila von Weitershausen in the main role), had to stop watching the film and were meticulously examined. For those who are interested: the film is about a young girl from Bamberg who wants to lose her virginity, which is only possible in the big city of Munich, the film music was composed by the jazz musician Jacques Loussier.

The chase for the bankrobbers lasted five hours. Then the two perpetrators were found, one in Nuremberg, the other in Fürth. Both had a briefcase and 40,000 Marks with them. Denial was futile.

Results of round 11

Board Name Result Name
1 Heikki MJ Westerinen 1 - 0 Borislav Ivkov
2 Roman Toran Albero ½ - ½ Laszlo Szabo
3 Rudolf Teschner ½ - ½ Paul Keres
4 Helmut Pfleger 1 - 0 Juergen Teufel
5 Lothar Schmid 1 - 0 Milko Georgiev Bobotsov
6 Wolfgang Unzicker ½ - ½ Hans Guenter Kestler
7 Jan Hein Donner ½ - ½ Andreas Dueckstein
8 Klaus Klundt ½ - ½ Tigran V Petrosian

Standings after round 11

Rg. Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts.
1 Paul Keres   ½ 1   1 1   ½   ½ ½ 1 1   1 1 9.0
2 Tigran V Petrosian ½   ½ ½ ½   1   ½   1 ½   1 ½ 1 7.5
3 Lothar Schmid 0 ½   ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1       1 1   7.0
4 Wolfgang Unzicker   ½ ½       ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1   ½ 7.0
5 Borislav Ivkov 0 ½ ½     0 1     ½ ½ 1 1   1 1 7.0
6 Heikki MJ Westerinen 0   0   1   ½   0 1 1 1 1 ½   1 7.0
7 Helmut Pfleger   0 ½ ½ 0 ½   ½ 1 1     1 1 ½   6.5
8 Rudolf Teschner ½   ½ ½     ½   ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½   1 6.5
9 Jan Hein Donner   ½ ½ ½   1 0 ½   0 1   1 1   ½ 6.5
10 Milko Georgiev Bobotsov ½   0 0 ½ 0 0 1 1     1   ½ ½   5.0
11 Laszlo Szabo ½ 0   0 ½ 0   0 0     ½   ½ 1 1 4.0
12 Hans Guenter Kestler 0 ½   ½ 0 0   ½   0 ½   ½   1 ½ 4.0
13 Juergen Teufel 0     ½ 0 0 0 0 0     ½   1 1 ½ 3.5
14 Roman Toran Albero   0 0 0   ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½   0   ½   2.5
15 Klaus Klundt 0 ½ 0   0   ½     ½ 0 0 0 ½   ½ 2.5
16 Andreas Dueckstein 0 0   ½ 0 0   0 ½   0 ½ ½   ½   2.5




Translation from German: Arthur Paul

André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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