Bamberg 1968, Round 3: Keres and Petrosian take the lead

by Johannes Fischer
6/25/2020 – Tigran Petrosian and Paul Keres are the favourites at the jubilee tournament of the SC Bamberg and after three rounds the two Soviet players have indeed taken the lead. In round 3 Petrosian won with a fine exchange sacrifice against Andreas Dückstein, while Keres won a long, technical but basically unproblematic game against Jürgen Teufel, who blundered in the opening. Keres and Petrosian thus share first place with 2½/3 each, while Milko Bobotsov, Borislav Ivkov and Jan Hein Donner follow half a point behind with 2.0/0 each. | Photo: Tigran Petrosian (Archive)

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World Champion Tigran Petrosian is known for his caution and his defensive skills. But he is also famous for his exchange sacrifices. In round three Petrosian had Black against Andreas Dückstein and was happy to try his trademark sacrifice once again. Dückstein did not know what to do with his material plus and was gradually outplayed.

 

Paul Keres won in an entirely different way. He played with White against Jürgen Teufel and after an opening inaccuracy by the German Keres was soon two pawns up. Teufel managed to regain one of the pawns but wound up in a cheerless knight ending which Keres patiently converted to a win.

 

Lothar Schmid scored the third win of the day after beating Klaus Klundt in a wild tactical battle.

 

Tactics also dominated the game between Heikki Westerinen and Helmut Pfleger – but this game ended peacefully.

 

Hans-Günther Kestler, who played with White against Laszlo Szabo, also had to content himself with a draw – after missing a couple of good chances to beat the Hungarian Grandmaster.

 

Results

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

Standings

Rk. Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts.
1 Tigran V Petrosian             1   ½             1 2.5 / 3
2 Paul Keres     ½     1                 1   2.5 / 3
3 Milko Georgiev Bobotsov   ½   ½               1         2.0 / 3
4 Borislav Ivkov     ½     ½         1           2.0 / 3
5 Jan Hein Donner                 ½ ½       1     2.0 / 3
6 Lothar Schmid   0   ½                 1       1.5 / 3
7 Laszlo Szabo 0                     ½       1 1.5 / 3
8 Roman Toran Albero                   ½     ½ ½     1.5 / 3
9 Wolfgang Unzicker ½       ½         ½             1.5 / 3
10 Rudolf Teschner         ½     ½ ½               1.5 / 3
11 Helmut Pfleger       0                 ½ ½     1.0 / 3
12 Hans Guenter Kestler     0       ½               ½   1.0 / 3
13 Klaus Klundt           0   ½     ½           1.0 / 3
14 Heikki MJ Westerinen         0     ½     ½           1.0 / 3
15 Juergen Teufel   0                   ½       ½ 1.0 / 3
16 Andreas Dueckstein 0           0               ½   0.5 / 3

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".

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