Bamberg 1968, Round 4: Lothar Schmid wins miniature!

by Johannes Fischer
6/26/2020 – Round 4 of the jubilee tournament in Bamberg was a round of short games: Szabo and Keres drew after twelve moves, Petrosian and Donner made two moves more, but the result was the same. Schmid and Westerinen made 17 moves but this game ended with a win for Schmid. Unzicker and Ivkov also scored full points: Unzicker won a fine positional game against Toran and Ivkov defeated Teufel with patience and good technique. | Photo: Lothar Schmid (Gerhard Hund, Archive)

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Lothar Schmid wins in 17 moves

Lothar Schmid began the tournament in Bamberg with a loss against Paul Keres and a draw against Borislav Ivkov. But in round three he defeated Klaus Klundt in a difficult game. This seems to have inspired Schmid and in round four he defeated the Finnish grandmaster Heikki Westerinen in only 17 moves.

 

Wolfgang Unzicker, Germany's number one, demonstrated against Roman Toran why the pair of bishops is usually much better than a pair of knights.

 

Borislav Ivkov scored the third win of the round – he won with Black against Jürgen Teufel.

 

After four rounds Ivkov, Keres and Petrosian now share the lead with 3.0/4 each. Bobotsov, Donner, Schmid and Unzicker follow half a point behind with 2½/4 each.

Results

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

Standings after round 4

Rg. Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts.
1 Paul Keres       1   ½   ½             1   3.0 / 4
2 Tigran V Petrosian         ½   ½ 1               1 3.0 / 4
3 Borislav Ivkov       ½   ½       1         1   3.0 / 4
4 Lothar Schmid 0   ½                   1 1     2.5 / 4
5 Wolfgang Unzicker   ½         ½   ½   1           2.5 / 4
6 Milko Georgiev Bobotsov ½   ½                 1 ½       2.5 / 4
7 Jan Hein Donner   ½     ½       ½         1     2.5 / 4
8 Laszlo Szabo ½ 0                   ½       1 2.0 / 4
9 Rudolf Teschner         ½   ½     ½ ½           2.0 / 4
10 Helmut Pfleger     0           ½       ½ ½     1.5 / 4
11 Roman Toran Albero         0       ½       ½ ½     1.5 / 4
12 Hans Guenter Kestler           0   ½             ½ ½ 1.5 / 4
13 Klaus Klundt       0   ½       ½ ½           1.5 / 4
14 Heikki MJ Westerinen       0     0     ½ ½           1.0 / 4
15 Juergen Teufel 0   0                 ½       ½ 1.0 / 4
16 Andreas Dueckstein   0           0       ½     ½   1.0 / 4

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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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MeisterZinger MeisterZinger 6/28/2020 12:37
@lajosarpad Hey, don't bug me about it. bug chessbase. :-)
lajosarpad lajosarpad 6/27/2020 11:49
@MeisterZinger yes, they are IMs. Are you saying that you know for sure that in seven years they will be GMs? Wow.
MeisterZinger MeisterZinger 6/27/2020 05:23
These reports are very enjoyable. One little nitpick: you have been calling Westerinen and Pfleger grandmasters. They weren't at the time of the tournament, getting the title in 1975 in both cases. They were however IMs at this time.
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