Bamberg 1968, Round 5: Keres takes the sole lead

by Klaus Besenthal
6/27/2020 – In the 5th round of the International Jubilee Tournament in Bamberg, Paul Keres took the sole lead with a victory over the Austrian Andreas Dückstein — the Estonian has collected 4 points so far. World Champion Tigran Petrosian from the Soviet Union and Borislav Ivkov from Yugoslavia, who had previously been level with Keres, drew their games and are now sharing second place with Jan Hein Donner.

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International Jubilee Tournament in Bamburg

Paul Keres was one of the strongest players in the world even before the war. That was more than a quarter of a century ago, but apparently nothing has changed — the Estonian, who has since become a Soviet citizen, can still battle on an equal footing with the very best.

Keres’ victory over the Austrian Andreas Dückstein looked on the surface like a routinely delivered piece of work, but a closer look revealed that it was not a one-way affair: Keres needed a lot of luck to get the win.


Tigran Petrosian

Relaxation between the strenuous battles

The Dutchman Jan Hein Donner made it into the chasing group behind Keres with his victory over the Spaniard Roman Toran. He joined Petrosian and Ivkov in second place.



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

Standings after round 5

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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