Bamberg 1968, Round 6: Keres beats Kestler

by Klaus Besenthal
6/28/2020 – At the Bamberg Jubilee Tournament, Hans-Günther Kestler could not repeat his surprise success from two days earlier when he drew world champion Tigran Petrosian: the local hero was literally overrun by Paul Keres’ central pawn mass in the 6th round. Keres remains the sole leader of the standings with 5/6. Petrosian and Borislav Ivkov are merely a half point behind. | Photo: The town hall of Bamberg (Pixabay)

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International Jubilee Tournament in Bamburg

After Keres’ rather lucky victory over Andreas Dückstein in the 5th round, he managed to score a win over Kestler that can certainly be called a “one-way affair”:


Television coverage from the Bamberg tournament

After getting four wins and two draws, Keres remains the sole leader of the standings table, closely followed by World Champion Petrosian and Borislav Ivkov. In round 6, Petrosian defeated Roman Toran, while Ivkov got the better of Andreas Dückstein.

Jan Hein Donner had joined the chasing group in the 5th round, but the Dutch grandmaster lost that status immediately. Donner was defeated by the young German International Champion Helmut Pfleger, who grew up in Bamberg and wisely used his pair of bishops to get the full point:


Bamberg 1968

The playing hall

Even at this level we see players blundering early on in their games. Heikki Westerinen needed no more than 14 moves to defeat Juergen Teufel:



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

Standings after round 6

Bamberg 1968

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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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