Bamberg 1968, Round 9: Unzicker wins brilliantly, Ivkov could have won brilliantly

by Johannes Fischer
7/1/2020 – Round 9 of the Jubilee Tournament in Bamberg brought a number of exciting games. Wolfgang Unzicker played the move of the day against Laszlo Szabo, and Borislav Ivkov could have played the game of the day if he had found a hidden tactical possibility against World Champion Tigran Petrosian. | Photo: Wolfgang Unzicker | Photo: Roger Rössing, Deutsche Fotothek.

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Tactical tricks

Wolfgang Unzicker, Germany's number one, played a fine game against the Hungarian Grandmaster Laszlo Szabo. In a Sicilian, Unzicker found a hidden tactical trick that gave him an advantage which he converted without too much trouble.

 

If Borislav Ivkov had seen a hidden tactical trick, he would have beaten World Champion Tigran Petrosian, who is very difficult to beat. But Ivkov missed not only these but also a number of other good chances and in the end had to settle for a draw.

 

Rudolf Teschner, the editor of the Deutsche Schachzeitung, won against an out of form Andreas Dückstein and scored his third victory in a row.

 

Heikki Westerinen profited from a blackout of Hans-Günter Kestler and came to a an easy win.

 

With dry but strong positional play the Dutch Grandmaster Jan Hein Donner won against Jürgen Teufel.

 

Paul Keres had Black against Klaus Klundt, but outplayed his opponent easily and finished the game with a nice combination in a queenless middlegame.

 

The two Bamberg players Helmut Pfleger and Lothar Schmid, drew the first tournament game they played against each other - though Schmid for a long time had an extra pawn and the better position and should have won.

 

The only lifeless game of round 9 was the encounter between Roman Toran and Milko Bobotsov who drew after 22 moves.

 

After 9 of 15 rounds Keres is sole first 7½/9 and is one point ahead of Petrosian who is sole second with 6½/9.

Results

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

Standings after round 9

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   ½     ½ 1 1   1 1 7.5
2 Tigran V Petrosian ½   ½ ½         ½ 1 1 ½   1   1 6.5
3 Wolfgang Unzicker   ½       ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1   ½ 1     6.0
4 Borislav Ivkov 0 ½       ½   ½   1 ½ 1 1     1 6.0
5 Heikki MJ Westerinen           0   1 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½   1 6.0
6 Lothar Schmid 0   ½ ½ 1   ½   ½ ½       1 1   5.5
7 Rudolf Teschner     ½     ½   0 ½ ½ 1   1 ½   1 5.5
8 Milko Georgiev Bobotsov ½   0 ½ 0   1   1     1   ½ ½   5.0
9 Jan Hein Donner   ½ ½   1 ½ ½ 0   0     1 1     5.0
10 Helmut Pfleger   0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½   1         1 ½   4.5
11 Laszlo Szabo ½ 0 0 ½ 0   0         ½     1 1 3.5
12 Hans Guenter Kestler 0 ½   0 0     0     ½   ½   1 ½ 3.0
13 Juergen Teufel 0   ½ 0 0   0   0     ½     1 ½ 2.5
14 Roman Toran Albero   0 0   ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0         ½   2.0
15 Klaus Klundt 0         0   ½   ½ 0 0 0 ½   ½ 2.0
16 Andreas Dueckstein 0 0   0 0   0       0 ½ ½   ½   1.5

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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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