Rovinj, Round 10: Fischer wins top encounter

by Klaus Besenthal
4/19/2020 – After his surprising loss against Vlatko Kovacevic in round 8 of the Tournament of Peace in Rovinj/Zagreb Bobby Fischer is back on track. After a draw against Vassily Smyslov in round 9 he convincingly defeated Svetozar Gligoric, his closest rival, in round 10 and now leads with 8.0/10. Gligoric, Vlastimil Hort, Viktor Kortschnoi and Tigran Petrosian are all one and half point behind and share places two to five with 6½/10.

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Tournament of Peace, Round 10

The top encounter of round 10 turned out to be rather one-sided. Svetozar Gligoric had been closely trailing Fischer throughout the entire tournament, but in their direct encounter Gligoric was convincingly outplayed by the American.

 

Svetozar Gligoric and Bobby Fischer | Photo: Sindik

Walter Browne played with Black against Borislav Ivkov and was completely winning but then blundered and lost.

 

The game of former World Champion Vassily Smyslov against Bojan Kurajica was amazingly similar to Fischer's game against Gligoric: in both games the queenside was completely blocked and White won on the kingside after some patient maneuvering with king and rooks.

 

Vassily Smyslov | Photo: Dutch National Archive

Mijo Udovcic cherished wild attacking plans against his young countryman Vlatko Kovacevic but these dreams quickly turned out to be illusions – and the blunder which finally cost Udovcic the game somehow was a fitting end of the game.

 

Results of round 10

Ghitescu ½-½ Hort
Kortschnoj ½-½ Marovic
Fischer 1-0 Gligoric
Ivkov 1-0 Browne
Parma ½-½ Nicevski
Bertok ½-½ Uhlmann
Smyslov 1-0 Kurajica
Minic ½-½ Petrosian
Udovcic 0-1 Kovacevic

Standings after round 10

Rk. Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pts.
1 Robert James Fischer       1   ½   0   1 1 ½   1   1 1 1 8.0 / 10
2 Tigran V Petrosian     ½ 0     ½ 1   ½ ½       1 1 ½ 1 6.5 / 10
3 Viktor Lvovich Kortschnoj   ½     ½ ½     1   0 1 1 ½     ½ 1 6.5 / 10
4 Svetozar Gligoric 0 1     ½ 1   ½ ½ ½     ½       1 1 6.5 / 10
5 Vlastimil Hort     ½ ½     ½ 1   ½ ½ 1   ½ 1 ½     6.5 / 10
6 Vassily V Smyslov ½   ½ 0     ½       ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½     5.5 / 10
7 Mario Bertok   ½     ½ ½     ½ ½   ½ ½ ½     ½ 1 5.5 / 10
8 Vlatko Kovacevic 1 0   ½ 0       0 1     ½   1   ½ ½ 5.0 / 10
9 Walter Shawn Browne     0 ½     ½ 1   0 ½ 0     1 ½ 1   5.0 / 10
10 Wolfgang Uhlmann 0 ½   ½ ½   ½ 0 1           1   1 0 5.0 / 10
11 Dragoljub Minic 0 ½ 1   ½ ½     ½     ½ ½ ½   ½     5.0 / 10
12 Borislav Ivkov ½   0   0 0 ½   1   ½   ½ ½   1     4.5 / 10
13 Bojan Kurajica     0 ½   0 ½ ½     ½ ½   ½ ½ ½     4.0 / 10
14 Theodor Ghitescu 0   ½   ½ ½ ½       ½ ½ ½   0 ½     4.0 / 10
15 Mijo Udovcic   0     0 ½   0 0 0     ½ 1     1 1 4.0 / 10
16 Bruno Parma 0 0     ½ ½     ½   ½ 0 ½ ½       ½ 3.5 / 10
17 Drazen Marovic 0 ½ ½ 0     ½ ½ 0 0         0     ½ 2.5 / 10
18 Risto Nicevski 0 0 0 0     0 ½   1         0 ½ ½   2.5 / 10

Games of rounds 1-10

 

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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.