Rovinj, Round 9: A professional approach

by Johannes Fischer
4/17/2020 – The Tournament of Peace in Rovinj/Zagreb is a round-robin with 18 players but if you want to finish at the top being too peaceful is the wrong strategy. After all, you need to score against the weaker players. In round 9 Viktor Kortschnoi (pictured), Tigran Petrosian and Vlastimil Hort, who all still have a chance to win the tournament did not play brilliancies but showed a professional approach to win their games. | Photo: Viktor Kortschnoi at the Chess Olympiad Leipzig 1960 (Archive)

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Tournament of Peace, Round 9

Particularly impressive was Kortschnoi's win against Risto Nicevski. Soon after the opening Kortschnoi had a slightly better position but he managed to put his opponent under continuous pressure until Nicevski cracked in the ending.

 

Tigran Petrosian opted for a quiet opening but after an inaccuracy by Parma he won pawn and had no trouble to convert.

 

For a long time Vlastimil Hort could not get any advantage but then his opponent blundered in a roughly even, dynamic position and Hort immediately seized his chance to win the game.

 

After nine of 18 rounds Fischer leads with 7.0/9, followed by Svetozar Gligoric with 6½/9. Kortschnoi, Petrosian and Hort share third to fifth place with 6.0/9 each.

Standings after round 9

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               ½ 1 1   0   ½ 1 1 1 1 7.0 / 9
2 Svetozar Gligoric     1   ½ ½   1 ½   ½ ½         1 1 6.5 / 9
3 Tigran V Petrosian   0   ½     ½   ½     1 1     1 ½ 1 6.0 / 9
4 Viktor Lvovich Kortschnoj     ½   ½ 1   ½   0 1     1 ½     1 6.0 / 9
5 Vlastimil Hort   ½   ½     ½   ½ ½   1 1 1   ½     6.0 / 9
6 Walter Shawn Browne   ½   0     ½   0 ½   1 1     ½ 1   5.0 / 9
7 Mario Bertok     ½   ½ ½   ½     ½     ½ ½   ½ 1 5.0 / 9
8 Vassily V Smyslov ½ 0   ½     ½     ½     ½ 1 ½ ½     4.5 / 9
9 Wolfgang Uhlmann 0 ½ ½   ½ 1           0 1       1 0 4.5 / 9
10 Dragoljub Minic 0     1 ½ ½   ½     ½     ½ ½ ½     4.5 / 9
11 Bojan Kurajica   ½   0     ½     ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ ½     4.0 / 9
12 Vlatko Kovacevic 1 ½ 0   0 0     1   ½           ½ ½ 4.0 / 9
13 Mijo Udovcic     0   0 0   ½ 0   ½       1   1 1 4.0 / 9
14 Borislav Ivkov ½     0 0   ½ 0   ½ ½       ½ 1     3.5 / 9
15 Theodor Ghitescu 0     ½     ½ ½   ½ ½   0 ½   ½     3.5 / 9
16 Bruno Parma 0   0   ½ ½   ½   ½ ½     0 ½       3.0 / 9
17 Drazen Marovic 0 0 ½     0 ½   0     ½ 0         ½ 2.0 / 9
18 Risto Nicevski 0 0 0 0     0   1     ½ 0       ½   2.0 / 9

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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".