Rovinj/Zagreb, Round 13: Eight draws, one win

by André Schulz
4/22/2020 – Round 13 of the 2. Tournament of Peace in Rovinj/Zagreb was very peaceful. Eight games ended in draw, five of them before move thirty. The only win of the round was scored by Dragoljub Minic who was lucky when Wolfgang Uhlmann blundered in time trouble. After 13 of 17 rounds Bobby Fischer leads with 10½/13 (+9, =3, -1), two points behind follow Viktor Kortschnoi and Svetozar Gligoric. | Photo: Bobby Fischer in round 12.

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Tournament of Peace, Round 13

Without Dragoljub Minic's victory over Wolfgang Uhlmann the spectators would have seen nothing but draws in round 13 of the 2. Tournament of Peace in Rovinj/Zagreb. Vlatko Kovacevic and Bruno Parma drew after 15 moves while Mijo Udovcic and Mario Bertok needed one more move for the same result. Tigran Petrosian and Vassily Smyslov, too, needed only 16 moves to bring their game to a peaceful end and Gligoric and Kortschnoi drew after 26 moves, Bojan Kurajica and Walter Browne after 29 moves.

Walter Browne as seen by Ottokar Maschek 

Even Bobby Fischer, who is known to fight in every game, could not stop the deluge of draws. He played with Black against Vlastimil Hort and was ready to play the sharp Sicilian Najdorf but Hort did not want to test the waters and opted for a closed and less dangerous Sicilian that ended in a draw after 33 moves.

Vlastimil Hort as seen by Ottokar Maschek

Fischer tried something, but could not make progress against Hort's solid play.

 

The final position

However, Risto Nicevski and Theodor Ghitescu decided to give the Najdorf a try but after the aggressive and energetic 6.Bc4 the game continued with a number of tame moves and quickly petered out to an uneventful draw.

The game between Drazen Marovic and Borislav Ivkov was also drawn but lasted 58 moves. In an endgame with queen and bishop against queen and knight Ivkov was a pawn up but his king was too exposed to create any serious winning chances.

 

Of course, White did not exchange queens but played 44.Qf3.

Wolfgang Uhlmann had a good position against Dragoljub Minic' King's Indian but in time trouble both players made mistakes and Uhlmann made the last one.

 

In the diagram position Black could have won with 35...Rxd3 36.Qg5+ Kh7 37.Bxf8 (37.Qh5 Bxh6 38.Rxc8 Qe6 and Black remains a piece up.) 37...Rd1+ 38.Kg2 Qf1+ 39.Kf3 Qh1+ 40.Ke2 Qe1+ 41.Kf3 Qe4#

But instead Black played 35... f4? And here White could have drawn with 36.Qxf4 Qxd3 37.Bxf8 Rxf8 38.Rxc8 Rxc8 39.Qg4+ Kf7 40.Qxc8.

Wolfgang Uhlmann as seen by Ottokar Maschek

But White played 37.Qg5+? after which Black returned the compliment immediately with 37...Kf7? [37...Kh7 wins], and now 38.Qf4+ Kg8 39.Bxf8 Rxf8 40.Rxc8 Rxc8 41.Qg4+ would again have been a draw, as in the lines above.

But Uhlmann played 38.Bxf8? and had to resign after 38...Rxf8 39.Ra5 Be6 0-1.

Dragoljub Minic

Games

 

Standings after round 13

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 ½ 1 0 ½     1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 / 13
2 Viktor Lvovich Kortschnoj     ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1   1 ½ ½ 1   ½   1 8.5 / 13
3 Svetozar Gligoric 0 ½   1 ½ 1   ½   ½ ½ ½   ½   1 1 1 8.5 / 13
4 Tigran V Petrosian   ½ 0     ½ ½ 1 ½ ½   ½ ½   1 ½ 1 1 8.0 / 13
5 Vlastimil Hort ½ ½ ½     ½ ½ 1 1 ½   ½ ½ ½ ½   1   8.0 / 13
6 Vassily V Smyslov ½ ½ 0 ½ ½   ½   1 ½ 1   ½ 1 ½   ½   7.5 / 13
7 Dragoljub Minic 0 1   ½ ½ ½     ½   ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0   1 7.0 / 13
8 Vlatko Kovacevic 1 0 ½ 0 0         1 0 1   ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6.5 / 13
9 Borislav Ivkov ½ 0   ½ 0 0 ½     ½ 1   ½ ½ 1 ½   1 6.5 / 13
10 Mario Bertok     ½ ½ ½ ½   0 ½   ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ 1 6.5 / 13
11 Walter Shawn Browne   0 ½     0 ½ 1 0 ½   0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1   6.0 / 13
12 Wolfgang Uhlmann 0 ½ ½ ½ ½   0 0   ½ 1       ½ 1 1 0 6.0 / 13
13 Theodor Ghitescu 0 ½   ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½     ½ ½   0 ½ 5.5 / 13
14 Bojan Kurajica 0 0 ½   ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½   ½   ½   ½   5.0 / 13
15 Bruno Parma 0     0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0   ½ ½ ½ ½   ½   ½ 5.0 / 13
16 Drazen Marovic 0 ½ 0 ½     1 ½ ½ ½ 0 0     ½   0 ½ 4.5 / 13
17 Mijo Udovcic 0   0 0 0 ½   0   ½ 0 0 1 ½   1   1 4.5 / 13
18 Risto Nicevski 0 0 0 0     0 ½ 0 0   1 ½   ½ ½ 0   3.0 / 13

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