Rovinj/Zagreb, Round 16: Fischer draws against Kortschnoi

by Klaus Besenthal
4/25/2020 – After 15 of 17 rounds Bobby Fischer was certain to win the 2. Tournament of Peace but he still had to fight in round 16 when Viktor Kortschnoi put pressure on him. But after a long and tenacious defense the game ended in a draw. But some of the players seemed to be tired after the long tournament and committed uncharacteristic blunders.

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2. Tournament of Peace, Round 16

Viktor Kortschnoi wanted to win against Fischer but though he was better he was never winning and could not overcome Fischer's precise and tenacious defense.

 

After a slow start into the tournament former World Champion Vassily Smyslov is getting more and more into shape. In round 16 he played a fine game against Wolfgang Uhlmann from East Germany, and with one round to go he still shares second and third place with Vlastimil Hort.

 

Vassily Smyslov | Photo: Dutch National Archive

The tournament was long and the players get tired and blunder more often. Vlastimil Hort is the only player in the field who has not lost a single game so far and in round 16 he had an easy win after Risto Nicevski blundered.

 

Vlastimil Hort

Walter Browne also seemed to be tired. Everything was fine in his game against former World Champion Tigran Petrosian but with two blunders in a row Browne threw the game away.

 

Results of round 16

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

Standings after round 16

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 ½   ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 12.5 / 16
2 Vassily V Smyslov ½   ½ ½ ½ 0 ½   1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 10.5 / 16
3 Vlastimil Hort ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½   1 1 10.5 / 16
4 Tigran V Petrosian   ½ ½   ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 10.0 / 16
5 Viktor Lvovich Kortschnoj ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ 0 1 1 0 ½ 1   1 ½ ½ 1 1 10.0 / 16
6 Svetozar Gligoric 0 1 ½ 1 ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½   1 1 1 10.0 / 16
7 Dragoljub Minic 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½   ½ ½   1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 8.5 / 16
8 Vlatko Kovacevic 1   0 0 0 ½ ½   ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 8.0 / 16
9 Borislav Ivkov ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½   1 8.0 / 16
10 Mario Bertok 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½   0 ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8.0 / 16
11 Wolfgang Uhlmann 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½     ½ 1 1 1 1 0 7.5 / 16
12 Bojan Kurajica 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½     ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.5 / 16
13 Bruno Parma 0 ½ ½ 0   ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.5 / 16
14 Walter Shawn Browne ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½   ½ 1 1   6.5 / 16
15 Theodor Ghitescu 0 ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½   ½ 0 ½ 6.5 / 16
16 Drazen Marovic 0 0   ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½   0 ½ 5.5 / 16
17 Mijo Udovcic 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0   ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1   1 5.5 / 16
18 Risto Nicevski 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½   ½ ½ 0   3.5 / 16

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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.