Havana (1962) – 1e Capablanca Memorial — a no-first-look look


Link to PGN:    Havana (1962) – 1e Capablanca Memorial


Perhaps one of the more definitive online source of information about this tournament has this RR xtab:

 

clubcapablanca - RR xtab

1e Capablanca Memorial – Havana (1962)    (click image to enlarge)

See: http://www.clubcapablanca.com/body/categ.php?v=cat4 (es)

Here is the Z-base RR xtab to compare:

CBlight - RR xtab - Havana (1962)

And the RR xtab sorted by name:

Havana (1962) - 1e Capablanca Memorial
Havana CUB, 1962.04.29 - 1962.06.01
                                  Ti Age Nat    Score     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
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 1: Alvarez del Monte, Jose Luis      31 URU   4.5 / 21   X = = 0 0 0 = = 0 0 = = = 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0  (+1 -13 =7)
 2: Ciocaltea, Victor             gm  30 ROU  12.5 / 21   = X = 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 = = = = 1 = 1 1 0 1 = =  (+8 -4 =9)
 3: Cobo Arteaga, Eldis           im  33 CUB  10.0 / 21   = = X 1 0 1 = = 0 0 = 1 = 0 1 = = = 0 1 0 =  (+5 -6 =10)
 4: Garcia, Gilberto                  43 CUB   3.5 / 21   1 0 0 X 0 0 0 0 0 0 = = = 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0  (+2 -16 =3)
 5: Gligoric, Svetozar            gm  39 SRB  15.5 / 21   1 1 1 1 X 1 1 = 1 = = = = = 1 = = = 1 1 = =  (+10 -0 =11)
 6: Gonzalez, Juan Carlos (Dr.)                8.0 / 21   1 0 0 1 0 X 0 0 = 0 0 = = 0 = 1 1 0 1 1 0 0  (+6 -11 =4)
 7: Greiff, Boris de              im  32 COL   7.0 / 21   = 0 = 1 0 1 X 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 = 0 = = 0 1 = 0  (+3 -10 =8)
 8: Guimard, Carlos Enrique       gm  49 ARG  11.0 / 21   = 0 = 1 = 1 1 X = = = = = 0 1 = 1 0 0 1 = 0  (+6 -5 =10)
 9: Haag, Ervin                   im  29 HUN  13.0 / 21   1 1 1 1 0 = 1 = X = 1 = 1 0 1 = = = 0 1 = 0  (+9 -4 =8)
10: Ivkov, Borislav               gm  29 SRB  14.5 / 21   1 1 1 1 = 1 1 = = X = = 1 0 1 = 1 = = 1 0 =  (+10 -2 =9)
11: Jimenez Zerquera, Eleazar     im  33 CUB   8.0 / 21   = = = = = 1 = = 0 = X 0 = 0 = = = 0 0 = 0 =  (+1 -6 =14)
12: Matanovic, Aleksandar         gm  32 SRB   9.5 / 21   = = 0 = = = 1 = = = 1 X = 0 0 = 1 0 0 1 = 0  (+4 -6 =11)
13: Milev, Zdravko                im  32 BUL   7.5 / 21   = = = = = = = = 0 0 = = X 0 = = 0 = 0 = 0 =  (+0 -6 =15)
14: Najdorf, Miguel               gm  52 ARG  16.5 / 21   1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 X 1 0 1 0 = 1 = =  (+14 -2 =5)
15: Ortega, Rogelio                   47 CUB   5.5 / 21   1 0 0 1 0 = = 0 0 0 = 1 = 0 X = 0 0 0 0 0 0  (+3 -13 =5)
16: Pachman, Ludek                gm  37 GER  10.5 / 21   1 = = 0 = 0 1 = = = = = = 1 = X = 0 1 = = 0  (+4 -4 =13)
17: Perez Perez, Francisco Jose   im  41 CUB   8.5 / 21   1 0 = 1 = 0 = 0 = 0 = 0 1 0 1 = X = 0 = 0 =  (+4 -8 =9)
18: Pietzsch, Wolfgang            gm  31 GER  13.0 / 21   1 0 = 1 = 1 = 1 = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 = X 0 0 = 0  (+9 -4 =8)
19: Polugaevsky, Lev              gm  27 RUS  16.0 / 21   1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 0 1 1 X 1 = =  (+14 -3 =4)
20: Siero, Marcelino                           5.0 / 21   0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 1 = = 1 0 X 0 0  (+3 -14 =4)
21: Smyslov, Vassily              gm  41 RUS  15.5 / 21   1 = 1 1 = 1 = = = 1 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 = = 1 X =  (+10 -0 =11)
22: Spassky, Boris V              gm  25 RUS  16.0 / 21   1 = = 1 = 1 1 1 1 = = 1 = = 1 1 = 1 = 1 = X  (+11 -0 =10)
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231 games: +78 =94 -59

 

And finally the Swiss xtab.

Havana (1962) - 1e Capablanca Memorial
Havana CUB, 1962.04.29 - 1962.06.01
                                  Ti Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Alvarez del Monte, Jose Luis      31 URU   4.5 / 21   20w+  9b-  3w= 18b- 16w-  5b-  6w- 21b-  8w= 14b- 11w=  4b- 10w- 17w- 12b=  7w= 15b- 19w- 22b-  2w= 13b=  (+1 -13 =7)
 2: Ciocaltea, Victor             gm  30 ROU  12.5 / 21   12b=  7w+ 15b+ 19w- 22b= 10b- 13w= 20b+  9w-  3b= 18w+ 16b=  5w-  6b+ 21w=  8b+ 14w= 11b=  4w+  1b= 17w+  (+8 -4 =9)
 3: Cobo Arteaga, Eldis           im  33 CUB  10.0 / 21   11b=  4w+  1b= 17w= 12b+  7w= 15b+ 19w- 22b=  2w= 13b= 20w+  9b- 10b- 18w= 16b=  5w-  6b+ 21w-  8b= 14w-  (+5 -6 =10)
 4: Garcia, Gilberto                  43 CUB   3.5 / 21    9w-  3b- 18w- 16b+  5w-  6b- 21w-  8b- 14w- 11b= 10w-  1w+ 17b- 12w=  7b- 15w- 19b- 22w-  2b- 13w= 20b-  (+2 -16 =3)
 5: Gligoric, Svetozar            gm  39 SRB  15.5 / 21   21b=  8w= 14b= 11w=  4b+  1w+ 17b= 12w=  7b+ 15w+ 19b+ 22w=  2b+ 13w= 20b+  9w+  3b+ 18w= 16b= 10b=  6w+  (+10 -0 =11)
 6: Gonzalez, Juan Carlos (Dr.)                8.0 / 21   10w- 21w-  8b- 14w- 11b-  4w+  1b+ 17w+ 12b=  7w- 15b= 19w+ 22b-  2w- 13b= 20w+  9b=  3w- 18b- 16w+  5b-  (+6 -11 =4)
 7: Greiff, Boris de              im  32 COL   7.0 / 21   22w-  2b- 13w= 20b+  9w-  3b= 18w= 16b-  5w-  6b+ 21w=  8b- 14w- 11b=  4w+  1b= 17w= 12b- 10w- 15w= 19b-  (+3 -10 =8)
 8: Guimard, Carlos Enrique       gm  49 ARG  11.0 / 21   16w=  5b=  6w+ 21b= 10w= 14w- 11b=  4w+  1b= 17w+ 12b=  7w+ 15b+ 19w- 22b-  2w- 13b= 20w+  9b=  3w= 18b-  (+6 -5 =10)
 9: Haag, Ervin                   im  29 HUN  13.0 / 21    4b+  1w+ 17b= 12w=  7b+ 15w+ 19b- 22w-  2b+ 13w+ 20b+ 10b=  3w+ 18b= 16w=  5b-  6w= 21b=  8w= 14b- 11w+  (+9 -4 =8)
10: Ivkov, Borislav               gm  29 SRB  14.5 / 21    6b+ 19w= 21b- 22w=  8b=  2w+ 14b- 13w+ 11b= 20w+  4b+  9w=  1b+  3w+ 17b+ 18w= 12b= 16w=  7b+  5w= 15b+  (+10 -2 =9)
11: Jimenez Zerquera, Eleazar     im  33 CUB   8.0 / 21    3w= 18b- 16w=  5b=  6w+ 21b-  8w= 14b- 10w=  4w=  1b= 17w= 12b-  7w= 15b= 19w- 22b=  2w= 13b= 20w=  9b-  (+1 -6 =14)
12: Matanovic, Aleksandar         gm  32 SRB   9.5 / 21    2w= 13b= 20w+  9b=  3w- 18b- 16w=  5b=  6w= 21b=  8w= 14b- 11w+  4b=  1w= 17b+ 10w=  7w+ 15b- 19w- 22b-  (+4 -6 =11)
13: Milev, Zdravko                im  32 BUL   7.5 / 21   17b- 12w=  7b= 15w= 19b- 22w=  2b= 10b- 20w=  9b-  3w= 18b= 16w=  5b=  6w= 21b-  8w= 14b- 11w=  4b=  1w=  (+0 -6 =15)
14: Najdorf, Miguel               gm  52 ARG  16.5 / 21   18w- 16b-  5w=  6b+ 21w=  8b+ 10w+ 11w+  4b+  1w+ 17b+ 12w+  7b+ 15w+ 19b= 22w=  2b= 13w+ 20b+  9w+  3b+  (+14 -2 =5)
15: Ortega, Rogelio                   47 CUB   5.5 / 21   19w- 22b-  2w- 13b= 20w-  9b-  3w- 18b- 16w=  5b-  6w= 21b-  8w- 14b- 11w=  4b+  1w+ 17b- 12w+  7b= 10w-  (+3 -13 =5)
16: Pachman, Ludek                gm  37 GER  10.5 / 21    8b= 14w+ 11b=  4w-  1b+ 17w= 12b=  7w+ 15b= 19w+ 22b-  2w= 13b= 20w=  9b=  3w= 18b- 10b=  5w=  6b- 21w=  (+4 -4 =13)
17: Perez Perez, Francisco Jose   im  41 CUB   8.5 / 21   13w+ 20b=  9w=  3b= 18w= 16b=  5w=  6b- 21w-  8b- 14w- 11b=  4w+  1b+ 10w- 12w-  7b= 15w+ 19b- 22w=  2b-  (+4 -8 =9)
18: Pietzsch, Wolfgang            gm  31 GER  13.0 / 21   14b+ 11w+  4b+  1w+ 17b= 12w+  7b= 15w+ 19b- 22w-  2b- 13w= 20b-  9w=  3b= 10b= 16w+  5b=  6w+ 21b=  8w+  (+9 -4 =8)
19: Polugaevsky, Lev              gm  27 RUS  16.0 / 21   15b+ 10b= 22w=  2b+ 13w+ 20b+  9w+  3b+ 18w+ 16b-  5w-  6b- 21w=  8b+ 14w= 11b+  4w+  1b+ 17w+ 12b+  7w+  (+14 -3 =4)
20: Siero, Marcelino                           5.0 / 21    1b- 17w= 12b-  7w- 15b+ 19w- 22b-  2w- 13b= 10b-  9w-  3b- 18w+ 16b=  5w-  6b- 21w-  8b- 14w- 11b=  4w+  (+3 -14 =4)
21: Smyslov, Vassily              gm  41 RUS  15.5 / 21    5w=  6b+ 10w+  8w= 14b= 11w+  4b+  1w+ 17b+ 12w=  7b= 15w+ 19b= 22w=  2b= 13w+ 20b+  9w=  3b+ 18w= 16b=  (+10 -0 =11)
22: Spassky, Boris V              gm  25 RUS  16.0 / 21    7b+ 15w+ 19b= 10b=  2w= 13b= 20w+  9b+  3w= 18b+ 16w+  5b=  6w+ 21b=  8w+ 14b= 11w=  4b+  1w+ 17b= 12w+  (+11 -0 =10)
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231 games: +78 =94 -59

Note that the bracket dates (i.e. start/finish) of the tournament could be off by a day or two. It was difficult to reconstruct the information from the Spanish and Mexican papers of the time, the only sources available to me. For this reason, not all the rounds have dates in the Z-base PGN.


(Some of the background research…)

Again, inspired by <suenteus po 147>’s post:

May-06-16
Premium Chessgames Member
suenteus po 147: Tournaments that need finishing:

Biel 1983 (need to submit 30 missing games)
Biel 1992 (needs intro/xtab/dates)
Budapest Tungsram 1973 (need to submit 59 missing games)
Frankfurt 1887 (needs intro/xtab/dates/crosscheck)
Hastings 1964/65 (need to submit 23 missing games)
Hastings 1974/75 (needs intro/xtab/dates)
Havana 1962 (need to submit 112 missing games)
Las Palmas 1993 (needs intro/xtab/dates)
Munich 1991 (needs intro/xtab/dates)
New York 1889 (needs source rundown, fact-check)
Reggio Emilia 1988/89 (needs intro/xtab/dates)
Reggio Emilia 1990/91 I (needs intro/xtab/dates)
US Championship 1960/61 (needs intro/xtab/dates; 10 missing/lost?)
US Championship 1968/69 (needs intro/xtab/dates)
US Championship 1969/70 (needs intro/xtab/dates)
US Championship 1978 (needs intro/xtab/dates)
US Championship 1980 (needs intro/xtab/dates)
USSR Championship 1937 (needs history/round dates)
USSR Championship 1954 (needs one? game correction/historical sourcing)

After doing <Biel (1983)> I next decided <Havana (1962)> looked interesting. A major chess tournament just months before the Cuban Missile Crisis, held in the former Havana Hilton, now recently renamed Hotel Habana Libre, involving many Soviet GM’s, what could be better?

(I picked those two also because they had the largest number of missing games.)

The trick was finding the identity of certain of the players, in particular Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez (since there are so many players named Gonzalez), and of Marcelino Siero (because there was so little information about the player mostly identified only as Siero). In fact, even Di Felice, and several major DB’s got this wrong to some degree:

Jul-11-16 zanzibar: Where is this game from?

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1125966

<suenteus> has it as part of <Havana (1962)>, but I’m pretty sure that’s incorrect.Compare to this game:J Gonzalez vs Smyslov, 1962which agrees with the usual collaborators (i.e. CB/NIC/365 -ed).

Jul-11-16 Retireborn: <z> According to Chessbase Big 2002 this is indeed the 17th round game from the 1962 Capa memorial in Havana.The White player is given as Siero (born 1930), no other information. Havana appears to have been his only tournament.

My commercial Spassky database also calls him Siero and awards him a first initial L.

Jul-11-16 zanzibar: <RB> I’m in the middle of going through a list of games, so I’ll have to double-back later on this one.However, note that Di Felice and others list a <Gonzalez Zamora, Juan Carlos> for a 1962 tournament, and that there’s another player with that name not yet born.

Suspicious.

It sure would be nice to have the original source of all the tournament games available for consultation – at least by someone out there!

Jul-11-16 Retireborn: <z> Chessbase Big 2002 assigns Smyslov’s 2nd round game to an IM called Juan Carlos Gonzalez who was born in 1951! That’s obviously wrong.The Spassky database on the other hand calls him Gonzales-Casafus (no initial given.) I cannot get Chessbase to recognise that name though.

That game is here:-

Spassky vs Gonzales, 1962

This is actually one of Spassky’s better-known games; ISTR Soltis included it in his book. And you can see there a kibitz by<perfidious> which says he knew him personally, although I’m pretty sure he means a different Gonzalez/s.

Well, good luck with finding an original source.

Jul-11-16 Retireborn: Further note: the Mexican Juan Carlos Gonzalez Zamora is obviously not the one.The initial L for Siero may well be wrong; he may have been confused with Luis Sieiro Gonzalez (b 1955)

Tentative conclusion: Siero and Gonzales-Casafus are obscure figures who never played another tournament. Possibly they only got in because they were matey with Che or something.

Jul-12-16 zanzibar: <RB> thanks for looking into that.Turns out that the right Gonzalez is this one:

Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez de Vega

According to I.A. Horwitz, who published many games from the<1e Capablanca Memorial> during the summer of ’62. Horwitz said he was very well known in the chess circles having recently won the US Speed Chess Championship (also, see e.g. 52nd US Open (1951))

As for Siero, the identity of that person is much less clear. I found a pretty detailed site, having a good xtab with nicely identified players:

http://www.clubcapablanca.com/body/…

They have Siero as <Siero> in the xtab, but later identify him as

<Siero, Marcelino>

in his game against Pachman.

There is mention of a Marcelino Siero winning an amateur S. Cal tournament here: http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/…

There are other chess hits from Cuba on the web, but are stale, without cache being viewable beyond the google search:

<Entre los años 1932 a 1936 el club de ajedrez Capablanca de Artemisa llena una … jugadores Marcelino Siero y Juan Corzo, ex campeón de Cuba este último.>

http://www.artemisaradioweb.icrt.cu…

Oh, got a definitive hit:

http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/…

So, it’s definitely is <Siero, Marcelino>

* * * * *

Anyways, looks like Di Felice is wrong on tournament, as regards Gonzalez, and incomplete, as regards Siero. As are NIC and CB as well.

Honestly, it’s trouble enough trying to keep <CG> honest!

Jul-12-16 Retireborn: <z> Many thanks for that. Nice to have the right name for that Spassky game!I wonder if Doctor Juan could in fact be the Gonzalez that<perfidious> played?

With that preliminary out of the way, here is a little more info about the dating of the rounds (not complete, just indicative):

Jul-11-16 zanzibar: RE: <Havana (1962) – 1e Capablanca Memorial>The dates I’m finding are a bit crazy, and the coverage in the Spanish-language press is even crazier.

What I think I have so far is fairly exhaustive:

<

May 4th – El Siglo de Torreon (MEX) – R4 / May 3th

May 11th – ” – R8 / May 11th

May 14th – ” – R10 / May 13th

May 22th – ABC (Andalucia) – R15 / May 21th

May 26th – Mundo Deportivo (ESP) – R17 / May 25th

June 2th – La Vanguardia (ESP) – Najdorf winner

>

* * * * *

Let’s start with Di Felice again,

on p189 of his Chess Results it’s definitely <29 IV-20 V 1962>, which is also crazy… no rest days basically.

Plus I have R15 on May 15th.

Now <JFQ> on Smyslov page gives this:

<Capablanca Memorial 1962 In Havana (29 April – 30 May) Shared 4th with Gligoric behind Najdorf, Spassky and Polugaevsky, ahead of Ivkov, Pietzsch, Ciocaltea, Guimard,and Pachman, with +10 -0 =11. Di Felice, “Chess Results 1961-1963,” p.189; Winter, p.150; American Chess Bulletin (July/August 1962), p.49>

Game Collection: Smyslov’s Tournaments and Matches 1935-1979

So, to quote Di Felice here, without some sort of qualification, is …err…. well, wrong.

I could almost believe the 30th finish date from the ACB, but it would be nice to have a clipping to confirm.

* * * * *

Really, a fluent Spanish-speaker should be doing this research, and hopefully someone connected with the Cuban chess scene, who might be able to ask a local expert – or have access to journals of the time.

One could invent a schedule to fit the reports above, but it would involve 5-days of consecutive play followed by multi-day rest periods.

Maybe a case where (somewhat uncertain) bracket dates + round numbers is best?

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