Le premier Championnat ouvert d'échecs du Canada s'est tenu du 25 août au 2 septembre 1956. Il s'agissait du premier tournoi «ouvert» d'importance au Canada. Le fait le plus marquant fut la participation de Bobby Fischer, alors âgé de 13 ans. Nous profitons de ce 40e anniversaire pour faire un retour sur ce prestigieux tournoi. Le rapport qui suit provient du GM Abe Yanofky, un des favoris au départ de la compétition.
The first Canadian open chess championship held in Montreal fropm August 25 to September 2, 1956 was a tremendous success in more ways than one. Firstly, it drew a record of 88 entries representing most of Canada, seven states of the U.S., and two players from Guetemala. Secondly, it was a financial success in that the amount of prize money given away was high by Canadian standards. Thirdly, the organization of the tournament was smoothly run by the Montreal committee. If one single member can be singled out from this committee, it would be Moe Moss who worked indefatigably day and night to make this event the success that it was. And finally, it was one of the the strongest tournament ever to be held in North America. Canada was represented by Frank Anderson, current Canadian champion, Paul Vaitonis, Maurice Fox and D. Abe Yanofsky, former Canadian champions, Lionel Joyner, Montreal champion, Geza Fuster, Ontario champion and a host of top notch players from Montreal and Toronto areas. The U.S. was represented by Larry Evans, former U.S. champion, James T. Sherwin, runner up in the last US open, William Lombardy whose match with Reshevsky made him famous, Edmar Mednis, former New York state champion, Sidney Bernstein, one of the strongest player in the Marshall chess club and young sensation Bobby Fischer who at 13 won the US junior championship this year.
The tournament was run on the swiss system of ten rounds and the whole was run very smoothly. Perhaps the only criticism that can be made is that dur to inexperience the tournament committee failed to use the seeding system of pairing. This system is well recognised and is use all the time in the U.S. Open tournaments. Briefly, it consist of dividing the players into several groups of equal playing strength and then pairing the strongest with the weakest. After several rounds of such pairings, the strongest are left in a group by themselves and must play each other for the remainder of the tournament. In this way most players get an approximately equal group of players to play and the winner must always play the strongest players to win the title. By leaving it to chance in this tournament, it transpired that some players encountered terrific opposition from the second round onwards while others had it easy a good part of the way. The horrible result is that the two winners did not meet at all in the tournament and that some players with weak opposition ended up with a higher score than was warrented. The seeding system invariably avoids most of these inequalities and it is hoped that all future tournaments will make full use of this system.
Round one was comparatively unexciting. All the strong players won their games and ended up with one point each. It was a case of Jack versus the Giant on nearly every board, wich was remarkable, since the pairings had been made by draw. The would-be giant-killers were treated rather roughly, with the experts receiving only an occasional scare.
There was no doubt which competitor got off to the fastest start. Because the players began their games as soon as the pairings were made, Hans Berliner, of Washington, D.C., was able to hand in a winning score before the tournament was officially under way. Montreal's largest daily run a front page picture of the final position of this game, with a detailed explanation of the last few moves. A newspaperman, a non-chess player, said to one of the officials "I thought that chess was supposed to be a long game?". When midnight came, and play was still going on, he yawningly admitted to the same official that perhaps chess did "take a little time after all". As might be expected, the efforts of this round are not exactly "immortal games". Evans was a pawn ahead by move 14, two pawns ahead by the 17th move, and a knight and a pawn by the 22nd. When he was two pieces and a queen ahead, his opponent got the idea that he might possibly lose and grudgingly resigned.
13-year-old Bobby Fischer established a pattern which lasted for the entire tourney, namely monopolizing almost all the spectators. Many people who came to watch had not the slightest interest in chess. They would at the door and enquire if "that little" boy was still playing; and upon being assured that he was, would only then pay the entry fee. He had scores of onlookers at his board at all times, even when he was only playing skittles in some distant corner.
Berliner - Rott
Queen Pawn opening-Marshall
1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.e4 Nb6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.d5 Ne5 8.Nxe5 Bxd1 9.Bb5 c6 10.dxc6 Qb8 11.c7 Nd7 12.Bd7 1-0
Drakert - Lombardy
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 6 4.c3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bd3 O-O 9.Ne2 a6 10.a4 Re8 11.O-O Qc7 12.Qb3 c4 13.Bxc4 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 Rxe4 15.Bd3 Re8 16.Ng3 Nd7 17.f5 Nc5 18.Qd1 b5 19.axb5 Nxd3 20 Qxd3 Bd7 21.Qf3 Bxb5 22.Rd1 Qc2 23.f6 Be2 24.Nxe2 Qxd1 25.Kf2 Bxf6 26.Be3 Qxa1 27.Qxf6 Rxe3 28.Kxe3 Re8 29.Kd2 Re5 30.Qd8 Kg7 0-1
Williams - Hobson
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 c6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.a4 Ngf6 7.O-O O-O 8.h3 h6 9.Be3 Re8 10.Bb3 Qc7 11.Qd2 Bf8 12.Rfe1 exd4 13.Bxd4 Ne5 14.Nh2 Be6 15.f4 Bxb3 16.cxb3 Ned7 17.Qc2 Nh7 18.Nd5 Qd8 19.Ne3 Nhf6 20.Nf5 Nc5 21.e5 Nd5 22.exd6 Ne6 23.Be5 g6 24.Ng4 Kh7 25.Rad1 Nexf4 26.Nfe3 h5 27.Nxd5 Nxd5 28.Qf2 f5 29.Rxd5 cxd5 30.Nf6+ Kh6 31.Qf4+ g5 32.Qxf5 1-0
Yanofsky - Rodgers
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 d4 4.Ne2 c5 5.c3 Bg4 6.Ne5 Bxe2 7.Bxe2 Nf6 8.Qb3 e6 9.Qxb7 Nbd7 10.Nc6 Qc8 11.Ba6 Nb6 12.Qxc8+ Rxc8 13.Bxc8 Nxc8 14.d3 dxc3 15.bxc3 c4 16.e5 Nd5 17.dxc4 Nxc3 18.Bb2 Na4 19.O-O-O 1-0
As the players assembled bright and early at the YMHA, three topics of conversation were predominant: the weather, the bus service, and the pairings. Not being able to do anything about the humidity, or Montreal's transportation system, the committee proceeded to announce the pairings.
One contest immediatly leaped into the spotlight. Maurice Fox was to play Larry Evans. Fox was given the white pieces, but after a few moves, it was discovered that he had played white in the first round and Evans had played black. The colors in this game should be reversed. The American brought the problem to the attention to the tournament director, who, it turned out, couldn't offer a solution. Evans resolved the situation himself by accepting the colors as announced.
A silent question on almost everyone's mind was how the Canadians, notably Anderson and Yanofsky, would fare against the American stars. Anderson showed that he was in good form by decisively beating Dr Rauch, a player, who, in the past, has given him considerable trouble. Anderson was overheard to remark that the eventual winner would have to get at least 7« or 8 points.
Sobel - Fischer
King's indian defense
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O d6 6.Nc3 c5 7.e4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nc6 9.Nde2 Bd7 10.b3 Qc8 11.Bb2 Bh3 12.f3 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 d5 14.exd5 Rd8 15.Qc1 Nb4 16.a3 Nbxd5 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.c4 Qe6 20.Qb2+ Nf6 21.Nf4 Qf5 22.Nd5 e6 23.g4 Qg5 24.h4 Qxh4 25.Rh1 Qg5 26.Rxh7+ Kf8 27.Qxf6 1-0
Fuster - Krznaric
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O c5 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.Be3 Qa5 10.Qa4 Nd7 11.Qc2 Nd4 12.Qc1 Qxc3 13.bxc3 Nxe2+ 14.Kh1 Nxc1 15.Raxc1 Re8 16.Rfd1 Rb8 17.Bf4 e5 18.Be3 b6 19.Ng5 Nf6 20.Ne4 Nxe4 21.Bxe4 Bb7 22.Bxb7 Rxb7 23.Rd5 e4 24.a4 f5 25.a5 Re6 26.Rd8+ Kf7 27.a6 Rc7 28.Kg1 Ree7 29.Rcd1 Bxc3 30.Bf4 Be5 31.Bg5 Bf6 32.Bf4 Be5 33.Bg5 Bf6 34.Bf4 1/2-1/2
Garelick - Danilov
King's indian attack
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.O-O c5 5.d3 Be7 6.c3 Nc6 7.Qc2 e5 8.e4 d4 9.cxd4 cxd4 10.Nbd2 Be6 11.a3 Rc8 12.Qa4 Nd7 13.b4 a6 14.Bb2 O-O 15.Rac1 f5 16.Bh3 g6 17.Qd1 Bd6 18.exf5 Bxf5 19.Bxf5 gxf5 20.Nh4 Qf6 21.Qf3 Kh8 22.Nc4 Bb8 23.Rce1 Rf7 24.Bc1 Rg8 25.Kh1 Nf8 26.Re2 Ng6 27.Nxg6+ hxg6 28.h4 Rh7 29.Kg2 Qe6 30.Nb2 Nd8 31.Rfe1 Nf7 32.Na4 b6 33.Qb7 g5 34.h5 Rxh5 35.Nxb6 Kg7 36.Rh1 Rxh1 37.Kxh1 Rh8+ 38.Kg1 Qb3 39.Rd2 Qc3 40.Rd1 Qc2 41.Rf1 Qxd3 42.Bxg5 e4 43.Nd5 Rh1+ 44.Kxh1 Qxf1+ 45.Kh2 Qxf2+ 0-1
Fox - Evans
Sicilian defense, Najdorf
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e5 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.Bd3 Be6 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Qe1 Be7 11.Kh1 b5 12.a3 O-O 13.fxe5 dxe5 14.Nh4 g6 15.Bh6 Rfe8 16.Nf5 Bf8 17.Bxf8 Kxf8 18.Ne3 Kg7 19.Qh4 Qd8 20.Be2 Qe7 21.Rad1 Nd5 22.Qxe7 Nxe7 23.Rd6 Ra7 24.Rfd1 h5 25.Nxb5 axb5 26.Bxb5 Rd8 27.c4 Ng8 28.c5 Ngf6 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.c6 Kf7 31.Nc4 Ke7 32.cxd7 Nxd7 33.Kg1 Rc7 34.Kf2 Nf6 35.Rxd8 Kxd8 36.Kf3 Ng4 37.h3 Rf7+ 38.Ke2 Nf6 39.Nxe5 Rb7 40.a4 Nxe4 41.Nxg6 Nd6 42.Nf4 Ke7 43.Bd3 Rxb2+ 44.Kf3 Ra2 45.Nxh5 Rxa4 46.Nf4 e5 47.Nd5+ Ke6 48.Nc7+ Kd7 49.Bb5+ Nxb5 50.Nxb5 Rb4 0-1
This round saw the leading Montreal players take a heavy drubbing. The only exception was Maurice Fox who had an easy time against Wilbur Jonsson of Winnipeg. It started with Noel Williams being knocked off by Robert Schultz, a completely unknown fellow-Montrealer.
Lionel Joyner, who went through the last Montreal championship with a 17-0 score, was the next to turn over his king. This was no upset, however, as his opponent was Washington's Hans Berliner. The result was a disapointment for Joyner and his many fans.
James Sherwin did the honors in vainquishing another Montreal leader. Hans Matthai was not expected to beat the New York whiz, but was, nevertheless, figured to put up a struggle. It was like a man chasing a dream. Matthai seem to have some vision of a tremendous sacrificial attack. He sacrificed a pawn. The attack was not there. He gave up the exchange. Still nothing. Another pawn went to the cause. No result. Finally there was nothing left to give away, and he resigned. The only word to describe it would seem to be "chessicide".
The struggle between Bernstein and Mednis was a game both exciting and of high calibre. It is interesting that at adjournement time, both players were convinced that they had a won game. It was a draw.
Evans - Richardson
King's indian defense
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d6 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.O-O Rb8 8.b3 a6 9.Bb2 b5 10.cxb5 axb5 11.d5 Na5 12.Nd4 b4 13.Ncb5 e5 14.dxe6 fxe6 15.Na7 Bd7 16.Nac6 Nxc6 17.Nxc6 Bxc6 18.Bxc6 Nd7 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qd4+ Kg8 21.Rac1 Rb6 22.Rfd1 Ne5 23.Bg2 Qe7 24.f4 c5 25.Qd2 Nc6 26.Qxd6 Qxd6 27.Rxd6 Nd4 28.Rxb6 Nxe2+ 29.Kf2 Nxc1 30.Rxe6 Rd8 31.Rc6 Rd2+ 32.Kg1 Rd1+ 33.Bf1 Nxa2 34.Rxc5 Rb1 35.Kg2 Nc1 36.Bc4+ Kf8 37.Rc8+ Ke7 38.Rc7+ Kd6 39.Rxh7 Nxb3 40.Bxb3 Rxb3 41.Rh6 Rb2+ 42.Kh3 Rf2 43.Rxg6+ Kc5 44.Rg8 b3 45.Rb8 Kc4 46.Kg4 Rxh2 47.f5 b2 48.Kg5 Kc3 49.f6 Kc2 50.f7 Rf2 51.Kg6 b1=Q 52.Rxb1 Kxb1 53.g4 Kc2 54.g5 Kd3 55.Kg7 Ke4 56.g6 Ke5 57.f8=Q 1-0
Bernstein - Mednis
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.c3 f6 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.Be2 Bd6 9.Nf1 e5 10.dxe5 Ncxe5 11.Qxd5 Nb6 12.Qd4 c5 13.Bb5+ Nbd7 14.Qe4 O-O 15.Be3 Nxf3+ 16.gxf3 Ne5 17.O-O-O Kh8 18.Ng3 c4 19.Rd5 Nd3+ 20.Rxd3 cxd3 21.Bxd3 Qg6 22.Qd5 Qe6 23.Qh5 h6 24.Kb1 Qf7 25.Bd4 Qxh5 26.Nxh5 Rf7 27.Rg1 Bf8 28.Rg6 Kg8 29.Kc1 Bf5 30.Bxf5 Rxf5 31.Nxg7 Kf7 32.Rg3 Rg5 33.Rxg5 hxg5 34.Nf5 Ke6 35.Ng3 Bd6 36.Kd1 Be5 37.Be3 Rh8 38.Bxg5 Rxh2 39.f4 Bb8 40.Ke2 Rh8 41.Kf3 Kd5 42.Nf5 Re8 43.Ne3+ Ke6 44.f5+ Kf7 45.Bf4 Bxf4 46.Kxf4 Rd8 47.Nc4 b5 48.Ne5+ Kf8 49.Ke3 Rd1 50.Nc6 a6 51.Nb4 a5 52.Nc6 a4 53.Nb4 Kf7 54.a3 Kf6 55.Ke4 Rd2 56.Nd3 Re2+ 57.Kd4 Kxf5 58.Kc5 Ke4 59.Nb4 Rxb2 60.f3+ Kxf3 61.Nc6 Ke4 62.Nd4 Kd3 63.Nxb5 Rxb5+ 64.Kxb5 Kxc3 65.Kxa4 Kc4 1/2-1/2
Rodgers - Zizys
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c5 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.cxd5 cxd4 7.Nxd4 exd5 8.g3 Bb4 9.Bg2 O-O 10.O-O Bxc3 11.bxc3 Nb6 12.Qc2 Bd7 13.a4 a5 14.e4 h6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.exd5 Rfc8 17.Qb3 Qd6 18.Rfb1 Nc4 19.Ra2 Rab8 20.Re2 Qc5 21.Rbe1 Nb6 22.Nb5 Nxa4 23.c4 Nb6 24.Re7 Re8 25.d6 Be6 26.Rxe8+ Rxe8 27.Nc7 Rf8 28.Qe3 Qxe3 29.Rxe3 Bxc4 30.Bxb7 Rd8 31.Re8+ Rxe8 32.Nxe8 Bb5 33.Nc7 Bd7 34.Nd5 Nxd5 35.Bxd5 Kf8 36.Kf1 a4 37.Ke2 Be6 38.Bxe6 fxe6 39.Kd3 Ke8 40.Kc4 Kd7 41.Kb4 Kxd6 42.Kxa4 Kd5 43.Kb5 g5 44.f3 e5 45.h4 e4 46.fxe4+ Kxe4 47.hxg5 hxg5 48.Kc4 Kf3 49.Kd3 Kxg3 50.Ke2 g4 51.Kf1 Kh2 52.Kf2 g3+ 0-1
Yanofsky - Foster
Sicilian defense, Scheveningen
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qc7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be2 Nf6 7.O-O Be7 8.Be3 O-O 9.Kh1 Rd8 10.f4 d5 11.e5 Ne4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Nb5 Qb8 14.Qc1 f5 15.Rd1 a6 16.Rxd8+ Nxd8 17.Nd4 Qc7 18.Qd2 b5 19.a4 b4 20.b3 Nc6 21.Bc4 Nxd4 22.Qxd4 Kf7 23.Rd1 Qc6 24.Qb6 Qxb6 25.Bxb6 Ke8 26.a5 Bd7 27.Rd2 g5 28.g3 Bc6 29.Kg1 Kf7 30.fxg5 Bxg5 31.Rd6 Bb5 32.Bxe6+ Ke7 33.Bc5 Ke8 34.Kf2 1-0
Only Anderson and Evans held the pace into this, the fourth round. Anderson polished off Rose and Evans easily beat Vaitonis.
The big struggle in this round was between Bobby Fischer and Maurice Fox. It looked like Bobby's game right from the opening. For more than 30 moves, Fox sweated with a pawn stuck in his KN2, while white's pieces were massed for a king side onslaught. Then, with a sudden twist, the tables were turned, and the 13-year-old was lost.
Almost all the players have little, strange habits when engrossed in a position. All over the tournament all, one can observe feet tapping, knees jiggling, lips being chewed, heads being srcatched and pencils being ground into pulp. Fuster rumples his hair when he is losing, until, by the end of the game, it is hanging down over his eyes. Lombardy paces up and down with a vacant, lost-in-thought, look. Anderson takes a small frown when the going gets tough. Rodgers rubs his nose, just before he makes a move. The most interestins "quirk" belongs to Engel. He sniffs. The more complicated the position becomes, the louder and more often he sniffs. As the complications subside, so does Engel's sniffing. When the game is over, Engel leaves the board without the slightest sign of a cold.
A player lacking in these idiosyncrasies is, surprisingly enough, Bobby Fischer, who sits through his games like a miniature Brutus. Unlike most players he does not even break into a sweat, despite the 90-degree temparature.
Evans, although friendly and smiling before and after each game, is like a man of stone while playing. His countenance is like that of a perfect poker player, and unlike most of the constestants, he rarely rises from his table while the game is in progress.
In other games, in this round, Berliner played well to rob Lombardy of a precious half-point.
Drakert - Joyner
Sicilian defense, Najdorf
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a4 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Be2 h6 9.O-O Be6 10.Nh4 Nc6 11.g3 Nd4 12.Ng2 Rc8 13.Ne3 h5 14.f4 Qb6 15.Kg2 Nxe2 16.Qxe2 Qc6 17.Qd3 Ng4 18.Ned5 f5 19.Rd1 Bxd5 20.exd5 Qb6 21.Qe2 e4 22.h3 Nf6 23.a5 Qc7 24.Ra4 Nd7 25.Be3 Bf6 26.Bd4 Kf7 27.Bxf6 Nxf6 28.Rdd4 Qd7 29.Rab4 Rc5 30.Na4 Rxa5 31.Nb6 Qc7 32.Nc4 Rb5 33.Rxb5 axb5 34.Na3 b4 35.Rxb4 Rc8 36.Qb5 Kg6 37.Rc4 Qb8 38.Qb6 Rxc4 39.Nxc4 Nxd5 40.Qd4 Nf6 41.Nxd6 Qc7 42.Nc4 h4 43.Qc3 Kh7 44.Ne3 Qxc3 45.bxc3 Kg6 46.g4 fxg4 47.hxg4 Nxg4 48.Nxg4 Kf5 49.Ne3+ Kxf4 50.Nd5+ Ke5 51.Ne3 Kf4 52.Nd5+ Kf5 53.Ne3+ Ke5 54.Kf2 Kf4 55.Nd5+ Kg4 56.Ne3+ Kg5 57.Kg2 h3+ 58.Kxh3 Kf4 59.Nc4 Kf3 60.Ne5+ Kf2 61.Ng4+ Ke2 62.Kg3 g5 63.c4 e3 64.c5 Kd2 65.Nxe3 Kxe3 66.Kg4 Kd4 67.Kxg5 Kxc5 68.Kf5 Kd5 69.Kf4 Kd4 70.Kf5 b5 71.Ke6 Kc5 72.Kd7 1/2-1/2
Grimshaw - Yanofsky
Sicilian defense, Scheveningen
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.Kh1 a6 9.f4 Qc7 10.a4 O-O 11.Nb3 Rd8 12.Bf3 Nb4 13.Be3 d5 14.e5 Nd7 15.Nd4 Nb6 16.Be2 Nc4 17.Bxc4 dxc4 18.Qg4 Nc6 19.Nxc6 Qxc6 20.Rf3 b5 21.Rg3 Bf8 22.Qh4 Bb7 23.Rf1 b4 24.Ne2 Qe4 25.c3 Rd3 26.Qh3 Rad8 27.Nc1 Rd1 28.Rgf3 Qxe3 0-1
Lombardy - Berliner
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Qc2 c6 7.e3 h6 8.Bh4 O-O 9.Bd3 Re8 10.Nf3 Ne4 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.O-O Nd7 13.Rab1 Nf8 14.b4 a6 15.a4 Bf5 16.Ne5 Ng6 17.Bxe4 Bxe4 18.Nxe4 Nxe5 19.Nd2 Ng4 20.h3 Nf6 21.b5 axb5 22.axb5 Rac8 23.bxc6 bxc6 24.Rfc1 Nd7 25.Rb7 c5 26.Qf5 Red8 27.Rxc5 Rxc5 28.dxc5 g6 29.Qf4 Qxc5 30.Nb3 Qf8 31.Nd4 Nc5 32.Ra7 Nd3 33.Qf6 Rd6 34.Qf3 Rb6 35.Ra1 Qb8 36.Qd1 Nc5 37.Nf3 Ne4 1/2-1/2
Anderson - Rose
Ruy Lopez, exchange variation
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.Bxc6+ bxc6 6.d4 f6 7.c4 g6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.Qa4 Bd7 10.c5 Nh6 11.cxd6 cxd6 12.dxe5 fxe5 13.Bxh6 Bxh6 14.Qc4 Qf6 15.Rd1 Bf8 16.O-O Qe6 17.Nd2 Bh6 18.Qd3 Bxd2 19.Rxd2 O-O 20.Qxd6 Ra7 21.Qc5 Rb7 22.Rfd1 Rf7 23.b3 Qf6 24.Qe3 Kg7 25.Na4 Be8 26.Nc5 1-0
Bedard - Nathan
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.d4 d6 9.c3 Bg4 10.Be3 Na5 11.Bc2 Nc4 12.Bc1 c5 13.Nbd2 cxd4 14.Nxc4 bxc4 15.cxd4 Qc7 16.b3 c3 17.d5 h6 18.Bd3 Qb7 19.Bc4 Bd8 20.Qd3 Ba5 21.a3 Bxf3 22.gxf3 Bb6 23.Be3 Bxe3 24.fxe3 Rfc8 25.Qxc3 Qd7 26.Qd3 Qh3 27.Qf1 Qh4 28.Ra2 g5 29.Rg2 Kh7 30.Ree2 Rg8 31.Rg3 Qh5 32.Reg2 Qg6 33.h4 Nh5 34.Rh3 f6 35.hxg5 fxg5 36.Kf2 Raf8 37.Ke2 Qf7 38.Rgh2 g4 39.Rxh5 gxf3+ 40.Kd3 Rg6 41.Qh3 Qg7 42.Kc3 Rff6 43.Rf2 Rg3 44.Qc8 Rg2 45.Rh2 Rxh2 46.Rxh2 f2 47.Qxa6 Qg1 48.Qa7+ Kg6 49.Rh3 Qc1+ 50.Kb4 f1=Q 51.Bxf1 Rxf1 52.Qb8 1-0
Popov - Matthai
1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nc7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.b3 e5 8.d3 Be7 9.Bb2 O-O 10.O-O f6 11.Rc1 b6 12.Ne1 Bb7 13.Nc2 Qd7 14.Ne3 Na5 15.Nc4 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Nc6 17.a3 Ne6 18.Na2 Rad8 19.Bc3 Qb7 20.f3 Ng5 21.b4 e4 22.Qb3 exf3+ 23.exf3 Kh8 24.bxc5 Bxc5 25.Na5 Nxa5 26.Bxa5 Rfe8 27.Rxc5 Re2+ 28.Kh1 Nxf3 0-1
Fox - Fischer
King's indian attack
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d6 3.Bg2 g6 4.O-O Bg7 5.d3 O-O 6.e4 e5 7.Nbd2 c6 8.c3 Qc7 9.Nh4 a5 10.f4 Nbd7 11.f5 Nc5 12.Nb3 Nxb3 13.axb3 Nd7 14.g4 Re8 15.Qf3 Nc5 16.f6 Bf8 17.Nf5 d5 18.Qg3 dxe4 19.dxe4 Kh8 20.Qh4 Qd8 21.Ng7 Bxg7 22.fxg7+ Kg8 23.Qf2 Qe7 24.Bg5 Nd3 25.Qd2 Qd7 26.Rad1 Qxg4 27.Bh6 Nf4 28.Bxf4 exf4 29.Rxf4 Qh5 30.Rdf1 Be6 31.Qf2 Re7 32.c4 Qe5 33.Rf6 Kxg7 34.h4 Bf5 35.Rxf5 gxf5 36.exf5 f6 37.Kh1 Qe3 38.Qc2 Rd8 39.Rf3 Qe1+ 40.Kh2 Rd2 41.Qc3 Qxh4+ 42.Rh3 Rxg2+ 43.Kxg2 Re2+ 44.Kg1 Qe1+ 45.Qxe1 Rxe1+ 46.Kf2 Rb1 47.Ke3 Rxb2 48.Kd4 b6 49.Kc3 Rf2 50.Rh5 Rf3+ 51.Kb2 Rg3 52.Rh2 Rg5 53.Rf2 Kf7 54.Kc3 Ke7 55.Re2+ Kd7 56.Rd2+ Kc7 57.Rf2 Kd6 58.Kd4 Rg4+ 59.Kd3 Ke5 60.Rh2 Rg3+ 61.Kc2 Rg7 62.Rh6 Kxf5 0-1
Jackson - Bernstein
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nxd5 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.bxc3 Bf5 6.d4 Qd5 7.Be2 Qe4 8.O-O Qxc2 9.Qe1 Nd7 10.Bf4 e6 11.d5 O-O-O 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Nd4 Qe4 14.Be3 Ne5 15.Nxf5 exf5 16.Bxa7 Ba3 17.Bd4 Rhe8 18.Bb5 c6 19.Qxe4 fxe4 20.Ba4 Re7 21.Bb3 Rd6 22.Rad1 Nd3 23.Be3 b5 24.c4 Red7 25.cxb5 cxb5 26.h3 Kb7 27.Rd2 Nc5 28.Rxd6 Rxd6 29.Bc2 Nd3 30.Rb1 Kc6 31.Kf1 Rd5 32.Ke2 Be7 33.Rd1 Nc5 34.Bxc5 Kxc5 35.Bxe4 Rxd1 36.Kxd1 h6 37.Bg6 Kd4 38.Ke2 Ke5 39.Bf7 Bc5 40.g3 g5 41.Kf3 b4 42.h4 gxh4 43.gxh4 Bd4 44.Bg8 Kf6 45.Kg3 Bc3 46.f3 Kg6 47.Bc4 Be1+ 48.Kg4 Bd2 49.h5+ Kf6 50.f4 Bc3 1/2-1/2
A swiss system tournament as large as this one might be compared to panning gold. As the panning progresses, slowly but surely the "gold" is seperated from the "sand" and "mud". For at least 3 or 4 rounds there is usually a strong contrast in playing strengh between the competitors. As a result there are seldom many high calibre games in these early rounds. In the fifth round, there were the first consistent signs of "gold" against "gold", "sand" against "sand", and "mud" against "mud". However, it was a round of "explosions". That is, in seemingly harmless positions, things, for no apparent reason, suddenly began to "pop".
The first sign of this trend was in the Sherwin-Berliner game. They were barely emerging from the opening, with no suggestion of the unusual, when 6 moves later it was all over in a flurry of perpetual checks, with black a rook down.
The first forecast of Yanofsky hitting his stride came when, after sacrifing a pawn against Mednis, the New Yorker made what looked like only a slight innaccuracy. Yanofsky lept on the error like a cat after a mouse, and Mednis resigned four moves later.
It remained for Colbow to receive the worst shock, however. In a game with Krznaric in wich he had done himself proud, with imaginative and skillful play, he was suddenly obliged to resign. For ten minutes after the surprise blow, he could only sit and stare at the board and wonder how it happened. These and similar "explosions" occured nearly all at the same time. It was as if some fickle chess goddess had momentarily taken dislike to some of the players, regerdless of their positions and--phhttt--it was all over.
In the fight for the lead, Anderson had some difficulty holding his own against Evans. He came out of the opening with the freer game, which gradually deteriorated, until, a pawn down in a rook and pawn ending, he barely managed to hold on to the draw.
Bobby Fischer shows one quality wich is somehow common in most prodigies: the ability to very rapidly demolish weaker players. Aside from his age, which was instrumental in drawing of the non-chess-playing spectators to the tournament, he plays the most colorful chess of any of the competitors. He is always either in hot water himself, or has his opponent in the throes. So far, there has not been one night when he has not caused a crowd to gather around his table. His games are never dull.
Krznavic - Colbow
Sicilian defense, Rauzer
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.Rd1 Bd7 9.Be2 h6 10.Bh4 Be7 11.Nb3 Qc7 12.O-O b5 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.f4 Na5 15.Nxa5 Qxa5 16.a3 b4 17.axb4 Qxb4 18.Rb1 f5 19.exf5 Qc5+ 20.Kh1 Qxf5 21.Bd3 Qh5 22.f5 Bg5 23.Qe1 O-O 24.fxe6 fxe6 25.Qe4 1-0
Jackson - Zizys
Sicilian defense, 2.f4
1.e4 c5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nc3 Qd8 6.Bc4 Nd4 7.d3 Nf6 8.O-O e6 9.Ne5 a6 10.a4 b6 11.Ne2 Bd6 12.c3 Nxe2+ 13.Qxe2 O-O 14.Be3 Bb7 15.d4 Qc7 16.Rae1 Nd5 17.Bd3 Nf6 18.Bf2 Nd7 19.Bh4 cxd4 20.cxd4 Bb4 21.Rd1 Qd6 22.Nxd7 Qxd7 23.Bf6 Qd5 24.Be5 Qd7 25.f5 f6 26.fxe6 Qe8 27.Bg3 Bd5 28.Bc4 Qc6 29.Rc1 Rfe8 30.Bxd5 Qxd5 31.Qc4 Qxc4 32.Rxc4 a5 33.d5 Rad8 34.Rd1 Rxe6 35.Kf1 Bc5 36.Bc7 Rd7 37.dxe6 Rxd1+ 38.Ke2 Rd5 39.Kf3 Kf8 40.Bf4 Ke7 41.Re4 Rd3+ 42.Ke2 Rb3 43.Bc1 Rb4 44.Kf3 Rxe4 45.Kxe4 Kxe6 46.g4 g6 47.h3 f5+ 48.Kd3 Kd5 49.b3 fxg4 50.hxg4 h5 51.gxh5 gxh5 52.Bg5 Ke5 53.Ke2 Kf5 54.Bd8 Ke4 55.b4 axb4 56.a5 bxa5 57.Bxa5 h4 58.Bxb4 h3 59.Kf1 Kf3 0-1
Sherwin - Berliner
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.Nd2 a6 8.a4 Bg7 9.Nc4 O-O 10.Bf4 Ne8 11.e3 f5 12.h4 Nd7 13.Nxd6 Nxd6 14.Bxd6 Bxc3+ 15.bxc3 Qf6 16.Bxf8 Qxc3+ 17.Ke2 Qb2+ 18.Ke1 Qc3+ 19.Ke2 Qb2+ 20.Ke1 1/2-1/2
Rodgers - Brunet
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.c5 b6 9.b4 a5 10.c6 Nb8 11.b5 Qc7 12.Bd3 Bb4 13.Bd2 Bd6 14.O-O O-O 15.Re1 Ne8 16.Ne5 f6 17.Qh5 g6 18.Nxg6 hxg6 19.Bxg6 Qe7 20.Nxd5 Qa7 21.Nxb6 1-0
Yanofsky - Mednis
Sicilian defense, Rauzer
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O h6 9.Bh4 Nxe4 10.Qf4 Ng5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Qa4 Qb6 13.Bc4 Bd7 14.Rhe1 Rb8 15.Bb3 d5 16.Qg4 Nh7 17.f4 Nf6 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.f5 e5 20.Qg3 Bd6 21.Ne4 dxe4 22.Rxd6 Ke7 23.Red1 Bxf5 24.Qg7 1-0
Anderson - Evans
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f3 Bg7 5.Be3 O-O 6.Qd2 e5 7.Nge2 exd4 8.Bxd4 Nc6 9.Be3 a6 10.O-O-O Be6 11.Bh6 b5 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Nf4 Ne5 14.Kb1 Qd7 15.Ncd5 Bxd5 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.Qxd5 Qe6 18.Be2 Qxd5 19.Rxd5 Nd7 20.Rc1 Rae8 21.Rd2 f5 22.a4 fxe4 23.axb5 exf3 24.Bxf3 Ne5 25.bxa6 Nxf3 26.gxf3 Ra8 27.Rd3 Rxa6 28.c4 Ra5 29.Rc2 Rf4 30.b3 Rh5 31.Kc1 Rh3 32.Rf2 g5 33.Kd2 Rfh4 34.c5 Rxh2 35.Rxh2 Rxh2+ 36.Ke3 Rh6 37.Rd5 Re6+ 38.Kf2 Kf6 39.cxd6 Rxd6 40.Rc5 Rd7 41.Kg3 Kg6 42.Rc6+ Kh5 43.Rc3 h6 44.Kh3 Re7 45.Kg3 Rf7 46.b4 Re7 47.b5 Rf7 48.Rc4 Rf5 49.Rxc7 Rxb5 50.Rc6 Rf5 1/2-1/2
Bernstein - Zalys
Sicilian defense, closed
1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 Nc6 3.Nbc3 Nf6 4.f4 d6 5.b3 e6 6.g3 d5 7.Bg2 d4 8.Na4 Be7 9.Nb2 O-O 10.a4 Rb8 11.O-O b6 12.Bf3 Bb7 13.g4 Nb4 14.d3 Nd7 15.Nc4 f5 16.Ng3 g6 17.Bd2 Qc7 18.Re1 Rbe8 19.gxf5 gxf5 20.Bh5 Rd8 21.Bxb4 cxb4 22.exf5 Qc6 23.Qe2 exf5 24.Bf3 Qxf3 25.Qxf3 Bxf3 26.Rxe7 Bg4 27.Kf2 Rf7 28.Rxf7 Kxf7 29.h3 Bxh3 30.Rh1 Bg4 31.Rxh7+ Ke6 32.Rh6+ Nf6 33.Ne5 Rg8 34.Nxg4 Rxg4 35.Nh5 Rh4 36.Rxf6+ Ke7 37.Rxf5 Rh2+ 38.Kf3 Rxc2 39.Rb5 Rc3 40.Rxb4 Rxd3+ 41.Ke4 Rh3 42.Ng7 d3 43.Nf5+ Kf6 44.Ne3 d2 45.Rd4 Rh2 46.Ng4+ 1-0
Pedlar - Jobin
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 d6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Be2 Nbd7 6.d4 c6 7.O-O Be7 8.b3 O-O 9.Qc2 Ne8 10.Rd1 Qc7 11.Ba3 exd4 12.Rxd4 f5 13.Rad1 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 Ne5 15.Be2 Rd8 16.b4 g5 17.e4 f4 18.c5 dxc5 19.Rxd8 Bxd8 20.bxc5 Ng7 21.Bf1 Kh8 22.Rd2 g4 23.Qd1 Bh4 24.Bb2 g3 25.hxg3 fxg3 26.fxg3 Bg5 27.Re2 Ng4 28.Qe1 Qf7 29.Nd1 Qh5 0-1
Rauch - Walz
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 Nge7 6.d3 d6 7.O-O Bd7 8.Bd2 Nf5 9.Nd5 Nfd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.e3 Nf5 12.b4 c6 13.Nc3 h5 14.h3 Be6 15.b5 Qd7 16.bxc6 bxc6 17.Rb1 Ne7 18.Kh2 f5 19.f4 h4 20.Qa4 hxg3+ 21.Kxg3 g5 22.Ne2 gxf4+ 23.exf4 d5 24.c5 e4 25.Qa6 O-O 26.d4 Rab8 27.Be3 Qc7 28.Kh2 Bf7 29.Ng3 Bf6 30.Qe2 Bh4 31.Nxf5 Nxf5 32.Qg4+ Bg6 33.Qxg6+ Qg7 34.Qxg7+ Kxg7 35.Rxb8 Rxb8 36.Bf2 Bxf2 37.Rxf2 Nxd4 38.Bf1 Rb1 39.Kg2 e3 40.Bd3 Rd1 0-1
Bakos - Hobson
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nd7 4.d4 c6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.a4 Ngf6 7.O-O O-O 8.Qe2 h6 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.b3 Re8 11.h3 Bf8 12.d5 Nb6 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.a5 Nxc4 15.Qxc4 Be6 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.exd5 Bd7 18.dxc6 Qxc6 19.Ba3 Re6 20.Nd2 Rc8 21.Qxc6 Bxc6 22.c4 e4 23.Nf1 Rd8 24.Ne3 g6 25.g4 Bg7 26.Ra2 Rb8 27.Bxd6 Rxb3 28.a6 Bf8 29.Bxf8 Kxf8 30.Rd8+ Re8 31.Rd6 Rc8 32.Ra5 Ke7 33.Rd4 Rd3 34.Rxd3 exd3 35.Kf1 Rb8 36.Ke1 Rb2 37.Nd5+ Kd6 38.Ra3 Bxd5 39.Rxd3 1/2-1/2
There was a popular hope that the winner of this event would be a Canadian. Prior to the tournament it was feld that there was a good chance this might come about.
First of all there was Frank Anderson, who received recently his international master title. Besides winning the Canadian title in 1955, he went through the last Olympiad in Amsterdam with the highest average on board 2, 82.4%. In addition to this he won an exhibition game against Russian Grandmaster Bondarevsky. His style is marked by a mature consistency. Although he is certainly not of the "brilliant school" of chess players, his game is solid, backed up by a tremendous theoretical knowledge.
The there was Abe Yanofsky, with his great international background and experience. He has captured the Canadian title six times and the British championship once. He has scored many victories on the European continent, ans in North and South America. Unfortunately this event is his first major tournament since 1953. Three years is a long time for any player to be away from the board. Whereas the backbone of Anderson's game is knowledge, with Yanofksy it is natural ability backed up by experience of hundreds of games against the world's best.
The next player worth considering was Paul Vaitonis, also an International master. Before coming to Canada, he won the Lithuanian championship six times, and played in international tournaments in England, Poland, Germany, Sweden and Argentina. In 1951, he took the Canadian title ahead of both Anderson and Yanofsky and since then has represented Canada twice on the continent. His play has a definite streak of bizarreness. A not to great theoritical knowledge seems to be ably compensated by a tremendous fighting spirit and an ability to create appalling complications. His games are seldom "ordinary".
The other player upon which many fans placed their hopes was Lionel Joyner. His international experience is not as great as the other three. He played in numerous US junior championship, won two small tournaments in California, represented Canada in the World junior championship in England in 1951 and later played in the Hollywood International, drawing against Gligoric and beating GM Isaac Kashdan. In the last Canadian championship, he had 6« points out of the first seven rounds, before mysteriously collapsing to lose 3« points in the last four rounds. His style of play has changed radically in the last two years, taking on a greater maturity and broadness, wich bids well for the future.
The general feeling was that winning the tournament meant stopping Evans. Anderson had nipped him for half a point in the last round and now it was Yanofsky's turn. Yanofsky, playing his best game so far, won in a decisive manner. When the result was known, jubilation reigned. At one point in the game Yanofsky offered a draw whis was refused.
Hopes now were high, especially in view of Anderson's almost flawless play in the first half of the tournament, and since Vaitonis turned in a win against Bernstein while Joyner played strongly to beat Richardson.
Until now attention had focused on Evans as the man to beat. Now all eyes turn to Lombardy, and bits of conversation would be heard here and there about the hall, discussing his tournament record, the fact that he had recently given Reschevsky the scare of his life, and whether or not he could go all the way to win.
Edmar Mednis defeated Maurice Fox in a game which many of the players considered the finest of the tournament.
Evans - Yanofsky
1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Ngf3 c5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.Re1 Qc7 9.c3 dxe4 10.dxe4 e5 11.Qc2 Be6 12.Ng5 Bd7 13.Nf1 h6 14.Nf3 Be6 15.Ne3 Rfd8 16.h3 Qd7 17.Rd1 Qc8 18.Rxd8+ Qxd8 19.Nf5 Bf8 20.Be3 Qc7 21.g4 Nh7 22.Bf1 Rd8 23.Nd2 a6 24.Kg2 Ne7 25.a4 Ng6 26.a5 Nf4+ 27.Kh2 Ng5 28.Ng3 Qe7 29.Rd1 Ngxh3 30.Nf5 Bxf5 31.exf5 Ng5 32.Kg3 Qd6 33.f3 Qc6 34.Bg2 Qb5 35.Re1 Qc6 36.Bxf4 exf4+ 37.Kf2 c4 38.Kf1 Rd3 39.Re2 Qd5 40.Ke1 Qxa5 41.Re8 Qc5 42.Kf1 Qd5 43.Ke1 b5 44.Bf1 Rxd2 0-1
Anderson - Lombardy
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.O-O Be7 7.e5 Ne4 8.Nxd4 O-O 9.Bxc6 dxc6 10.Re1 f5 11.f3 Nc5 12.Nc3 Ne6 13.Be3 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Be6 15.Ne2 f4 16.Qd2 c5 17.Bc3 Qe8 18.Rad1 Qf7 19.Qc1 Bh4 20.Bd2 Bxe1 21.Rxe1 g5 22.Nc3 Bd5 23.e6 Bxe6 24.Ne4 Qf5 25.Nxg5 Bd5 26.Nh3 Bxf3 27.Nxf4 Qg4 28.g3 Rae8 29.Rf1 Bc6 30.Bc3 Qf5 31.Qd1 Rd8 32.Qe2 b5 33.Qe7 Rd7 34.Qh4 Rff7 35.g4 Qe4 36.Qg5+ Rg7 37.Bxg7 Qe3+ 38.Rf2 Rd1+ 0-1
Matthai - Berliner
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 Bg7 7.Ng5 d5 8.h4 f6 9.exf6 Bxf6 10.h5 Nc6 11.Be3 e5 12.hxg6 hxg6 13.Rxh8+ Bxh8 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nd2 Qe7 16.Qe2 Bf5 17.Bxb6 axb6 18.f4 O-O-O 19.fxe5 Qxg5 20.Nf3 Qg3+ 21.Qf2 Bxe5 22.Qxg3 Bxg3+ 23.Kf1 c6 24.Rd1 b5 25.c3 Rf8 26.Ke2 Re8+ 27.Kf1 g5 28.Nxg5 Bd3+ 29.Kg1 Re2 30.a4 Bg6 31.Rf1 Rxb2 32.Bd1 bxa4 33.Bxa4 b5 34.Bd1 Be5 35.Bg4+ Kb7 36.Rf3 Rc2 37.Rf8 Rxc3 38.Bc8+ Kb6 39.Ne6 Bg3 40.Rf1 Bd3 41.Ra1 b4 42.Nd4 b3 43.Nf5 b2 0-1
Sherwin - Szabo
King's indian defense
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 c5 8.Qd2 Ne8 9.Bd3 f5 10.exf5 gxf5 11.O-O-O Nd7 12.Nge2 a6 13.Qc2 b5 14.Bxf5 Rxf5 15.Qxf5 Nb6 16.Qg5 Qxg5 17.Bxg5 Nxc4 18.b3 Na3 19.Ne4 b4 20.N2g3 Kf7 21.Rhf1 Kg6 22.f4 exf4 23.Ne2 h6 24.Nxf4+ Kh7 25.Be7 Bg4 26.Rde1 c4 27.bxc4 Nxc4 28.h3 Bf5 29.Ne6 Bb2+ 30.Kc2 Bg6 31.Nf8+ Kg7 32.Nxg6 Kxg6 33.Nd2 Nxd2 34.Re6+ Kg7 35.Kxd2 Be5 36.Bf8+ Kg8 37.Rg6+ Kh7 38.Rxh6+ Kg8 39.Rg6+ Ng7 40.Bxd6 Rd8 41.Bxe5 Rxd5+ 42.Kc2 Rc5+ 43.Kb3 Rxe5 44.Rxa6 Re2 45.g4 Re3+ 46.Kxb4 Rxh3 47.Rg6 Kh7 48.Rg5 Kh6 49.Rc5 Rg3 50.Rf6+ Kh7 51.g5 1-0
Mednis - Fox
Two knight's defense
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bd6 11.f4 O-O 12.Nc3 Qc7 13.O-O Rd8 14.Qe1 Re8 15.d3 Bxe5 16.fxe5 Qxe5 17.Bf4 Qd4+ 18.Qf2 e3 19.Qg3 Nh5 20.Bxh5 e2+ 21.Kh1 exf1=Q+ 22.Rxf1 Bf5 23.Bxh6 Bg6 24.Bxg6 fxg6 25.Ne4 Rxe4 26.dxe4 gxh6 27.Qxg6+ Qg7 28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.Rf6 Qg5 30.g3 Kh7 31.Rf7+ Kh8 32.h4 1-0
Rose - Jackson
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 b6 5.Bd2 Bb7 6.f3 O-O 7.e4 d6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Qe7 11.e5 dxe5 12.dxe5 Ne8 13.Nh3 Rd8 14.Be2 g6 15.Rhe1 Nc5 16.Bf1 h6 17.b4 Nd7 18.Bd3 Ng7 19.Bd2 Kh7 20.Nf4 Nf5 21.Bxf5 gxf5 22.Re3 a5 23.g4 axb4 24.gxf5 b3 25.Rxb3 exf5 26.Qxf5+ Kh8 27.e6 Nf6 28.exf7 Qd6 29.Qg6 Ne4 30.fxe4 Qxg6 31.Nxg6+ Kh7 32.Nxf8+ Rxf8 33.Rf3 Bxe4 34.Rf4 Bg6 35.Rdf1 Bd3 36.R1f2 Bg6 37.Bc3 h5 38.Be5 c6 1-0
Walz - Fischer
Sicilian defense, closed
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.f4 e6 7.Nf3 Nge7 8.Be3 O-O 9.O-O Rb8 10.e5 Nf5 11.Bf2 b6 12.exd6 Qxd6 13.Ne4 Qc7 14.c3 Ba6 15.Qc2 Rfd8 16.Rad1 Rd7 17.Rfe1 Rbd8 18.g4 Nfe7 19.Bg3 Bxd3 20.Rxd3 Rxd3 21.f5 Ne5 22.f6 Nxf3+ 23.Bxf3 Qd7 24.fxe7 Qxe7 25.Bg2 Qd7 26.g5 Rd1 27.Kf1 Kf8 28.Ke2 Rxe1+ 29.Kxe1 Qd5 30.b3 Be5 31.Bxe5 Qxe5 32.Bf3 h6 33.h4 Qf4 34.Qf2 Qc1+ 35.Ke2 Rd1 36.gxh6 f5 37.h5 e5 38.Bg2 Qc2+ 39.Kf3 Rd3+ 40.Qe3 fxe4+ 0-1
Colbow - Sobel
Sicilian defense, closed
1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 Nc6 3.Nbc3 Nf6 4.g3 e6 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.d3 a6 8.f4 d5 9.Qe1 Nb4 10.e5 Ne8 11.Qd2 Bd7 12.a3 Nc6 13.Nd1 f6 14.exf6 Nxf6 15.b3 Qe8 16.Bb2 Qh5 17.Nf2 e5 18.g4 Nxg4 19.Bxd5+ Kh8 20.Nxg4 Qxg4+ 21.Kh1 Bd6 22.Rg1 Qh4 23.Qe1 Qxe1 24.Raxe1 Rae8 25.Rg2 Re7 26.Reg1 b6 27.Rg5 h6 28.Rg6 Rf6 29.Rxf6 gxf6 30.Rg6 Nd4 31.Nxd4 exd4 32.Be4 Bxf4 33.Rxf6 Be3 34.c3 Re6 35.Rf3 Rxe4 36.dxe4 Bc6 37.cxd4 Bxe4 38.dxc5+ Kh7 39.Kg2 Bxc5 40.b4 Bd6 41.h3 Kg6 42.Kf2 Bxf3 43.Kxf3 Kf5 44.Bc1 h5 45.a4 b5 46.axb5 axb5 47.Bd2 Be7 48.Bc3 Bg5 49.Be1 Bd8 50.Bd2 1/2-1/2
Vassaux - Williams
Sicilian defense, Alapin
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.d4 Bg4 6.Be2 O-O-O 7.dxc5 Qxc5 8.Qa4 Nf6 9.Be3 Qd5 10.Na3 e5 11.Rd1 Qxa2 12.Rxd8+ Kxd8 13.O-O Qxb2 14.Nc4 Qxe2 15.Nfxe5 Bd7 16.Nxd7 Nxd7 17.Qb3 Nc5 18.Bxc5 Bxc5 19.Qxb7 Re8 20.Qxf7 Qe6 21.Qxg7 Rg8 22.Qb7 Qd5 23.g3 Qd7 24.Qb5 Rg5 25.Qb3 Qh3 26.Qd1+ Kc7 27.Qf3 Rf5 28.Qg2 Qxg2+ 29.Kxg2 Ne5 30.Nd2 Ng4 31.Ne4 Bxf2 32.Kh3 h5 33.Kh4 Rf4 34.Nxf2 Rxf2 35.Rh1 Rxh2+ 0-1
Garelick - Gersho
1.c4 f5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.O-O Be7 7.b3 O-O 8.Bb2 Qe8 9.Ne5 Nbd7 10.Nxd7 Bxd7 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Bxd5+ Kh8 13.Nc3 Rd8 14.Rc1 c6 15.Bg2 g5 16.e3 g4 17.Ne2 h5 18.d4 h4 19.Qd2 Bg5 20.Nf4 Bxf4 21.exf4 Rf6 22.Qa5 h3 23.Bh1 a6 24.Rfe1 Qf8 25.Qc5 Qd6 26.Re7 Qxc5 27.dxc5 Re6 28.Rxe6 Bxe6 29.f3 Rd2 30.fxg4 fxg4 31.Be4 Re2 32.f5 Bf7 33.Bd3 Rg2+ 34.Kf1 Rxh2 35.Rc2 Rh1+ 36.Kf2 Bd5 37.Ke3 Rd1 38.Bc4 Bg2 39.a4 h2 40.Rxg2 h1=Q 41.Rf2 Rd8 42.Kf4 Qh6+ 43.Kxg4 Rg8+ 44.Kf3 Qh5+ 45.Kg2 Qg5 46.Rf3 Rf8 47.Kh3 Kg7 48.g4 Kf6 49.Kg3 Rh8 50.Be2 Qh4+ 51.Kg2 Qxg4+ 52.Kf2 Qd4+ 0-1
DiCamillo - Engel
Sicilian defense, Lasker
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Na3 d5 10.Nxd5 Be6 11.Nc4 f5 12.Ncb6 Rb8 13.exf5 Bxf5 14.Qh5 Bxc2 15.Bc4 Bg6 16.Qh3 Bb4+ 17.Kf1 Bc5 18.Nd7 Nb4 19.N7f6+ Kf8 20.Qh6# 1-0
Wyglinski - Podlone
Sicilian defense, Maroczy
1.e4 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 g6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Be3 Nf6 8.Be2 Bd7 9.O-O O-O 10.b3 Re8 11.h3 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Bc6 13.Bf3 e6 14.Re1 e5 15.Be3 Rf8 16.Qd3 Ne8 17.c5 f5 18.cxd6 Qd7 19.Rad1 Kh8 20.Re2 b6 21.Bc1 Rf6 22.exf5 Rxd6 23.Bxc6 Qxc6 24.Qc2 Rc8 25.Bb2 e4 26.fxg6 Bxc3 27.gxh7 Rxd1+ 28.Qxd1 Bxb2 29.Rxb2 Qc1 30.Qxc1 Rxc1+ 31.Kh2 Kxh7 32.Rd2 Rc7 33.g4 Rf7 34.Kg3 Nc7 35.Re2 Re7 36.Kf4 Nd5+ 37.Kf5 Nc3 38.Rc2 Rf7+ 39.Ke5 Rf3 40.Kd4 Rd3+ 41.Kc4 b5+ 42.Kb4 Nd5+ 43.Kxb5 a6+ 44.Kc4 Nf4 45.Rc3 Kg6 46.Rxd3 exd3 47.Kd4 d2 0-1
Zalys - Schmitt
King's indian defense
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.Nc3 e6 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O Nbd7 8.Qc2 b6 9.b3 c5 10.Bb2 Bb7 11.Rad1 a6 12.e5 dxe5 13.dxc5 Qc7 14.cxb6 Nxb6 15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Nd5 Qg5 17.f4 Qh4 18.Bxf6 Bxf6 19.g3 Qh3 20.Bg4 Qxf1+ 21.Kxf1 exd5 22.cxd5 Nxd5 23.Qf2 Rfe8 24.Rd3 a5 25.Kg1 Rad8 26.Bf3 Nxf4 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Qf1 Nh3+ 29.Kg2 Rd2+ 30.Kxh3 Bc8+ 31.g4 Be5 32.Be2 Ba6 33.Kh4 Rxe2 34.h3 Bg3+ 35.Kxg3 Re3+ 36.Qf3 Rxf3+ 37.Kxf3 Kf8 38.Kf4 f6 39.Ke4 Kf7 40.Kd5 Ke7 41.Kc5 f5 42.gxf5 gxf5 43.Kd5 Kf6 44.Kd4 Kg5 45.Ke3 Bc8 46.a3 f4+ 47.Kf3 Bxh3 48.b4 axb4 49.axb4 Bd7 0-1
Jobin - Drakert
King's indian defense
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O e5 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Be3 Be6 11.Qc2 Ng4 12.Bxg4 Bxg4 13.f3 Be6 14.Rad1 Qb8 15.Na4 b6 16.b3 c6 17.c5 b5 18.Nb2 Qc7 19.Rd6 Rfd8 20.Rfd1 Bf8 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.Rxd8 Qxd8 1/2-1/2
Bedard - Haley
Sicilian defense, Morra gambit
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.c3 dxc3 5.Nxc3 e6 6.Bc4 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nge7 8.O-O O-O 9.Nb5 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Bxd5 exd5 12.Bf4 Be6 13.Nfd4 Nxd4 14.Qxd4 Ba5 15.Rac1 Bb6 16.Qe5 Rc8 17.Nd6 Rxc1 18.Rxc1 Bc7 19.Bh6 gxh6 20.Qg3+ Kh8 21.Qc3+ d4 22.Qxc7 Qxc7 23.Rxc7 d3 24.Kf1 d2 25.Ke2 Rd8 26.Rc8 Rxc8 27.Nxc8 d1=Q+ 28.Kxd1 Bxc8 29.Kd2 Kg7 0-1
Smolig - Coyne
1.f4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.c4 Nc6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.d4 Ne4 7.a3 Bd6 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 O-O 10.Bd3 Bg4 11.O-O Ne7 12.Bxh7+ Kh8 13.Bd3 g6 14.Qe1 Kg7 15.Ne5 Rh8 16.Nxg4 f5 17.Ne5 Rh6 18.Rf3 Qh8 19.h3 Qh7 20.Rg3 Bxe5 21.dxe5 Rh8 22.Bb2 Kf8 23.c4 Qf7 24.e6 Qxe6 25.Bxh8 dxc4 26.Bxc4 Qxc4 27.Qc3 Qf7 28.Be5 Nd5 29.Qc5+ Kg8 30.Qxa7 1-0
This round did little to decrease the rising tension. The only over-all result was a general tightening of the field. Only one point seperated the first 15 players, with 25 more, a point or less behind that. There was only a two point margin amongst the first 40 players. This meant that a player who was a leading contender, and very close to the top, could, if he had a bad game, drop all the way to 40th or lower.
Yanofsky and Lombardy were both in a peaceful mood, agreeing to a draw just when things began to look interesting. Sherwin moved into a tie for first by a strong win against Vaitonis.
Evans played a Canadian for the seventh consecutive round, which at the time, he didn't feel was doing his Sonnenborg-Berger tiebreak any good. Evans' victim in this round was Fuster.
One game of this round was remarkable for the determination of both its players, and for its unusual length. Bobby Fischer and Hans Matthai played a 108 move draw, Which Frank Anderson described as "the most interesting game of the tournament".
Yanofsky - Lombardy
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.d3 d6 9.c3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.Nbd2 Nc6 12.Nf1 Nd7 13.d4 Nb6 14.Ne3 Re8 15.dxc5 dxc5 16.Qe2 Ra7 17.Rd1 Rd7 18.Bd2 Bf8 19.Be1 Rxd1 20.Rxd1 Qf6 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 Nd8 23.Nd2 Nb7 24.Ne4 Qd8 25.c4 f5 26.Ng3 Nd6 27.b3 g6 28.Bc3 Bg7 29.f3 Bd7 30.Nf1 Qh4 31.Be1 Qd8 32.Bc3 1/2-1/2
Vaitonis - Sherwin
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 e6 6.e3 d5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Be2 Bd6 9.O-O O-O 10.Nf3 a6 11.b3 Be6 12.Bb2 Qe7 13.Rc1 Rfd8 14.Qc2 Rac8 15.Qb1 Bg4 16.Na4 Bc7 17.Rfe1 Ne4 18.Qd3 Qd6 19.g3 Qh6 20.Nc5 Ba5 21.Red1 Nb4 22.Qd4 Nxa2 23.Nxb7 Nxc1 24.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 25.Bxc1 Qc6 26.Nxd8 Qxc1+ 27.Kg2 Qc8 28.Qxd5 Bh3+ 29.Kg1 Bxd8 30.Bc4 Qd7 31.Qxd7 Bxd7 32.Bxa6 Be7 33.Ne5 Be6 34.Nc6 Bd6 35.b4 Bd7 36.b5 Bxc6 37.bxc6 Kf8 38.Bd3 Nc5 39.Bc2 h6 40.f4 Ke7 41.Kf2 Kd8 42.Bd1 Kc7 43.Bf3 Ne6 44.e4 Bc5+ 45.Kg2 Kxc6 0-1
Mednis - Anderson
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bc5 11.c3 Qc7 12.f4 Nb7 13.b4 Bb6 14.Qa4 Bd7 15.Na3 O-O 16.Nac4 Nd6 17.Nxb6 axb6 18.Qb3 Be6 19.Qb1 b5 20.O-O Nd5 21.c4 bxc4 22.Nxc4 Nxc4 23.Bxc4 Qb6+ 24.Kh1 Qd4 25.d3 exd3 26.Bxd3 Nxb4 27.Bh7+ Kh8 28.Bb2 Qd2 29.Rd1 Qe2 30.Re1 Qg4 31.Be4 Bxa2 32.Bxg7+ Kxg7 33.Qxb4 Bd5 34.Rxa8 Rxa8 35.Bxd5 cxd5 36.g3 1/2-1/2
Fuster - Evans
Torre attack, King's indian line
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nbd2 d6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bc4 c6 7.O-O O-O 8.Bb3 Qc7 9.c3 e5 10.Qc2 a5 11.a4 b5 12.Rfd1 Nb6 13.axb5 cxb5 14.c4 bxc4 15.Nxc4 Bf5 16.Qe2 Nxc4 17.Qxc4 Qb6 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.Qa4 Rfb8 20.Nxe5 Be6 21.Bxe6 Qxe6 22.Bxf6 Bxf6 23.Nd7 Rxb2 24.Qe4 Ra6 25.Qxe6 Rxe6 26.Nxf6+ Rxf6 27.Rf1 Rf5 28.g3 Rb4 29.Ra2 a4 30.Rfa1 Ra5 31.Ra3 Kf8 32.Kg2 Ke7 33.Rc1 Kd6 34.Kf3 Rb3 35.Ra2 a3 36.Rca1 Kc5 37.h3 Kb4 38.Ke2 Rb2+ 39.Kd3 Kb3 40.Rxb2+ Kxb2 0-1
Krznaric - Di Camillo
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.O-O Nc6 6.c4 dxc4 7.Qa4 Bd7 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qd3 Qb6 10.Nc3 c4 11.Qe3 Rc8 12.Rd1 Nb4 13.Rb1 Bc6 14.Ne5 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Be7 16.Qf3 O-O 17.e4 Rfd8 18.g4 Nc6 19.Nxc6 Qxc6 20.d5 Qb7 21.g5 Ne8 22.Bf4 b4 23.Ne2 exd5 24.exd5 Bd6 25.Rbc1 Bxf4 26.Nxf4 Nd6 27.Re1 g6 28.h4 Qd7 29.Qh3 Qxh3+ 30.Kxh3 Re8 31.Kg4 Kf8 32.h5 c3 33.bxc3 bxc3 34.Rxe8+ Kxe8 35.hxg6 hxg6 36.Rc2 Rc4 37.Kf3 Nb5 38.Ke3 Kd7 39.Ne2 Kd6 40.Kd3 Rg4 41.Nxc3 Nxc3 42.Rxc3 Rxg5 43.Rc6+ Kxd5 44.Ra6 Rf5 45.Ke3 Re5+ 46.Kd3 Re7 47.Ra5+ Ke6 48.Ke4 Kf6+ 49.Kf3 Rc7 50.Kg4 Rd7 51.Kf4 Kg7 52.Ra6 Kh6 53.Kg4 Rc7 54.Kh4 Rc3 55.f4 Rc7 56.Kg4 f5+ 57.Kh4 Rc4 58.Kg3 Rc3+ 59.Kf2 Rc7 60.Kg3 Kh5 61.Ra3 Rd7 62.Kh3 a5 63.Kg3 Rd5 64.Rc3 Rd4 65.Ra3 a4 66.Rc3 Rb4 67.Rd3 Rc4 68.Ra3 Kh6 69.Rd3 Kh5 70.Ra3 Kh6 71.Rd3 Rb4 72.Rc3 Rd4 73.Kf3 Kg7 74.Kg3 Kf7 75.Rf3 Ke6 76.Kh4 Kd5 77.Kg5 Ke4 78.Rf1 Rd6 79.Re1+ Kf3 80.Rc1 Ke3 81.Rc4 Rd4 82.Rc3+ Rd3 83.Rc4 Rd4 84.Rc3+ Ke4 85.Rc1 Kd5 86.Rf1 Ke6 87.Re1+ Kf7 88.Rb1 Rd2 89.Rb7+ Ke6 90.Rb6+ Kf7 91.Rf6+ Ke7 92.Rxg6 1/2-1/2
Rose - Joyner
King's indian defense
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 O-O 5.O-O d6 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nc3 a6 8.e4 Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Nd7 11.Be3 e5 12.d5 Ne7 13.Bg2 f5 14.Qd2 Rf7 15.Bh6 Bxh6 16.Qxh6 f4 17.h4 Kh8 18.Qg5 Qf8 19.Qg4 Ng8 20.Bh3 Ngf6 21.Qe2 Qh6 22.Be6 Rg7 23.Kg2 Rf8 24.Rh1 Nxd5 25.Kh3 Nxc3 26.bxc3 Nc5 27.Bg4 Rgf7 28.f3 fxg3 29.Rag1 Qf4 30.h5 gxh5 31.Bxh5 Rg7 32.Bg4 g2 33.Rxg2 Qh6+ 34.Kg3 Qxh1 0-1
Bernstein - Schmitt
Queen's pawn game
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.Nbd2 d5 4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.O-O c4 7.Be2 b5 8.b3 Bd6 9.a4 c3 10.Bxb5 Bd7 11.Nb1 Bb4 12.Ba3 Qa5 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.Ne5 Rc8 15.Bxb4 Qxb4 16.Nd3 Qd6 17.Nxc3 a6 18.Nc5 Bd7 19.Na2 O-O 20.Nb4 Ra8 21.Qe2 a5 22.Nbd3 Rfc8 23.f4 Rc7 24.g4 Rac8 25.Ra2 Ne4 26.Nxe4 dxe4 27.Ne5 1-0
Fischer - Matthai
Sicilian defense, Dragon variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Rc8 11.Bb3 Qa5 12.O-O-O Nh5 13.g4 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Bxd4 15.Qxd4 Nf4 16.Kb1 Ne6 17.Qd2 Rfe8 18.f4 Nc5 19.h5 Nxb3 20.axb3 Bxg4 21.Rdg1 f5 22.hxg6 hxg6 23.b4 Qxb4 24.Rxg4 fxg4 25.f5 Rxc3 26.fxg6 Rh3 27.Qxb4 Rxh1+ 28.Ka2 Kg7 29.e5 dxe5 30.Qxb7 Rhh8 31.Qe4 Kf6 32.Qxg4 Rhg8 33.b4 Rxg6 34.Qf3+ Kg7 35.Qe3 Re6 36.Qxa7 Rd8 37.Qg1+ Kf7 38.b5 Rdd6 39.c4 e4 40.c5 Rd2+ 41.Kb3 e3 42.Kc3 Rf2 43.c6 Rf5 44.Qb1 Kf6 45.Kd3 e2 46.c7 Rc5 47.b6 e1=Q 48.Qxe1 Rxe1 49.b7 Rxc7 50.b8=Q Rd7+ 51.Kc2 Re2+ 52.Kc3 Re3+ 53.Kc2 Rd6 54.Qh8+ Kg5 55.Qg8+ Kf4 56.Qg2 Re5 57.Qh2+ Kf5 58.Qh5+ Ke6 59.Qg4+ Rf5 60.Qe4+ Re5 61.Qg4+ Kd5 62.Qf3+ Re4 63.Kd3 Ke5+ 64.Kc3 Rdd4 65.Qh5+ Kd6 66.Qg6+ Kc7 67.Qg7 Rd6 68.Qh7 Re5 69.Qg7 Re3+ 70.Kc4 Re4+ 71.Kc3 Kd7 72.Qf7 Ree6 73.Kc4 Re5 74.Kb4 Rdd5 75.Kc4 Rc5+ 76.Kb3 Rcd5 77.Qg6 Rf5 78.Qg7 Rfe5 79.Kc4 Rg5 80.Qh7 Rde5 81.Kd4 Ra5 82.Ke3 Ra3+ 83.Kf4 Rga5 84.Qf7 Rc5 85.Ke4 Rg5 86.Kf4 Rga5 87.Ke4 R5a4+ 88.Kd5 Ra5+ 89.Ke4 Rh3 90.Kf4 Kd6 91.Qg6+ e6 92.Qe8 Ra4+ 93.Kg5 Rg3+ 94.Kh5 Ra5+ 95.Kh4 Rga3 96.Qd8+ Ke5 97.Qc7+ Ke4 98.Qc4+ Ke5 99.Qc7+ Kf6 100.Qf4+ Rf5 101.Qd4+ Kg6 102.Qe4 Ra6 103.Qc4 Rd6 104.Qc8 e5 105.Qg8+ Kf6 106.Qf8+ Ke6 107.Qe8+ Kd5 108.Qb5+ 1/2-1/2
Podlone - Bakos
Queen's indian defense
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.Nbd2 c5 6.c3 Qc8 7.O-O Ne4 8.Nxe4 Bxe4 9.Ne1 Bxg2 10.Nxg2 cxd4 11.cxd4 Be7 12.Bf4 O-O 13.d5 Na6 14.e4 Qb7 15.d6 Bf6 16.e5 Bd8 17.Be3 f5 18.Qh5 Nb4 19.Rad1 Rc8 20.Bh6 gxh6 21.Qxh6 Qe4 22.Rfe1 Qg4 23.f3 Qg7 24.Qd2 Nd5 25.f4 b5 26.Rc1 Bb6+ 27.Kh1 Qg4 28.Rxc8 Rxc8 29.Qd3 b4 30.Qb5 Rc6 31.Nh4 Nxf4 32.gxf4 Qxh4 33.Qf1 Rc2 34.Re2 Rxe2 35.Qxe2 Qxf4 36.Qg2+ Kf7 37.h3 Bd4 38.Qe2 Qc1+ 39.Kg2 Qg5+ 40.Kf3 Qh5+ 0-1
Williams - Szabo
Sicilian defense, Dragon variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g3 g6 7.Bg2 Bg4 8.f3 Bd7 9.Be3 Bg7 10.Qd2 O-O 11.Rd1 Ne5 12.b3 Rc8 13.Nce2 Re8 14.O-O Rc7 15.h3 Nc6 16.Nb5 Rc8 17.c4 a6 18.Nbc3 Qa5 19.f4 b5 20.c5 Rcd8 21.cxd6 exd6 22.g4 b4 23.Na4 Qb5 24.Ng3 Kh8 25.g5 Ng8 26.Nb6 d5 27.exd5 Nce7 28.Rfe1 Nf5 29.Nxf5 Bxf5 30.Bf1 Qa5 31.Nc4 Qc7 32.Bb6 Qd7 33.Bxd8 Rxd8 34.Ne5 Bxe5 35.fxe5 Ne7 36.Qb2 Kg8 37.Bc4 Bxh3 38.e6 fxe6 39.dxe6 Qa7+ 40.Kh2 Rf8 41.Kxh3 Qc5 42.Rf1 Qe3+ 43.Kh2 Rf4 44.Rd8+ 1-0
Fox - Sobel
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 Ne4 7.O-O Be7 8.Nxd4 O-O 9.Nf5 d5 10.Nxe7+ Nxe7 11.c3 c6 12.Qe2 Ng6 13.Bc2 Re8 14.f3 Qb6+ 15.Kh1 Ng3+ 16.hxg3 Rxe5 17.Qf2 Qxf2 18.Rxf2 Re1+ 19.Kh2 Rxc1 20.a4 Bd7 21.g4 Re8 22.Ra2 Ree1 23.Bxg6 hxg6 24.Nd2 Rc2 25.Ne4 Rxf2 26.Nxf2 Re2 27.Nd3 Be6 28.a5 Re3 29.Nc5 d4 30.Ra4 dxc3 31.bxc3 Rxc3 32.Nxb7 Kf8 33.Nd6 f5 34.gxf5 gxf5 35.g4 Ke7 36.Nxf5+ Bxf5 37.gxf5 Rxf3 38.Rg4 Kf7 39.Rc4 Rxf5 40.Rxc6 Rxa5 41.Kg2 g6 42.Rb6 Kg7 43.Rc6 Kh6 44.Kf2 Kh5 45.Rc8 g5 46.Rc4 Ra1 47.Kg2 a5 48.Rd4 Rb1 49.Ra4 Rb5 50.Kh2 Kg6 51.Kg3 Kf5 52.Kf3 Ke5 53.Ke3 Rd5 54.Rc4 Kd6 55.Rc8 Rc5 56.Rb8 Kc6 57.Ke4 a4 58.Kd3 Ra5 59.Rb2 a3 60.Ra2 g4 0-1
This was the round which sounded the death knell for Yanofsky, and cast a mass expression of gloom over the faces of those who were hoping for a Canadian champ. There were very few optimists who still saw the possibility of this coming about. Thet were all smiles at the beginning of the round, and all scowls at the end. Sherwin showed that he was a real contender for first place by outplaying Yanofsky from the white side of a King's indian defense. Yanofsky played a variation which has since fallen into disrepute, although it was considered playable at the time of the game.
Joyner finally reached the position for which he has been preparing for a long time. At least he had the opportunity to demonstrate his ability against top flight conpetition - Evans. Every young player who joins the ranks of the world's chess stars, must do so over the bodies of all-ready established lights in the firmament. This was Joyner's big chance...He blew it! For some strange reason, after years of study and practice in the English opening and its potential transpositions, plus a similar study of the Sicilian defense, the whole of which he has tied together into a solid system, which he can claim to knowing almost inside out, Joyner played the Philidor's defense. This was the first time he has ever played it in a tournament. Unfamiliarity played its usual price: he walked into a many-times published opening trap and succumbed in only 15 moves. This round managed to spread the field slightly. The big question now seemed to be: can Evans catch the leaders despite the pairing system, which seems to be his strongest foe.
Jackson - Grimshaw
1.e4 c5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 d6 6.O-O Nf6 7.d3 O-O 8.c3 Qb6 9.Kh1 a6 10.Nbd2 Bd7 11.Nc4 Qc7 12.Ne3 b5 13.f5 c4 14.g4 cxd3 15.Qxd3 Bc8 16.g5 Nd7 17.Nd5 Qd8 18.Nd4 Nce5 19.Qe2 Bb7 20.Bf4 Nc4 21.Rae1 Rc8 22.Bg3 Re8 23.Qf2 Nc5 24.Rd1 Rf8 25.f6 exf6 26.gxf6 Bh6 27.Ne7+ Kh8 28.Nxc8 Qxc8 29.Bf4 Nxe4 30.Qh4 Bxf4 31.Qxf4 g5 32.Qf5 Ne3 33.Qxc8 Rxc8 34.Rde1 Nxg2 35.Kxg2 Nd2+ 36.Kf2 Nxf1 37.Kxf1 Bd5 38.a3 h6 39.Re7 Rd8 40.Ra7 Kh7 41.Kf2 Kg6 42.Rxa6 Bc4 43.b3 Bd3 44.Ke3 Bf1 45.Rb6 Kxf6 46.Nxb5 Ke5 47.Nd4 Re8 48.c4 f5 49.Nf3+ Ke6 50.c5 Rd8 51.cxd6 f4+ 52.Kf2 Bd3 53.d7+ Kf5 54.Rd6 Be4 55.a4 g4 56.Nd4+ Ke5 57.Nb5 Bc2 58.a5 Bxb3 59.a6 Bd5 60.a7 h5 61.Rh6 g3+ 62.hxg3 fxg3+ 63.Kxg3 Rxd7 64.Rxh5+ Ke6 65.Nd4+ Kf6 66.Rxd5 Rxa7 67.Kf4 Ra1 68.Rd6+ Ke7 69.Rh6 Rf1+ 70.Nf3 Kd7 71.Ke3 Ra1 72.Ne5+ 1/2-1/2
Drakert - Walz
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.g4 c6 10.Ng3 cxd5 11.cxd5 Nd7 12.Qd2 Re8 13.h4 Nf8 14.Bh6 Bh8 15.h5 Bd7 16.hxg6 Nexg6 17.Nf5 Qb6 18.Be3 Qc7 19.Rc1 Rac8 20.Nh6+ Kg7 21.Ne2 Qd8 22.Rxc8 Bxc8 23.Ng3 Nh4 24.Qf2 Nfg6 25.Ngf5+ Nxf5 26.gxf5 Qa5+ 27.Bd2 Qxa2 28.fxg6 Qa1+ 29.Ke2 Qa6+ 30.Kd1 Qa4+ 31.Kc1 Qa1+ 32.Kc2 Bd7 33.Nf5+ Bxf5 34.exf5 Rc8+ 35.Bc3 Rxc3+ 36.Kxc3 Qa5+ 37.Kb3 hxg6 38.Qh4 Qxd5+ 39.Bc4 Qxf3+ 40.Ka2 Qh5 41.Qxh5 gxh5 42.Rxh5 1-0
Sherwin - Yanofsky
King's indian defense
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 c5 8.Qd2 Ne8 9.Bd3 f5 10.exf5 gxf5 11.O-O-O Na6 12.Nge2 Nac7 13.Rhg1 a6 14.g4 f4 15.Bf2 b5 16.h4 bxc4 17.Bb1 Rf7 18.h5 Nb5 19.g5 Bf5 20.g6 hxg6 21.Bxf5 gxf5 22.h6 Qb6 23.hxg7 Rxg7 24.Qc2 Rxg1 25.Rxg1+ Ng7 26.Qxf5 Qb7 27.Ne4 Qf7 28.Qxf7+ Kxf7 29.a4 Nd4 30.Nxd4 cxd4 31.Nxd6+ Ke7 32.Nxc4 Rc8 33.b3 Nf5 34.Kd2 Kf6 35.d6 Rb8 36.d7 Rd8 37.Nb6 Rh8 38.Rh1 Rg8 39.Rh5 Ke6 40.Rxf5 Kxf5 41.Bh4 1-0
Zizys - Lombardy
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.g3 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd1 d5 7.Bg2 Bb4+ 8.Nfd2 O-O 9.O-O Be7 10.b3 d4 11.Bb2 e5 12.a3 a5 13.Qc2 Bg4 14.Re1 Bxe2 15.Bxc6 d3 16.Qc3 bxc6 17.Qxe5 Re8 18.Ne4 Bxa3 19.Nxf6+ gxf6 20.Qxf6 Qxf6 21.Bxf6 Bb4 22.Bc3 f5 23.Bxb4 axb4 24.Nd2 Kf7 25.f3 Ke6 26.Kf2 Ke5 27.Rxa8 Rxa8 28.Ke3 Kd6 29.g4 Re8+ 30.Kf4 fxg4 31.c5+ Kd5 32.fxg4 Kd4 33.Rc1 Rf8+ 34.Kg3 Rg8 35.h3 h5 36.Kf2 Rf8+ 37.Kg3 hxg4 38.hxg4 Rf7 39.g5 Bh5 40.g6 Bxg6 41.Nf3+ Rxf3+ 42.Kxf3 Bh5+ 0-1
Evans - Joyner
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 c6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.dxe5 Nxe5 7.Nxe5 dxe5 8.Qh5 g6 9.Qxe5 f6 10.Qg3 Qd4 11.Bb3 Bd6 12.Bf4 Bxf4 13.Qxf4 Qe5 14.Qe3 Ne7 15.O-O-O 1-0
Berliner - Anderson
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.f3 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd3 cxd4 9.cxd4 b6 10.e4 Ba6 11.Qb3 Bxf1 12.Kxf1 Ne7 13.Ne2 Nbc6 14.Be3 O-O 15.Kf2 Na5 16.Qa2 Qd7 17.Rhd1 Rac8 18.Rac1 Qa4 19.d5 exd5 20.exd5 Nf5 21.Bf4 Qd7 22.d6 Nb7 23.Qd5 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Nfxd6 25.Nd4 h6 26.Rd1 Qa4 27.Rd3 Qc4 28.Nc6 Qxf4 29.Rd4 Qf6 30.Ne5 Rc8 0-1
Fischer - Sharp
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.d4 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Rb8 10.Nbd2 Bd7 11.Re1 Qe8 12.Nf1 Bd8 13.Ng3 Na5 14.Bc2 c5 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.Qd6 Nc6 17.Qxc5 Bb6 18.Qa3 Qc8 19.Be3 Re8 20.Bxb6 Rxb6 21.Qc5 Rb7 22.Rad1 Rc7 23.Qd6 Rd8 24.Qa3 a5 25.Rd2 b4 26.cxb4 Nxb4 27.Bb3 Rc5 28.Red1 Qc7 29.Ng5 Nc2 30.Rxc2 Rxc2 31.Qe7 Be8 32.Bxf7+ Bxf7 33.Rxd8+ 1-0
Matthai - Vaitonis
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 Bf5 4.f3 Nbd7 5.e3 Bg6 6.Bd3 e6 7.e4 Be7 8.Qd2 a6 9.h4 dxe4 10.fxe4 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Qf2 Be7 13.h5 Bh7 14.Nf3 b5 15.d5 exd5 16.Nxd5 O-O 17.O-O-O Bc5 18.Qd2 c6 19.Ne3 Qb6 20.Ng4 Rad8 21.Rdg1 Be7 22.Rh3 c5 23.e5 Qe6 24.Rg3 Kh8 25.Bxh7 Kxh7 26.Qd3+ Kh8 27.b3 Nb6 28.Qe4 Nd5 29.Nd2 Rd7 30.Kb1 Nb4 31.Re3 Rfd8 32.a3 Nc6 33.Qf4 Nd4 34.Rc3 Ne2 35.Qe4 Nxc3+ 0-1
Bakos - Mednis
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.b3 Be7 7.Bb2 Ncb8 8.c4 dxc4 9.bxc4 Nb6 10.a4 a5 11.Ne4 Na6 12.Bd3 Nb4 13.Be2 O-O 14.O-O Bd7 15.Qb3 Bc6 16.Nc3 Bxf3 17.Bxf3 Qxd4 18.Nd5 Qc5 19.Nf6+ gxf6 20.exf6 Bd6 21.Be4 Rfd8 22.Qh3 h5 23.Ra3 Kf8 24.Rg3 Nxc4 25.Rc3 Qe5 26.Rxc4 Qxb2 27.f4 Qxf6 28.f5 e5 29.Qxh5 Ke7 30.Bxb7 Rh8 31.Qf3 Rag8 32.h3 Kf8 33.Be4 Rh4 34.Qe3 Qg5 35.Qa7 Kg7 36.f6+ Kh6 37.Kh1 Rxe4 0-1
Rohland - Rodgers
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 Nxc3 6.bxc3 d4 7.Nf3 Bc5 8.cxd4 Bxd4 9.Rb1 Nc6 10.Nxd4 Qh4+ 11.g3 Qxd4 12.Bb2 Qd5 13.Rg1 O-O 14.d4 f6 15.Bg2 Qa5+ 16.Qd2 Qxa2 17.Ke2 Bg4+ 18.Ke3 fxe5 19.dxe5 Rad8 20.Qc3 Nxe5 21.Qb3+ Nc4+ 0-1
This round set off a buzz of speculation as to the chances of the five leaders. Vaitonis and two others rested in a three-way tie at 7-2, only half a point behind the leaders, who took no chances and agreed to a 16-move draw. His chances were not considered good, however, as he had really beaten nobody who was considered a favorite. In fact, he was very lucky to have escaped from williams in this round, as a look at the game will show.
Evans was overjoyed with the Lombardy-Sherwin draw, but could not seem to get this point which ne needed so badly.
There was some disappointment in that Yanofsky had to play Anderson in this round. Had they played other opponents and won, the situation may have been very complex for the last round. However, they played a hard-fought draw, thus ending both their chances.
Bobby Fischer showed strong defensive ability in his game against Bernstein, which he won.
This was the last round in the extremely spacious Redpath Hall. It is doubtful if any tournament has ever been played in finer quarters. This hall, it should be noted, is reserved for visiting notables; and the last time it was used was for a reception for president Eisenhower. The number of spectators was growing every night, with Bobby Fischer being the main drawing card. Much of this was no doubt due to the very liberal coverage given by the press.
Szabo - Jackson
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Be7 7.Nf3 O-O 8.Be2 f6 9.O-O Nc6 10.exf6 Bxf6 11.Bd2 Bf5 12.Rb1 b6 13.Qe1 Re8 14.Qf2 Bg6 15.Rbe1 Rf8 16.Qg3 Qd6 17.Qxd6 cxd6 18.Ng5 Ne5 19.Ne6 Rfc8 20.Nd4 Nf7 21.Rc1 Bg5 22.Bxg5 Nxg5 23.Nb5 Nf7 24.Bf3 a6 25.Nd4 Rxc3 26.Bxd5 Rac8 27.Rf2 Rxd3 28.Bb7 Rc4 29.Re1 h6 30.cxd3 Rxd4 31.Bxa6 Ne5 32.Rd2 Bf7 33.Rb1 Rg4 34.Rf2 Bd5 35.h3 Rg5 36.Kh2 h5 37.Rxb6 Ng6 38.Rxd6 Kh7 39.d4 Nh4 40.Bf1 Ba8 41.Rd8 Be4 42.Re8 Bb1 43.Re1 Bg6 44.Re5 Bf5 45.g3 1-0
Richardson - Berliner
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.c4 Nb6 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.Be2 O-O 8.O-O Nc6 9.Nc3 dxe5 10.Bxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 c5 12.dxc5 Bxe5 13.cxb6 Qxb6 14.Na4 Qc7 15.h3 Rd8 16.Qb3 Rd2 17.Rfe1 Be6 18.Rac1 Rad8 19.Bf3 Bd4 20.Re2 Rxe2 21.Bxe2 Bxf2+ 0-1
Lombardy - Sherwin
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nf4 c6 9.Bd3 Re8 10.O-O a5 11.Qc2 Bd6 12.Bd2 Nbd7 13.Rad1 Nf8 14.f3 Bxf4 15.exf4 Qb6 16.Ne2 Bf5 1/2-1/2
Mednis - Evans
Sicilian defense, Lasker
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Na3 f5 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.Nc4 Rc8 12.Ne3 Be6 13.Bc4 Bxc4 14.Nxc4 Nd4 15.Ne3 Qg5 16.Ne2 Nf5 17.Nxf5 Qxf5 18.c3 Qh5 19.O-O Rg8 20.Ng3 Qg4 21.Qd5 Rc7 22.f4 exf4 23.Nh5 Be7 24.Rxf4 Qe6 25.Qf3 Kf8 26.Rf1 Bg5 27.Re4 Qh6 28.Qe2 Re7 29.Rxe7 Bxe7 30.Qf3 Qg6 31.Nf4 Qf5 32.Qxb7 Qe5 33.Qf3 f6 34.Nd5 Rg6 35.Nxe7 Qxe7 36.Qa8+ Kg7 37.Qxa6 d5 38.Qd3 Qa7+ 39.Kh1 Qxa2 40.Qd2 1/2-1/2
Yanofsky - Anderson
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Qe2 Bc5 10.Be3 O-O 11.Nbd2 Nxd2 12.Qxd2 d4 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Qf4 Rfe8 15.Rfe1 h6 16.Bh4 Bxb3 17.axb3 Qe6 18.Bg3 Nb4 19.Re2 d3 20.cxd3 Nxd3 21.Qe4 Rad8 22.Qb7 Bb6 23.Qe4 Qxb3 24.h4 a5 25.h5 Nc5 26.Qg4 Rd1+ 27.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 28.Re1 Qd7 29.Qh4 Ne6 30.Qg4 Qd3 31.Nh4 Qd2 32.Rd1 Qg5 33.Qf3 Rd8 34.Rxd8+ Qxd8 35.Nf5 Nd4 36.Qd3 Qd7 37.Nxd4 Bxd4 38.Qe4 f6 39.b3 Bc5 40.Qc2 Bf8 41.Bf4 c5 42.Be3 Qd5 43.f4 c4 44.bxc4 bxc4 45.Kh2 Qd3 46.Qxd3 cxd3 47.Kg3 a4 48.Kf3 Ba3 49.Ke4 Bc5 50.Bd2 Kf8 51.Kxd3 Ke8 52.Kc4 Bf8 53.Kb5 a3 54.Bc3 1/2-1/2
Vaitonis - Williams
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.Qc2 Qg6 9.b3 c6 10.Ba3 Qh5 11.d5 exd5 12.cxd5 c5 13.b4 cxb4 14.Bxb4 Na6 15.Ba3 Bd7 16.Rab1 b6 17.Ne5 Ng4 18.Nxg4 Qxg4 19.f4 Rac8 20.Qd2 Nc5 21.e4 Bf6 22.Nb5 Nxe4 23.Bxe4 fxe4 24.Nxd6 e3 25.Qb4 Bc3 26.Qe4 e2 27.Rfe1 Rce8 28.Nxe8 Rxe8 29.Be7 Bf5 30.Qe3 Bf6 31.d6 Bxb1 32.Rxb1 Qf5 33.Re1 Qd5 34.d7 Qxd7 35.Qb3+ Kh8 36.Bxf6 gxf6 37.Qc3 Qe6 38.Kf2 Kg7 39.Qd2 Kg6 40.Rxe2 Qxe2+ 41.Qxe2 Rxe2+ 42.Kxe2 Kf5 43.Kf3 b5 44.g4+ Ke6 45.Ke4 a5 46.Kd4 Kd6 47.h4 Kc6 48.g5 fxg5 49.fxg5 Kd6 50.h5 Ke6 51.Kc5 Kf5 52.g6 1-0
Grimshaw - Fox
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 Bd7 6.d4 Nf6 7.O-O Be7 8.Re1 O-O 9.h3 Re8 10.d5 Na7 11.c4 Bxa4 12.Qxa4 Nc8 13.Qc2 Bf8 14.Be3 Nd7 15.Nc3 Ne7 16.Na4 b6 17.b4 g6 18.Rec1 h6 19.Nd2 f5 20.f3 Bg7 21.c5 Ra7 22.Rab1 dxc5 23.bxc5 Rf8 24.Rb3 Nc8 25.Rc3 Rf7 26.cxb6 Ndxb6 27.Nxb6 Rb7 28.Nxc8 Qxc8 29.Nc4 Qf8 30.a3 Rb8 31.Na5 Rc8 32.Bb6 h5 33.Be3 fxe4 34.fxe4 Qe7 35.Rf1 Rxf1+ 36.Kxf1 Qh4 37.Bf2 Rf8 38.Kg1 Qd8 39.Rxc7 Bh6 40.Rc3 Bf4 41.Qe2 Qg5 42.h4 Qh6 43.g3 Bd2 44.Be3 Bxe3+ 45.Qxe3 Qg7 46.Rc2 Kh7 47.Rf2 Rc8 48.Nc6 Rc7 49.Qf3 Qh6 50.Kg2 Qc1 51.a4 1-0
Bernstein - Fischer
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Be2 Nh5 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Nxg3 10.hxg3 c5 11.Qd3 e6 12.Ne5 f5 13.g4 f4 14.O-O-O Nc6 15.Rxh6 Bxh6 16.Qg6+ Bg7 17.Bd3 Nxe5 18.dxe5 Rf7 19.Nb5 Kf8 20.Nd6 Rd7 21.Bb5 Rxd6 22.exd6 Bd7 23.Bxd7 Qxd7 24.Qxg5 fxe3 25.Qf4+ Kg8 26.fxe3 Rf8 27.Qg5 Qxd6 28.Rh1 Qe5 29.Qh4 Qxb2+ 30.Kd1 Qb1+ 31.Kd2 Qb4+ 32.Kd1 Qe4 33.Qh5 Rf2 0-1
Sobel - DiCamillo
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Be7 6.O-O d6 7.c3 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5 9.Rd1 O-O 10.d3 Qd7 11.Nbd2 g5 12.g4 Nxg4 13.hxg4 Qxg4+ 14.Kh2 Qf4+ 15.Kh1 f5 16.Bb3+ Kh8 17.Bd5 g4 18.Ng1 Qg5 19.exf5 Qh4+ 20.Kg2 Rxf5 21.Ne4 g3 22.f3 Qh2+ 23.Kf1 Bxf3 24.Qxh2 gxh2 0-1
Joyner - Rodgers
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.O-O O-O 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.d4 d6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Be3 b6 11.Bg5 Bb7 12.Qd2 Ne8 13.e4 Nd6 14.b3 Re8 15.Rac1 a6 16.Na4 Bc8 17.Be3 Bd7 18.Nb2 Qc7 19.Nd3 Rec8 20.f3 a5 21.Qf2 Qb7 22.Qb2 f6 23.a4 Rf8 24.f4 exf4 25.gxf4 Rae8 26.e5 fxe5 27.fxe5 Nf5 28.Bd2 e6 29.Rce1 Qc8 30.Bc3 Nh4 31.Nf4 Nxg2 32.Qxg2 Rf5 33.Nxe6 Bxe6 34.dxe6 Qxe6 35.Rxf5 Qxf5 36.Qd5+ Kh8 37.Qe4 Qxe4 38.Rxe4 Kg8 39.Kg2 Kf8 40.Kf3 Ke7 41.Rh4 Ke6 42.Ke4 h6 43.Rg4 Kf7 44.Rg3 g5 45.Kf5 Bf8 46.Rd3 Re6 47.Rd8 Be7 48.Rh8 Rc6 49.e6# Rxe6 50.Rh7+ Kg8 51.Kxe6 Kxh7 52.Kxe7 1-0
Krznaric - Drakert
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Be7 6.O-O b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nf4 11.Qe4 Nxe5 12.d4 Ned3 13.Bxf4 Nxf4 14.Qxf4 Bd6 15.Qf3 Rb8 16.Bd5 Qg5 17.h3 Bxh3 18.Qxh3 Qxd5 19.Nd2 Rbe8 20.Qf3 1/2-1/2
The temperature was in the nineties, with hundreds of players and spectators jammed into the YMHA Hall. All games but one were finished. On that one game, the tournament hung in the balance. Most of the throng (600 to 700) was jammed into one end of the room, their attention fixed on the demo-board and two "hard at it" contestants. On a plateform, surrounded by officials, reporters and photographers sat Evans and Sherwin. The round which had started casually enough had now reached a tense, dramatic, high point. Before this round, only five contestants had a mathematical chance of winning or tieing for first place. These were Lombardy and Sherwin with 7« points each, closely followed by Evans, Vaitonis and DiCamillo, each half a point behind.
The first pairing announced was Evans-Sherwin. When it was called out, everyone began to talk at once. The din was such that order had to be requested. The second pairing was announced: Lombardy-Vaitonis. The dinstarded all over again. The remaining pairings were announced and everyone settled down to their individual battles.
The battles were remarkable for their peacefullness. In the first half hour, 11 draws were turned in. Everyone was too tired and too hot to put up a struggle. There were of course a few exceptions. One of these early draws, in only 19 moves, was the game Anderson-Fischer. This marked the first time that Bobby was not involved in a fierce struggle. It was also the first time that he didn't command the limelight.
The first result to come in which affected the first place standing was an 18-move draw between DiCamillo and Yanofsky. This narrowed the centre of attention to the two contests on the plateform. Then came a startling development. Lombardy offered Vaitonis a draw, with the game having gone only 13 moves. Vaitonis accepted. Lombardy's motive was clear: if Sherwin beats Evans. Lombardy takes 2nd place and 300$. It its the opposite or if they draw, then Lombardy will tie for first and 400$. If he had won, he would take either 500$ clear and first place, or tie with Sherwin for 400$; but if he lost, he would be lucky to win enough to cover his expenses. For Lombardy, it was clearly a case of "300 birds in the hand being worth more than 500 in the bush".
Vaitonis' motive is not clear at all. Besides the possibility of winning the event, and thus bearing out the hopes of so many who longed for a Canadian champion, he would have received much recognition all over the western chess world, this in addition to a possible 400$ prize. Instead, he accepted the draw and finished in a five-way tie for 3rd to 7th place. This is in no way a criticism, but merely a verballizing of the question mark which crossed the faces of nearly everyone present at the tournament.
The crowd grew and the afternoon wore on. All the other games were finished, and still the battle continued. At first, there was intense interest; but as time passed, and the game had been going for six hours, the crowd began to break up into various groups. The committee began working out the Sonneborn-Berger scores and final standings, including the three possible results at the top. A surprising fact turned up. If Evans were to win, he would place first, ahead of Lombardy; and although the prize money would be shared equally, Evans would be the first Canadian Open Champion, due to a higher S-B rating. The feeling, and hope, was that it would not be long now. This was not the case. The seventh hour passed. The skittles games died out and everyone just sat and stared, or paced up and down. The eighth hour passed, the YMHA began closing the building, and the janitor began to mumble something about whether those "darned woodpushers would ever finished".
Lombardy, with a coat thrown over his shoulders, despite the heat, walked endlessly back and forth on the platform, occasionally pausing to look at the game, and then continuing his pacing.
Sherwin sat hunched over the table, his shirt pulled open for air, and perspiration running down his face into his recently-grown, week-old beard. He looked a very tired young man. Mrs Sherwin never left his side. All the windows were thrown open to catch the slightest breath of cool air. With darkness came no relief from the oppressive humidity. Over all this lathargic, yet dramatic scene, like a king on a throne, sat Larry Evans. He was not perspiring. He had not even removed his jacket. His collar was not unbuttoned, nor his tie loosened. He looked as fresh as when he had walked into the tournament hall nine days before. Literally, he was calm, cool and collected, as he sat with one leg draped over the other, casually surveying the board. He was the epitome of confidence.
After more than nine hours of punishin play, Sherwin resigned, a dejected and beaten young man. Pandemonium broke loose, flashbulbs popped, and reporters dashed for telephones, while people began congratulating the victor.
The committee, conscious of the time, immediately requested everyone to be seated, and the closing ceremonies began. Sherwin received a round of applause when he came forward to collect his prize of 85$ for third place (he was tied with four others). Had he won the last game, he would have received 500$. It was costly loss.
Now, everyone realised it was time to say good-bye. One was reminded of a line from Omar Khayam: "And one by one, the pieces, back in the closet lay". The janitor took a last look around the empty room. He bent over and picked up a fallen knight, and then turned out the lights and locked the door. Those darned woodpushers were finished.
Bedard - Kozak
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bc4 O-O 7.O-O Re8 8.a4 Bf8 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.f4 h6 11.Bh4 Be7 12.f5 Nxe4 13.Bxf7+ Kxf7 14.Ne6 Nxc3 15.Nxd8+ Kg8 16.bxc3 Bxh4 17.Qd5+ Kh7 18.Ne6 Ne5 19.Nxc7 1-0
Lombardy - Vaitonis
King's indian defense
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bc1 c5 8.dxc5 dxc5 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.f3 Ne5 11.Be3 b6 12.O-O-O+ Bd7 13.h3 1/2-1/2
Evans - Sherwin
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 g6 6.Bd3 Bg7 7.Nge2 Na6 8.f3 Nc7 9.Be3 a6 10.a3 O-O 11.Qd2 Nfe8 12.g4 h6 13.h4 Kh7 14.Ng3 Bd7 15.b4 b6 16.Rb1 Rh8 17.h5 g5 18.O-O Rg8 19.bxc5 bxc5 20.Rb3 Nf6 21.Rfb1 Bf8 22.Bc2 Nce8 23.Nd1 Ng7 24.Qe2 Be7 25.Bf2 Qc8 26.Ne3 Bd8 27.Be1 Bc7 28.Qd1 Qd8 29.Rb7 Bc8 30.R7b2 Re8 31.Ba4 Re7 32.Bc6 Ra7 33.Qa4 Ng8 34.Kg2 Nf6 35.Qc2 Ng8 36.Bc3 Nf6 37.Rb3 Kg8 38.R1b2 Kh7 39.Qb1 Kg8 40.Ngf5 Nxf5 41.Nxf5 Bxf5 42.exf5 Kh7 43.Rb7 Rxb7 44.Rxb7 Kg7 45.Ra7 Ba5 46.Rxe7 Bxc3 47.Qb7 Qf8 48.Rc7 Ba5 49.Rc8 Bd8 50.Qb8 Qe7 51.Rxd8 e4 52.Re8 exf3+ 53.Kxf3 Nxe8 54.Qxe8 Qf6 55.Qe3 Qa1 56.Kg3 Qf1 57.Qf3 Qe1+ 58.Kh3 Kf6 59.Bb7 a5 60.Bc6 Qc1 61.Bb5 Qe1 62.Kg2 Qe5 63.Ba4 Qb2+ 64.Kh3 Qc1 65.Bb3 Qxa3 66.Qc3+ Ke7 67.f6+ Kd7 68.Qe3 a4 69.Qe7+ Kc8 70.Qe8+ Kc7 71.Qc6+ Kb8 72.Qxd6+ Kc8 73.Qc6+ Kb8 74.Qxa4 Qc1 75.Qe8+ Kb7 76.Qxf7+ Kb6 77.Qe6+ Ka5 78.f7 Qf1+ 79.Kg3 Qg1+ 80.Kf3 Qh1+ 81.Ke2 Qg2+ 82.Kd1 Qf3+ 83.Kc1 Qf4+ 84.Kb1 Kb4 85.Bc2 Qb8 86.Qe3 1-0
DiCamillo - Yanofky
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3 g6 3.Bb2 Bg7 4.g3 O-O 5.Bg2 d5 6.c4 c6 7.O-O Re8 8.d4 Nbd7 9.Nbd2 Nf8 10.Ne5 Ng4 11.cxd5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 cxd5 13.e4 Be6 14.exd5 Bxd5 15.Ne4 Bc6 16.Qxd8 Raxd8 17.Rfd1 Ne6 18.f4 1/2-1/2
Foster - Mednis
1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2 O-O 6.Bg2 d6 7.O-O Bxd2 8.Qxd2 Qe7 9.b4 e5 10.Bb2 Nbd7 11.Nh4 Nb6 12.Rac1 e4 13.d5 Ng4 14.Qd4 Qe5 15.Qxe5 Nxe5 16.Bxe5 dxe5 17.f4 exf4 18.gxf4 Rf6 19.Bh1 a5 20.b5 Na4 21.c5 Bd7 22.c6 bxc6 23.bxc6 Be8 24.Ng2 Nb6 25.Ne3 Bf7 26.Rfd1 g6 27.Rb1 Rd6 28.Rxb6 cxb6 29.Nc4 Rxd5 30.Rxd5 Bxd5 31.Nxb6 Bxc6 32.Nxa8 Bxa8 33.e3 Kf7 34.Kf2 Ke6 35.Bg2 Kd5 36.Bf1 Kc5 37.a3 Bc6 38.Ke1 Bb5 39.Bg2 Bd3 40.Kd2 Kc4 41.h4 Kb3 42.h5 Kxa3 43.Kc3 a4 44.h6 Ka2 45.Kd4 Kb2 46.Ke5 a3 47.Kf6 a2 48.Kg7 a1=Q 49.Kxh7 Qg1 50.Bh3 Qg3 0-1
Anderson - Fischer
Sicilian defense, Najdorf
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e5 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.Bd3 b5 9.a3 Nbd7 10.O-O Bb7 11.Kh1 g6 12.Qe1 Bg7 13.Qh4 O-O 14.fxe5 dxe5 15.Bh6 Nh5 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Ng5 Ndf6 18.Nh3 Rae8 19.Rae1 Qe7 1/2-1/2
Joyner - Rauch
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d6 5.Bg2 Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.O-O O-O 9.b3 Qc8 10.Bb2 Re8 11.Re1 Bf8 12.Rc1 h5 13.Nd5 Ng4 14.Nb5 Re6 15.Nbxc7 Rh6 16.Nxa8 Qxa8 17.h3 Nge5 18.f4 Ng6 19.e4 Qc8 20.Kh2 f5 21.exf5 Bxf5 22.Rc3 Bd7 23.Rce3 a5 24.Nb6 Qd8 25.Nxd7 Qxd7 26.Bd5+ Kh8 27.Re6 Nce7 28.f5 Nxf5 29.Rf1 Nfe7 30.Rxf8+ 1-0
Bakos - Berliner
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 a6 7.a4 g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.Be2 O-O 10.O-O Re8 11.Qc2 Nbd7 12.Nd2 Ne5 13.h3 g5 14.Nc4 g4 15.Nxe5 Rxe5 16.h4 Nh5 17.g3 Re8 18.Bd3 Qe7 19.Be3 Bd7 20.a5 Rac8 21.b3 Qe5 22.Ne2 Bb5 23.Bxb5 axb5 24.a6 Ra8 25.a7 Qxe4 26.Qxe4 Rxe4 27.Ra5 Rb4 28.Rb1 c4 29.Bd2 Rxb3 30.Rxb3 cxb3 31.Rxb5 Rxa7 32.Rxb3 Ra2 33.Rd3 Nf6 34.Nd4 Nd7 35.Bf4 Nc5 36.Rd1 Ne4 37.Re1 Bxd4 38.Rxe4 Bxf2+ 39.Kf1 h5 40.Bxd6 Ba7 41.Bf4 Kg7 42.d6 Ra5 43.Rb4 Rd5 44.Rxb7 Bc5 45.Rb5 Kf6 46.d7 Ke7 47.Be3 Kxd7 48.Rxc5 Rd3 49.Ke2 Ra3 50.Rxh5 Ke6 51.Rb5 Ra2+ 52.Kd3 Ra3+ 53.Ke4 Ra4+ 54.Bd4 Ra3 55.Re5+ Kd7 56.Be3 f6 57.Rb5 Ke6 58.Rb6+ Kf7 59.Kf4 Kg6 60.Bd4 Kh5 61.Rb5+ Kg6 62.Kxg4 Ra4 63.Rd5 f5+ 64.Kf4 Rb4 65.Rd6+ Kh5 66.Kxf5 Rb3 67.Be5 Rxg3 68.Bf4 1-0
Williams - Gersho
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nge7 8.O-O Nf5 9.Nc3 a6 10.a3 Rc8 11.Be3 Na5 12.Bd3 Nxe3 13.fxe3 Nc4 14.Qe2 Be7 15.e4 dxe4 16.Nxe4 b5 17.a4 Qb6 18.b3 Na5 19.Rab1 O-O 20.Kh1 h6 21.Nf6+ Bxf6 22.exf6 g6 23.Qe3 Kh7 24.Ne5 Rfd8 25.Nxf7 1-0
Krznaric - Sobel
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 d5 5.Bd3 O-O 6.Nf3 c5 7.O-O Nc6 8.a3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Ba5 10.Qd3 Qe7 11.Ne4 Bb6 12.Nxc5 Bxc5 13.dxc5 Qxc5 14.b4 Qh5 15.b5 e5 16.e4 Ne7 17.Rd1 Bg4 18.h3 Rad8 19.Qxd8 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Ng6 21.Kf1 Rxd8 22.Rxd8+ Nf8 23.Kg2 Qh4 24.Rc8 g5 25.Be3 Nh5 26.Rd1 Kg7 27.Rc7 Kh6 28.Rxf7 Ng6 29.Rd6 Nhf4+ 30.Bxf4 gxf4 31.Rdd7 1-0
Weininger - Matthai
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 Be6 7.Bb3 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Nd5 Qd8 10.c3 Ne7 11.d4 exd4 12.Nxd4 Bxd4 13.Qxd4 O-O 14.Nf4 Bxb3 15.axb3 Nc6 16.Qd3 Ne5 17.Qg3 Qg5 18.Qxg5 hxg5 19.Nd5 c6 20.Ne7+ Kh7 21.h4 g6 22.hxg5+ Kg7 23.Nf5+ gxf5 24.exf5 Rh8 25.O-O-O Rxh1 26.Rxh1 Nd3+ 27.Kc2 Nxf2 28.Rh6 Ne4 29.g4 Rh8 0-1
Stadt - Bernstein
King's indian attack
1.Nf3 d5 2.d3 Nc6 3.g3 e5 4.Bg2 Bf5 5.O-O Qd7 6.c4 d4 7.a3 a5 8.Qb3 Nge7 9.Qb5 f6 10.Nbd2 g5 11.Nb3 b6 12.Nbxd4 exd4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Qxd7+ Kxd7 15.Bxa8 c6 16.e4 Bh3 17.Rd1 Nb3 18.Rb1 Bg7 19.Bxc6+ Nxc6 20.Be3 Ncd4 0-1
Podlone - Zalys
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.e3 O-O 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.Nf3 d5 9.Qc2 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qc7 11.Bd3 e5 12.Bb2 b6 13.d5 Nxd5 14.Bxh7+ Kh8 15.O-O-O Nf6 16.Bf5 Bxf5 17.Qxf5 Qc8 18.Qg5 Qg4 19.h4 e4 20.c4 Qe6 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22.Qh5+ Kg8 23.Ng5 Qc3+ 24.Kb1 Qb3+ 25.Ka1 Qxa3+ 26.Kb1 Qb3+ 27.Ka1 1/2-1/2
Schultz - Walz
1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 e6 6.d3 Nge7 7.O-O O-O 8.Nh4 d6 9.e3 f5 10.Nf3 e5 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.cxd5 Ne7 13.e4 h6 14.h4 fxe4 15.dxe4 Bg4 16.Qd3 Qd7 17.Kh2 Rf7 18.Ng1 Qe8 19.Be3 Kh7 20.f3 Bd7 21.Rf2 a5 22.Qd2 b5 23.Bh3 Nc8 24.Bxd7 Qxd7 25.Nh3 Nb6 26.b3 a4 27.Rc1 axb3 28.axb3 Ra3 29.Qb2 Qa7 30.Kg2 Qa8 31.Qb1 Rfa7 32.Rcc2 Ra1 33.Qb2 b4 34.Rc1 R1a2 35.Qb1 R2a3 36.f4 Nxd5 37.Bxc5 dxc5 38.exd5 Qxd5+ 39.Rf3 Ra2+ 40.Nf2 e4 41.Re3 Qd2 42.Qxe4 Qxf2+ 43.Kh3 Qh2+ 44.Kg4 h5+ 45.Kg5 R2a6 46.f5 Bh6# 0-1