|14th Clare Benedict Chess Cup: Leysin 1967|
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|14th Clare Benedict Chess Cup
(see all-time tournament summary)
|Date:||8th - 12th June 1967|
|Tournament Director:||IA Hansjürg Leuzinger (SUI)|
|Players participating:||28 (incl. 5 GMs and 8 IMs)|
|Competition format:||Four board round robin.|
|Final order decided by:||1. Game points; 2. Match points|
|Time control:||40 moves in 2 hours 30 minutes, then each next 16 moves in 1 hour|
|Downloadable game file:||67cbc.zip|
The Six Nations' Tournament for the Clare Benedict Challenge Cup is played in Leysin for the 14th time. Since 1953, the year of the first event, always the same spirit of gratitude fills the hearts of the participants in the "Little Chess Olympiad" towards the generous sponsor, Miss Clare Benedict, who passed from us on October 31, 1961. She laid the first financial stone to this wonderful chess event, to which those nations are invited for whom she had a very special affection.
In the Gold Book of the Clare Benedict Challenge Cup it is inscribed that in the year 1963 the team of the German Federal Republic had been victorious for the sixth time and had thus secured the Cup permanently. Mr. Emil Dahne, the energetic President of the German Chess Federation donated a new Cup and we would like to thank him also in this place. In order to win this valuable trophy outright, the tournament must be won four times in succession or six times in interrupted line.
Although the German team with its young talents is the hot favourite again, we expect very exciting games as always. The former tournaments showed that victory is normally only got hold of in the very last round, sometimes even in the very last hour. On Gurten-Kulm in 1961, two teams finished equally first — Spain and West Germany — and the winner could only be proclaimed after a carefully elaborated tie-breaking system was applied. Will there be such a tight tussle also this time?
Last year's winner Holland will defend the Cup tenaciously, one may be sure. Nevertheless, the fights will take place in a most friendly atmosphere which distinguishes this unique tournament from the very beginning.
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This year's event for the "Clare Benedict Challenge Cup", the 14th since the series began in 1953, was held in the Swiss mountain resort of Leysin. It is difficult to imagine more peaceful surroundings for a chess tournament; for, at some 4,000 feet above sea level and with snow-capped peaks rising beyond the valleys below, the village seems cut off from the everyday world. And there it is that André Chéron, the famous endgame theoretician, has done much of his creative work.
The six competing countries were the same as in 1966, when England finished a miserable fifth. To get into one of the top three places, i. e. above one of West Germany, Spain and Holland, could be counted a success, and this task Alexander, back again as captain, set the team.
While grandmasters Unzicker and Darga were putting their team into the lead by beating the Swiss, a bitter struggle developed between Holland and Spain. Finally, a time scramble on Board 2 saw Medina wreck a fine position against Prins and lose. Díez del Corral brilliantly won on board four.
West Germany's win by 3—1 over Spain confirmed their position as favourites. Unzicker was again in fine form, but Darga was somewhat reckless and only just escaped in an endgame where he had several pawns for a Bishop.
The big surprise of the round was Unzicker's fall, due to trying too hard to win against Prameshuber of Austria.
At the end of the first session the situation looked black. Despite Holland's defeat, we were by no means sure of even third place. Kottnauer had drawn, after coming close to winning against Kupper of Switzerland. The other three games were adjourned. Boards 2 and 3 (Clarke and Hartston) in bad position. Our fate appeared to depend on whether Lee could win a Knight ending in which he enjoyed a small but definite advantage against Gebauer. He calculated his chances nicely on resumption and got home by one tempo. This gave us third place. Blau had meanwhile safely exploited his extra piece, but Hartston's opponent became enmeshed in difficulties of his own making to such an extent that the game swung round to White's favour.
Our unexpected 2½—1½ win had brought us level with Spain, who had likewise struggled through to a narrow victory. Alexander's task had been fulfilled and we had achieved one of our best results in the series. Even I, who had been miserably out of luck, could rejoice in a good team performance. My colleagues had all either won or shared board prizes, and Kottnauer had excelled three grandmasters.
/ Peter H. Clarke, taken from British Chess Magazine /
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Raclette at the Carnotzet
What is Raclette? The cheese fondue is well known. Raclette comes from the mountains of the Valais. The sectional area of a half of a cheese is held against the fire until the cheese starts to melt. With a knife the hot molten cheese is scraped onto a wooden plate and served together with a boiled potato in the skin. Silver onions and gherkins in vinegar are also served. An aromatic white wine from the Rhone valley, a Johannisberg. Pendant, Aigle or Yvorne enhances the treat.
The participants will remember with particular delight the Raclette evening at the Carnotzet.
|1.||IM Kottnauer, Cenek||ENG||3½||5||70.0|
|2.||GM Darga, Klaus||GER||3½||4||87.5|
|3.||GM Schmid, Lothar||GER||3||4||75.0|
|4.=||Díez del Corral, Jesús||ESP||3||5||60.0|
|4.=||Lee, Peter Nicholas||ENG||3||5||60.0|
|r.||Kestler, Hans Günther||GER||2||3||66.7|