|11th Clare Benedict Chess Cup: Lenzerheide 1964|
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|11th Clare Benedict Chess Cup
(see all-time tournament summary)
|Date:||11th - 15th July 1964|
|Tournament Director:||Mr. Alois Nagler (SUI)|
|Chief Arbiter:||IA Hansjürg Leuzinger (SUI)|
|Players participating:||30 (incl. 4 GMs and 9 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:||64cbc.zip|
It is the eleventh time, that the generous donation by the American patron, Miss Clare Benedict, who died on October 31, 1961 at Lucerne, coupled with the organizational talent of Alois Nagler enables to hold this tournament. That the tradition was continued also after her death is to a large extent the merit of some tireless Swiss patrons of chess, such as H. J. Ormond, Hans Ott and Robert Meyer, and also the merit of the uniting force of Alois Nagler. The tournament book of the 10th Clare Benedict Tournament held in 1965 at Lucerne contains a historical and chessic tribute to all hitherto held events, as well as a tribute to Miss Clare Benedict and Alois Nagler.
With the 11th tournament begins the second epoch of the six nations' tournaments which in 1965 will for the first time take a trip abroad to Berlin on the invitation of the German Chess Federation, in 1966 it will once again be at home in Switzerland with its 15th performance.
Lenzerheide — a pearl of the Alps
A superb Alpine world, the air full of fragrant scent of firs and pines, green hills, rugged rocks, blue skies, snow-clad mountain tops, reddened by sun set and sun rise, carpets of flowers on the dark green meadows, clear waters jumping from stone to stone hurrying towards the valley, Velvet grounds between firs and pines, alert squirrels sprinting around the roving humans, thanking them in their amusing ways for the delicacies offered.
There would be much more to tell about Lenzerheide and its majestic surroundings. But really, only a personal experience up there can bring to life fully the splendour, and this will turn you into another one of the many admirers of the Alpine world, friends of Lenzerheide which amy be found all over the globe.
But now, let us precede to the fights on the 64 squares, inbetween some accompanying comments, toasts and other wisecracks.
1st round — Germany moves ahead
The favoured teams won. The first positions are taken. Only two draws in twelve games, the fighting spirit too is traditional in the Clare Benedict Tournaments. At the start Alois Nagler announced that the 30 moves-rule for draws does not apply here. Did the players want to justify his confidence into them?
2nd round — Germany beats Holland
3rd round — sensational — Germany loses against Austria
4th round — Germany alone in front again
5th round — A draw against Switzerland secures the first place for Germany
The closing Dinner
Cantaloup frappé (melon), jambon des Grisons
The "bombe surprise" consisted of a chess board made of ice and a problem position made of chocolate on it.
Several guests of honor were present. After the customary, but short and well-defined speeches, Hansjürg Leuzinger and Alois Nagler presented the cup and the prizes, whilst letting pass once more the exploits on the chess boards. The German team received the Cup for the seventh time. It is the second Cup, as the first one was finally won by the Germans last year at Lucerne. The present Cup was donated by Mr. E. Dähne, President of the German Chess Federation. A special surprise contained mysterious little packets, each player received. Out of them emerged Gold Swiss Watches, a generous gift to each participant from the well-known Problem Composer Hans Ott of Solothurn, honorary member of the Swiss Chess Federation. An Alpine farmer blowing his giant alpenhorn brought back the delighted players down to earth again.
In Lenzerheide, the international holiday resort several other world languages besides the four official Swiss languages and English, considered to be the fifth Swiss National lango, are spoken. The director of the Grandhotel Schweizerhof, Dr. G. Decurtins-Brenn, did everything to make the Clare Benedict Family feel at home in his splendid hotel. Thank you for your kind hospitality, thank you and until next time, Lenzerheide.
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King Patronio — a modern fairy tale
Once upon a time, there was a King, ruling over a vast and rich country. He loved the arts and all sports. Especially the game of chess he loved very much. He decided that a great tournament should be held in his palace, to which all the strong masters of the world should be invited. Lavish rewards in gold and jewels waited upon the participants, to the winner he promised the hand of his beautiful daughter. He therefore gave orders to his Master of Ceremonies, to do what was decided and opened his treasure vaults to him. Messengers went out and the news of the tournament spread with the winds. Soon a large number of players assembled in the capital. The Master of Ceremonies, himself a strong player and renowned problem composer made a first selection and finally 24 players started the tournament. They were led into lavish suites, dined and wined at the bulging table of the King. In the afternoon they played their games. The King himself often watched and enjoyed their great exploits.
After two months the tournament ended and the winner designed. At the lavish festivities stretching over three days, the King himself presented the valuable rewards to the players. To the winner he gave the hand of his daughter and half of his lands. They had many children who themselves became strong players. They both live even today happily and content.
Certainly, it is only a fairy tale. But also fairy tales contain truths. Who takes over the role of King Patronio in modern times? As well as all other sports, also chess is depending upon support from outside, financially and by deeds. The modern state however does not want to take over any or very little of the traditional obligations of King Patronio, although also this belongs in a proper and appropriate proportion to the obligations of the modern state. Switzerland's Chess has proven over and over again that it is prepared to play its part, financially and by deeds, to secure a fitting position of Switzerland in international chess life, it is hoping however to be supported fittingly by the state in its endeavors.
/ Taken from the tournament bulletin /
|1.||GM Pomar Salamanca, Arturo||ESP||3½||5||70.0|
|2.||IM Medina García, Antonio Ángel||ESP||4||5||80.0|