5th Allied Armies Team Chess Championship: Moscow 1968

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Basic data

5th Allied Armies Team Chess Championship (1st team event)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 10th - 21st May 1968
City: Moscow, Soviet Union
Venue: N/A
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: Mr. Arkady Gurvich (URS)
Teams participating: 6
Players participating: 30 (incl. 3 GMs and 4 IMs)
Games played: 60
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: N/A
Downloadable game file: 68armies.zip (only 21 games are available)

Tournament review

Unlike four initial editions of the Allied Armies Championship this one was a team tournament. Six Armies took parts of which the Red Army's team with GMs Geller and Vasiukov were certain candidacy for top honours. Czechoslovakia sent a team of aspiring youths representing Military Club UDA Praha. Poland were led by charismatic IM Bednarski.

As it happened, USSR got off haplessly losing to Czechoslovakia. On day two they beat Poland barely 2½-1½ to whom the Czechs and Slovaks barely halved on penultimate day. With last round to go Czechoslovakia edged the Soviets by 1½ point (having superior tie-break because of a match win vs USSR). In the last round USSR ruthlessly steamrolled poor Cuban team 4-0 but Czechoslovakia defeated Bulgaria 2½-1½ and took first place. Poland did sensationally well to finish just a fraction behind the leaders. Hungary and chiefly Bulgaria put up disappointing performance. Cuba were by far the weakest team.

A number of prizes was awarded to the competitors. Filipowicz of Poland received prize for best scored of non-Soviet player and Serwiński was awarded with a special prize for "tenacity in defence" (see his game vs Tóth).

Best board results

1st Board
bd name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Geller, Efim Soviet Union URS 5 90.0
=2. GM Vasiukov, Evgeny Soviet Union URS 5 70.0
=2. Adamski, Jan Poland POL 5 70.0
=2. Liptay, László Hungary HUN 5 70.0
3. Filipowicz, Andrzej Poland POL 4 5 80.0
=4. Serwiński, Benedykt Poland POL 4 62.5
=4. Nowak, Ervin Czechoslovakia CSR 4 62.5
=4. Krezhov, Asparukh Bulgaria BUL 4 62.5

Interesting games

On a basis of this game the Pole received a "tenacity in defence" prize.
Tóth (HUN) - Serwiński, Benedykt (POL) 0 - 1

I wonder if he knew that opening "g" file would be vital.
Popov, Luben (BUL) - Adamski, Jan (POL) 0 - 1

It is utterly hard to find Black's mistake.
Geller, Efim (URS) - Bobotsov, Milko (BUL) 1 - 0