17th Clare Benedict Chess Cup: Paignton 1970

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Basic data

17th Clare Benedict Chess Cup
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 6th - 10th April 1970
City: Paignton, England
Venue: N/A
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 6
Players participating: 29 (incl. 2 GMs and 11 IMs)
Games played: 60
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points; 3... (not clear)
Obviously Spain won by match point record while England's coefficient was superior to that of West Germany. It isn't clear though whether it was Berger or direct match result. It is also possible that the regulations did not deal with the issue and the jury had to set up the final order manually.
Time control: 40 moves in 2 hours 30 minutes, then each next 16 moves in 1 hour
Downloadable game file: 70cbc.zip

Tournament review

The 17th annual Clare Benedict Team Tournament, considered the unofficial championship of Central and Western Europe, was held this year in Paignton /obsolete spelling is Paington/, England, the first time in that country.

Another first was the victory of Spain, which had rarely even been in contencion for the top spot. Actually, three teams, Spain, England and West Germany, finished with the same point total, 12-8.

The Spaniards, headed by grandmaster Arturo Pomar, had the best match record, and thus earned the trophy. They defeated Austria by 3-1, England and Holland by 2½-1½ and tied 2-2 with West Germany and Switzerland.

England, which defeated West Germany by 2½-1½ gained the second place by that margin, leaving the West Germans in third.

The remaining standings were Switzerland, 9-11 and Holland and Austria 7½-12½.

The series was started and sponsored for 14 years in Switzerland by Miss Clare Benedict, an American with a lifelong interest in chess.

On her death it was decided to rotate the event It was held in West Germany in 1968 and 1969. It will be in Vienna, Austria next year.

/ By Isaac Kashdan, Los Angeles Times /

Best board results

bd name code pts gms %
1. GM Pomar Salamanca, Arturo ESP 4 5 80.0
2.= IM Hecht, Hans-Joachim GER 5 70.0
2.= Keene, Raymond Dennis ENG 5 70.0
3. Hartston, William Roland ENG 3 4 75.0
4. IM Kupper, Josef SUI 4 62.5
r.= IM Blau, Maximilian SUI 4 62.5
r.= Corden, Martyn ENG 4 62.5

Interesting games

Pomar Salamanca, Arturo (ESP) - Penrose, Jonathan (ENG) 1 - 0

Glauser, Hansruedi (SUI) - Keene, Raymond Dennis (ENG) 0 - 1