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2nd Piatigorsky

  • #1

    Boris Spassky won the 2nd Piatigorsky Cup Tournament, played from July 17 through Aug. 15 in Santa Monica California.

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    Rather bizarrely, RJ Fischer after 8 round was tied for last place with 3 pts.
    In round 9 he had 3.5 pt. and trailed the leaders by 2.5 pts.   Fischer then score 6.5 pts. out of the next 7 games, tying for 1st place with Spassky.

    "The crucial game, Fischer vs. Spassky, was played Sunday, August 14. A record crowd of over 900 was on hand, and many others turned away. This was the largest audience ever to witness a chess tournament in the United States. Fischer, having lost to Spassky earlier with the black ieces, now had the advantage of playing White. But Spassky had a more important advantage; the one remaining game on is schedule was a gainst Donner, while Fischer had to play the World Champion Petrosian. Clearly Fischer would go for an all out win, while Spassky would be content with a draw."

     

    ...and a draw it was. Then Spassky beat Donner but Fischer only drew Petrosian.

    Final score
    Spassky: 11.5-6.5
    Fischer:   11.0-7.0

  • #2

    I like the story how someone found Donners shirt in a garbage can.  They kept it, and framed it.

  • #3

    I was there when it happened.  I got to meet most of the players.  I was casually acquainted with the sponsor, great chess patroness and pretty strong player (1900s, about fifth nationally in the women's rankings) Jacqueline Rothschild Piatigorsky. 

  • #4

    who won?

  • #5

    Gregor Piatigorsky was one of the great cellists of the 20th  century. He made several record playing in a trio with Artur Rubinstein(p) and Jascha Heifitz(v). They were popularly known as "The Million Dollar Trio!" His wife, Jacqueline Rothschild Piatigorsky was indeed from the wealthy Rothschild banking family. They were great patrons of chess

  • #6

    That's why they are rich

  • #7

    (just guessing)

  • #8
    If you go to Saint Louis you can see the actual trophy, which is displayed in the CCSCSL.

    It's clear from the name plates that this was intended to be a reoccurring event for much longer than it was.
  • #9

    Then the trophy must be very important to something.

  • #10
    oregonpatzer wrote:

    I was there when it happened.  I got to meet most of the players.  I was casually acquainted with the sponsor, great chess patroness and pretty strong player (1900s, about fifth nationally in the women's rankings) Jacqueline Rothschild Piatigorsky. 

    Being Born in "97 - This makes me so envious of the generation gap evil.png I couldn't imagine being in that Chessmosphere and the feeling in the air as E4 is played ! Must have been magical and terrifiying !

     

    P.S - Cant wait for the next Batgirl article grin.png 

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