16th Chess Olympiad

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An official medal from the Olympiad.

The 16th Chess Olympiad, organized by FIDE and comprising an open[1] team tournament, as well as several other events designed to promote the game of chess, took place between November 2 and November 25, 1964, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Soviet team with 6 GMs, led by world champion Petrosian, lived up to expectations and won their seventh consecutive gold medals, with Yugoslavia and West Germany taking the silver and bronze, respectively.

Results[edit]

Preliminaries[edit]

A total of 50 teams entered the competition and were divided into seven preliminary groups of seven or eight teams each. The top two from each group advanced to Final A, the teams placed 3rd-4th to Final B, no. 5-6 to Final C, and the rest to Final D. All preliminary groups and finals were played as round-robin tournaments. The preliminary results were as follows:

  • Group 1: 1. Soviet Union, 2. Spain, 3. Philippines, 4. Chile, 5. Switzerland, 6. Venezuela, 7. South Africa.
  • Group 2: 1. Yugoslavia, 2. Netherlands, 3. Mongolia, 4. Austria, 5. Mexico, 6. India, 7. Bolivia.
  • Group 3: 1. Hungary, 2. Israel, 3. Sweden, 4. Scotland, 5. France, 6. Ireland, 7. Luxembourg.
  • Group 4: 1. United States, 2. Poland, 3. England, 4. Norway, 5. Turkey, 6. Iran, 7. Portugal.
  • Group 5: 1. Romania, 2. Czechoslovakia, 3. Cuba, 4. Paraguay, 5.Colombia, 6. Puerto Rico, 7. Australia.
  • Group 6: 1. Argentina, 2. Canada, 3. East Germany, 4. Ecuador, 5. Monaco, 6. Ireland, 7. Uruguay.
  • Group 7: 1. Bulgaria, 2. West Germany, 3. Denmark, 4. Peru, 5. Finland, 6. Greece, 7. Dominican Republic, 8. Cyprus.

With Australia making its debut, this was the first Olympiad where all six continents were represented.

Final[edit]

Final A
# Country Players Points MP Head-
to-head
1  Soviet Union Petrosian, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Keres, Stein, Spassky 36½
2  Yugoslavia Gligorić, Ivkov, Matanović, Parma, Udovčić, Matulović 32
3  West Germany Unzicker, Darga, Schmid, Pfleger, Mohrlok, Bialas 30½
4  Hungary Portisch, Szabó, Bilek, Lengyel, Forintos, Flesch 30
5  Czechoslovakia Pachman, Filip, Hort, Kaválek, Jansa, Blatný 28½
6  United States Reshevsky, Benko, Saidy, Bisguier, Byrne, Addison 27½
7  Bulgaria Padevsky, Tringov, Bobotsov, Popov, Milev, Spiridonov 27 13 3
8  Romania Ghiţescu, Gheorghiu, Ciocâltea, Radovici, Mititelu, Botez 27 13 1
9  Argentina Eliskases, García, Schweber, Wexler, Cruz 26
10  Poland Doda, Bednarski, Śliwa, Filipowicz, Balcerowski, Schmidt 24
11  Netherlands Kuijpers, Bouwmeester, Langeweg, Zuidema, Prins 21
12  Canada Yanofsky, Anderson, Vranesic, Macskasy, Suttles, Witt 19
13  Spain Pomar, Medina García, Saborido, Menvielle Lacourrelle, Mora, Pérez Gonsalves 17½ 5
14  Israel Porath, Kraidman, Domnitz, Aloni, Guthi, Stepak 17½ 3

Individual medals[edit]

At the other end of the spectrum, Milton Ioannidis of Cyprus lost all of his 4 games, giving him a total score at the Olympiads of 0 / 24 = 0.0%.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Although commonly referred to as the men's division, this section is open to both male and female players.