XVI Torneo Interancional de Mar del Plata 1953 (Daily Bulletins)

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Author: Federacion Argentina de Ajedrez

Year: 1953

Publisher: Federacion Argentina de Ajedrez

Place: Mar de Plata


18 unpaginated daily bulletins with tables and diagrams. Royal octavo (8 1/2" x 5 1/2") bound in quarter leather with gilt lettering to spine in marbled boards. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5868) First edition.

Mar del Plata has a rich history of chess tournaments, including their international chess tournament and open tournament. There is also an annual city tournament, which had its first edition in 1946, and reached its 62nd edition in 2007. The international tournament started off in 1928, but only in the period from 1941 to 1970 was it a truly international tournament with considerable reputation. After 1970, only seven international tournaments have been played.[1] The 1951, 1954, 1969 and 2001 editions were zonal tournaments. There was also a zonal tournament for women in Mar del Plata, in 1969, won by the Brazilian Ruth Cardoso. Silvia Kot from Argentina placed second.

This is the tournament where the Mar del Plata variation was born. In his book on this variation, Gligoric decribes how he made up this line just a few minutes before the game and made up new moves as he went along. This novelty quickly turned into one of the most important lines in all of chess. There were eight countries represented Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Spain, United States, Finland and Yugoslavia. Svetozar Gligoric handily won the tournament with a score of 16 followed by Miguel Najdorf a full point and half behind. Julio Bolbochan a clear third with 13 1/2 and Petar Trifunovic following closely with 13.


Previous owner's name on front pastedown, old inscription to front wrapper of tournament's first bulletin else a very good copy.