Interzonal Palma de Mallorca
The Interzonal de Palma de Mallorca of 1970 was one of the great chess tournaments held in Spain, was the first step towards the title of world champion for the charismatic and great Bobby Fischer.
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The most complete work of the interzonal tournament of Palma de Mallorca 1970. The last tournament played by Bobby Fischer.
The Interzonal de Palma de Mallorca of 1970 was one of the great chess tournaments held in Spain, not only for the organizational level and the players involved, but also because it was the first step towards the title of world champion for the charismatic and great Bobby Fischer. It was their last tournament played before qualifying matches for the world title.
For this edition, which represents the most complete work on this tournament, its two authors, the great master Alfonso Romero Holmes and the Argentine journalist and national correspondent Jorge Luis Fernández, have consulted numerous works and sources, which has allowed the publication of very valuable documents, such as a special article by Robert Hübner sprinkled with juicy anecdotes, and published very recently by the German magazine Schach (in 2016), or know of Oscar Panno himself the reasons that led him not to appear in the last round of the tournament (precisely against Bobby) or even the publication of the personal letter of Edmonson to Fischer to convince him of his final participation in the Interzonal, after resigning to participate in the US Championship.
This work includes analysis of twenty-six great masters of first line and has been nourished by interesting information already published in the official newsletter of the event or in Robert Wade's book. One of the great milestones of this event was the streak of seven consecutive victories of Fischer in the final section of the Interzonal, which added to his 13 consecutive victories in the first three Candidates matches meant a performance never before seen.
This was the last Interzonal tournament that was played as a single qualifying tournament for the World Championship cycle, since in 1973 there were two Interzonal tournaments. Palma de Mallorca 1970 was very important for the future of chess, because thanks to this tournament Fischer reached the top, and with it professional chess began to live an era never imagined, which was also added school chess.
It was also a milestone in the paradigm shift of chess. Kasparov mentions the revolution of the seventies and, without a doubt, this contest is one of the key points in the development of chess at the end of the century. The ideas of Bobby, Hübner, Polugaievsky and Uhlmann have been foundations upon which the modern theory of openings began the great revolution that emerges with Garry Kasparov and the end of the great Soviet School.
This Interzonal was an event that belongs fully to the modern history of chess. Without it, few could imagine the great development that chess has had in Spain and around the world.
- Fernández, Jorge Luis
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