Gligorić in Scotland - 1964

After participating in the Hastings tournament, Svetozar Gligorić gave a number of simultaneous displays around the country.

On February 5th he played against 24 opponents at the Christian Institute in Glasgow, in a display that was sponsored by W.A. Fairhurst.

Admission ticket, courtesy of Bryan Hunter.

In three hours Gligorić scored 14 wins, 8 draws and 2 losses. There were 180 spectators.

Those drawing with Gligorić were: G. Bonner, MJ Freeman, M. Gavrilovic, P. Jamieson, CM Malcolm, J. Smail, Mrs SM Steedman, LJ Stirling. Wins against the Grandmaster were scored by DBA Hunter and P. Messer.

On February 6th Gligorić was in Aberdeen where he scored +15 =5 (Fortescue, Jackson, Sauve, B. Miller and D. Stevens). On February 7th he gave a display in Edinburgh where he scored +24, =1 (Smerdon) and -1 (D. Munro).

Gligorić in Glasgow
Photo by Andrew Glendinning

Here is Messer's win from the Glasgow display, extracted from Scottish Chess Association Bulletin No. 16.

Gligorić - P. Messer
Glasgow 1964 - simultaneous exhibition
French Defence [C12]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 The MacCutcheon variation - one of the liveliest variations.
5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Bc1 This method of keeping the two bishops is thought to be best.
9...c5 10.Bd3 Nxc3 11.dxc5 Nd7 Recommended by Barden.
12.Nf3 Qc7 13.Qd4 [Here Barden gives 13.Bd2 Ne4 14.Bxe4 dxe4 15.Qxe4 Nxc5 16.Qf4 b6 17.0-0 g5 with equal chances.]
13...Qxc5 14.Be3 Qxd4 15.Bxd4 Na4 16.0-0 Nac5 17.Bb5 Ke7 The K is perfectly safe in the centre.
18.c4 dxc4 19.Rac1 b6 20.Rxc4 Bb7 21.Bxd7 Nxd7 22.Rc7 Bxf3 Eliminating the chance of opposite coloured bishops and shattering White's pawns.
23.gxf3 Rhc8 24.Rfc1 Rxc7 25.Rxc7 Kd8 26.Rc3 Rc8 27.Ra3 Rc7 28.f4 Kc8 29.h4 h5 Removing White's chances on the K side.
30.Kg2 Kb7 31.Kf3 Rc4 32.Rd3 Kc6 33.Be3 Rc2 34.a3 Rc4 35.Rd6+ Kc7 36.Rd3 Nc5 37.Bxc5 Rxc5 38.Ke3 b5 39.Kd2 Rd5 White resigns. The pawn ending is an easy win for Black. 0-1

Gligorić - D.B.A. Hunter
Glasgow 1964 - simultaneous exhibition
Sicilian Defence [B32]

Annotations by W.A. Fairhurst from his 'Chess Notes' column in the Glasgow Herald.

1.e4 c5 The ideal defence against a simultaneous player, as great complications are likely, requiring exact treatment. The simultaneous player has very little time to think, and this is a big handicap when exact analysis may be required in many of the moves. 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 A variation which is rarely played, and Black is prepared, with previous analysis, to meet the complications. 5.Nb5 a6 A forcing move which compels White to allow the analysed line. 6.Nd6+ Bxd6 7.Qxd6 Qf6 8.Qc7 This is not as strong as 8. Qd1, when Black has a lead in development as compensation for White's two bishops. 8...Nge7 9.Be3 After 9. Nc3 Qe6 Black also gets a good game, but the text move is bad for White. 9...d5 10.Bc5 0-0 11.Nc3 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Qg6 Black now obtains an overwhelming position. 13.f3 Nd5 14.Qd6 Be6 Threatening to win the queen. 15.Bf2 Rfd8 16.Qc5 After 16. Qa3 Nd5-b4 Black also wins. 16...Rac8 17.c3 Nd4 18.Bxd4 White obtains rook and knight for the queen, but with a bad development, and Black soon forces the win. 18...Rxc5 19.Bxc5 Nf4 20.Rg1 Bf5 21.Nf2 b6 22.Be3 Qh6 The threat ...Nxg2+ wins a pawn. 23.Nd1 Qxh2 24.Bf2 Qh6 25.Ne3 Nd3+ 26.Bxd3 Bxd3 27.Rd1 Qf6 28.Rh1 e4 29.fxe4 Bxe4 30.Rxd8+ Qxd8 31.Rh5 Qd3 32.Re5 Qb1+ 33.Nd1 h6 34.Bxb6 Bxg2 White resigns. 0-1. A finely played game by Hunter who gave his great opponent no chance after the ninth move.

Bryan Hunter being congratulated on his win.
On Hunter's left, at board 9, is Peter Jamieson.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Hunter

A 22-page brochure about the display was edited by John Glendinning and published by Cathcart Chess Club. It contains all the games, with notes, and can be found here.

BCM 1964, p 72.
Chess 1964, p 185.
Scottish Chess Association Bulletin: several issues.
D.B.A. (Bryan) Hunter - admission ticket and photo.
John Glendinning - brochure and photo of Gligorić.

Alan McGowan
Historian/Archivist, Chess Scotland

updated 6/6/2020