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The World Chess Championship
Zonals 1969-1972 (C08)

Index of all Zonals

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1 Praia da Rocha 1969-10


BCM, 1969-12, p.360

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2 Raach 1969-10


Schach-Echo, 1969-11/II, p.342


BCM, 1970-01, p.8


BCM, 1970-06, p.173

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3 Athens 1969-00


Schach-Echo, 1970-02/I, p.43

EK: In Zone 3 of the 1970-1972 cycle (Athen 1969) there is a player Wright from England. Chessbase and [other sites] give first name as Josie, and Josie is a woman! If that is true then she would be the first woman to participate in the "Mens" World Championship cycle. But I have huge doubts about that (I always thought S.Polgar was the first). There either had to be some other (probably male) Josie Wright, or the first name is wrong. In Chessbase there is one photo of Josie from 1991 where she looks too young that she could be playing in 1969 Zonal (but Chessbase and other databases does give her the games played in late 60’s and early 70’s). I couldn’t find a birth year anywhere, not even the FIDE site has it. However the historical rating lists do have Josie Wright from 1975, but could she really play so well already in 1969? • I think first name is a mistake and that it was Daniel Wright who also represented England in World Student Team Championships at that time. Josie only started to appear at (Womens) Olympiad in 1985. [Ref. BI072028]
JW: Re 1969-72 zonal, Josie Wright at Athens and maybe the US open in 1985? No idea who it is but their results seem to have been mixed in with mine on some databases. Hopefully not in FIDE ratings system. I am Australian. Played as Josie Wright. I played a couple of Olympiads and a few other rated events between about 1985-1990? I was born in 1967. - Josie Wright (via email) • Chessgames.com: Search on the name WRIGHT

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4 Moscow 1969-09

http://members.aol.com/graemecree/chesschamps/ussr/ussr37.htm

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5 New York 1969-11

http://members.aol.com/graemecree/chesschamps/us/1969.htm

Other references:
Brady, Profile of a Prodigy, Dover 1989, p.155, 173-174


Brady, Profile of a Prodigy, p.173


Brady, Profile of a Prodigy, p.174

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6 Pointe-Claire 1969-08


http://www3.telus.net/public/swright2/canch1960s.html

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7 Quito/Guayaquil 1969-07


Source unknown, see Misc. Zonal Clippings (C02-C15)


Chess Life, 1969-10, p.405

See also TORNEO FIDE ZONA 7 (VII) – QUITO/GUAYAQUIL 1969 (ajedrecito2.galeon.com/zonal).

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8 Mar del Plata 1969-03


Schach-Echo, 1969-05/II, p.151


BCM, 1969-11, p.333

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9 Singapore 1969-11


BCM, 1970-01, p.9

EK: Points total doesn't add up! It's completely off - the point total is 37.5, but it should be either 28 (single round robin) or 56 (double round robin). Even if it was first split into two groups and then the final group with points being carried forward it still doesn't add up. [Ref. BI072028]

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10 Singapore 1969-08


BCM, 1969-11, p.333


Source unknown, see Misc. Zonal Clippings (C02-C15)

See also 'The Stress of Chess' by GM Walter Browne, p.29-31

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IZ Qualifiers


BCM, 1970-03, p.71


Informant 8

EK: Najdorf qualified but declined. He was then replaced by Rubinetti. What about the 1st reserve Raimundo Garcia? Did he decline also? [Ref. BI072028]