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18th Chess Olympiad

The official poster for the Olympiad.

The 18th Chess Olympiad, organized by FIDE and comprising an open team tournament, as well as several other events designed to promote the game of chess, took place between October 17 and November 7, 1968, in Lugano, Switzerland.

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

Results

Preliminaries

A total of 53 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 third-fourth to Final B, no. 5-6 to Final C, and the rest to Final D. Preliminary head-to-head results were carried over to the finals, so no teams met more than once. All preliminary groups and finals were played as round-robin tournaments. The results were as follows:

Final

Final A
# Country Players Points MP
1 Soviet Union Petrosian, Spassky, Korchnoi, Geller, Polugaevsky, Smyslov 39½
2 Yugoslavia Gligorić, Ivkov, Matanović, Matulović, Parma, Čirić 31
3 Bulgaria Bobotsov, Tringov, Padevsky, Kolarov, Radulov, Peev 30
4 United States Reshevsky, Evans, Benko, R. Byrne, Lombardy, D. Byrne 29½
5 West Germany Unzicker, Schmid, Darga, Pfleger, Hübner, Hecht 29
6 Hungary Portisch, Szabó, Bilek, Lengyel, Barcza, Csom 27½
7 Argentina Najdorf, Panno, Sanguineti, Rossetto, Rubinetti, García 26 15
8 Romania Gheorghiu, Ciocâltea, Ghiţescu, Drimer, Soós, Ungureanu 26 14
9 Czechoslovakia Hort, Filip, Smejkal, Jansa, Augustin, Janata 24½ 12
10 East Germany Uhlmann, Pietzsch, Zinn, Malich, Liebert, Hennings 24½ 11
11 Poland Kostro, Bednarski, Doda, Schmidt, Adamski, Grąbczewski 23
12 Denmark Larsen, Brinck-Claussen, Hamann, Holm, Petersen, Nørby 21
13 Canada Yanofsky, Suttles, Macskasy, Allan, Day, Schulman 19
14 Philippines Reyes, Balinas, De Castro, Naranja, Bandal, Rodríguez 13½
Final B
# Country Points MP
15 Netherlands 33½
16 England 33
17 Austria 30½
18 Israel 30
19 Spain 28½
20 Cuba 27 14
21 Switzerland 27 12
22 Iceland 26
23 Finland 24½
24 Sweden 22½
25 Brazil 21½
26 Belgium 20½
27 Mongolia 20
28 Scotland 19½
Final C
# Country Points MP
29 Australia 38
30 Norway 36
31 Italy 31½
32 Venezuela 30
33 Turkey 29½
34 Greece 28½
35 Portugal 27½ 16
36 South Africa 27½ 14
37 Tunisia 26
38 Ireland 21
39 Luxembourg 20½
40 Puerto Rico 19½
41 Morocco 16
42 Monaco 12½
Final D
# Country Points MP
43 Singapore 32
44 France 30
45 Paraguay 27½
46 Mexico 23½ 13
47 Dominican Republic 23½ 12
48 Hong Kong 22½
49 Costa Rica 14½
50 Lebanon 13½
51 Cyprus 13
52 British Virgin Islands 11
53 Andorra 9

Individual medals

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