Vlastimil Hort, pictured on 9 August 2012 in Geneva (in play in a legend team alongside with Korchnoi, Andersson, Ribli, and Spraggett). Photo: Frits Agterdenbos
Internationally mixed Open Chess Festival of San Bernardino at 1'608 metres (!) in the Swiss Alps, the number of players was restricted to secure comfortable conditions – and enough cheese :)))
winner: IM Béla Tóth (1980). Last winner: Julian Hodgson (1992). Record winner: Vlastimil Hort (1981, 1982, 1984).
Highest win: Viktor Korchnoi
at 8.5/9 points (1983, one entry).
Most surprising winner: Alexander Chudinovskikh in 1990, titleless in a 80-players field including 15 GMs, among others Gavrikov, Hort, Petursson, Hellers, Klinger,
Nemet and Flear.
Alexander Chudinovskikh (Elo 2315, he later got the IM title), living in Kirov, his journey by train and then by swiss postbus lasted six days (!),
an electronic engineer by profession, was invited on behalf of Viktor Korchnoi. He had been a pupil of him between 1963 and 1965.
Further winners were Alexander Chernin, John Van der Wiel, Paul Van der Sterren,
Mišo Cebalo, and Kiril Gerorgiev. Additional Brocco co-winners (with lesser tie-break) were Kevin Spraggett, Maxim Dlugy, Ivan Sokolov, Ognjen Cvitan, Margeir Petursson, and Swiss IM Heinz Wirthensohn.
Special event during the 10th Brocco edition in 1989: a closed Blitz chess tournament with Anatoly Karpov as guest star. Standings: 1. Kiril Georgiev, 2. Anatoly Karpov, 3. Ivan Sokolov (10 players). Karpov did not take
part in the regular Open.
All three Polgar sisters played 1987 in the same (main and only) section at Brocco Open Festival in San Bernardino!!!