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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Tallinn Tournament

Mikhail Tal12/15(+9 -0 =6)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky10.5/15(+6 -0 =9)[games]
Yuri Balashov9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
David Bronstein9/15(+4 -1 =10)[games]
Paul Keres9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Boris Spassky9/15(+4 -1 =10)[games]
Ulf Andersson8/15(+3 -2 =10)[games]
Iivo Nei8/15(+4 -3 =8)[games]
Jan Timman7.5/15(+4 -4 =7)[games]
Helmut Pfleger6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Josef Pribyl6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Boris Rytov6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Luben S Popov6/15(+2 -5 =8)[games]
Hillar Karner5.5/15(+3 -7 =5)[games]
Anthony Saidy4/15(+3 -10 =2)[games]
Heikki Westerinen3/15(+1 -10 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Tallinn (1973)

In the good old days Tallinn organized a large scale international tournament every 2 years. The 1973 edition was the strongest so far, with two ex world champions, former challenger Bronstein and the local ace Keres. After Sukhumi (1972), the USSR Championship (1972) and Hoogovens (1973), Mikhail Tal scored his 4th tournament victory in a row. There were speculations that he might continue in this vein and rise to challenge Robert James Fischer in 1975, but unfortunately three months later, at the Leningrad Interzonal (1973), he failed miserably.

Tallinn, Soviet Union (Estonia), 20 February - 13 March 1973

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts 1 Tal * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 12 2 Polugaevsky ½ * 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 10½ =3 Balashov ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 9 =3 Bronstein ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 9 =3 Keres 0 0 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 9 =3 Spassky 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 9 =7 Andersson ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 8 =7 Nei 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 8 9 Timman 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 7½ =10 Pfleger ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 6½ =10 Pribyl 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 6½ =10 Rytov ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ 1 6½ 13 Popov 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ 6 14 Kärner 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 * 0 1 5½ 15 Saidy 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 4 16 Westerinen 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 * 3

Original collection: Game Collection: Tallinn 1973, by User: sneaky pete.

 page 2 of 5; games 26-50 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. I Nei vs L Popov  1-0421973TallinnB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
27. H Pfleger vs H Westerinen  1-0781973TallinnA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
28. Tal vs H Karner 1-0371973TallinnB06 Robatsch
29. Keres vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½231973TallinnE14 Queen's Indian
30. B Rytov vs Timman 0-1241973TallinnE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
31. Polugaevsky vs Saidy  1-0231973TallinnD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
32. Pribyl vs Bronstein  ½-½421973TallinnA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
33. L Popov vs Tal  0-1431973TallinnA53 Old Indian
34. H Karner vs Polugaevsky  ½-½421973TallinnA04 Reti Opening
35. Timman vs H Pfleger  ½-½481973TallinnA35 English, Symmetrical
36. Saidy vs Pribyl  0-1421973TallinnD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
37. Spassky vs Keres  ½-½291973TallinnE12 Queen's Indian
38. Bronstein vs Balashov  ½-½501973TallinnA13 English
39. Ulf Andersson vs B Rytov  ½-½171973TallinnB15 Caro-Kann
40. H Westerinen vs I Nei  0-1541973TallinnC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
41. H Pfleger vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½221973TallinnD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
42. L Popov vs H Westerinen  ½-½421973TallinnE83 King's Indian, Samisch
43. Keres vs Bronstein  ½-½151973TallinnD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
44. Pribyl vs H Karner  ½-½411973TallinnE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
45. Balashov vs Saidy  0-1411973TallinnB50 Sicilian
46. Tal vs Polugaevsky  ½-½291973TallinnA17 English
47. B Rytov vs Spassky 0-1291973TallinnA36 English
48. I Nei vs Timman  1-0401973TallinnA34 English, Symmetrical
49. Spassky vs H Pfleger 1-0581973TallinnB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
50. H Westerinen vs Tal 0-1241973TallinnB40 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessdreamer: For the record, this was Spassky's first tournament since the loss of the world title.
Jan-23-15  mcgee: Hmmm. Is that right? Chessmetrics suggests he played the West German (open) Championship in Dortmund and at Amsterdam (both in early 1973) just prior to this tournament. He didn't play any chess in 1972 other than the Fischer match though.
Jan-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessdreamer: <mcgee> The Dortmund tournament ran from the 17th of May to the 2nd of June [Paul Keres, Photographs and games, page 433]. I have not the exact dates for Amsterdam IBM 1973, but it took place in July /August.
Jul-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Hedrick Smith, in a very interesting Special entitled:

<Spassky's Defeat Produces Change

Sovite Chess Circles Feel Shake-up--Loser Chided

Moscow-March 31>

from NY Times 1973.04.01 reports this in the penultimate and closing paragraphs:

<Spassky was not overly impressive in his first outing since the loss to Fischer--the 16-man invitation tournament in Tallinn that ended on March 15. Spassky tied with three other players for third place, well behind the winner, Mikhail Tal, the Soviet national champion and a former world champion, who is reportedly playing in top form.

The 36-year-old Spassky looked healthy, well rested, and not particularly perturbed by the controversy over his loss. ...>

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Sep-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: Not a bad result for Tal. Did this tournament take place during one of his two amazing unbeaten streaks during the early 70s?
Sep-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <An Englishman....Did this tournament take place during one of his two amazing unbeaten streaks during the early 70s?>

Yes; the first run.

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