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Jurmala Tournament

Mikhail Tal9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Mikhail Gurevich9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Yuri Balashov8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Edvins Paulsovich Kengis8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Vladimir Bagirov7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Aivars Gipslis7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Alvis Vitolinsh6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Carsten Hoi5.5/13(+4 -6 =3)[games]
Andronico Yap5/13(+4 -7 =2)[games]
Tamas Utasi4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Daniel John King4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Alexander Shabalov4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Ventzislav V Inkiov3.5/13(+0 -6 =7)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Jurmala (1985)

The 2nd Jurmala International Chess Tournament was played from August 29 (Round 1) to September 14 (Round 13), with days for adjourned games on September 2, 7, 13 and 15, and a rest day on September 8 (after Round 8). The venue was the Lielupe Science House of the Latvian SSR's Academy of Sciences at 3 Viking Street, Jurmala, a resort town near Riga, Latvia. Round 5 started on the day of Round 1 of the Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985) in Moscow. Six of the 14 players were living in Latvia, and the other eight had not played in Latvia before. Hungary was represented by its 1983 champion IM Tamas Utasi, Bulgaria by GM Ventzislav Inkiov, Denmark by IM Carsten Hi, the Philippines by IM Andronico Yap, and England by IM Daniel King. The Latvians were headed by Mikhail Tal, who brought the young talent Alexander Shabalov with him. GM Tal and GM Vladimir Tukmakov of Ukraine were the rating favorites, and USSR champion IM Mikhail Gurevich was also participating. The opening ceremony took place on August 28, on King's 22nd birthday. The conference hall of the House of Science was full, and the Chairman of the Latvian Chess Federation Kachep welcomed the audience. The arbiter Podnieks introduced the players and held the draw.

For Tal, the tournament was the penultimate test of strength before the Montpellier Candidates (1985), as he also found the time to go to Denmark for the Nimzowitsch Memorial in Naestved (1985). For this to happen, he had to play Round 12 (against Yap) and Round 13 (against Bagirov) at the middle of the tournament (September 7-8). According to Daniel King, "for much of the tournament Tal cruised along, not giving the chess his all; instead he was enjoying relaxing with his wife and young daughter." There was a beach, the air was good and the tourist season was over. He drew with the best ones and picked off the weakies. Then in Round 11 he met Hi, who had defeated Tukmakov and the eccentric IM Alvis Vitolinsh. Tal was "sitting on luggages and couldn't adjourn", and, according to King, "Hi didn't stand a chance. Tal was gunning for him." Tal left for Copenhagen with 9 points, and learned by calling home from Denmark that he had shared the first place with Gurevich, who drew his last two games.

Jurmala, Soviet Union (Latvia), 29 August - 14 September 1985

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 =1 Tal 48 2565 * 1 1 1 1 1 9 =1 Gurevich 26 2500 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 3 Balashov 36 2510 * 1 1 1 1 8 =4 Tukmakov 39 2565 * 0 1 1 1 1 8 =4 Kengis 26 2430 * 1 1 1 8 =6 Bagirov 49 2475 * 1 0 1 1 7 =6 Gipslis 48 2490 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 7 8 Vitolinsh 29 2410 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 6 9 Hi 28 2420 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 5 10 Yap 24 2425 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 * 0 0 0 1 5 =11 Utasi 22 2485 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 4 =11 King 22 2435 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 4 =11 Shabalov 18 2200 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 4 14 Inkiov 29 2490 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 3

Category: IX (2457) (GM norm 9, IM 6). Chief arbiter: Pauls Podnieks.

Sources

FIDE rating list July 1985 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198...)
Jurmala, 27 August 1985, p. 3 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Jurmala, 28 August 1985, p. 7 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Jurmala, 6 September 1985, p. 4 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Rigas Balss, 29 August 1985, p. 4 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Rigas Balss, 13 September 1985, p. 7 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Rigas Balss, 18 September 1985, p. 7 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Shakhmaty (Riga), 1985 No. 19, p. 1 (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rzhs6mlp... )
Shakhmaty (Riga), 1985 No. 22, pp. 6-8 (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rzhs6mlp... )
Mikhail Tal in 64, 1985 No. 21, pp. 14-15 (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rzhs6mlp... )
Encyclopedia of Latvian Chess Players. Volume II, 1900-2000, L-Z, pp. 52-54 (https://www.sahafederacija.lv/media...)
How Good Is Your Chess by Daniel King. Dover, Mineola/New York 2003, p. 111 (https://books.google.no/books?id=0S...)

Original collection: Game Collection: Jurmala 1985 by User: Tabanus. Round dates are from Jurmala and Rigas Balss. Thanks to User: hemy for help with the sources and translation from Russian.

 page 4 of 4; games 76-91 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
76. D King vs V Tukmakov  0-1351985JurmalaB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
77. Shabalov vs Gipslis  0-1361985JurmalaA15 English
78. M Gurevich vs A Yap  1-0671985JurmalaA45 Queen's Pawn Game
79. Tal vs Hoi 1-0431985JurmalaB06 Robatsch
80. Bagirov vs M Gurevich  ½-½181985JurmalaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
81. V Inkiov vs D King  ½-½281985JurmalaE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
82. Hoi vs Shabalov  ½-½161985JurmalaB08 Pirc, Classical
83. Utasi vs Balashov  ½-½121985JurmalaE15 Queen's Indian
84. V Tukmakov vs Kengis  ½-½401985JurmalaE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
85. Gipslis vs A Vitolinsh  0-1541985JurmalaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
86. D King vs Utasi  ½-½101985JurmalaB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
87. Balashov vs Gipslis  ½-½101985JurmalaB08 Pirc, Classical
88. Shabalov vs A Yap  1-0421985JurmalaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
89. M Gurevich vs V Tukmakov  ½-½151985JurmalaE46 Nimzo-Indian
90. A Vitolinsh vs Hoi  0-1401985JurmalaA00 Uncommon Opening
91. Kengis vs V Inkiov  ½-½231985JurmalaE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
 page 4 of 4; games 76-91 of 91  PGN Download
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