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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 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs Pribyl 1-0711973TallinnA05 Reti Opening
2. L Popov vs Keres  0-1561973TallinnE15 Queen's Indian
3. I Nei vs B Rytov ½-½201973TallinnA47 Queen's Indian
4. Bronstein vs Saidy 1-0411973TallinnB10 Caro-Kann
5. H Westerinen vs Balashov  ½-½311973TallinnB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. Spassky vs H Karner  ½-½411973TallinnB06 Robatsch
7. H Pfleger vs Tal ½-½331973TallinnB06 Robatsch
8. Ulf Andersson vs Polugaevsky  ½-½291973TallinnE17 Queen's Indian
9. Pribyl vs Ulf Andersson  0-1271973TallinnA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
10. Keres vs H Westerinen 1-0301973TallinnB06 Robatsch
11. H Karner vs Bronstein 0-1441973TallinnD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. B Rytov vs L Popov  1-0411973TallinnE60 King's Indian Defense
13. Polugaevsky vs Spassky ½-½251973TallinnA14 English
14. Tal vs Saidy 1-0391973TallinnA30 English, Symmetrical
15. H Pfleger vs I Nei  ½-½311973TallinnD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Balashov vs Timman  ½-½321973TallinnE17 Queen's Indian
17. Bronstein vs Polugaevsky  0-1431973TallinnA56 Benoni Defense
18. Saidy vs H Karner  1-0281973TallinnA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. L Popov vs H Pfleger  ½-½191973TallinnD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
20. Timman vs Keres  ½-½221973TallinnD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Ulf Andersson vs Balashov  0-1431973TallinnA09 Reti Opening
22. I Nei vs Tal  0-1431973TallinnE92 King's Indian
23. H Westerinen vs B Rytov  0-1521973TallinnB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
24. Spassky vs Pribyl 1-0231973TallinnB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
25. Balashov vs Spassky  ½-½311973TallinnC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
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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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