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🏆 Tallinn (1973)

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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 ... [more]

Player: Yuri Balashov

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Westerinen vs Balashov  ½-½311973TallinnB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. Balashov vs Timman  ½-½321973TallinnE17 Queen's Indian
3. Ulf Andersson vs Balashov  0-1431973TallinnA09 Reti Opening
4. Balashov vs Spassky  ½-½311973TallinnC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
5. Bronstein vs Balashov  ½-½501973TallinnA13 English
6. Balashov vs Saidy  0-1411973TallinnB50 Sicilian
7. H Karner vs Balashov  0-1301973TallinnA09 Reti Opening
8. Balashov vs Polugaevsky 0-1401973TallinnB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
9. Pribyl vs Balashov  ½-½311973TallinnD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Tal vs Balashov  ½-½281973TallinnB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. Balashov vs Keres 1-0401973TallinnC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. B Rytov vs Balashov  ½-½331973TallinnA36 English
13. Balashov vs H Pfleger  1-0271973TallinnA07 King's Indian Attack
14. I Nei vs Balashov  0-1411973TallinnA14 English
15. Balashov vs L Popov ½-½321973TallinnA21 English
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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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