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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 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Pfleger vs Tal ½-½331973TallinnB06 Robatsch
2. H Westerinen vs Balashov  ½-½311973TallinnB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. Ulf Andersson vs Polugaevsky  ½-½291973TallinnE17 Queen's Indian
4. Spassky vs H Karner  ½-½411973TallinnB06 Robatsch
5. I Nei vs B Rytov ½-½201973TallinnA47 Queen's Indian
6. H Pfleger vs I Nei  ½-½311973TallinnD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Balashov vs Timman  ½-½321973TallinnE17 Queen's Indian
8. Polugaevsky vs Spassky ½-½251973TallinnA14 English
9. Timman vs Keres  ½-½221973TallinnD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. L Popov vs H Pfleger  ½-½191973TallinnD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
11. Pribyl vs Bronstein  ½-½421973TallinnA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
12. Keres vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½231973TallinnE14 Queen's Indian
13. Balashov vs Spassky  ½-½311973TallinnC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
14. Bronstein vs Balashov  ½-½501973TallinnA13 English
15. Spassky vs Keres  ½-½291973TallinnE12 Queen's Indian
16. H Karner vs Polugaevsky  ½-½421973TallinnA04 Reti Opening
17. Ulf Andersson vs B Rytov  ½-½171973TallinnB15 Caro-Kann
18. Timman vs H Pfleger  ½-½481973TallinnA35 English, Symmetrical
19. Pribyl vs H Karner  ½-½411973TallinnE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
20. H Pfleger vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½221973TallinnD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Tal vs Polugaevsky  ½-½291973TallinnA17 English
22. Keres vs Bronstein  ½-½151973TallinnD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
23. L Popov vs H Westerinen  ½-½421973TallinnE83 King's Indian, Samisch
24. Polugaevsky vs Pribyl  ½-½211973TallinnA16 English
25. Ulf Andersson vs I Nei  ½-½211973TallinnA06 Reti Opening
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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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