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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Lugano Tournament

Bent Larsen9.5/14(+7 -2 =5)[view games]
Fridrik Olafsson8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[view games]
Svetozar Gligoric7.5/14(+2 -1 =11)[view games]
Wolfgang Unzicker7.5/14(+3 -2 =9)[view games]
Robert Eugene Byrne7/14(+2 -2 =10)[view games]
Laszlo Szabo6/14(+0 -2 =12)[view games]
Lubomir Kavalek5.5/14(+0 -3 =11)[view games]
Jan Hein Donner4.5/14(+0 -5 =9)[view games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Lugano (1970)
Eight of the world's top non-Soviet players assembled in Lugano, Switzerland, for a peaceful double-round tournament from March 1-20, 1970. Using the estimated ratings from Chessmetrics, it was a Category XVI event with an average rating of 2632. Enjoying the scenery were:

Robert Eugene Byrne, Jan Hein Donner, Svetozar Gligoric, Lubomir Kavalek, Bent Larsen, Fridrik Olafsson, Laszlo Szabo, Wolfgang Unzicker.

Larsen may have been concentrating more on the board than the scenery, as he won his first five games to take a two-point lead. This looked to be insurmountable, as this was one of those events when having no weak players leads to conservative play. 67% of the games were drawn, and three players were unable to win a single game. Of the 19 decisive games, nearly half involved Larsen.

He was able to make it interesting with a couple of losses in the second half, which allowed Olafsson to get within a half-point with three rounds to go. However, Olafsson took a quick draw with White in their twelfth round game, which essentially decided matters. In the last three rounds the only decisive game was Larsen's win over Byrne, consigning the American to fifth place.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total 1 Larsen *** 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 9 2 Olafsson 0 *** 1 0 1 1 1 1 8 3 Unzicker 0 1 0 1 *** 1 7 4 Gligoric 0 1 *** 1 7 5 Byrne 0 0 *** 1 1 7 6 Szabo 0 0 *** 6 7 Kavalek 0 0 0 *** 5 8 Donner 0 0 0 0 0 *** 4

For Larsen, another in his great run of tournament wins around this time. Olafsson held onto an easy second, followed by Gligoric and Unzicker. The German deserves a special mention; after losing his first two games, his ascent to =3rd included wins over Larsen and Olafsson.

Original collection: Game Collection: Lugano 1970, by User: Phony Benoni.

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Robert E Byrne vs F Olafsson  ½-½14 1970 LuganoB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. Robert E Byrne vs Unzicker  ½-½17 1970 LuganoC11 French
3. Kavalek vs Gligoric  ½-½39 1970 LuganoD88 Grunfeld, Spassky Variation, Main line, 10...cd, 11.cd
4. Unzicker vs F Olafsson  1-036 1970 LuganoE57 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...dc and 9...cd
5. J H Donner vs Robert E Byrne  0-140 1970 LuganoA10 English
6. Larsen vs Unzicker 0-145 1970 LuganoC28 Vienna Game
7. Gligoric vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½39 1970 LuganoE97 King's Indian
8. F Olafsson vs J H Donner  1-031 1970 LuganoA09 Reti Opening
9. Larsen vs J H Donner  ½-½54 1970 LuganoB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. Kavalek vs Unzicker  ½-½51 1970 LuganoC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
11. F Olafsson vs Robert E Byrne  1-042 1970 LuganoE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
12. J H Donner vs Kavalek  ½-½41 1970 LuganoE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Robert E Byrne vs Larsen  ½-½78 1970 LuganoC41 Philidor Defense
14. Gligoric vs J H Donner  1-046 1970 LuganoE92 King's Indian
15. Larsen vs Kavalek 1-033 1970 LuganoA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
16. Unzicker vs Kavalek  ½-½32 1970 LuganoE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. J H Donner vs Larsen  ½-½17 1970 LuganoE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. F Olafsson vs Gligoric  ½-½13 1970 LuganoE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
19. Larsen vs Robert E Byrne 1-024 1970 LuganoB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Kavalek vs J H Donner  ½-½35 1970 LuganoC14 French, Classical
21. Robert E Byrne vs Kavalek  ½-½16 1970 LuganoD90 Grunfeld
22. F Olafsson vs Larsen  ½-½18 1970 LuganoE16 Queen's Indian
23. Gligoric vs Unzicker  ½-½20 1970 LuganoE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
24. Szabo vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½65 1970 LuganoE70 King's Indian
25. Larsen vs Gligoric 0-145 1970 LuganoE97 King's Indian
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