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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Tilburg Interpolis Tournament

Anatoly Karpov8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Anthony Miles7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Vlastimil Hort6/11(+1 -0 =10)[games]
Jan Timman6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Lubomir Kavalek6/11(+1 -0 =10)[games]
Robert Huebner6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Ulf Andersson5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Yuri Balashov5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Vasily Smyslov4.5/11(+0 -2 =9)[games]
Gennady Sosonko4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Fridrik Olafsson3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Tilburg Interpolis (1977)

The inaugural Interpolis international chess tournament, held in Tilburg, the Netherlands from September 23rd to October 6th, 1977 was a category XIV event. Twelve grandmasters, including the world champion, competed in the round robin format. The participants were (in order of Elo): Anatoli Karpov (2690), Vlastimil Hort (2620), Robert Huebner (2600), Vasily Smyslov (2595), Jan Timman (2590), Ulf Andersson (2565), Yuri Balashov (2565), Svetozar Gligoric (2565), Fridrik Olafsson (2560), Anthony Miles (2555), Lubomir Kavalek (2545), and Gennady Sosonko (2530). Karpov beat Miles by a full point to earn his first of many titles at this event. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 01 Karpov * 1 1 1 1 1 8 02 Miles 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 7 03 Hort * 1 6 04 Timman * 1 0 1 6 05 Kavalek * 1 6 06 Huebner 0 0 * 1 1 1 6 07 Gligoric 0 0 * 1 1 5 08 Andersson 0 1 0 * 5 09 Balashov 0 0 1 0 * 1 5 10 Smyslov 0 0 * 4 11 Sosonko 0 0 0 * 4 12 Olafsson 0 0 0 0 0 * 3

Original collection: Game Collection: Tilburg Interpolis 1977, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gligoric vs Kavalek  ½-½231977Tilburg InterpolisE81 King's Indian, Samisch
2. Balashov vs Huebner  ½-½241977Tilburg InterpolisB10 Caro-Kann
3. Karpov vs Timman ½-½531977Tilburg InterpolisB08 Pirc, Classical
4. Miles vs Hort  ½-½201977Tilburg InterpolisE92 King's Indian
5. Sosonko vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½161977Tilburg InterpolisA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
6. Smyslov vs F Olafsson  ½-½191977Tilburg InterpolisE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Ulf Andersson vs Smyslov  ½-½361977Tilburg InterpolisE17 Queen's Indian
8. Timman vs Huebner 1-0401977Tilburg InterpolisB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. Hort vs Sosonko  1-0531977Tilburg InterpolisA17 English
10. Kavalek vs Balashov  ½-½321977Tilburg InterpolisC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
11. F Olafsson vs Gligoric  ½-½171977Tilburg InterpolisC28 Vienna Game
12. Karpov vs Miles 1-0251977Tilburg InterpolisA33 English, Symmetrical
13. Miles vs Timman  ½-½281977Tilburg InterpolisB08 Pirc, Classical
14. Huebner vs Kavalek  ½-½171977Tilburg InterpolisA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
15. Sosonko vs Karpov  ½-½391977Tilburg InterpolisE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
16. Smyslov vs Hort ½-½471977Tilburg InterpolisB58 Sicilian
17. Gligoric vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½561977Tilburg InterpolisE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. Balashov vs F Olafsson  ½-½321977Tilburg InterpolisB83 Sicilian
19. Karpov vs Smyslov ½-½621977Tilburg InterpolisC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. Hort vs Gligoric  ½-½201977Tilburg InterpolisE92 King's Indian
21. Timman vs Kavalek  ½-½261977Tilburg InterpolisA04 Reti Opening
22. Ulf Andersson vs Balashov  ½-½181977Tilburg InterpolisE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
23. Miles vs Sosonko  1-0351977Tilburg InterpolisA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
24. F Olafsson vs Huebner  0-1251977Tilburg InterpolisA17 English
25. Gligoric vs Karpov  ½-½161977Tilburg InterpolisE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-24-16  Howard: Kavalek wrote a nice article about this event in CL&R, but he was exaggerating, in my view, when he said that this super-strong event would probably go down as the "strongest tournament of the decade."
Oct-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Howard: Kavalek wrote a nice article about this event in CL&R, but he was exaggerating, in my view, when he said that this super-strong event would probably go down as the "strongest tournament of the decade.">

These tournaments seem strong at the time, then fade over the years. Kavalek himself did not make massive efforts to win this super-strong tournament. He scored +1, =10.

1. vs Gligoric - 23
2. vs Balashov -, 32
3. vs Huebner - 17
4. vs Timman - 26
5. vs Olafsson 1-0 31
6. vs Ulf Andersson - 19
7. vs Hort - 20
8. vs Karpov - 18
9. vs Miles - 13
10. vs Sosonko - 15
11. vs Smyslov - 16.

This tournament finished 40 years and 11 days ago.

Oct-17-17  Howard: Good point---wasn't aware of all those short (and super-short) draws he played.

He had that same pattern (along with Benko) at the 1975 U.S. championship incidentally---that is, several short draws, two losses, and no wins.

Then...there was the 1984 championship. In that one, he scored 15 draws, two wins, and no losses. Interestingly enough, the two wins were against the bottom-two finishers !

Sometimes he just didn't want to exert himself, apparently.

Oct-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: < offramp: <Howard: Kavalek wrote a nice article about this event in CL&R, but he was exaggerating, in my view, when he said that this super-strong event would probably go down as the "strongest tournament of the decade."> These tournaments seem strong at the time, then fade over the years. Kavalek himself did not make massive efforts to win this super-strong tournament. He scored +1, =10.>

Looks like Miles was the only player to draw fewer than half of his games. At Hastings (1895) Schlechter was the only player who drew more than half of his games.

Oct-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: If only Miles would have played 1.e4-a6 vs Karpov...

But it was a couple of years too early for that.

Oct-18-17  Retireborn: <moronovich> A bit awkward given that Karpov played 1.c4 :)
Oct-18-17  Troller: <Strongest tournament of the decade> is indeed an exaggeration. Chessmetrics is perhaps not always accurate, and ratings are of course not everything, but still these are the world rankings of the players according to Chessmetrics September list 1977:

Karpov 1
Miles 46
Hort 9
Timman 22
Kavalek 53
Huebner 26
Gligoric 30
Andersson 38
Balashov 12
Smyslov 17
Sosonko 40
Olafsson 48

Stronger tournaments of the decade would of course include the Interzonals and the USSR Championships, but also Bugojno (1978), Milan (1975), Montreal (1979) just to mention some. Still, this was a fine event putting Karpov in his heyday on display.

Oct-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <Retireborn: <moronovich> A bit awkward given that Karpov played 1.c4 :)>

Lol!

Btw,I knew of a dane in CCchess(toplevel) who during a tournament played 1.d4-Nf6.2.c4-a6(!?/?!) with fine results.

Oct-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
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