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🏆 Milan (1975)

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Since the introduction of the Elo rating system earlier in the decade, the 1970s saw a resurgence of the so-called "super" tournament where the best in the world gathered to compete. 1975 was one of the biggest years of the decade in that regard as a number of international "super tournaments" were held in which top rated masters participated. Milan, Italy in late summer saw the attendance of twelve such top rated grandmasters, including the newly designated world champion Anatoly Karpov (2705). He was join ... [more]

Player: Bent Larsen

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Smejkal vs Larsen 1-0521975MilanE17 Queen's Indian
2. Larsen vs Ljubojevic 0-1271975MilanA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
3. Unzicker vs Larsen 0-1461975MilanB50 Sicilian
4. Larsen vs Browne ½-½231975MilanA34 English, Symmetrical
5. Gligoric vs Larsen  0-1721975MilanE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
6. Larsen vs Tal 0-1401975MilanB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. Ulf Andersson vs Larsen  0-1351975MilanA21 English
8. Portisch vs Larsen 1-0311975MilanA17 English
9. Larsen vs Karpov  ½-½411975MilanA28 English
10. S Mariotti vs Larsen 0-1371975MilanB20 Sicilian
11. Larsen vs Petrosian 0-1391975MilanA22 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-03-13  suenteus po 147: Okay, so this is something I've been meaning to ask for a while: Were the semi-final and final matches an original part of this event, or were the Soviet grandmasters so irked by Portisch's win that they lobbied for more games? I'm guessing it was part of the program from the beginning (but then, hey, it was the seventies, they might have decided to rob a bank and pay them to play more games! ciao!), but then how much must it have irked Portisch that he fought so hard only to succumb to one crummy loss to Karpov in the final match and be dispatched in the ultimate standings?
Apr-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: No proof at hand, but I'm pretty sure that was the original program. It wouldn't surprise me if some of the Soviet players coasted in the preliminaries, looking merely to qualify.
Apr-04-13  suenteus po 147: <Phony Benoni> Coasting, sure: Karpov only has three wins. But how to tell if Petrosian was or not? He always had few wins and no losses :)
Sep-07-13  Everett: Isnt this format one of the ideas for deciding the world championship, or at least the candidates? Candidate tournament, then a series of matches until one is left standing. This person would either be the new WC, or be the challenger to the incumbent. Not so bad, in my eyes.
Sep-19-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Have any other international tournaments used this format of a round-robin followed by knock-out matches?
Aug-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: This tournament, as the intro says, began on August 20th 1975, exactly 75 years ago in a fortnight's time.

As a celebration of that anniversary, <and> as a memorial to the late and great master of chess Walter Shawn Browne, Europe Echecs has published a quite SOO-PERB article on this tournament.

It can be seen at http://www.europe-echecs.com/art/mi....

Some wonderful photos and reminiscences.

Aug-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Seventy-five years? Seems more like forty to me.
Aug-03-16  Mr. V: I like Mariotti's strategy, draw with black, lose with white. It reminds me of my own play.
Aug-03-16  Absentee: <perfidious: Seventy-five years? Seems more like forty to me.>

Time flies, doesn't it?

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