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🏆 Milan (1975) Chess Event Description
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: Ljubomir Ljubojevic

 page 1 of 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ljubojevic vs Ulf Andersson 1-0401975MilanB44 Sicilian
2. Larsen vs Ljubojevic 0-1271975MilanA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
3. Ljubojevic vs Karpov 0-1571975MilanC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. S Mariotti vs Ljubojevic  0-1411975MilanA05 Reti Opening
5. Ljubojevic vs Petrosian  ½-½281975MilanC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. Smejkal vs Ljubojevic ½-½811975MilanD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. Ljubojevic vs Portisch  ½-½241975MilanC44 King's Pawn Game
8. Ljubojevic vs Unzicker 0-11271975MilanA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
9. Browne vs Ljubojevic  ½-½571975MilanA33 English, Symmetrical
10. Ljubojevic vs Gligoric  ½-½461975MilanC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
11. Tal vs Ljubojevic  0-1761975MilanD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Portisch vs Ljubojevic  ½-½471975MilanD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
13. Ljubojevic vs Portisch  ½-½311975MilanC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
14. Portisch vs Ljubojevic  1-0661975MilanA04 Reti Opening
15. Ljubojevic vs Portisch  ½-½471975MilanC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
16. Petrosian vs Ljubojevic 1-0301975MilanA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
17. Ljubojevic vs Petrosian  ½-½161975MilanE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. Petrosian vs Ljubojevic  ½-½271975MilanC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
19. Ljubojevic vs Petrosian 1-0471975MilanA07 King's Indian Attack
20. Petrosian vs Ljubojevic  ½-½161975MilanD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Ljubojevic vs Petrosian  ½-½171975MilanA07 King's Indian Attack
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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?
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  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.
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  GrahamClayton: Have any other international tournaments used this format of a round-robin followed by knock-out matches?
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  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

Some wonderful photos and reminiscences.

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  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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