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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
October Revolution 60th Anniversary Tournament

Oleg Romanishin11.5/17(+8 -2 =7)[view games]
Mikhail Tal11.5/17(+7 -1 =9)[view games]
Vasily Smyslov10.5/17(+4 -0 =13)[view games]
Rafael Vaganian10/17(+5 -2 =10)[view games]
Anatoly Karpov10/17(+5 -2 =10)[view games]
Mark Taimanov9/17(+5 -4 =8)[view games]
Zoltan Ribli9/17(+4 -3 =10)[view games]
Alexander Kochyev9/17(+4 -3 =10)[view games]
Yuri Balashov9/17(+3 -2 =12)[view games]
Jan Smejkal8/17(+3 -4 =10)[view games]
Alexander Beliavsky7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[view games]
Guillermo Garcia Gonzales7.5/17(+4 -6 =7)[view games]
Gennadi Kuzmin7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[view games]
Lothar Vogt7/17(+2 -5 =10)[view games]
Florin Gheorghiu7/17(+2 -5 =10)[view games]
Ivan Radulov7/17(+1 -4 =12)[view games]
Milorad Knezevic7/17(+2 -5 =10)[view games]
Sergio Mariotti5/17(+3 -10 =4)[view games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)

Leningrad was host to an international chess tournament to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the October Revolution. The round robin event was held from June 24th to July 19th, 1977. Eighteen grandmasters, including the current world champion and two former world champions, participated in the top event. They were (in order of ELO): Anatoli Karpov (2690), Mikhail Tal (2620), Zoltán Ribli (2595), Oleg Romanishin (2595), Vasily Smyslov (2595), Jan Smejkal (2575), Yuri Balashov (2565), Alexander Beliavsky (2555), Gennadi Kuzmin (2550), Florin Gheorghiu (2545), Rafael Vaganian (2545), Mark Taimanov (2530), Milorad Knezevic (2500), Ivan Radulov (2500), Lothar Vogt (2495), Alexander Kochyev (2490), Sergio Mariotti (2490), and Guillermo Garcia Gonzáles (2485). The average of the combined ratings of all the participants qualified the tournament as a Category XIII event. As usual, Soviet dominance was on full display in the wake of Fischer's absence and the string of successes Karpov had been earning in the void. However, the world champion was stunned into shared fourth in this event. He was surpassed by previous world champions Tal, who shared first, and Smyslov at clear third, but the ultimate tournament winner was Romanishin in what would be his greatest victory. The uncompromising player scored wins against nearly half the field to finish with +6, beating out Tal on the tiebreaks. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts 1 Romanishin * ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 11˝ 2 Tal ˝ * ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 11˝ 3 Smyslov ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 10˝ 4 Vaganian 0 1 ˝ * ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 10 5 Karpov ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 0 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 10 6 Taimanov 1 ˝ ˝ 0 1 * ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 1 0 ˝ ˝ 1 9 7 Ribli ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 0 1 9 8 Kochyev 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 * ˝ 1 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 9 9 Balashov 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 9 10 Smejkal 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 8 11 Beliavsky ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 0 ˝ 1 0 ˝ 0 7˝ 12 Garcia 1 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ 1 * 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 7˝ 13 Kuzmin ˝ 0 ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 * ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 0 7˝ 14 Vogt 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ * ˝ ˝ 0 0 7 15 Gheorghiu 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 7 16 Radulov ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 7 17 Knezevic 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 7 18 Mariotti 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ˝ ˝ * 5

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

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Radulov vs G Garcia Gonzales ½-½150 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB06 Robatsch
2. Beliavsky vs Smejkal  ½-½27 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
3. Vogt vs A Kochyev  ½-½31 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB83 Sicilian
4. Vaganian vs G Kuzmin  1-042 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryA15 English
5. Tal vs Balashov  ½-½24 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
6. S Mariotti vs Smyslov  0-156 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC50 Giuoco Piano
7. M Knezevic vs Gheorghiu  ½-½17 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
8. Karpov vs Taimanov 0-138 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB32 Sicilian
9. Ribli vs Romanishin  ½-½64 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryA28 English
10. Smejkal vs Vogt 0-142 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE60 King's Indian Defense
11. A Kochyev vs Karpov ½-½73 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
12. G Garcia Gonzales vs S Mariotti  1-041 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
13. Vaganian vs Beliavsky  ½-½30 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Romanishin vs M Knezevic 1-038 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Gheorghiu vs I Radulov  ½-½18 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. Smyslov vs Tal  ½-½41 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE17 Queen's Indian
17. G Kuzmin vs Balashov  ½-½26 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
18. Taimanov vs Ribli  ½-½17 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryA30 English, Symmetrical
19. Ribli vs A Kochyev  0-138 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE92 King's Indian
20. M Knezevic vs Taimanov  ½-½19 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Beliavsky vs G Kuzmin  0-142 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
22. Vogt vs Vaganian  ½-½18 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC07 French, Tarrasch
23. S Mariotti vs Gheorghiu  0-134 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB41 Sicilian, Kan
24. Balashov vs Smyslov  ½-½26 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC67 Ruy Lopez
25. I Radulov vs Romanishin  ½-½30 1977 October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC03 French, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-15-13  say it with a smile: Above tournament description says "in the wake of Fischer's absence", Since when did Bobby ever play in all Soviet "OCTOBER Revolution" games? Who writes this non-sense?
Dec-15-13  RedShield: A smile is nice, but a brain is better. Go back to sleep.
Dec-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: The full sentence:

<"As usual, Soviet dominance was on full display in the wake of Fischer's absence and the string of successes Karpov had been earning in the void.">

Refers to the general chess scene at the time, not just this particularl tournament. And, by the way, it was not quite an all-Soviet tournament, nor even all-Iron Curtain.

Dec-16-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Taimanov had a funny record in this tournament. He had nine decisive games (including beating world champion Karpov and tournament co-winner Romanishin). Black won the first six of those games, and a total of seven of the nine games.
Dec-16-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: I'm sure that if Fischer wanted to play in this tournament, they would have made a slot for him.
Sep-21-14  siggemannen: The tourney was kind of "behind the iron curtain", since all foreign players came from Soviet-friendly states of East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Bulgaria, Italy, Yugoslavia and Hungary. On the other hand, it was probably a good way to celebrate the Revolution Anniversary
Sep-21-14  Karposian: <siggemannen: The tourney was kind of "behind the iron curtain", since all foreign players came from Soviet-friendly states of East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Bulgaria, Italy, Yugoslavia and Hungary.>

Italy?? The NATO member nation Italy?? One of America's closest allies?? I suspect international politics is not your field of expertise...

Sep-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Karposian> It is well known that Italy was then filled with millions upon millions of Comminist sympathisers.... (rolls eyes)
Sep-21-14  Karposian: <perfidious: <Karposian> It is well known that Italy was then filled with millions upon millions of Comminist sympathisers.... (rolls eyes>

LOL These Italians may not be Commies anymore, but they're at least Socialists, the whole bunch of 'em :)

Sep-21-14  nok: Right time to recommend the movie "We all loved each other so much".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_All...

Stefania Sandrelli was a total knockout.

Sep-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <nok> Not bad at all.
Sep-24-14  siggemannen: Well, Italy might've been in Nato, but had close ties to Soviet in the Togliatti days at least, with Russians licensing those Fiats, and the communist party in Italy was quite strong for many years
Sep-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: In the 70s Italy was the sick man of Europe. That spot is now held by Greece, the fragmented Balkan states and Romania-Moldova.

Italy is a super power, compared to the aforementioned.

Sep-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: Some of the stuff one reads here on history and politics is enough to give the most sensitive of us a heart attack.
Sep-24-14  Karposian: <Absentee> Well said. I don't even bother to comment further on <siggemannen>'s alternative history lectures.

<HeMateMe> <In the 70s Italy was the sick man of Europe.>

Where does this come from? I'm sorry <HMM> but that is complete nonsense.

You probably confuse Italy with the UK.

<Throughout the 1970s United Kingdom was sometimes called the 'sick man of Europe' by critics of its government at home, because of industrial strife and poor economic performance compared to other European countries culminating with the Winter of Discontent of 1978–1979.> (From Wikipedia)

Sep-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Surely you can't believe the historically strong U.K. was in worse shape than the politically fragmented Italy? a completely stalemated, ineffective government, corruption up to the very highest office, runaway inflation, high unemployment...Italy in the 70s was only good if you were born there, and didn't know that other people lived differently, in other countries.

I realize that the U.K. was stagnant in the '70s due to the power of the labor unions and its socialist government, but they could never have been worse off than Italy.

Sep-25-14  Karposian: <HeMateMe> <I realize that the U.K. was stagnant in the '70s due to the power of the labor unions and its socialist government, but they could never have been worse off than Italy.>

You are right about the fact that Italy struggled with major political and social turmoil in the 70s.

In addition to the things you mention they also had problems with political extremism, both from the far left and the far right.

My point was though, that despite these problems the term 'the sick man of Europe' was not at all used to describe Italy.

I think that term has little to do with political and social problems. It is used to describe a country going through major economic difficulties. And strictly economically speaking, Italy actually fared better in the 70s than many other major European countries. They were definitely not 'the sick man of Europe' in that way.

Sep-25-14  HSOL: Being too young to know firsthand about the late 70s, from what I've read and seen I've always considered the UK being in a worse state than Italy despite Italy throughout it's history being politically unstable. (Of course it might have to do with my sources having higher expectations on UK than Italy)
May-07-15  paavoh: Smyslov had a solid showing without any losses in this respectable company. His four wins against the tail-enders mostly was not enough to win it all.
Nov-29-16  Howard: Just noticed that the just-deceased Taimanov was the only person to beat Romanishin.
Nov-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Gonzales, too...
Nov-30-16  Howard: Think you mean Garcia, but you're quite right! My mistake---Romanishin actually lost two games, not just one.
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