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 (2 ... [more]
Player: Rafael Vaganian
| page 1 of 1; 17 games
|1. Vaganian vs G Kuzmin
|| ||1-0||42||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||A15 English|
|2. Vaganian vs Beliavsky
|| ||½-½||30||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||D31 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|3. Vogt vs Vaganian
|| ||½-½||18||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||C07 French, Tarrasch|
|4. Vaganian vs Karpov
||½-½||11||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||E11 Bogo-Indian Defense|
|5. Ribli vs Vaganian
|| ||1-0||51||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|6. Vaganian vs M Knezevic
|| ||1-0||41||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6|
|7. I Radulov vs Vaganian
|| ||½-½||24||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||C05 French, Tarrasch|
|8. Vaganian vs S Mariotti
|| ||½-½||45||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||E61 King's Indian|
|9. Tal vs Vaganian
|| ||0-1||40||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|10. Vaganian vs Balashov
||1-0||31||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||E29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch|
|11. Smyslov vs Vaganian
|| ||½-½||59||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||C05 French, Tarrasch|
|12. Vaganian vs G Garcia Gonzalez
|| ||½-½||67||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System|
|13. Gheorghiu vs Vaganian
|| ||½-½||19||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||C15 French, Winawer|
|14. Vaganian vs Romanishin
|| ||0-1||47||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||A40 Queen's Pawn Game|
|15. Taimanov vs Vaganian
|| ||0-1||41||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||A21 English|
|16. Vaganian vs A Kochyev
|| ||½-½||25||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack|
|17. Smejkal vs Vaganian
|| ||½-½||12||1977||October Revolution 60th Anniversary||A14 English|
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|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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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".|
Stefania Sandrelli was a total knockout.
|Sep-21-14|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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.>
|Sep-24-14|| ||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|| ||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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