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Palma de Mallorca Tournament

Bent Larsen12/17(+10 -3 =4)[view games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian11.5/17(+6 -0 =11)[view games]
Viktor Korchnoi10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[view games]
Vlastimil Hort10.5/17(+7 -3 =7)[view games]
Boris Spassky10/17(+3 -0 =14)[view games]
Jesus Diez del Corral9.5/17(+7 -5 =5)[view games]
Henrique Mecking9/17(+5 -4 =8)[view games]
Oscar Panno9/17(+5 -4 =8)[view games]
Bruno Parma8.5/17(+1 -1 =15)[view games]
Miguel Najdorf8.5/17(+3 -3 =11)[view games]
Laszlo Szabo8/17(+2 -3 =12)[view games]
Wolfgang Unzicker8/17(+3 -4 =10)[view games]
Arturo Pomar Salamanca7.5/17(+1 -3 =13)[view games]
Milko Bobotsov6.5/17(+1 -5 =11)[view games]
Mato Damjanovic6.5/17(+0 -4 =13)[view games]
Jonathan Penrose6.5/17(+3 -7 =7)[view games]
Roman Toran Albero6/17(+1 -6 =10)[view games]
Antonio Angel Medina Garcia5/17(+2 -9 =6)[view games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Palma de Mallorca (1969)

This was the strongest tournament in 1969. It was organized by FIDE and the Federación Balear de Ajedrez, and sponsored by the city of Palma and the Spanish press, with journalist and Chess Oscar founder Jorge Puig Laborda as technical director. Both the new world champion Spassky and the ex-world champion Petrosian had been invited, and this was the first time the two met in a tournament after the Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969). The five highest ranked of the 18 players were according to Chessmetrics* Korchnoi (#2), Spassky (#3), Larsen (#5), Petrosian (#6), and Hort (#13). Among the others were Najdorf (#28) from Argentina, and the 17-year-old Mecking (#48) from Brazil. However, Vasily Smyslov (#4) and Robert James Fischer (#1) did not attend. The opening ceremony took place on 21 November in the Palma town hall, and play started the next day at Hotel Jaime I#. Larsen started with two losses and had only two points after the first five rounds. However, after a dramatic win against Korchnoi in round 7 (when the crazy ones met, according to Panno), Larsen vs Korchnoi, 1969 - a real Larsen game! - he managed to turn the tables and keep up the good results from Palma de Mallorca (1967) and Palma de Mallorca (1968).

Picture of participants: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Hotel Jaime I, Palma, Spain, 22 November - 13 December 1969

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts 1 GM Larsen * ˝ 1 0 0 1 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 12 2 GM Petrosian ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 11˝ =3 GM Korchnoi 0 ˝ * 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 0 1 10˝ =3 GM Hort 1 0 0 * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 10˝ 5 GM Spassky 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 10 6 IM Corral 0 0 0 0 ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 9˝ =7 IM Mecking 1 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 9 =7 GM Panno 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 * 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 1 9 =9 GM Parma ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 8˝ =9 GM Najdorf 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 8˝ =11 GM Szabó ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 0 8 =11 GM Unzicker 0 ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 8 13 GM Pomar ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 * ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 7˝ =14 GM Bobotsov 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 0 1 0 6˝ =14 GM Damjanovic 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 6˝ =14 IM Penrose 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ * ˝ ˝ 6˝ 17 IM Torán 0 0 1 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 6 18 IM Medina 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 5

First Brilliancy Prize went to Diez del Corral for J Diez del Corral vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1969. The prize for highest quality game was divided between Larsen and Spassky for their victories against Penrose. At the closing ceremony, speeches were held by Najdorf, Juan Casals from Hotel Jaime I, and FIDE Vice President Jaroslav Sajtar. Chess Oscar for 1969 was awarded to Spassky. Finally, a 'dream team' for the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970) match was suggested, with 1) Fischer, 2) Larsen, 3) Hort, 4) Lajos Portisch and 5) Svetozar Gligoric on the top tables. Larsen disagreed - he wanted table 1.

Tournament books: V Gran Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez: Palma de Mallorca 21 noviembre a 14 diciembre 1969 (Aries, Palma 1969. 168 pp.); Palma de Mallorca, 1969 by Robert Wade (The Chess Player, Nottingham 1970. 64 pp.) (arranged by openings); Palma de Mallorca 69: Mit den stärksten Grossmeistern by Edwin Bhend (Kräuchi, Basel 1970. 98 pp.). Round dates and most other information on this page are from Román Torán's daily reports in the newspaper La Vanguardia (online at http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/...).

Original collection: Game Collection: Palma de Mallorca 1969 by User: Tabanus. *http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/... #Hotel Jaime I: http://pictures2.todocoleccion.net/....

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Unzicker vs M Damjanovic  ½-½42 1969 Palma de MallorcaB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. Korchnoi vs Hort 1-043 1969 Palma de MallorcaE77 King's Indian
3. Panno vs J Penrose  0-152 1969 Palma de MallorcaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. R Toran Albero vs Petrosian  0-136 1969 Palma de MallorcaE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. Najdorf vs A Medina Garcia  ½-½58 1969 Palma de MallorcaA26 English
6. A Pomar Salamanca vs M Bobotsov  ½-½22 1969 Palma de MallorcaE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
7. J Diez del Corral vs Spassky  ½-½42 1969 Palma de MallorcaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Szabo vs Parma  ½-½23 1969 Palma de MallorcaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. Larsen vs Mecking 0-140 1969 Palma de MallorcaA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Szabo vs Korchnoi  ½-½32 1969 Palma de MallorcaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Spassky vs Larsen 1-067 1969 Palma de MallorcaC60 Ruy Lopez
12. J Penrose vs J Diez del Corral  ½-½41 1969 Palma de MallorcaC05 French, Tarrasch
13. Mecking vs Najdorf 1-041 1969 Palma de MallorcaE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
14. Parma vs Petrosian  ½-½15 1969 Palma de MallorcaC10 French
15. M Bobotsov vs R Toran Albero  1-042 1969 Palma de MallorcaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
16. M Damjanovic vs Panno  ½-½43 1969 Palma de MallorcaB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. Hort vs Unzicker  0-159 1969 Palma de MallorcaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. A Medina Garcia vs A Pomar Salamanca  ½-½15 1969 Palma de MallorcaB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
19. Petrosian vs M Bobotsov  ½-½14 1969 Palma de MallorcaA30 English, Symmetrical
20. Najdorf vs Spassky  ½-½53 1969 Palma de MallorcaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Panno vs Hort  0-138 1969 Palma de MallorcaA25 English
22. J Diez del Corral vs M Damjanovic  1-035 1969 Palma de MallorcaE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
23. A Pomar Salamanca vs Mecking  ½-½20 1969 Palma de MallorcaA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
24. Unzicker vs Szabo  ½-½15 1969 Palma de MallorcaC78 Ruy Lopez
25. R Toran Albero vs A Medina Garcia  ½-½18 1969 Palma de MallorcaD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-14-15  Olavi: The winner Larsen started with two losses. Top tournaments won from that situation include Najdorf, 16,5/21 at the Capablanca Memorial 1962, and Beliavsky, 8,5/14 in Tilburg 1986. Are there others?
Aug-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Not an international top tournament - still worth mentioning: Valentina Gunina, losing her two first games, finishing 7-0 at 64th Russian Superfinals women (ch-RUS) in Kazan 2014, winning the round robin tournament outright: Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)/Valentina Gunina Others? :)
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