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Teesside Tournament

Efim Geller9.5/14(+5 -0 =9)[games]
Vasily Smyslov8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[games]
David Bronstein8/14(+4 -2 =8)[games]
Vlastimil Hort8/14(+2 -0 =12)[games]
Robert Huebner8/14(+3 -1 =10)[games]
Gyula Sax7.5/14(+4 -3 =7)[games]
Jan Timman7.5/14(+4 -3 =7)[games]
Lubomir Kavalek7/14(+0 -0 =14)[games]
Fridrik Olafsson7/14(+1 -1 =12)[games]
Anthony Miles6.5/14(+3 -4 =7)[games]
Florin Gheorghiu6/14(+0 -2 =12)[games]
William James Lombardy6/14(+2 -4 =8)[games]
Michael Francis Stean6/14(+1 -3 =10)[games]
Raymond Keene5.5/14(+1 -4 =9)[games]
William Hartston4/14(+0 -6 =8)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Teesside (1975)
After the successful Teesside (1972), World Junior Championship (1973), and World Student Team Championship (1974), the north of England arranged another GM event sponsored by the Cleveland County Council, Friends of Chess, James D Slater, The Sunday Times, The British Chess Federation, The Financial Times, Harry Golombek, and others. Previous events in the series had been held at Thornaby Pavilion, Thornaby-on-Tees, but that was not possible this time, and another 'Teesside' venue was found in Middlesbrough. It was intended to have a 16-player tournament, with the final place going to either Walter Shawn Browne or Ljubomir Ljubojevic. Unfortunately, a clash of dates with the Milan (1975) super-tournament meant that their participation was not possible. A lower ranked substitute player was considered, but the tournament would then have lost its Category 12 status. It was decided to go ahead with 15 players, despite a single player bye being created each round. The tournament was dedicated to Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, who had passed away in 1974, and was known as the Alexander Memorial.

Event opened at Church House, Middlesbrough on 1 September. Round 1 commenced on the same afternoon. All rounds were played at 2 pm, except the final round at 9:30 am. Tournament Director was Gerry Walsh, Associate Director was Victor James Richard Soanes, and Chief Arbiter was Harry Golombek. The draw percentage (67.6) was high, and there was a feeling that some of the players had not tried hard enough to play fighting chess. Kavalek made 14 draws! Miles played more moves than the other competitors and, along with Sax and Timman, recorded the fewest draws. Category: 12 (GM norm = 7.5, IM norm = 6). Cost of tournament: £15,000. First prize: £1000.

Church House, Middlesbrough, England, 1-18 September 1975

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 1 GM Geller 2600 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 9½ 2 GM Smyslov 2605 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8½ =3 GM Bronstein 2590 ½ 1 * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 8 =3 GM Hort 2600 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 8 =3 GM Hübner 2615 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 8 =6 GM Sax 2510 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 7½ =6 GM Timman 2510 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 7½ =8 GM Kavalek 2555 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7 =8 GM Ólafsson 2535 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7 10 IM Miles 2435 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 6½ =11 GM Gheorghiu 2540 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 =11 GM Lombardy 2515 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 6 =11 Stean 2370 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 6 14 IM Keene 2505 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 5½ 15 IM Hartston 2475 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 4

Stean took his 3rd IM norm, and became an IM at the FIDE congress in Oosterbeek 27-30 September. Miles won a special prize for the title of best British player. For Keene and Miles, who were in the race to become the first English grandmaster, it became clear in round 13 that neither would make the 7.5 points required for GM norm. Hübner was unwilling to play as early as 9:30 am, and did not turn up for his last game versus Miles.

This page is mainly based on the report by William Ritson-Morry in British Chess Magazine, Nov. 1975, pp. 465-479. Golombek's round reports in The Times (which is available online if you pay) give dates, pairings and game results only.

Original collections: Game Collection: Teesside 1975 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Teesside 1975 by User: Tabanus. This introduction would not have been possible without the help of User: Paint My Dragon.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 105  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Miles vs Hartston  ½-½261975TeessideA36 English
2. Bronstein vs Keene 1-0301975TeessideE01 Catalan, Closed
3. Sax vs F Olafsson  ½-½281975TeessideC53 Giuoco Piano
4. Timman vs Huebner  0-1411975TeessideD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
5. M Stean vs Kavalek  ½-½291975TeessideB83 Sicilian
6. Geller vs Hort  ½-½171975TeessideB83 Sicilian
7. Gheorghiu vs Lombardy  ½-½151975TeessideA17 English
8. Huebner vs Gheorghiu  ½-½181975TeessideB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. Lombardy vs Sax  0-1381975TeessideA04 Reti Opening
10. Hartston vs Timman  ½-½581975TeessideC16 French, Winawer
11. Smyslov vs Miles  1-0741975TeessideA07 King's Indian Attack
12. F Olafsson vs Bronstein  ½-½201975TeessideE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
13. Hort vs M Stean  ½-½261975TeessideB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
14. Keene vs Geller ½-½321975TeessideA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Gheorghiu vs Hartston  ½-½141975TeessideB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. Timman vs Smyslov  ½-½571975TeessideE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
17. Bronstein vs Lombardy  1-0411975TeessideB44 Sicilian
18. Kavalek vs Hort  ½-½181975TeessideA06 Reti Opening
19. M Stean vs Keene  ½-½181975TeessideA15 English
20. Sax vs Huebner  ½-½471975TeessideB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
21. Geller vs F Olafsson 1-0351975TeessideB08 Pirc, Classical
22. Hartston vs Sax  0-1411975TeessideB83 Sicilian
23. Smyslov vs Gheorghiu  ½-½241975TeessideA04 Reti Opening
24. Huebner vs Bronstein  ½-½121975TeessideA22 English
25. Lombardy vs Geller  ½-½191975TeessideB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 105  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-15-16  Howard: Huebner forfeited his game to Miles, in what was their first "encounter" over the board---assuming you can call that game an "encounter" !
Feb-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: England's Alexander Memorial, the Tesside tournament in 1975 was the strongest Invitational in the UK for decades!
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