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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Buenos Aires (Clarin) Tournament

Bent Larsen9.5/13(+8 -2 =3)[games]
Jan Timman9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Ljubomir Ljubojevic8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Anatoly Karpov7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Ulf Andersson7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Miguel Najdorf7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Vlastimil Hort7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Lubomir Kavalek6/13(+5 -6 =2)[games]
Fridrik Olafsson6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Yuri Balashov6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Miguel A Quinteros5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Oscar Panno5/13(+1 -4 =8)[games]
Walter Shawn Browne4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Sergio Carlos Giardelli3/13(+0 -7 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)

The event was sponsored by the newspaper Clarín and is also known as the 3rd Clarin Tournament, after Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978) and Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979). About 1,000 people (1) attended the opening ceremony in Teatro Presidente Alvear (1, 2) where the tournament was held. (3) Timman, Larsen, Karpov, Andersson, Hort and Kavalek had all played in Tilburg Interpolis (1980) which ended 2nd October. Category: 13. Prize money pot: 1,850,000 pesetas. (4)

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 15 October - 3 November 1980

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 GM Larsen 2585 * ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 9½ 2 GM Timman 2600 ½ * 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 9 3 GM Ljubojevic 2590 1 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 8 =4 GM Karpov 2725 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 7½ =4 GM Andersson 2590 1 ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 7½ =6 GM Najdorf 2510 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 7 =6 GM Hort 2595 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 7 =8 GM Kavalek 2600 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 6 =8 GM Ólafsson 2545 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 6 =8 GM Balashov 2600 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 6 11 GM Quinteros 2515 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 5½ 12 GM Panno 2540 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 5 13 GM Browne 2540 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ 4 14 IM Giardelli 2300 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 3

Photos: http://skaksogufelagid.is/1980-iii-...

Carlos Enrique Guimard was Tournament Director. (5) During and after the tournament the grandmasters held simultaneous exhibitions. The one held by Karpov after the tournament is mentioned here (try to read it): http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_T3uK8_azX...

Pairings and round dates are from Clarin (thanks to User: Fusilli). The rounds were also covered in several Dutch newspapers (thanks to Timman), and in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

1) El Mundo Deportivo, 17 October 1980, p. 30.
2) Wikipedia article: Teatro Presidente Alvear.
3) El Mundo Deportivo, 26 October 1980, p. 36.
4) El Mundo Deportivo, 29 October 1980, p. 35.
5) Clarín, 31 October 1980, p. 45: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_T3uK8_azX...

Original collection: Game Collection: Buenos Aires (Clarin) 1980 by User: Tabanus.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ulf Andersson vs Kavalek  1-0431980Buenos Aires (Clarin)B08 Pirc, Classical
2. Ljubojevic vs Najdorf  ½-½181980Buenos Aires (Clarin)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
3. Balashov vs Panno  ½-½251980Buenos Aires (Clarin)B10 Caro-Kann
4. Hort vs Karpov  ½-½231980Buenos Aires (Clarin)E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
5. Quinteros vs Timman  ½-½401980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A14 English
6. Browne vs S Giardelli ½-½241980Buenos Aires (Clarin)E12 Queen's Indian
7. F Olafsson vs Larsen 0-1561980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A10 English
8. Kavalek vs F Olafsson  1-0561980Buenos Aires (Clarin)B42 Sicilian, Kan
9. Najdorf vs Panno  ½-½181980Buenos Aires (Clarin)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Larsen vs Quinteros ½-½541980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. S Giardelli vs Balashov  ½-½361980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A26 English
12. Karpov vs Browne  ½-½261980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A30 English, Symmetrical
13. Ljubojevic vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½191980Buenos Aires (Clarin)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. Timman vs Hort  ½-½291980Buenos Aires (Clarin)E15 Queen's Indian
15. F Olafsson vs Ljubojevic  ½-½211980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A34 English, Symmetrical
16. Hort vs Larsen  0-1481980Buenos Aires (Clarin)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. Balashov vs Karpov  ½-½141980Buenos Aires (Clarin)E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
18. Panno vs S Giardelli  ½-½281980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A16 English
19. Quinteros vs Kavalek  0-1431980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A32 English, Symmetrical Variation
20. Ulf Andersson vs Najdorf  ½-½181980Buenos Aires (Clarin)E92 King's Indian
21. Browne vs Timman  0-1501980Buenos Aires (Clarin)D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
22. Najdorf vs S Giardelli  ½-½501980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A30 English, Symmetrical
23. Ulf Andersson vs F Olafsson  ½-½411980Buenos Aires (Clarin)A30 English, Symmetrical
24. Kavalek vs Hort 0-1391980Buenos Aires (Clarin)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. Ljubojevic vs Quinteros  ½-½181980Buenos Aires (Clarin)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-02-14
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  offramp: Odd to see three westerners finish so decisively above Karpov. A superb result for Larsen; I wonder what his TPR was?
Apr-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: In those halcyon days of Karpov's reign as titleholder, it was something of a surprise when he lost a tournament game, not to mention when he failed to win an event.
Jul-02-15
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  Fusilli: Kavalek drew only two games!
Apr-12-16  Howard: Ljubo was from Yugoslavia, so he wasn't part of the West back then.

This was one of Larsen's last great tournament victories.

Probably his last one was at Niksic (sp) 1983, in which he finished second in a very strong field.

Care to guess who placed first ?

Jun-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: <A superb result for Larsen; I wonder what his TPR was?> According to chessmetrics (historical ELO by Jeff Sonas), Larsen's tournament triumphs at 2nd and 3rd Clarin, played in Buenos Aires in 1979 and 1980 respectively, were indeed the (statistically) best performances by Bent Larsen. Of course, this legendary player, awarded the Grandmaster title in 1956, is spontaneously remembered first for his stunning tournament wins in the late 1960s; afterwards (don't mention Fischer) in the 1970s and early 1980s his results were somehow more volatile, still showing brilliant achievements, ie. winning the strong Interzonal at Biel in 1976 outright (above Portisch, Petrosian, Tal, Smyslov, Hübner, R. Byrne, etc.), or the mentioned Clarin invitation tournaments, sometimes forgotten.

Pictures from the 3rd Clarin (1980):
http://skaksogufelagid.is/1980-iii-...

May-27-17  siggemannen: Some really nice pictures in the last post, not just the stock "sitting in front of the chessboard pondering your next move while pieces are mirrored in your glasses". Thank you for the link, <diagonal>
Jun-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Some Performance ratings. The first figure is his Elo at the start of the tournament, the second one is how much he performed over/under that rating. Larsen's TPR was 2731 (2585+146).
1 Larsen,Bent 2585 +146
2 Timman,Jan H 2600 +97
3 Ljubojevic,Ljubomir 2590 +48
4 Andersson,Ulf 2590 +21
5 Karpov,Anatoly 2725 -124 Harsh!
6 Najdorf,Miguel 2510 +80
7 Hort,Vlastimil 2595 -11
8 Olafsson,Fridrik 2545 -11
9 Balashov,Yuri S 2600 -70
10 Kavalek,Lubomir 2600 -70
11 Quinteros,Miguel Angel 2515 -5
12 Panno,Oscar 2540 -60
13 Browne,Walter S 2540 -119 Rough!
14 Giardelli,Sergio Carlos 2300 +70

Average elo: 2559 <=> Category: 13 gm = 7.28 m = 4.68
From chessbase.

Jun-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Fine set of photos in <diagonal>'s link.

As an aside, in an elite event today, a TPR of 2731 would merit notice only as a subpar performance by one of the top players, so much have top FIDE ratings inflated, but it was quite enough to come out winner in this top-class event from 1980.

Jun-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <offramp> <14 Giardelli,Sergio Carlos 2300 +70>

The tournament was a nice opportunity for IM Sergio Giardelli, who passed away two years ago at 60. Even in last place, he performed better than expectations. After all, he was over 200 points below in Elo than everyone else. He was a very nice guy, loved by everyone.

Jun-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: <Larsen's TPR was 2731>

Considering the rating inflation, that's a 2900+ perf. by today's standards, am I right? ;)

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