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Las Palmas Interzonal Tournament

Zoltan Ribli9/13(+5 -0 =8)[view games]
Vasily Smyslov8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[view games]
Mihai Suba8/13(+6 -3 =4)[view games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[view games]
Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[view games]
Bent Larsen6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[view games]
Jan Timman6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[view games]
Jozsef Pinter6/13(+2 -3 =8)[view games]
Andrew Jonathan Mestel6/13(+4 -5 =4)[view games]
Lev Psakhis6/13(+2 -3 =8)[view games]
Slim Bouaziz5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[view games]
Jaime Sunye Neto5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[view games]
Lars Karlsson5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[view games]
Walter Shawn Browne3/13(+1 -8 =4)[view games]
* Chess Event Description
Las Palmas Interzonal (1982)

To select a challenger for World Champion Anatoly Karpov, it was necessary to qualify eight players for the Candidates quarterfinal matches that would conclude in 1983. Viktor Korchnoi was seeded into the Candidates by virtue of his loss to Karpov in the world title match the previous year, and Robert Huebner qualified as the loser of the Korchnoi - Hübner Candidates Final (1980). The other six players would qualify from three interzonal tournaments: Las Palmas (this page), Toluca Interzonal (1982) (Lajos Portisch and Eugenio Torre) and Moscow Interzonal (1982) (Garry Kasparov and Alexander Beliavsky).

To play in the interzonals, the players had to qualify from zonal tournaments. For Las Palmas, Mestel had qualified from Marbella B (1982), Marbella Final (1982), and the Leiden Zonal Playoff (1982). Ribli, Pinter (via the Budapest Zonal Playoff (1982)), and Suba had qualified from Baile Herculane (1982). Psakhis and Tukmakov had qualified from Yerevan (1982), Sunye from Morón (1982), Browne from the US Championship (1981), Karlsson from Randers B (1982) and the Randers Final (1982), and Bouaziz from Tripoli (1981). 1 Four players were directly seeded: Timman, Larsen and Petrosian based on rating per 1 July 1981, 2 and the 61-year-old Smyslov by appointment of the Soviet Chess Federation. 3

The opening ceremony took place on Sunday 11 July at about 12 noon. Alexander Jongsma wrote in De Telegraaf (freely translated): It was announced that Mestel and Timman's second Jonathan Speelman played in the European Club Cup but would arrive in Las Palmas at the start of round one. Prior to the drawing of lots, Antonio Angel Medina Garcia explained that FIDE had decided that players from the same country should not play against each other in the last five rounds. After the draw, in seeking a player-member for the Appeals Committee, the organizers cheerfully leapt into the lion's den. Medina addressed the hall and proposed Petrosian as a member. Petrosian nodded. But then the scraping of a chair was heard, and the volatile Browne protested. Larsen then refused a place. Then Browne proposed Sunye. The Russians objected. Ribli then suggested Browne. He refused while still objecting to Petrosian. All this happened in short succession, creating complete confusion. Medina complained that the others would not listen to the voice of experience, "which is why I now decree a players meeting Monday at noon." Play would start at 3 pm and last up to eight hours, with time for resumptions between 10 and 12 midnight. 4

Hotel Reina Isabel, Las Palmas, Spain, 12-29 July 1982

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 GM Ribli 2580 * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 9 2 GM Smyslov 2565 0 * 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 8½ 3 GM Suba 2525 ½ 0 * ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 8 =4 GM Petrosian 2605 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 7½ =4 GM Tukmakov 2555 0 1 1 1 * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 7½ =6 GM Larsen 2595 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 6½ =6 GM Timman 2600 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 6½ =8 GM Pinter 2550 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 =8 IM Mestel 2540 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 * 0 ½ 0 1 1 6 =8 GM Psakhis 2615 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 1 6 =11 IM Bouaziz 2360 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 5½ =11 IM Sunye 2500 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ 1 5½ =11 IM Karlsson 2505 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 5½ 14 GM Browne 2590 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ * 3

Tournament arbiter: Antonio Angel Medina Garcia. 5

Ribli and Smyslov advanced to the Ribli - Torre Candidates Quarterfinal (1983) and Smyslov - Hübner Candidates Quarterfinal (1983). They met again in the Smyslov - Ribli Candidates Semifinal (1983), and Smyslov went on to the Kasparov - Smyslov Candidates Final (1984), where he had to throw in the towel.

Tournament books: Torneo Interzonal de Ajedrez Ciudad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 12 al 30 julio 1982 (Sevilla 1982. 96 pp.); Interzonal Las Palmas 1982, ed. by Robert Wade (England 1982. 24 pp.). The Dutch newspapers (freely available at had decent coverage. The Elo in the crosstable is from FIDE Rating List July 1982 (


1 Primarily based on Mark Weeks at
2 Timman in Schaakwerk I (Studien und Partien), 1990, pp. 152-153, and assuming that Henrique Mecking (2615) was replaced by Petrosian, see
3 Tidskrift för Schack, vol. 88 (1982), p. 188.
4 De Telegraaf, 12 July 1982, p. 17.
5 El Mundo Deportivo, 22 July 1982, p. 34.

Original collections: Game Collection: Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by User: Tabanus.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ribli vs A J Mestel  ½-½36 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA15 English
2. Suba vs Smyslov 0-156 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA28 English
3. V Tukmakov vs Petrosian 1-033 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalE17 Queen's Indian
4. Browne vs Timman 0-145 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalE12 Queen's Indian
5. L Karlsson vs Larsen  0-151 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalB38 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Maroczy Bind, 6.Be3
6. S Bouaziz vs Psakhis  ½-½24 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
7. Pinter vs J Sunye Neto  ½-½41 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
8. Smyslov vs L Karlsson 1-057 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA04 Reti Opening
9. J Sunye Neto vs Ribli  0-140 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA14 English
10. Browne vs Pinter  ½-½24 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. Psakhis vs Suba 0-145 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA61 Benoni
12. Timman vs Petrosian 0-121 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. A J Mestel vs S Bouaziz ½-½82 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. Larsen vs V Tukmakov  ½-½29 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA37 English, Symmetrical
15. Petrosian vs Larsen  ½-½23 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. S Bouaziz vs J Sunye Neto  ½-½16 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. L Karlsson vs Psakhis  ½-½33 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA15 English
18. Pinter vs Timman  0-141 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalE41 Nimzo-Indian
19. V Tukmakov vs Smyslov 1-071 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalE16 Queen's Indian
20. Ribli vs Browne  ½-½15 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA30 English, Symmetrical
21. Suba vs A J Mestel  ½-½58 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
22. Pinter vs Ribli  ½-½17 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA30 English, Symmetrical
23. Psakhis vs V Tukmakov  ½-½57 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
24. Smyslov vs Petrosian ½-½13 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
25. J Sunye Neto vs Suba 0-135 1982 Las Palmas InterzonalA15 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  SteinitzLives: What a terrible tournament for Walter. No e pawn openings in his games. Wonder if that had anything to do with it.
Oct-15-15  say it with a smile: SteinitzLives:

Because this tournament was out of Walter Browne's league. He was used to Mickey Mouse US championships.

His short fuse/bipolar behavior didn't help either.

Oct-15-15  Howard: Chess Life, as I recall, said that the tournament would knock about 70 points off of Browne's rating.

On the other hand, Browne had a very good year in 1983. As I recall, he had one of the 6-7 best results that year of any player in the world.

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  perfidious: Browne had long been regularly playing 1.d4 by then: I recall at least one pundit questioning his changing over from 1.e4 before an interzonal, but that was prior to Manila Interzonal (1976), not this event.
Oct-16-15  Retireborn: I wouldn't agree that Browne was "out of his league" here, and he'd had good results earlier in 1982; shared first (with Henley) in the massive Indonesian tournament and second (behind Huebner) at Chicago.

Las Palmas must have affected his confidence though; he was still apparently 1st board for the US at the Lucerne olympiad, but played rather passively and suffered horrible defeats against Ljubo and Miles.

Some people (Ljubo and Miles again!) just seemed destined not to make an impact on the old-style interzonals. The highest rated player at Las Palmas was Lev Psakhis (over 2600 at the time)...

Oct-16-15  Howard: Miles, Ljubo, and Andersson were three of the strongest players of the late 70's/early 80's not to ever make the Candidates.

Though in the case of Andersson, it was suspected that he (secretly) never really wanted to qualify.

Oct-16-15  Howard: Incidentally, 1982 was a good year for Psakhis notwithstanding his falling short at the Interzonal. He and Kasparov tied for first place in the Soviet championship, plus Psakhis beat the latter in their individual game.
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  perfidious: <say it with a smile....this tournament was out of Walter Browne's league. He was used to Mickey Mouse US championships.>

Come again? He won six of those 'Mickey Mouse' events.

You ever play anyone in the class of Browne or other US championship participants? They all have plenty of game--that I can tell you from experience, including being on the receiving end from Browne himself.

<Retireborn....Some people (Ljubo and Miles again!) just seemed destined not to make an impact on the old-style interzonals....>

The cause of these great players' failures may well be psychological in nature.

At best, maintaining one's form can be a tricky business: Kasparov averred that before losing his title to Kramnik, he was playing very well and his results supported this assertion.

May-28-16  Howard: Maybe it was the wrong year for Browne to be at an interzonal. In 1983, he had one of the best years of his career, and at the end of the year he was ranked in the world's top-20.

By the way, he was not first board at Lucerne 1982---that was Seirawan.

May-29-16  Retireborn: <perfidious> I agree that one never knows when one's form will desert one. As for the psychology, I gather that for FIDE interzonals the prize money (and sometimes the playing conditions) weren't that great, which may have affected Western players a little more.

<Howard> Are you sure about that? According to my database Browne played ao Huebner, Timman, Igor Ivanov, Ljubojevic, Miles, and Andersson at Lucerne.

I know Seirawan was top board in 1986 (beat Kasparov!) and in 1984 it was Dzin. My understanding is that the US Olympiad team was often plagued by disagreements about board order, financial affairs etc.

May-29-16  Howard: Oops! You got me there! Just looked it up---Browne was 1st board, and Yaz was second. My mistake.

I figured since Seirawan played Karpov in the event (and drew), then "logically" he must played 1st board.

Regarding the 1984 edition, Yaz refused to play. Had something to do with the fact he didn't want Dzin playing on a higher board than he.

And, then, there's the story about Browne refusing to play on the 1976 squad because it was either first-board-or-nothing.

May-30-16  Retireborn: <Howard> Yes, I think Seirawan being promoted to play Karpov (who he'd beaten at London earlier that year) makes more sense than Browne being promoted to first board several times.
May-30-16  Howard: You're certainly right about Yaz having beaten Karpov earlier that year--in fact, there was a picture from that game on the cover of Chess Life when that took place.

Lest we forget, however, Karpov beat Seirawan later that year, at Hamburg, by improving on the opening variation from the London game! That went down as one of the top 3-4 games from the Informant volume that it appeared in.

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  offramp: Obviously a very strong tournament. Both Timman and Larsen scored just 50%. Browne had a bad tournament - it happens to every player.
Apr-15-17  Howard: Browne not only came in dead-last, but he did so by a wide margin. For the record, I still remember seeing Robert Byrne's NYT chess column on this interzonal back in '82, and noticing that Browne had come in last. It was quite a surprise.

Another noteworthy thing about this event was the failure of Petrosian to qualify for the Candidates! As some people noted back then, this was the first time in 30 YEARS that Petrosian would not be part of the world championship cycle!!

Apr-16-17  Retireborn: Any other examples of strong players unexpectedly coming last? Shirov at Dos Hermanas 1995 is the only one that immediately comes to mind.
Apr-16-17  Nerwal: <Any other examples of strong players unexpectedly coming last? Shirov at Dos Hermanas 1995 is the only one that immediately comes to mind.>

Shirov has a good record in finishing last in tournaments, like at Dortmund 1998 when he was at the peak of his career.

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