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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Rio de Janeiro Interzonal Tournament

Robert Huebner11.5/17(+7 -1 =9)[games]
Lajos Portisch11.5/17(+9 -3 =5)[games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian11.5/17(+6 -0 =11)[games]
Jan Timman11/17(+6 -1 =10)[games]
Borislav Ivkov9.5/17(+4 -2 =11)[games]
Jaime Sunye Neto9.5/17(+6 -4 =7)[games]
Gyula Sax9/17(+7 -6 =4)[games]
Eugenio Torre9/17(+6 -5 =6)[games]
Yuri Balashov9/17(+4 -3 =10)[games]
Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich8.5/17(+4 -4 =9)[games]
Jan Smejkal8.5/17(+4 -4 =9)[games]
Rafael Vaganian8/17(+4 -5 =8)[games]
Guillermo Garcia Gonzales7.5/17(+4 -6 =7)[games]
Dragoljub Velimirovic7.5/17(+5 -7 =5)[games]
Khosro Harandi6.5/17(+4 -8 =5)[games]
Luis Marcos Bronstein6/17(+3 -8 =6)[games]
Shimon Kagan4.5/17(+2 -10 =5)[games]
Jean Hebert4.5/17(+0 -8 =9)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)

To determine a challenger to World Champion Anatoly Karpov, it was necessary to qualify eight players for the Candidates quarterfinal knock-out matches that would conclude in 1980. Two players, Viktor Korchnoi and Boris Spassky, were qualified by having reached the Korchnoi - Spassky Candidates Final (1977). The other six players would qualify from two interzonal tournaments: Rio (this page), and Riga Interzonal (1979). In Riga, Mikhail Tal, Lev Polugaevsky and (after the Budapest Interzonal Playoff (1979)) Andras Adorjan qualified.

To play in the interzonals, the players had to qualify from zonal tournaments. For the Rio interzonal, Timman had qualified from the Amsterdam (1978) zonal tournament. He arrived in Rio with his friend Ulf Andersson as second. Hübner and Kagan had qualified from Lucerne (1979), Sax and Smejkal from Warsaw (1979), Shamkovich from the US Championship (1978), Hebert from Toronto (1978), Harandi from Tehran (1978), Garcia from Cuenca (1978), Balashov and Vaganian from Lvov (1978), Bronstein from Tramandai (1978), Velimirovic and Ivkov from Praia da Rocha (1978) and Torre from Ito (1978).1 Portisch, Petrosian and Henrique Mecking had qualified from having reached the Candidates matches in 1977.2 The host country was allowed by FIDE to add Sunye as player no. 19.3

The playing venue was Copacabana Palace Hotel, the most famous and luxurious hotel in Rio.4 On the advice of his doctor, Mecking had to withdraw from the tournament after the adjournment of Smejkal vs Mecking, 1979 in round 2. His two games (incl. Mecking vs Ivkov, 1979 in round 1) were cancelled, and the tournament continued with two byes each round (except in round 11).3 This caused confusion for some time as to which players were genuinely in the lead.5 There was also some confusion about the standings before the last round because of many unfinished games.3 Hübner had then left for home (he had a bye in round 19).3 The big surprise of the tournament was Sunye, who had draws vs Timman and Petrosian, and a win over Portisch in round 9. Timman's draw in the last round left him a half point short of making a 4-player playoff, and Hübner, Portisch and Petrosian advanced to the Candidates matches.

Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23 September - 20 October 1979

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts =1 GM Hübner 2595 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 11½ =1 GM Portisch 2640 ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 11½ =1 GM Petrosian 2610 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 11½ 4 GM Timman 2625 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 11 =5 GM Ivkov 2525 ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 9½ =5 Sunye 2375 0 1 ½ ½ 0 * 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 9½ =7 GM Sax 2590 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 * 1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 9 =7 GM Torre 2520 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 0 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 9 =7 GM Balashov 2600 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 9 =10 GM Shamkovich 2495 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ 8½ =10 GM Smejkal 2550 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 8½ 12 GM Vaganian 2570 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 8 =13 GM Garcia 2490 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 0 1 * 1 0 ½ ½ 1 7½ =13 GM Velimirovic 2515 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 7½ 15 IM Harandi 2410 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 0 * 0 1 ½ 6½ 16 IM Bronstein 2420 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 ½ 6 =17 IM Kagan 2445 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 * 1 4½ =17 IM Hebert 2365 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 4½

Tournament director: Lincoln Lucena. General arbiter: Harry Golombek, with Silvio Mendes as auxiliary arbiter.6 Sunye made his final IM norm.7 The Rio Women's Interzonal (1979) was played at about the same time, and won by 17-year-old Nana Ioseliani (14.5/16) ahead of Zsuzsa Veroci Petronic (12/16) and Nana Alexandria (11/16).8

The draw for the Candidates matches was made on 17 November at FIDE in Amsterdam:9

Hübner - Adorjan Candidates Quarterfinal (1980)
Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates Quarterfinal (1980)
Portisch - Spassky Candidates Quarterfinal (1980)
Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Quarterfinal (1980)

Tournament books: Interzonal tournaments. Riga -79. Rio de Janeiro -79 by V. I. Chepizhny (Physical Culture and Sports, Moscow 1980. 415 pp.) (in Russian, not seen); Rio de Janeiro Interzonal 1979 by Anthony Miles and Murray Chandler (Batsford, London 1979. 80 pp.) (with round dates). Some Dutch newspapers (at http://kranten.delpher.nl/) followed Timman closely and had round reports. The Elo is from FIDE Rating List January 1979.10

1) Mark Weeks at http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/zon.... 2) Tidskrift för Schack vol. 85 (1979) p. 11. 3) Tidskrift för Schack vol. 85 (1979) p. 270. 4) Wikipedia article: Copacabana Palace. 5) Golombek in The Times 17 November 1979 p. 13. 6) http://www.axbra.com.br/fotografias.... 7) Miles' tournament book. 8) Tidskrift för Schack vol. 85 (1979) p. 240. 9) Tidskrift för Schack vol. 85 (1979) p. 328. 10) http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo197....

Original collections: Game Collection: Interzonals 1979: Rio de Janeiro by User: capybara and Game Collection: Rio de Janeiro Interzonal 1979 by User: Tabanus.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Portisch vs E Torre 0-1341979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Petrosian vs Smejkal  ½-½151979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalA34 English, Symmetrical
3. J Sunye Neto vs Timman  ½-½601979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalA28 English
4. Hebert vs Huebner  0-1391979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Velimirovic vs L Shamkovich 0-1731979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB06 Robatsch
6. Balashov vs Sax  1-0411979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalA48 King's Indian
7. L Bronstein vs S Kagan  1-0341979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB32 Sicilian
8. K Harandi vs Vaganian 0-1611979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalC16 French, Winawer
9. Ivkov vs Hebert  ½-½401979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. G Garcia Gonzales vs J Sunye Neto  ½-½421979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
11. Timman vs K Harandi  ½-½671979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
12. Vaganian vs Balashov  ½-½241979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Huebner vs Portisch  ½-½291979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. L Shamkovich vs L Bronstein 0-1831979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalA28 English
15. Sax vs Petrosian 0-1371979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalC07 French, Tarrasch
16. E Torre vs Velimirovic  ½-½141979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. Portisch vs Ivkov  1-0411979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Velimirovic vs Huebner  ½-½501979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. Hebert vs Smejkal 0-1411979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. K Harandi vs G Garcia Gonzales  1-0411979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. L Bronstein vs E Torre 0-1401979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB08 Pirc, Classical
22. Petrosian vs Vaganian  ½-½121979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
23. Balashov vs Timman  1-0621979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB24 Sicilian, Closed
24. S Kagan vs L Shamkovich ½-½611979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Sax vs Hebert  1-0371979Rio de Janeiro InterzonalB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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