|Portoroz Interzonal Playoff (1973)|
Henrique Mecking won the Petropolis Interzonal (1973) with Geller, Polugaevsky and Portisch in a shared second place. But only three players from Petropolis could go to the 1974 Candidates matches, and a playoff was necessary. It took place in Portoroz, Yugoslavia (Slovenia) in September. The ultimate goal was to select a challenger for Robert James Fischer, the World Champion.
The Hungarian Portisch started the four-way round robin with a disadvantage, as he had the lowest Sonneborn-Berger score in the interzonal. In the event of a three-way tie, or a tie for second place, he would be eliminated. His two rivals were also of the same nationality. The suggestion was made that the order of games be arranged so that the Soviet masters would always play each other first. Portisch protested. He trusted his opponents’ sportsmanship and with reason: during the course of the play, Geller and Polugaevsky won against each other in turn. (1) In Geller vs Portisch, 1973, Geller (who had better SB score in the interzonal) erroneously marked the time control on the score sheet at move 84, and lost on time. (2)
Portoroz, Yugoslavia (Slovenia), 5-21 September 1973
Geller was thus eliminated. Mecking, Portisch and Polugaevsky joined Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Korchnoi and Robert Eugene Byrne from the Leningrad Interzonal (1973) for play against Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (qualified as losing finalist in 1971) and Boris Spassky (qualified as ex-World Champion in 1972) in next year's matches:
Elo 1234 1234 1234
1 GM Portisch 2650 **** 11˝˝ ˝1˝˝ 5˝
2 GM Polugaevsky 2625 00˝˝ **** 110˝ 3˝
3 GM Geller 2605 ˝0˝˝ 001˝ **** 3
Spassky - Byrne Candidates Quarterfinal (1974)
Petrosian - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1974)
Karpov - Polugaevsky Candidates Quarterfinal (1974)
Korchnoi - Mecking Candidates Quarterfinal (1974)
All three qualifiers from Petropolis were eliminated in these matches.
(1) Selected Games of Lajos Portisch by Egon Varnusz (Batsford, London 1979), p. 159.
(2) World Championship Interzonals, Leningrad-Petropolis, 1973 by Robert Wade, Leslie Stephen Fraser Blackstock and Alexander Kotov (Batsford, London 1974), pp. 277-281.
Original collections: Game Collection: Interzonals 1973 play-off: Portoroz by User: capybara and Game Collection: Portoroz Interzonal Playoff 1973 by User: Tabanus. Thanks to User: Chessical for information from Wade's book (incl. game dates), and to User: OhioChessFan for improving the English.
| page 1 of 1; 12 games
|1. Geller vs Polugaevsky
||0-1||38||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||B96 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|2. Portisch vs Geller
|| ||½-½||48||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||D31 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|3. Polugaevsky vs Portisch
|| ||0-1||54||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
|4. Polugaevsky vs Geller
|| ||1-0||35||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6|
|5. Geller vs Portisch
||0-1||86||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer|
|6. Portisch vs Polugaevsky
||1-0||49||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|7. Geller vs Polugaevsky
|| ||1-0||33||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||B83 Sicilian|
|8. Portisch vs Geller
|| ||½-½||27||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||E92 King's Indian|
|9. Polugaevsky vs Portisch
|| ||½-½||27||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
|10. Polugaevsky vs Geller
|| ||½-½||17||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||D62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack|
|11. Geller vs Portisch
||½-½||31||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer|
|12. Portisch vs Polugaevsky
|| ||½-½||19||1973||Portoroz Interzonal Playoff||D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch|
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply.
Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it
entitles you to features otherwise unavailable.
Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should
Please observe our posting guidelines:
- No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
- No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
- No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
- Nothing in violation of United States law.
- No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
- NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
- Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
- The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
- The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
- All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
- Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page.
This forum is for this specific tournament and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or
this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
your profile |
Premium Membership |
Kibitzer's Café |
Biographer's Bistro |
new kibitzing |
Tournament Index |
Player Directory |
Notable Games |
World Chess Championships |
Opening Explorer |
Guess the Move |
Game Collections |
ChessBookie Game |
Chessgames Challenge |
privacy notice |
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC