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Linares Tournament

Anatoly Karpov8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Larry Mark Christiansen8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Bent Larsen7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Zoltan Ribli6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Boris Spassky6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Lubomir Kavalek6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Lajos Portisch5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Ljubomir Ljubojevic5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Miguel A Quinteros4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
Guillermo Garcia Gonzalez1.5/11(+0 -8 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Linares (1981)

The third major chess event held in Linares, Spain became a full GM event due in large part to the maneuvering of grocery tycoon Luis Rentero Suarez. In addition to contracting world champion Anatoly Karpov, he was able to sign 11 other grandmasters, including Larry Christiansen, the winner of Linares (1979). Other sponsors were: the City Council of Linares, the Provincial Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Spanish Chess Federation, Champagne Codorniu, Pedro Domecq, and several banks. The players were: Karpov (Elo ranked #1 in the world), Lajos Portisch (#2), Boris Spassky (#4), Bent Larsen (#12), Ljubomir Ljubojevic (#14), Zoltan Ribli (#20), Lubomir Kavalek (#32), Svetozar Gligoric (#51), Guillermo García González (#61), Christiansen (#66), Miguel Quinteros (#75), and Juan Bellón López (#407). Spassky and García were replacements for Lev Polugaevsky (#7) and Mikhail Tal (#29) (Christiansen says Kavalek replaced Tal). Among the many visitors were Yasser Seirawan, an assistant of world championship challenger Viktor Korchnoi. The players stayed in the Hotel Cervantes. The play took place in the House of Culture, during the same two weeks as the Hoogovens (1981) tournament. The rounds started at 4 pm.

Karpov won with 8/11, and received the magnificent silver artwork and his playing fee. After the event, he considered Portisch vs Karpov, 1981 to be his best game. Christiansen also got 8/11 but was behind on Sonneborn-Berger score. He lost their individual game, but wins against Spassky and Portisch gave the performance of his life, in one of the strongest fields he ever faced. Rentero devised that in Linares the number of wins should be the tiebreak factor. Larsen took third, despite falling into Spassky's trap in Round 4, and turning down Ribli's draw offer in Round 5. After the event, Ljubojevic remained in Linares where he planned to help organize the next year's edition. He also married a local woman. The beauty prize went to him for Ljubojevic vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981.

Casa de la Cultura, Linares, Spain, 17-31 January 1981

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Karpov 29 2690 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 8 2 Christiansen 24 2515 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8 3 Larsen 45 2610 ½ ½ * 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7 4 Ribli 29 2585 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ 6½ 5 Spassky 43 2635 ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6 6 Kavalek 37 2550 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 7 Portisch 43 2650 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 5½ 8 Ljubojevic 30 2605 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ 5 9 Gligoric 57 2530 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * 1 0 1 5 10 Quinteros 33 2505 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 4 11 Bellón 29 2415 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 3½ 12 García 27 2520 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 * 1½

Category: XIII (2568). Chief arbiter: IA José María González.

Video (Round 10): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkN...

Tournament book: Linares 81, ed. by José María González Pérez. Revista Jaque, San Sebastián. 180 pp. With contributions by Ricardo Calvo and some of the players.

Sources

FIDE rating list January 1981 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198...)
Jesús J. Boyero in Marca, 22 December 2015 (http://www.marca.com/ajedrez/2015/1...)
José María González in Jaque 111 (March 1981), pp. 3-14 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)
Antonio Gude in El ajedrez 14 (February 1981), pp. 51-60 (http://www.historiadelajedrezespano...)
Larry Christiansen in Chess Voice, Vol. 14, No. 1 (April-May 1981), pp. 9-10 (http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/...)
Tidskrift för Schack, March-April 1981, pp. 75-76, citing Alexey Suetin in Moscow News (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)

Previous: Linares (1979). Next: Linares (1983)

Original collections: Game Collection: Linares 1981 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Linares 1981 by User: Tabanus. Round dates (from Spanish and Dutch newspapers): January 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Portisch vs Larsen 0-1551981LinaresD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. G Garcia Gonzalez vs J M Bellon Lopez 0-1401981LinaresA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
3. Ljubojevic vs Kavalek  ½-½191981LinaresD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
4. L Christiansen vs Spassky 1-0311981LinaresD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Ribli vs Gligoric 1-0591981LinaresE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
6. Karpov vs Quinteros 1-0471981LinaresA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
7. Larsen vs J M Bellon Lopez  1-0601981LinaresA12 English with b3
8. Kavalek vs L Christiansen ½-½121981LinaresB06 Robatsch
9. Spassky vs G Garcia Gonzalez  ½-½221981LinaresB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. Portisch vs Karpov 0-1371981LinaresA22 English
11. Gligoric vs Ljubojevic  1-0391981LinaresD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
12. Quinteros vs Ribli  0-1401981LinaresA15 English
13. Ljubojevic vs Quinteros  ½-½411981LinaresB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. G Garcia Gonzalez vs Kavalek  0-1451981LinaresA15 English
15. J M Bellon Lopez vs Spassky  0-1311981LinaresD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Ribli vs Portisch  ½-½121981LinaresA30 English, Symmetrical
17. Karpov vs Larsen  ½-½471981LinaresB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. L Christiansen vs Gligoric 1-0421981LinaresD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Quinteros vs L Christiansen 0-1461981LinaresA15 English
20. Larsen vs Spassky 0-1441981LinaresA26 English
21. Kavalek vs J M Bellon Lopez  1-0601981LinaresA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Gligoric vs G Garcia Gonzalez  1-0341981LinaresE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. Karpov vs Ribli  ½-½231981LinaresA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Portisch vs Ljubojevic  ½-½321981LinaresD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Ribli vs Larsen  1-0551981LinaresE12 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-14-19
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  thegoodanarchist: Wow, what an achievement by Christiansen! He tied for first, and his only loss was to the WC with the Black pieces.
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