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🏆 Jurmala (1985)

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Tamas Utasi, Mikhail Tal, Mikhail Gurevich, Alexander Shabalov, Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov, Edvins Paulsovich Kengis, Yuri Balashov, Daniel John King, Aivars Gipslis, Ventzislav V Inkiov, Vladimir Bagirov, Carsten Hoi, Alvis Vitolinsh, Andronico Yap

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Jurmala (1985)

The 2nd Jurmala International Chess Tournament was played from August 29 (Round 1) to September 14 (Round 13), with days for adjourned games on September 2, 7, 13 and 15, and a rest day on September 8 (after Round 8). The venue was the Lielupe Science House of the Latvian SSR's Academy of Sciences at 3 Viking Street, Jurmala, a resort town near Riga, Latvia. Round 5 started on the day of Round 1 of the Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985) in Moscow. Six of the 14 players were living in Latvia, and the other eight had not played in Latvia before. Hungary was represented by its 1983 champion IM Tamas Utasi, Bulgaria by GM Ventzislav Inkiov, Denmark by IM Carsten Hi, the Philippines by IM Andronico Yap, and England by IM Daniel King. The Latvians were headed by Mikhail Tal, who brought the young talent Alexander Shabalov with him. GM Tal and GM Vladimir Tukmakov of Ukraine were the rating favorites, and USSR champion IM Mikhail Gurevich was also participating. The opening ceremony took place on August 28, on King's 22nd birthday. The conference hall of the House of Science was full, and the Chairman of the Latvian Chess Federation Kachep welcomed the audience. The arbiter Podnieks introduced the players and held the draw.

For Tal, the tournament was the penultimate test of strength before the Montpellier Candidates (1985), as he also found the time to go to Denmark for the Nimzowitsch Memorial in Naestved (1985). For this to happen, he had to play Round 12 (against Yap) and Round 13 (against Bagirov) at the middle of the tournament (September 7-8). According to Daniel King, "for much of the tournament Tal cruised along, not giving the chess his all; instead he was enjoying relaxing with his wife and young daughter." There was a beach, the air was good and the tourist season was over. He drew with the best ones and picked off the weakies. Then in Round 11 he met Hi, who had defeated Tukmakov and the eccentric IM Alvis Vitolinsh. Tal was "sitting on luggages and couldn't adjourn", and, according to King, "Hi didn't stand a chance. Tal was gunning for him." Tal left for Copenhagen with 9 points, and learned by calling home from Denmark that he had shared the first place with Gurevich, who drew his last two games.

Jurmala, Soviet Union (Latvia), 29 August - 14 September 1985

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 =1 Tal 48 2565 * 1 1 1 1 1 9 =1 Gurevich 26 2500 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 3 Balashov 36 2510 * 1 1 1 1 8 =4 Tukmakov 39 2565 * 0 1 1 1 1 8 =4 Kengis 26 2430 * 1 1 1 8 =6 Bagirov 49 2475 * 1 0 1 1 7 =6 Gipslis 48 2490 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 7 8 Vitolinsh 29 2410 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 6 9 Hi 28 2420 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 5 10 Yap 24 2425 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 * 0 0 0 1 5 =11 Utasi 22 2485 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 4 =11 King 22 2435 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 4 =11 Shabalov 18 2200 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 4 14 Inkiov 29 2490 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 3

Category: IX (2457) (GM norm 9, IM 6). Chief arbiter: Pauls Podnieks.

Sources

FIDE rating list July 1985 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198...)
Jurmala, 27 August 1985, p. 3 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Jurmala, 28 August 1985, p. 7 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Jurmala, 6 September 1985, p. 4 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Rigas Balss, 29 August 1985, p. 4 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Rigas Balss, 13 September 1985, p. 7 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Rigas Balss, 18 September 1985, p. 7 (http://periodika.lv/periodika2-view...)
Shakhmaty (Riga), 1985 No. 19, p. 1 (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rzhs6mlp... )
Shakhmaty (Riga), 1985 No. 22, pp. 6-8 (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rzhs6mlp... )
Mikhail Tal in 64, 1985 No. 21, pp. 14-15 (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rzhs6mlp... )
Encyclopedia of Latvian Chess Players. Volume II, 1900-2000, L-Z, pp. 52-54 (https://www.sahafederacija.lv/media...)
How Good Is Your Chess by Daniel King. Dover, Mineola/New York 2003, p. 111 (https://books.google.no/books?id=0S...)

Original collection: Game Collection: Jurmala 1985 by User: Tabanus. Round dates are from Jurmala and Rigas Balss. Thanks to User: hemy for help with the sources and translation from Russian.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Inkiov vs M Gurevich  ½-½411985JurmalaE15 Queen's Indian
2. Hoi vs Balashov  ½-½181985JurmalaE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
3. V Tukmakov vs Tal  ½-½221985JurmalaD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. A Yap vs A Vitolinsh  1-0311985JurmalaA30 English, Symmetrical
5. Bagirov vs Shabalov 1-0251985JurmalaA52 Budapest Gambit
6. D King vs Kengis  ½-½281985JurmalaB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. Gipslis vs Utasi  ½-½421985JurmalaB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. Shabalov vs V Tukmakov  ½-½371985JurmalaE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. Balashov vs A Yap  1-0301985JurmalaB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
10. Tal vs V Inkiov  1-0541985JurmalaA13 English
11. Utasi vs Kengis  0-1571985JurmalaE14 Queen's Indian
12. M Gurevich vs D King  1-0301985JurmalaD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. A Vitolinsh vs Bagirov  ½-½411985JurmalaB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
14. Gipslis vs Hoi  1-0481985JurmalaC10 French
15. V Inkiov vs Shabalov  ½-½161985JurmalaB54 Sicilian
16. Bagirov vs Balashov  ½-½131985JurmalaD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
17. D King vs Tal 0-1441985JurmalaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Hoi vs Utasi  1-0471985JurmalaE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
19. A Yap vs Gipslis  0-1501985JurmalaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Kengis vs M Gurevich ½-½241985JurmalaA13 English
21. V Tukmakov vs A Vitolinsh  ½-½641985JurmalaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. Shabalov vs D King 1-0371985JurmalaE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
23. Tal vs Kengis  ½-½151985JurmalaA10 English
24. Gipslis vs Bagirov  ½-½161985JurmalaB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
25. Hoi vs A Yap  0-1571985JurmalaA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
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