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Montpellier Candidates 1985
Compiled by Benzol
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Note : This collection has now been superceded by Montpellier Candidates (1985)

This tournament took place in the French city of Montpellier from the 12th of October to the 3rd of November 1985. It was a Category 14 event with an Average FIDE rating of 2593.

Yusupov, Vaganian, Sokolov, Timman, Tal, Beliavsky, Chernin, Portisch, Seirawan, Short, Nogueiras, and Spraggett all qualified from the Biel, Taxco and Tunis Interzonals. Korchnoi, Ribli and Smyslov were qualified from the 1983 - 84 Candidates matches whilst Spassky was chosen by the organising federation.

Crosstable

Rating Pts 1.Yusupov (2600) x 0 1 1 1 1 9 2.Vaganian (2625) 1 x 0 0 1 1 1 1 9 3.Sokolov (2555) 0 x 0 1 1 1 1 1 9 4.Timman (2640) 1 x 1 0 1 1 0 8 5.Tal (2565) x 1 0 1 1 8 6.Spassky (2590) 0 1 1 0 x 1 1 0 8 7.Beliavsky (2640) x 0 1 1 8 8.Smyslov (2595) 0 1 x 0 1 7 9.Chernin (2560) 0 x 1 7 10.Portisch (2625) 0 0 1 x 0 1 0 1 7 11.Seirawan (2570) 0 1 0 x 1 0 7 12.Short (2575) 0 0 1 0 x 1 7 13.Korchnoi (2630) 0 0 0 0 1 x 1 6 14.Ribli (2605) 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 6 15.Nogueiras (2555) 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 1 6 16.Spraggett (2550) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 5

In the end Yusupov, Vaganian and Sokolov qualified for the next stage with Timman and Tal having to play-off for the final spot.

Thanks to <TheFocus> <Tabanus> and <thomastonk> for their help to make this collection possible.

Round 1
Seirawan vs Portisch, 1985
(E12) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Spraggett vs Yusupov, 1985
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Nogueiras vs Tal, 1985
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs Vaganian, 1985 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Timman, 1985
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Chernin vs Ribli, 1985
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Korchnoi, 1985
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short vs Spassky, 1985 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2
Portisch vs Spassky, 1985
(E17) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs Short, 1985
(A15) English, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Beliavsky, 1985 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs A Chernin, 1985 
(C11) French, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Smyslov, 1985
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs A Sokolov, 1985
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs J Nogueiras, 1985 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

Seirawan vs K Spraggett, 1985
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3
K Spraggett vs Portisch, 1985
(E12) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

J Nogueiras vs Seirawan, 1985
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs Yusupov, 1985 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 85 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Tal, 1985
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Chernin vs Vaganian, 1985
(A14) English, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Timman, 1985
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short vs Ribli, 1985
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 39 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1985
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4
Portisch vs Korchnoi, 1985 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Ribli vs Spassky, 1985 
(A15) English, 85 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Short, 1985 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Beliavsky, 1985
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs A Chernin, 1985 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 53 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Smyslov, 1985
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Seirawan vs A Sokolov, 1985
(E12) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Spraggett vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

Round 5
J Nogueiras vs Portisch, 1985
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs K Spraggett, 1985 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 35 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Seirawan, 1985 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Chernin vs Yusupov, 1985
(A80) Dutch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Tal, 1985 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short vs Vaganian, 1985
(C02) French, Advance, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Timman, 1985 
(C26) Vienna, 98 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Ribli, 1985
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6
Portisch vs Ribli, 1985 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 19 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Korchnoi, 1985
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Spassky, 1985 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 73 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Short, 1985
(E12) Queen's Indian, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Beliavsky, 1985
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Seirawan vs A Chernin, 1985
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Spraggett vs Smyslov, 1985 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 14 moves, 0-1

J Nogueiras vs A Sokolov, 1985
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7
A Sokolov vs Portisch, 1985 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 55 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 0-1

A Chernin vs K Spraggett, 1985 
(A13) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Seirawan, 1985
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short vs Yusupov, 1985
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Tal, 1985
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs Vaganian, 1985 
(A14) English, 49 moves, 0-1

Ribli vs Timman, 1985
(A48) King's Indian, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8
Portisch vs Timman, 1985 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Ribli, 1985
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Korchnoi, 1985 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Spassky, 1985 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Seirawan vs Short, 1985 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

K Spraggett vs Beliavsky, 1985
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

J Nogueiras vs A Chernin, 1985
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs Smyslov, 1985 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Round 9
Smyslov vs Portisch, 1985
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Chernin vs A Sokolov, 1985
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short vs K Spraggett, 1985
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Seirawan, 1985 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Yusupov, 1985
(A09) Reti Opening, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Tal, 1985 
(A06) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Vaganian, 1985 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1-0

Round 10
Portisch vs Vaganian, 1985 
(A53) Old Indian, 68 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Timman, 1985
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Ribli, 1985 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1-0

Seirawan vs Korchnoi, 1985 
(A25) English, 82 moves, 0-1

K Spraggett vs Spassky, 1985 
(A10) English, 40 moves, 1-0

J Nogueiras vs Short, 1985
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs Beliavsky, 1985
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs A Chernin, 1985
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11
A Chernin vs Portisch, 1985
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Smyslov, 1985
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 57 moves, 0-1

Short vs A Sokolov, 1985
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(C18) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs K Spraggett, 1985
(E97) King's Indian, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Seirawan, 1985
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Yusupov, 1985 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Tal, 1985
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12
Portisch vs Tal, 1985
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Vaganian, 1985 
(A53) Old Indian, 65 moves, 0-1

Seirawan vs Timman, 1985 
(A36) English, 30 moves, 0-1

K Spraggett vs Ribli, 1985
(A17) English, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Nogueiras vs Korchnoi, 1985
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 60 moves, 0-1

A Sokolov vs Spassky, 1985 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Short, 1985
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Chernin vs Beliavsky, 1985
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13
Beliavsky vs Portisch, 1985
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short vs A Chernin, 1985
(C11) French, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Smyslov, 1985
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs A Sokolov, 1985 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 0-1

Ribli vs J Nogueiras, 1985 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Timman vs K Spraggett, 1985 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Seirawan, 1985 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 105 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Yusupov, 1985
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14
Portisch vs Yusupov, 1985
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Seirawan vs Tal, 1985 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

K Spraggett vs Vaganian, 1985 
(A20) English, 39 moves, 0-1

J Nogueiras vs Timman, 1985
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs Ribli, 1985 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 41 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Korchnoi, 1985 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Chernin vs Spassky, 1985
(E15) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Short, 1985 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

Round 15
Short vs Portisch, 1985
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Beliavsky, 1985 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs A Chernin, 1985
(A22) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Smyslov, 1985 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs A Sokolov, 1985
(E15) Queen's Indian, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs J Nogueiras, 1985 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Tal vs K Spraggett, 1985 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Seirawan, 1985
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

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