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San Antonio 1972
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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In 1972, while the world's gaze was fixed on Iceland, a company in America had plans to generate publicity for itself through the chess world. Church's Fried Chicken, a restaurant chain in the United States, organized an international tournament to be held in San Antonio, Texas. European and Soviet grandmasters were pitted against grandmasters and masters from the Americas in a round robin format. The sixteen participants were (in order of ELO): Tigran Petrosian (2645), Lajos Portisch (2640), Anatoli Karpov (2630), Bent Larsen (2625), Vlastimil Hort (2600), Paul Keres (2600), Svetozar Gligoric (2575), Henrique Mecking (2570), Larry Evans (2545), Walter Shawn Browne (2530), Donald Byrne (2470), Julio Kaplan (2470), Duncan Suttles (2470), Dr. Anthony Saidy (2425), Ken Smith (2395), and Mario Campos Lopez (2200). The tournament ended with a trifecta finish, with the top three seeds sharing first place. The finals standings and crosstable are as follows:

01 Portisch 10.5/15 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1

02 Petrosian 10.5/15 * 1 1 1 1 1 1

03 Karpov 10.5/15 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

04 Gligoric 10/15 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1

05 Keres 9.5/15 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1

06 Hort 9/15 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1

07 Suttles 9/15 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1

08 Mecking 8.5/15 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1

09 Larsen 8.5/15 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1

10 Byrne 7/15 0 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 1

11 Evans 6.5/15 1 0 0 0 * 0 1

12 Browne 6.5/15 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 0 0 1

13 Kaplan 5/15 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 0

14 Campos Lopez 3.5/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1

15 Saidy 3.5/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1

16 Smith 2/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 *

Round One, Game #1
Browne vs Larry Evans, 1972
(A43) Old Benoni, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
D Byrne vs Petrosian, 1972
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #3
M C Lopez vs Portisch, 1972
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #4
Keres vs Hort, 1972 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #5
Larsen vs K Smith, 1972 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #6
Mecking vs J Kaplan, 1972 
(B44) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #7
Saidy vs Karpov, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #8
Suttles vs Gligoric, 1972
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 48 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #9
Larry Evans vs Larsen, 1972 
(A14) English, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #10
Gligoric vs D Byrne, 1972
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 39 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #11
Hort vs Petrosian, 1972
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #12
J Kaplan vs Saidy, 1972
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #13
Karpov vs Browne, 1972 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 59 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #14
Keres vs Mecking, 1972 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #15
Portisch vs Suttles, 1972
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #16
K Smith vs M C Lopez, 1972 
(C02) French, Advance, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #17
Browne vs J Kaplan, 1972
(B54) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #18
D Byrne vs Portisch, 1972
(A22) English, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #19
M C Lopez vs Larry Evans, 1972
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #20
Larsen vs Karpov, 1972
(E17) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #21
Mecking vs Hort, 1972
(B68) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7, 87 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #22
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1972 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #23
Saidy vs Keres, 1972 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #24
Suttles vs K Smith, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #25
Larry Evans vs Suttles, 1972 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #26
Hort vs Gligoric, 1972
(E92) King's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #27
J Kaplan vs Larsen, 1972 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 56 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #28
Karpov vs M C Lopez, 1972
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 23 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #29
Keres vs Browne, 1972
(A43) Old Benoni, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #30
Mecking vs Saidy, 1972
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #31
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1972 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #32
K Smith vs D Byrne, 1972 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 34 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #33
Browne vs Mecking, 1972 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 54 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #34
D Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1972 
(A36) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #35
M C Lopez vs J Kaplan, 1972
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #36
Gligoric vs Portisch, 1972 
(D89) Grunfeld, 55 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #37
Larsen vs Keres, 1972 
(A13) English, 91 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #38
Petrosian vs K Smith, 1972 
(A16) English, 62 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #39
Saidy vs Hort, 1972 
(E92) King's Indian, 57 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #40
Suttles vs Karpov, 1972 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 60 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #41
Larry Evans vs Petrosian, 1972
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #42
Hort vs Portisch, 1972
(B50) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #43
J Kaplan vs Suttles, 1972 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 34 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #44
Karpov vs D Byrne, 1972 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #45
Keres vs M C Lopez, 1972
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #46
Mecking vs Larsen, 1972
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 70 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #47
Saidy vs Browne, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #48
K Smith vs Gligoric, 1972
(C46) Three Knights, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #49
Browne vs Hort, 1972 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #50
D Byrne vs J Kaplan, 1972
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #51
M C Lopez vs Mecking, 1972
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 65 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #52
Gligoric vs Larry Evans, 1972
(E73) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #53
Larsen vs Saidy, 1972
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #54
Petrosian vs Karpov, 1972 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #55
Portisch vs K Smith, 1972
(A06) Reti Opening, 60 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #56
Suttles vs Keres, 1972
(A13) English, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #57
Browne vs Larsen, 1972 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #58
Larry Evans vs Portisch, 1972
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #59
Hort vs K Smith, 1972
(A16) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #60
J Kaplan vs Petrosian, 1972
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #61
Karpov vs Gligoric, 1972 
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #62
Keres vs D Byrne, 1972 
(D94) Grunfeld, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #63
Mecking vs Suttles, 1972
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #64
Saidy vs M C Lopez, 1972
(A79) Benoni, Classical, 11.f3, 53 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #65
D Byrne vs Mecking, 1972
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #66
M C Lopez vs Browne, 1972 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 61 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #68
Larsen vs Hort, 1972 
(E77) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #69
Petrosian vs Keres, 1972
(A17) English, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #70
Portisch vs Karpov, 1972 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #71
K Smith vs Larry Evans, 1972 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #72
Suttles vs Saidy, 1972
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #73
Browne vs Suttles, 1972
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #74
Hort vs Larry Evans, 1972
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #75
J Kaplan vs Portisch, 1972
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 55 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #76
Karpov vs K Smith, 1972 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 70 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #77
Keres vs Gligoric, 1972
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #78
Larsen vs M C Lopez, 1972
(A36) English, 30 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #79
Mecking vs Petrosian, 1972 
(C11) French, 86 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #80
Saidy vs D Byrne, 1972
(D90) Grunfeld, 72 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #81
D Byrne vs Browne, 1972
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #82
M C Lopez vs Hort, 1972
(B07) Pirc, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #83
Larry Evans vs Karpov, 1972 
(A36) English, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #84
Gligoric vs Mecking, 1972 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #85
Petrosian vs Saidy, 1972 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 56 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #86
Portisch vs Keres, 1972 
(A17) English, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #87
K Smith vs J Kaplan, 1972
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #88
Suttles vs Larsen, 1972
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #89
Browne vs Petrosian, 1972 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #90
M C Lopez vs Suttles, 1972
(B06) Robatsch, 39 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve, Game #91
Hort vs Karpov, 1972
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #92
J Kaplan vs Larry Evans, 1972 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #93
Keres vs K Smith, 1972
(A16) English, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #94
Larsen vs D Byrne, 1972
(A16) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #95
Mecking vs Portisch, 1972
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #96
Saidy vs Gligoric, 1972
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 53 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen, Game #97
D Byrne vs M C Lopez, 1972
(A36) English, 31 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #98
Larry Evans vs Keres, 1972 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 35 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #99
Gligoric vs Browne, 1972 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 37 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #100
Karpov vs J Kaplan, 1972
(B32) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #101
Petrosian vs Larsen, 1972 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #102
Portisch vs Saidy, 1972
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #103
K Smith vs Mecking, 1972 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 19 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen, Game #104
Suttles vs Hort, 1972 
(A36) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #105
Browne vs Portisch, 1972
(B40) Sicilian, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #106
M C Lopez vs Petrosian, 1972 
(C16) French, Winawer, 33 moves, 0-1

Round Fourteen, Game #107
Hort vs J Kaplan, 1972
(E77) King's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen, Game #108
Keres vs Karpov, 1972 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #109
Larsen vs Gligoric, 1972 
(E71) King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3), 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #110
Mecking vs Larry Evans, 1972
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #111
Saidy vs K Smith, 1972
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen, Game #112
Suttles vs D Byrne, 1972
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #113
D Byrne vs Hort, 1972
(A36) English, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #114
Larry Evans vs Saidy, 1972 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 106 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #115
Gligoric vs M C Lopez, 1972
(A75) Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4, 72 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #116
J Kaplan vs Keres, 1972 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #117
Karpov vs Mecking, 1972 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #118
Petrosian vs Suttles, 1972 
(B06) Robatsch, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #119
Portisch vs Larsen, 1972 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #120
K Smith vs Browne, 1972 
(A43) Old Benoni, 41 moves, 0-1

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