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Moscow 1981
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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In the tradition of previous international tournaments held in the Soviet capitol of Moscow in 1925, 1935, and 1936, the powers that be in Soviet Chess in 1981 felt it was time once again to show the might of its players and its school by holding an international super tournament between Soviet and European grandmasters. Seven of the best Soviet players, including the promising Garry Kasparov and the old guard of Vasily Smyslov and Tigran Petrosian, were joined by Anatoli Karpov who, as the most active of all world champions, agreed to participate even though he had an upcoming world championship match with Korchnoi in October of that same year. Six European grandmasters joined the ranks to make the tournament, a round robin format, a category XV event, which was held during April. The complete list of participants includes (in order of ELO): Anatoli Karpov (2690), Lajos Portisch (2650), Garry Kasparov (2625), Alexander Beliavsky (2620), Lev Polugaevsky (2620), Jan Timman (2620), Efim Geller (2615), Ulf Andersson (2610), Florin Gheorghiu (2605), Yuri Balashov (2600), Tigran Petrosian (2585), Eugenio Torre (2550), Vasily Smyslov (2545), and Jan Smejkal (2535). Though Karpov would go on to win another world championship match later that year and future tournaments afterwards, his win here was seen as a capstone on an incredible career for a player who had originally had the world crown "handed" to him. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

01 Karpov 9/13 * 1 1 1 1 1

02 Polugaevsky 7.5/13 * 1 1

03 Kasparov 7.5/13 * 1 0 1 1

04 Smyslov 7.5/13 0 * 1 1 1

05 Gheorghiu 7/13 * 1

06 Portisch 7/13 * 0 1 1 0 1

07 Balashov 6.5/13 0 * 1 0 1

08 Beliavsky 6.5/13 0 0 0 1 * 1 1

09 Petrosian 6/13 0 1 0 *

10 Andersson 6/13 0 0 * 1

11 Smejkal 5.5/13 0 0 * 1 0

12 Timman 5.5/13 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 1

13 Torre 5.5/13 0 0 0 0 1 1 *

14 Geller 4/13 0 0 0 0 0 *

Round One, Game #1
Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1981 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 40 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #2
Gheorghiu vs Smejkal, 1981
(A17) English, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #3
Karpov vs Balashov, 1981 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 41 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #4
Polugaevsky vs Geller, 1981
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #5
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1981
(E14) Queen's Indian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #6
Timman vs Ulf Andersson, 1981
(E15) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #7
E Torre vs Smyslov, 1981
(A15) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #8
Balashov vs Beliavsky, 1981
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #9
Geller vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 
(B83) Sicilian, 72 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #10
Kasparov vs Gheorghiu, 1981 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #11
Petrosian vs E Torre, 1981
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #12
Polugaevsky vs Karpov, 1981
(E17) Queen's Indian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #13
Smejkal vs Portisch, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 58 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #14
Smyslov vs Timman, 1981 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 31 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #15
Ulf Andersson vs Smyslov, 1981
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #16
Beliavsky vs Polugaevsky, 1981
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #17
Gheorghiu vs Balashov, 1981
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #18
Karpov vs Geller, 1981 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #19
Portisch vs Kasparov, 1981 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #20
Timman vs Petrosian, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #21
E Torre vs Smejkal, 1981 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #22
Balashov vs Portisch, 1981
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #23
Geller vs Smyslov, 1981
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #24
Karpov vs Beliavsky, 1981 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #25
Kasparov vs E Torre, 1981 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #26
Petrosian vs Ulf Andersson, 1981
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #27
Polugaevsky vs Gheorghiu, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #28
Smejkal vs Timman, 1981
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 86 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #29
Ulf Andersson vs Smejkal, 1981
(A38) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #30
Beliavsky vs Geller, 1981
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #31
Gheorghiu vs Karpov, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #32
Portisch vs Polugaevsky, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #33
Smyslov vs Petrosian, 1981
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #34
Timman vs Kasparov, 1981 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #35
E Torre vs Balashov, 1981
(C48) Four Knights, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #36
Balashov vs Timman, 1981
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #37
Beliavsky vs Gheorghiu, 1981
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #38
Geller vs Petrosian, 1981
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #39
Karpov vs Portisch, 1981
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #40
Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #41
Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #42
Smejkal vs Smyslov, 1981
(A17) English, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #43
Ulf Andersson vs Balashov, 1981
(E92) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #44
Gheorghiu vs Geller, 1981
(E17) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #45
Petrosian vs Smejkal, 1981
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #46
Portisch vs Beliavsky, 1981 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #47
Smyslov vs Kasparov, 1981
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #48
Timman vs Polugaevsky, 1981
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #49
E Torre vs Karpov, 1981 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #50
Balashov vs Smyslov, 1981
(A15) English, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #51
Beliavsky vs E Torre, 1981
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #52
Geller vs Smejkal, 1981
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #53
Gheorghiu vs Portisch, 1981
(A17) English, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #54
Karpov vs Timman, 1981 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 30 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #55
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #56
Polugaevsky vs Ulf Andersson, 1981
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #57
Ulf Andersson vs Karpov, 1981
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #58
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1981
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #59
Portisch vs Geller, 1981
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #60
Smejkal vs Kasparov, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #61
Smyslov vs Polugaevsky, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #62
Timman vs Beliavsky, 1981
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #63
E Torre vs Gheorghiu, 1981
(B83) Sicilian, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #64
Balashov vs Smejkal, 1981
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #65
Beliavsky vs Ulf Andersson, 1981
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #66
Geller vs Kasparov, 1981 
(B83) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #67
Gheorghiu vs Timman, 1981 
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 60 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #68
Karpov vs Smyslov, 1981 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #69
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #70
Portisch vs E Torre, 1981
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #71
Ulf Andersson vs Gheorghiu, 1981 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #72
Kasparov vs Balashov, 1981
(B56) Sicilian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #73
Petrosian vs Karpov, 1981 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #74
Smejkal vs Polugaevsky, 1981
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #75
Smyslov vs Beliavsky, 1981
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 73 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #76
Timman vs Portisch, 1981
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #77
E Torre vs Geller, 1981
(E14) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #78
Beliavsky vs Petrosian, 1981 
(C16) French, Winawer, 77 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #79
Geller vs Balashov, 1981
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 58 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve, Game #80
Gheorghiu vs Smyslov, 1981
(E17) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #81
Karpov vs Smejkal, 1981
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #82
Polugaevsky vs Kasparov, 1981 
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #83
Portisch vs Ulf Andersson, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #84
E Torre vs Timman, 1981 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 73 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #85
Ulf Andersson vs E Torre, 1981
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #86
Balashov vs Polugaevsky, 1981
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #87
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1981 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #88
Petrosian vs Gheorghiu, 1981
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #89
Smejkal vs Beliavsky, 1981
(A13) English, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #90
Smyslov vs Portisch, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #91
Timman vs Geller, 1981 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 31 moves, 1-0

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