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Plaza International Chess Tt 1988
Compiled by Benzol
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NOTE : This collection has now been superceded by Plaza (1988)

As part of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts and to mark the opening of the Plaza International Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand this International tournament was organized by Alan Grant Kerr.

Six overseas players, Boris Spassky, Robert Huebner, Ian Rogers, Eduard Gufeld, Zsuzsa Polgar and Larry Mark Christiansen were invited to pit their skills against New Zealand players Murray Chandler, Ortvin Sarapu, Jonathan D Sarfati, Vernon Albert Small, Russell John Dive and Anthony F Ker.

The tournament took place in the Plaza International Hotel from the 15th to the 28th of March. The Director Of Play was Robert Gibbons. All rounds were scheduled to take place daily from 1:30pm to 7:30pm except Round 11 which started an hour earlier. Admission fee for spectators was ten dollars per day.

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Crosstable :

Pts 1.Spassky * 1 1 1 1 1 - 7 2.Chandler * 1 1 1 1 1 - 7 3.Gufeld 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 7 4.Polgar 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 - 6 5.Rogers 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 6.Christiansen 0 0 1 1 * 1 1 - 6 7.Sarfati 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 - 4 8.Sarapu 0 0 0 * 0 - 3 9.Small 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 - 3 10.Dive 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * - 2 11.Ker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * - 1 * Huebner - - - - 0 - - - - - -

* Robert Huebner withdrew with illness after his first round game with Ian Rogers. Rogers score does not include this win.

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Game Of The Round prizes were awarded to :

Round 1 - Rogers for his win over Huebner

Round 2 - Spassky for his win over Polgar

Round 3 - Spassky for his win over Dive

Round 4 - Christiansen and Sarfati for their draw

Round 5 - Rogers for his win over Small

Round 6 - Christiansen for his win over Dive

Round 7 - Spassky for his win over Christiansen

Round 8 - Ker and Spassky for their draw

Round 9 - Spassky for his win over Gufeld

Round 10 - Chandler and Dive jointly

Round 11 - Christiansen for his win over Ker
and - Rogers for his win over Sarapu.

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Round 1 Tuesday March 15th
I Rogers vs Huebner, 1988 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 1-0

Zsuzsa Polgar vs R J Dive, 1988 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Chandler vs O Sarapu, 1988 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

J Sarfati vs Spassky, 1988 
(E70) King's Indian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

A F Ker vs V Small, 1988
(D85) Grunfeld, 70 moves, 0-1

Gufeld vs L Christiansen, 1988 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 74 moves, 1-0

Round 2 Wednesday March 16th
L Christiansen vs I Rogers, 1988 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

A F Ker vs Gufeld, 1988
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 42 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1988 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 42 moves, 1-0

V Small vs R J Dive, 1988
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Sarapu vs J Sarfati, 1988
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 Friday March 18th
Gufeld vs V Small, 1988
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 58 moves, 1-0

R J Dive vs Spassky, 1988 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 51 moves, 0-1

Zsuzsa Polgar vs O Sarapu, 1988
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

I Rogers vs A F Ker, 1988
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Chandler vs L Christiansen, 1988
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 Saturday March 19th
A F Ker vs Chandler, 1988
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 36 moves, 0-1

V Small vs Spassky, 1988 
(B06) Robatsch, 22 moves, 0-1

Gufeld vs I Rogers, 1988
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs J Sarfati, 1988 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Sarapu vs R J Dive, 1988
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 22 moves, 0-1

Round 5 Sunday March 20th
I Rogers vs V Small, 1988 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

J Sarfati vs A F Ker, 1988 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs O Sarapu, 1988
(C26) Vienna, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zsuzsa Polgar vs L Christiansen, 1988 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 58 moves, 0-1

Chandler vs Gufeld, 1988 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 Tuesday March 22nd
A F Ker vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1988
(A87) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation, 46 moves, 0-1

L Christiansen vs R J Dive, 1988
(E12) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

I Rogers vs Chandler, 1988
(B40) Sicilian, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Small vs O Sarapu, 1988
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gufeld vs J Sarfati, 1988
(A06) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

Round 7 Wednesday March 23rd
Chandler vs V Small, 1988
(B33) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

Zsuzsa Polgar vs Gufeld, 1988
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Sarfati vs I Rogers, 1988
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 33 moves, 0-1

R J Dive vs A F Ker, 1988
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs L Christiansen, 1988
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 60 moves, 1-0

Round 8 Thursday March 24th
I Rogers vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1988
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 0-1

Gufeld vs R J Dive, 1988
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

A F Ker vs Spassky, 1988 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs J Sarfati, 1988 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 56 moves, 1-0

L Christiansen vs O Sarapu, 1988 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 Friday March 25th
Zsuzsa Polgar vs Chandler, 1988
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

R J Dive vs I Rogers, 1988
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 65 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Gufeld, 1988 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

J Sarfati vs V Small, 1988
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Sarapu vs A F Ker, 1988
(B01) Scandinavian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 Saturday March 26th
Chandler vs R J Dive, 1988 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Gufeld vs O Sarapu, 1988
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

I Rogers vs Spassky, 1988
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Sarfati vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1988
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 0-1

V Small vs L Christiansen, 1988
(E17) Queen's Indian, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 Monday March 28th
Spassky vs Chandler, 1988 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zsuzsa Polgar vs V Small, 1988
(E12) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 1-0

R J Dive vs J Sarfati, 1988 
(A43) Old Benoni, 30 moves, 0-1

O Sarapu vs I Rogers, 1988
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 42 moves, 0-1

L Christiansen vs A F Ker, 1988 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

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