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Linares 1981
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The third major chess event held in Linares, Spain became a full grandmaster event due in large part to the manouvering of grocery tycoon, Luis Rentero Suárez. In addition to contracting the world champion at the time, Anatoli Karpov, he was able to sign four grandmasters from the strong Bugojno tournament held during the previous year. They were Svetozar Gligoric, Lubomir Kavalek, Bent Larsen, and Ljubomir Ljubojevic. Larry Christiansen also agreed to participate as returning champion from the 1979 edition of Linares. Six more grandmasters were added to create a total grandmaster event. The complete roster included (in order of ELO): Anatoli Karpov (2690), Lajos Portisch (2650), Boris Spassky (2635), Bent Larsen (2610), Ljubomir Ljubojevic (2605), Zoltan Ribli (2585), Lubomir Kavalek (2550), Svetozar Gligoric (2530), Guillermo Garcia Gonzales (2520), Larry Christansen (2515), Miguel Angel Quinteros (2505), and Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez (2415) for an average combined ELO score of 2568 marking the event as category XIII. The tournament was held from January 17th to the 31st, and the time control was set at 40 moves in two and half hours followed by 16 moves in one hour as a requirement for Karpov's participation. Christiansen gave the performance of his life against the strongest field he ever faced, sharing first place alongside the world champion. However, the trophy went to Karpov for his better Sonneborn-Berger score. Rentero devised that in future events the number of wins would be the deciding factor in tiebreaks. After the tournament's completion Ljubojevic remained in Linares where he planned to run the next edition of the tournament; he also married a beautiful local woman.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 01 Karpov * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 8/11

02 Christiansen 0 * ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 8/11

03 Larsen ˝ ˝ * 0 0 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 7/11

04 Ribli ˝ ˝ 1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 0 ˝ 6.5/11

05 Spassky ˝ 0 1 ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 6/11

06 Kavalek ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 6/11

07 Portisch 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 5.5/11

08 Ljubojevic 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 5/11

09 Gligoric ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 * 1 0 1 5/11

10 Quinteros 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 * 1 1 4/11

11 Bellon Lopez ˝ 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 3.5/11

12 Garcia Gonzales 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 * 1.5/11

Sources: 1. http://www.365chess.com/tournaments... 2. http://www.endgame.nl/linares.htm]

Round One
Portisch vs Larsen, 1981 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 55 moves, 0-1

Ljubojevic vs Kavalek, 1981
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Spassky, 1981 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Quinteros, 1981
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Ribli vs Gligoric, 1981 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 59 moves, 1-0

G Garcia Gonzalez vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Two
Kavalek vs L Christiansen, 1981 
(B06) Robatsch, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 39 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Karpov, 1981 
(A22) English, 37 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs Ribli, 1981
(A15) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981
(A12) English with b3, 60 moves, 1-0

Round Three
Ribli vs Portisch, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

J M Bellon Lopez vs Spassky, 1981
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 0-1

Ljubojevic vs Quinteros, 1981
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Larsen, 1981
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Gligoric, 1981 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Kavalek, 1981
(A15) English, 45 moves, 0-1

Round Four
Kavalek vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 34 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Spassky, 1981 
(A26) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs L Christiansen, 1981 
(A15) English, 46 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Ribli, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
Spassky vs Kavalek, 1981
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Portisch, 1981 
(A14) English, 31 moves, 1-0

J M Bellon Lopez vs Gligoric, 1981 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1981 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 62 moves, 0-1

Ribli vs Larsen, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 55 moves, 1-0

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Quinteros, 1981 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Six
Karpov vs L Christiansen, 1981 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Kavalek, 1981
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 49 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Spassky, 1981
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 53 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Seven
G Garcia Gonzalez vs Karpov, 1981
(A15) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Quinteros, 1981 
(B20) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

J M Bellon Lopez vs Portisch, 1981
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 56 moves, 0-1

Kavalek vs Gligoric, 1981
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Larsen, 1981 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Ribli, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
Ljubojevic vs L Christiansen, 1981
(C42) Petrov Defense, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Gligoric, 1981
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 62 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Spassky, 1981
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(A17) English, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs Kavalek, 1981
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine
J M Bellon Lopez vs Ribli, 1981 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 33 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Karpov, 1981 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kavalek vs Portisch, 1981
(C42) Petrov Defense, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Larsen, 1981
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs Quinteros, 1981
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Ten
Ljubojevic vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 42 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Kavalek, 1981
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Spassky, 1981
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Quinteros, 1981
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Gligoric, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(E14) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven
Kavalek vs Ribli, 1981
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

J M Bellon Lopez vs L Christiansen, 1981
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 0-1

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Larsen, 1981
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs Portisch, 1981
(A13) English, 26 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs Karpov, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

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