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1987 S.W.I.F.T. Brussels
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Garry Kasparov and Ljubomir Ljubojevic shared first prize at the 1987 S.W.I.F.T super tournament in Brussels, Belgium. The tournament was sponsored and funded by the Belgian company S.W.I.F.T (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications), which was founded in 1973. The event took place from April 10th to April 24th and was considered an FIDE Category 14, as the average ELO rating of the participants was an impressive 2580.

Three world champions were present in the form of Kasparov, Mikhail Tal, and Anatoly Karpov. Tal was originally attending the tournament as a journalist, but when Robert Huebner fell ill during his first round game, Tal stepped in and replaced him for the entire tournament. Joining them in the twelve man field were the notable likes of Victor Korchnoi, Jan Timman, Bent Larsen, and Eugenio Torre.

World champion Kasparov took the early lead, winning his first four games. Korchnoi kept pace by winning his first three and drawing the fourth. By the end of Round 6, Kasparov still had a share of the lead with Ljubojevic at 5 points apiece. Korchnoi trailed the leaders by a half point, with Karpov, Tal, Timman, and Larsen just a half point behind him.

Round 8 proved to be a pivotal juncture of the tournament as Kasparov pulled off a 43-move victory over Larsen with the Black pieces and Ljubojevic scored an impressive win over Korchnoi with a rarely seen Gioco Piano opening. Their victories gave them a full point and a half lead over the rest of the field with three rounds remaining and a showdown between the two leaders in the next round (which turned out to be a disappointing 15-move draw).

A Round 10 win over Larsen, coupled with a classic Kasparov-Karpov draw, gave Ljubojevic a half point lead going into the final round. Kasparov ended up scoring an impressive 31-move victory over Tal in the final round, while Ljubojevic could only manage a draw against former world champion Karpov. The result was a shared first place prize between the two. http://www.rookhouse.com/events/swi...

Participants: Garry Kasparov(2735), Anatoli Karpov(2710), Viktor Korchnoi(2625), Ljubomir Ljubojevic(2620), Nigel Short(2615), Mikhail Tal(2605), Jan Timman(2590), Van der Wiel(2590), Larsen(2565), Eugenio Torre(2540), Luc Winants(2415), Richard Meulders(2360).

1 Kasparov 8.5/11 * 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1 1 1/2 1 1

2 Ljubojevic 8.5/11 1/2 * 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1 1 1

3 Karpov 7/11 1/2 1/2 * 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2

4 Korchnoi 6.5/11 1/2 0 0 * 0 1/2 1 1 1/2 1 1 1

5 Timman 6.5/11 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 * 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1 1 1/2

6 Tal 6/11 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 * 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1

7 Larsen 5.5/11 0 0 1/2 0 1 1/2 * 1/2 1 0 1 1

8 Van der Wiel 5/11 0 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 * 1/2 1 1/2 1/2

9 Torre 5/11 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 * 1/2 1/2 1

10 Winants 3.5/11 1/2 0 1/2 0 0 0 1 0 1/2 * 1/2 1

11 Short 3/11 0 0 1/2 0 0 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 * 1

12 Meulders 1/11 0 0 0 0 1/2 0 0 1/2 0 0 0 *

R1
R Meulders vs Kasparov, 1987 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 62 moves, 0-1

R1
Karpov vs Larsen, 1987
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

R1
Van der Wiel vs Korchnoi, 1987
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 34 moves, 0-1

R1
Short vs E Torre, 1987
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

R1
Tal vs Ljubojevic, 1987
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

R1
Winants vs Timman, 1987
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

R2
Kasparov vs Van der Wiel, 1987 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

R2
Karpov vs Tal, 1987
(A14) English, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

R2
Korchnoi vs Winants, 1987
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

R2
Timman vs Short, 1987
(A90) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

R2
Ljubojevic vs R Meulders, 1987 
(A10) English, 27 moves, 1-0

R2
Larsen vs E Torre, 1987 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 56 moves, 1-0

R3
Winants vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 55 moves, 0-1

R3
R Meulders vs Karpov, 1987
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 62 moves, 0-1

R3
Short vs Korchnoi, 1987
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 62 moves, 0-1

R3
Tal vs Larsen, 1987
(B32) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

R3
E Torre vs Timman, 1987
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

R3
Van der Wiel vs Ljubojevic, 1987
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

R4
Kasparov vs Short, 1987 
(A92) Dutch, 60 moves, 1-0

R4
Karpov vs Van der Wiel, 1987
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

R4
Korchnoi vs E Torre, 1987
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

R4
Tal vs R Meulders, 1987 
(A81) Dutch, 37 moves, 1-0

R4
Ljubojevic vs Winants, 1987
(A04) Reti Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

R4
Larsen vs Timman, 1987 
(A12) English with b3, 54 moves, 1-0

R5
E Torre vs Kasparov, 1987 
(A48) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

R5
Winants vs Karpov, 1987 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

R5
Timman vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(C11) French, 30 moves, 1-0

R5
Short vs Ljubojevic, 1987 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 0-1

R5
Van der Wiel vs Tal, 1987
(C45) Scotch Game, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

R5
R Meulders vs Larsen, 1987
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 47 moves, 0-1

R6
Kasparov vs Timman, 1987
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

R6
Karpov vs Short, 1987 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

R6
Larsen vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 17 moves, 0-1

R6
Tal vs Winants, 1987
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

R6
R Meulders vs Van der Wiel, 1987
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

R6
Ljubojevic vs E Torre, 1987
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 71 moves, 1-0

R7
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1987
(A15) English, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

R7
E Torre vs Karpov, 1987 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

R7
Short vs Tal, 1987
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

R7
Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1987
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

R7
Van der Wiel vs Larsen, 1987 
(B30) Sicilian, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

R7
Winants vs R Meulders, 1987
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

R8
Larsen vs Kasparov, 1987
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 43 moves, 0-1

R8
Karpov vs Timman, 1987
(E15) Queen's Indian, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

R8
Ljubojevic vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0

R8
R Meulders vs Short, 1987 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 0-1

R8
Tal vs E Torre, 1987 
(B06) Robatsch, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

R8
Van der Wiel vs Winants, 1987
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 93 moves, 1-0

R9
Kasparov vs Ljubojevic, 1987
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

R9
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1987 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 47 moves, 0-1

R9
Short vs Van der Wiel, 1987
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

R9
Timman vs Tal, 1987
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

R9
Winants vs Larsen, 1987
(A56) Benoni Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

R9
E Torre vs R Meulders, 1987 
(A81) Dutch, 34 moves, 1-0

R10
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

R10
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1987
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

R10
Winants vs Short, 1987
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

R10
R Meulders vs Timman, 1987
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 106 moves, 1/2-1/2

R10
Van der Wiel vs E Torre, 1987
(B07) Pirc, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

R10
Larsen vs Ljubojevic, 1987 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 0-1

R11
Kasparov vs Tal, 1987 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 31 moves, 1-0

R11
Korchnoi vs R Meulders, 1987
(A80) Dutch, 32 moves, 1-0

R11
Short vs Larsen, 1987 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 74 moves, 0-1

R11
Timman vs Van der Wiel, 1987
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

R11
Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1987
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

R11
E Torre vs Winants, 1987
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

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