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Skelleftea World Cup 1989
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The sixth and final international tournament organized by the GMA as part of the two year World Cup series was held in Skelleftea, Sweden from Augsust 12th to September 3rd, 1989. The final 16 grandmasters left to finish the series competed in the category XVI final event. The participants, including the world champion, of the round robin format were (in order of ELO): Garry Kasparov (2775), Anatoli Karpov (2755), Nigel Short (2660), Viktor Korchnoi (2655), Valery Salov (2645), Ulf Andersson (2630), Jaan Ehlvest (2620), Robert Hübner (2605), Zoltan Ribli (2605), Predrag Nikolic (2600), Lajos Portisch (2600), Yasser Seirawan (2585), Mikhail Tal (2585), Rafael Vaganian (2585), Gyula Sax (2580), and John Nunn (2575). Coming into the tournament, Karpov had won the Brussels World Cup, while Kasparov had won the Belfort World Cup, the Reykjavik World Cup, and shared first with Ljubomir Ljubojevic at the Barcelona World Cup. Jan Timman, who had won the Rotterdam World Cup, had already played in his four tournaments and could not play in the final. Kasparov took an early lead as was his style, but several missed wins in the middle of the tournament allowed his old rival Karpov to catch up and finally tie Kasparov for first at the end. Although both shared victory at Skelleftea, Kasparov had just enough points from the previous tournaments to edge out Karpov for the series title and the grand prize of $175,000. Karpov had to settle for the second place series prize of $142,500. Among the many ceremonies and activities organized around the World Cup final was the debut of the musical Chess, which had two performances in Skelleftea during the tournament. When Jan Timman and Bessel Kok had come together to develop the World Cup, bringing in Lubomir Kavalek to handle the logistics of the tournament organization, the original plan had been to create something that would be reproduced annually. However, shortly after the completion of the World Cup in Skelleftea, Kok and Kasparov (who had been instrumental and essential to the creation of the GMA) had a controversial falling out. As a result, the World Cup would not be renewed, and soon after the GMA dissolved. Recently, FIDE has tried to recreate the idea of an organized international tournament series with the Grand Prix, but so far it has experienced questionable success and its future is debatable. Once, however, an association of grandmasters managed to create an entertaining and competitive event which we can still enjoy today. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 Karpov 9.5/15 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½

2 Kasparov 9.5/15 ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1

3 Portisch 8.5/15 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 ½

4 Seirawan 8.5/15 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½

5 Short 8.5/15 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1

6 Salov 8/15 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 0

7 Sax 8/15 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½

8 Nunn 7.5/15 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1

9 Andersson 7.5/15 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1

10 Hübner 7/15 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½

11 Tal 7/15 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½

12 Ribli 7/15 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½

13 Ehlvest 6.5/15 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1

14 Nikolic 6/15 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½

15 Korchnoi 6/15 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 * 1

16 Vaganian 5/15 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 *

Round One, Game #1
Ulf Andersson vs Huebner, 1989
(A20) English, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
Ehlvest vs Vaganian, 1989 
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #3
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1989 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #4
Nunn vs Seirawan, 1989
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #5
Portisch vs Ribli, 1989
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #6
Salov vs P Nikolic, 1989
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #7
Sax vs Karpov, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #8
Short vs Tal, 1989 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #9
Huebner vs Sax, 1989
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #10
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E97) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #11
Korchnoi vs Salov, 1989
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 37 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #12
P Nikolic vs Portisch, 1989
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #13
Ribli vs Nunn, 1989
(A05) Reti Opening, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #14
Seirawan vs Ehlvest, 1989
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #15
Short vs Ulf Andersson, 1989
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #16
Tal vs Vaganian, 1989
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #17
Ulf Andersson vs Tal, 1989 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #18
Ehlvest vs Ribli, 1989
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #19
Kasparov vs Huebner, 1989 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #20
Nunn vs P Nikolic, 1989
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #21
Portisch vs Korchnoi, 1989
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #22
Salov vs Karpov, 1989
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #23
Sax vs Short, 1989
(C18) French, Winawer, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #24
Vaganian vs Seirawan, 1989
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #25
Ulf Andersson vs Sax, 1989
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #26
Huebner vs Salov, 1989 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #27
Karpov vs Portisch, 1989
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #28
Korchnoi vs Nunn, 1989
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #29
P Nikolic vs Ehlvest, 1989
(E15) Queen's Indian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #30
Ribli vs Vaganian, 1989
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #31
Short vs Kasparov, 1989 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #32
Tal vs Seirawan, 1989 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #33
Ehlvest vs Korchnoi, 1989 
(C11) French, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #34
Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1989 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #35
Nunn vs Karpov, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #36
Portisch vs Huebner, 1989
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #37
Salov vs Short, 1989 
(E97) King's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #38
Sax vs Tal, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #39
Seirawan vs Ribli, 1989
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #40
Vaganian vs P Nikolic, 1989
(A17) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #41
Ulf Andersson vs Salov, 1989
(A14) English, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #42
Huebner vs Nunn, 1989 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 34 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #43
Karpov vs Ehlvest, 1989
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #44
Korchnoi vs Vaganian, 1989 
(C01) French, Exchange, 50 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #45
P Nikolic vs Seirawan, 1989
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #46
Sax vs Kasparov, 1989
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #47
Short vs Portisch, 1989
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #48
Tal vs Ribli, 1989
(A14) English, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #49
Ehlvest vs Huebner, 1989
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #50
Kasparov vs Tal, 1989 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #51
Nunn vs Short, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #52
Portisch vs Ulf Andersson, 1989
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #53
Ribli vs P Nikolic, 1989
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #54
Salov vs Sax, 1989
(E15) Queen's Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #55
Seirawan vs Korchnoi, 1989 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 95 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #56
Vaganian vs Karpov, 1989
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #57
Ulf Andersson vs Nunn, 1989 
(A15) English, 44 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #58
Huebner vs Vaganian, 1989
(C11) French, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #59
Karpov vs Seirawan, 1989 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #60
Kasparov vs Salov, 1989
(E17) Queen's Indian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #61
Korchnoi vs Ribli, 1989
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #62
Sax vs Portisch, 1989 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #63
Short vs Ehlvest, 1989
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #64
Tal vs P Nikolic, 1989
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #65
Ehlvest vs Ulf Andersson, 1989
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #66
P Nikolic vs Korchnoi, 1989
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #67
Nunn vs Sax, 1989
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #68
Portisch vs Kasparov, 1989 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #69
Ribli vs Karpov, 1989
(E17) Queen's Indian, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #70
Salov vs Tal, 1989
(E90) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #71
Seirawan vs Huebner, 1989
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #72
Vaganian vs Short, 1989 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #73
Ulf Andersson vs Vaganian, 1989 
(E91) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #74
Huebner vs Ribli, 1989
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #75
Karpov vs P Nikolic, 1989 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #76
Kasparov vs Nunn, 1989 
(E92) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #77
Salov vs Portisch, 1989
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 91 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #78
Sax vs Ehlvest, 1989
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 50 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #79
Short vs Seirawan, 1989 
(B06) Robatsch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #80
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1989 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #81
Ehlvest vs Kasparov, 1989
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #82
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1989
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #83
P Nikolic vs Huebner, 1989
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #84
Nunn vs Salov, 1989
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #85
Portisch vs Tal, 1989
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #86
Ribli vs Short, 1989
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #87
Seirawan vs Ulf Andersson, 1989 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #88
Vaganian vs Sax, 1989
(E15) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #89
Ulf Andersson vs Ribli, 1989
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #90
Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1989 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 61 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve, Game #91
Kasparov vs Vaganian, 1989 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #92
Portisch vs Nunn, 1989 
(E92) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve, Game #93
Salov vs Ehlvest, 1989 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #94
Sax vs Seirawan, 1989
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #95
Short vs P Nikolic, 1989
(C59) Two Knights, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #96
Tal vs Karpov, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #97
Ehlvest vs Portisch, 1989
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 33 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen, Game #98
Karpov vs Huebner, 1989
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #99
Korchnoi vs Short, 1989
(A13) English, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #100
P Nikolic vs Ulf Andersson, 1989
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #101
Nunn vs Tal, 1989 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #102
Ribli vs Sax, 1989
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #103
Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #104
Vaganian vs Salov, 1989
(A17) English, 50 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen, Game #105
Ulf Andersson vs Korchnoi, 1989
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #106
Kasparov vs Ribli, 1989 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nunn vs Ehlvest, 1989
(B06) Robatsch, 47 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen, Game #108
Portisch vs Vaganian, 1989
(E17) Queen's Indian, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #109
Salov vs Seirawan, 1989
(A59) Benko Gambit, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #110
Sax vs P Nikolic, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #111
Short vs Karpov, 1989 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #112
Tal vs Huebner, 1989
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #113
Ehlvest vs Tal, 1989
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #114
Huebner vs Short, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #115
Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1989 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 68 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #116
Korchnoi vs Sax, 1989 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Fifteen, Game #117
P Nikolic vs Kasparov, 1989
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #118
Ribli vs Salov, 1989
(E17) Queen's Indian, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #119
Seirawan vs Portisch, 1989
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #120
Vaganian vs Nunn, 1989
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 59 moves, 0-1

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