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Montreal 1979
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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In the spring of 1979, Lubomir Kavalek, along with Czech filmmakers Milos Forman and Ivan Passer, organized a double round robin tournament to be held in Montreal, Quebec from April 10th to May 7th. Dubbed "The Tournament of Stars," the event was attended by ten of the very strongest grandmasters at the time, including the world champion. The complete list of players was (in order of ELO): Anatoli Karpov (2705), Lajos Portisch (2640), Boris Spassky (2640), Bent Larsen (2625), Jan Timman (2625), Mikhail Tal (2615), Vlastimil Hort (2600), Robert Hübner (2595), Lubomir Kavalek (2590), and Ljubomir Ljubojevic (2590). As a result, the average ELO rating for the tournament was 2622, making "The Tournament of Stars" a category XV event. It was also one of the strongest tournaments ever organized at that time. The only two top-ten rated players missing were Bobby Fischer (who was reclusive at the time) and Viktor Korchnoi (who was being boycotted to secure Soviet participation). The players stayed at the Meridian Hotel overlooking downtown Montreal, and they played at the Quebec Pavilion. The prize fund for the event was $110,000 and the chief arbiter was Svetozar Gligoric. Portisch and Ljubojevic started out strong, but were eventually overtaken after the halfway point by the world champion Karpov and the then-current Soviet champion Tal. In the sixteenth round, Karpov fought hard to defeat Tal and gain the lead, but the former world champion held him to a draw. It was only by a brilliant win against Ljubojevic with the black pieces in the penultimate round that Karpov was able to tie Tal in the final round and share first place with him. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

01 Karpov 12/18 ** ½½ ½½ 11 11 11 1½ ½½ ½½ ½0

02 Tal 12/18 ½½ ** ½1 ½½ ½½ 11 1½ ½1 ½½ 1½

03 Portisch 10½/18 ½½ ½0 ** ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 1½ 1½ 11

04 Ljubojevic 9/18 00 ½½ ½½ ** ½½ ½0 10 ½½ 11 1½

05 Timman 8½/18 00 ½½ ½½ ½½ ** ½½ ½0 ½½ ½1 1½

06 Spassky 8½/18 00 00 ½½ ½1 ½½ ** 1½ ½1 ½½ 01

07 Kavalek 8/18 0½ 0½ ½½ 01 ½1 0½ ** 01 ½½ 01

08 Hübner 8/18 ½½ ½0 0½ ½½ ½½ ½0 10 ** ½½ 1½

09 Hort 8/18 ½½ ½½ 0½ 00 ½0 ½½ ½½ ½½ ** 11

10 Larsen 5½/18 ½1 0½ 00 0½ 0½ 10 10 0½ 00 **

Round One, Game #1
Huebner vs Karpov, 1979
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
Kavalek vs Timman, 1979
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #3
Larsen vs Ljubojevic, 1979 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #4
Portisch vs Hort, 1979 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 51 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #5
Tal vs Spassky, 1979 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #6
Hort vs Tal, 1979
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #7
Huebner vs Larsen, 1979 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 55 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #8
Karpov vs Timman, 1979 
(B07) Pirc, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #9
Ljubojevic vs Portisch, 1979
(C00) French Defense, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #10
Spassky vs Kavalek, 1979 
(A53) Old Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #11
Kavalek vs Hort, 1979
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #12
Larsen vs Karpov, 1979 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #13
Portisch vs Huebner, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #14
Tal vs Ljubojevic, 1979
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #15
Timman vs Spassky, 1979
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #16
Hort vs Timman, 1979
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #17
Huebner vs Tal, 1979
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #18
Karpov vs Spassky, 1979 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #19
Larsen vs Portisch, 1979 
(A28) English, 39 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #20
Ljubojevic vs Kavalek, 1979
(C18) French, Winawer, 56 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #21
Kavalek vs Huebner, 1979 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #22
Portisch vs Karpov, 1979
(E12) Queen's Indian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #23
Spassky vs Hort, 1979
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #24
Tal vs Larsen, 1979 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #25
Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1979 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #26
Huebner vs Timman, 1979
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #27
Karpov vs Hort, 1979 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #28
Larsen vs Kavalek, 1979 
(A22) English, 90 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #29
Ljubojevic vs Spassky, 1979
(C45) Scotch Game, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #30
Portisch vs Tal, 1979
(E12) Queen's Indian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #31
Hort vs Ljubojevic, 1979 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 45 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #32
Kavalek vs Portisch, 1979
(C18) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #33
Spassky vs Huebner, 1979 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #34
Tal vs Karpov, 1979 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #35
Timman vs Larsen, 1979 
(A10) English, 69 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #36
Huebner vs Hort, 1979 
(A28) English, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #37
Karpov vs Ljubojevic, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 72 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #38
Larsen vs Spassky, 1979 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #39
Portisch vs Timman, 1979
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #40
Tal vs Kavalek, 1979 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #41
Hort vs Larsen, 1979
(E15) Queen's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #42
Kavalek vs Karpov, 1979 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #43
Ljubojevic vs Huebner, 1979
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #44
Spassky vs Portisch, 1979 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #45
Timman vs Tal, 1979
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #46
Hort vs Portisch, 1979
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #47
Karpov vs Huebner, 1979 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #48
Ljubojevic vs Larsen, 1979 
(C00) French Defense, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #49
Spassky vs Tal, 1979 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #50
Timman vs Kavalek, 1979
(E15) Queen's Indian, 48 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #51
Kavalek vs Spassky, 1979
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #52
Larsen vs Huebner, 1979
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #53
Portisch vs Ljubojevic, 1979
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Hort, 1979
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #55
Timman vs Karpov, 1979 
(A28) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve, Game #56
Hort vs Kavalek, 1979
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #57
Huebner vs Portisch, 1979
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #58
Karpov vs Larsen, 1979 
(B01) Scandinavian, 55 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve, Game #59
Ljubojevic vs Tal, 1979
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #60
Spassky vs Timman, 1979
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #61
Kavalek vs Ljubojevic, 1979
(E15) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #62
Portisch vs Larsen, 1979 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #63
Spassky vs Karpov, 1979 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen, Game #64
Tal vs Huebner, 1979 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #65
Timman vs Hort, 1979 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen, Game #66
Hort vs Spassky, 1979
(A36) English, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #67
Huebner vs Kavalek, 1979
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 25 moves, 0-1

Round Fourteen, Game #68
Karpov vs Portisch, 1979 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #69
Larsen vs Tal, 1979 
(A22) English, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #70
Ljubojevic vs Timman, 1979
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #71
Hort vs Karpov, 1979
(B40) Sicilian, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #72
Kavalek vs Larsen, 1979 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #73
Spassky vs Ljubojevic, 1979 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #74
Tal vs Portisch, 1979 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #75
Timman vs Huebner, 1979 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Sixteen, Game #76
Huebner vs Spassky, 1979 
(A21) English, 45 moves, 0-1

Round Sixteen, Game #77
Karpov vs Tal, 1979 
(A14) English, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Sixteen, Game #78
Larsen vs Timman, 1979
(A13) English, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Sixteen, Game #79
Ljubojevic vs Hort, 1979 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 54 moves, 1-0

Round Sixteen, Game #80
Portisch vs Kavalek, 1979 
(A04) Reti Opening, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seventeen, Game #81
Hort vs Huebner, 1979 
(A43) Old Benoni, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seventeen, Game #82
Kavalek vs Tal, 1979 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seventeen, Game #83
Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1979 
(C45) Scotch Game, 50 moves, 0-1

Round Seventeen, Game #84
Spassky vs Larsen, 1979 
(B01) Scandinavian, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Seventeen, Game #85
Timman vs Portisch, 1979
(A28) English, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eighteen, Game #86
Huebner vs Ljubojevic, 1979
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eighteen, Game #87
Karpov vs Kavalek, 1979
(A26) English, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eighteen, Game #88
Larsen vs Hort, 1979 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Eighteen, Game #89
Portisch vs Spassky, 1979
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eighteen, Game #90
Tal vs Timman, 1979
(A15) English, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

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