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Amsterdam VSB 1988
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The second Max Euwe Memorial Chess Tournament was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from March 11th to the 17th. As it was last year, this year's event was organized by the Verenigde Spaarbank (VSB) according to the format of the inaugural year. Four of the world's best grandmasters were invited to participate, including (in order of ELO): former world champion and previous year's Euwe memorial co-winner Anatoli Karpov (2715); previous year's Euwe memorial co-winner Jan Timman (2675); British grandmaster Nigel Short (2630); and Yugoslavian grandmaster Ljubomir Ljubojevic (2610). The combined rating average of the four participants qualified the event as category XVII, one of the strongest to be played that year. Short got off to a bad start losing his second round game to Karpov, but he bounced back by winning three games in a row and securing clear first place against the former world champion.

1 2 3 4 Score 1 Short ** 0 1 11 4/6 2 Karpov 1 ** 0 1 3.5/6 3 Ljubojevic 0 1 ** 1 3.5/6 4 Timman 00 0 0 ** 1/6

Round One, March 11th
Ljubojevic vs Short, 1988
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Karpov, 1988
(B10) Caro-Kann, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, March 12th
Karpov vs Short, 1988 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1988
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, March 13th
Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1988 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Short vs Timman, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

Round Four, March 15th
Karpov vs Timman, 1988 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 73 moves, 1-0

Short vs Ljubojevic, 1988 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Five, March 16th
Karpov vs Ljubojevic, 1988
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Short, 1988
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 0-1

Round Six, March 17th
Ljubojevic vs Timman, 1988 
(B40) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

Short vs Karpov, 1988
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

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