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Las Palmas 1972
Compiled by Tabanus
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While waiting for the Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972), several tournaments were organized: Hastings (1971/72), Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1972), Sarajevo (1972) and Teesside (1972), to mention a few. In the Canaries, which was flooded with tourist money, chess enthusiasts had found a heaven in Hotel Santa Catalina1, 2, 3 in Las Palmas. Here started this year a series of GM events that would culminate with the Las Palmas Interzonal (1982). According to Chessmetrics4 the highest ranked of the 16 players were Portisch (#9), Smyslov (#11), Larsen (#12), Bronstein (#16), and Gheorghiu (#29) (but see FIDE ratings in the crosstable). The tournament was played at almost exactly the same time as Amsterdam IBM (1972). Playing time was 4 to 9 pm.6 Round 10 was played 1 day earlier than scheduled because of an excursion.5 Tournament Director was the publisher Jorge Puig Laborda, assisted by Juan Betancort Curbelo and others.6

Hotel Santa Catalina, 29 May - 17 June 1972, final standings and crosstable: 7, 8

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SonBe 1 GM Portisch 2630 * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 12 2 GM Larsen 2660 0 * 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 70.7 3 GM Smyslov 2620 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 70.7 4 GM Bronstein 2590 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 10 5 GM Benkö 2520 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 9 60.5 6 IM Tatai 2440 0 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 9 58.5 7 GM Gheorghiu 2530 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 8½ 8 IM Andersson 2510 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 8 9 IM Lehmann 2420 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 7½ 10 IM Medina 2420 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * 0 0 ½ 1 1 1 7 11 GM Pomar 2510 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6½ 12 Menvielle 2200 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ * 0 0 ½ 1 5½ 13 Visier 2370 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 5 14 Huguet 2255 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 4 15 Domínguez 2200 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 3½ 16 Valcárcel 2200 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2½

Special prizes: Gheorghiu vs Ulf Andersson, 1972 (best game), Portisch vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1972 (best attack) and Portisch vs Larsen, 1972 (best endgame).9

Tournament books: I Gran Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Mayo - Junio 1972 Ciudad Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Ajedrez Canario/Caja Insular de Ahorros de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas 1972. 92 p.); Las Palmas 1972 (Chess Player, Nottingham 1972. 24 p.) (none seen). About 9 rounds are covered by IM Roman Toran Albero in the newspaper La Vanguardia (http://www.lavanguardia.com/hemerot...).

NOTES: 1La Vanguardia 4 June 1972 p. 38: http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/.... 2Wikipedia: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped... 3Revista 64, 11 July 2011: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/36231222/R.... 4Chessmetrics May 1972 list: http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/.... 5La Vanguardia 11 June 1972 p. 44. 6Aguayro 32 (October 1972) p. 20-21: http://mdc.ulpgc.es/cdm/singleitem/.... 7La Vanguardia 20 June 1972 p. 44: http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/... (standings). 8Cajota 64, 4 Jan. 2013: http://cajota64.blogspot.no/2013/01... (standings and crosstable). 9Revista 64, 11 July 2011: http://www.revista64.com/2011/07/i-...

Original collection: Game Collection: Las Palmas 1972 by User: Tabanus.

Round 1 May 29
Ulf Andersson vs H Lehmann, 1972
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko vs Larsen, 1972
(C25) Vienna, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs A Medina Garcia, 1972
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

J P Dominguez Sanz vs F Visier Segovia, 1972
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Menvielle Laccourreye vs Gheorghiu, 1972
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 39 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs Smyslov, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Tatai vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Valcarcel vs B Huguet, 1972
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 May 30
Gheorghiu vs J Valcarcel, 1972
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Huguet vs Bronstein, 1972
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 51 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs J P Dominguez Sanz, 1972 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

A Medina Garcia vs Ulf Andersson, 1972 
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 1-0

A Pomar Salamanca vs H Lehmann, 1972
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1972
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 85 moves, 1-0

S Tatai vs Benko, 1972
(E17) Queen's Indian, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Visier Segovia vs Portisch, 1972
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 53 moves, 0-1

Round 3 May 31
Ulf Andersson vs B Huguet, 1972
(A06) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Benko vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972 
(A13) English, 53 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Gheorghiu, 1972 
(D94) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

J P Dominguez Sanz vs S Tatai, 1972
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

H Lehmann vs A Medina Garcia, 1972
(E51) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Menvielle Laccourreye vs F Visier Segovia, 1972 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 45 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs Larsen, 1972 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 47 moves, 1-0

J Valcarcel vs Smyslov, 1972 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 53 moves, 0-1

Round 4 June 2
Benko vs J P Dominguez Sanz, 1972 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 42 moves, 0-1

Gheorghiu vs Ulf Andersson, 1972 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 31 moves, 1-0

B Huguet vs H Lehmann, 1972
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1972 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

A Pomar Salamanca vs A Medina Garcia, 1972
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Bronstein, 1972
(D90) Grunfeld, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Tatai vs Portisch, 1972 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 32 moves, 0-1

F Visier Segovia vs J Valcarcel, 1972
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 June 3
Ulf Andersson vs Smyslov, 1972
(A06) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs F Visier Segovia, 1972
(A03) Bird's Opening, 55 moves, 1-0

J P Dominguez Sanz vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(B83) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Lehmann vs Gheorghiu, 1972
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

A Medina Garcia vs B Huguet, 1972
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

A Menvielle Laccourreye vs S Tatai, 1972
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Benko, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

J Valcarcel vs Larsen, 1972
(E15) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

Round 6 June 4
Benko vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 1-0

J P Dominguez Sanz vs Portisch, 1972
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 40 moves, 0-1

Gheorghiu vs A Medina Garcia, 1972
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Bronstein, 1972 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs B Huguet, 1972 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs H Lehmann, 1972
(A15) English, 30 moves, 1-0

S Tatai vs J Valcarcel, 1972
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

F Visier Segovia vs Ulf Andersson, 1972 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Round 7 June 6
Ulf Andersson vs Larsen, 1972
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs S Tatai, 1972
(A05) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Huguet vs Gheorghiu, 1972 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 40 moves, 0-1

H Lehmann vs F Visier Segovia, 1972
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Medina Garcia vs Smyslov, 1972
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Menvielle Laccourreye vs J P Dominguez Sanz, 1972
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Valcarcel vs Benko, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 54 moves, 0-1

Round 8 June 7
Benko vs Bronstein, 1972
(B50) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

J P Dominguez Sanz vs J Valcarcel, 1972
(C45) Scotch Game, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs H Lehmann, 1972 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs Gheorghiu, 1972
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 52 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1972 
(A10) English, 22 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs B Huguet, 1972 
(A13) English, 24 moves, 1-0

S Tatai vs Ulf Andersson, 1972 
(C10) French, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Visier Segovia vs A Medina Garcia, 1972
(A15) English, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 June 8
Ulf Andersson vs Benko, 1972
(B53) Sicilian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs J P Dominguez Sanz, 1972 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

Gheorghiu vs Smyslov, 1972
(C42) Petrov Defense, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Huguet vs F Visier Segovia, 1972
(B44) Sicilian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Lehmann vs S Tatai, 1972
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Medina Garcia vs Larsen, 1972 
(B06) Robatsch, 32 moves, 0-1

A Menvielle Laccourreye vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Valcarcel vs Portisch, 1972
(A05) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 0-1

Round 10 June 9 (changed from June 10 due to an excursion!)
Benko vs H Lehmann, 1972
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

J P Dominguez Sanz vs Ulf Andersson, 1972
(C15) French, Winawer, 59 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs B Huguet, 1972
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 63 moves, 1-0

A Menvielle Laccourreye vs J Valcarcel, 1972
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

A Pomar Salamanca vs Smyslov, 1972
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 31 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs Bronstein, 1972 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Tatai vs A Medina Garcia, 1972
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

F Visier Segovia vs Gheorghiu, 1972
(E89) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 June 11
Ulf Andersson vs Portisch, 1972
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 36 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1972 
(A80) Dutch, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Larsen, 1972 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

B Huguet vs S Tatai, 1972
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Lehmann vs J P Dominguez Sanz, 1972
(A15) English, 63 moves, 1-0

A Medina Garcia vs Benko, 1972
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 47 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs F Visier Segovia, 1972 
(A28) English, 62 moves, 1-0

J Valcarcel vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

Round 12 June 12
Benko vs B Huguet, 1972 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

J P Dominguez Sanz vs A Medina Garcia, 1972
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 60 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Smyslov, 1972 
(C26) Vienna, 77 moves, 1-0

A Menvielle Laccourreye vs Ulf Andersson, 1972
(C02) French, Advance, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs F Visier Segovia, 1972
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs H Lehmann, 1972
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Tatai vs Gheorghiu, 1972
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Valcarcel vs Bronstein, 1972
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 13 June 14
Ulf Andersson vs J Valcarcel, 1972 
(A06) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Benko, 1972
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Huguet vs J P Dominguez Sanz, 1972
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Lehmann vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1972
(A81) Dutch, 40 moves, 0-1

A Medina Garcia vs Portisch, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs S Tatai, 1972
(A10) English, 29 moves, 1-0

F Visier Segovia vs Larsen, 1972
(A14) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Round 14 June 15
Benko vs Smyslov, 1972
(C26) Vienna, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Ulf Andersson, 1972
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

J P Dominguez Sanz vs Gheorghiu, 1972 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

A Menvielle Laccourreye vs A Medina Garcia, 1972
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

A Pomar Salamanca vs Larsen, 1972
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 68 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs B Huguet, 1972
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

S Tatai vs F Visier Segovia, 1972
(B44) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

J Valcarcel vs H Lehmann, 1972
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15 June 17
Ulf Andersson vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(A06) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Portisch, 1972 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Huguet vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1972
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 60 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs S Tatai, 1972 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 43 moves, 0-1

H Lehmann vs Bronstein, 1972
(C49) Four Knights, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Medina Garcia vs J Valcarcel, 1972
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs J P Dominguez Sanz, 1972 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 1-0

F Visier Segovia vs Benko, 1972 
(A15) English, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

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