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Las Palmas Interzonal 1982
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To find a challenger to the World Champion Anatoly Karpov it was necessary to qualify eight players for the Candidates quarterfinal knock-out matches that would conclude in 1983. Two players, Viktor Korchnoi and Robert Huebner, were qualified from having reached the Korchnoi - Huebner Candidates Final (1980). The other six players would qualify from three interzonal tournaments: Las Palmas (this page), Toluca Interzonal (1982) (Lajos Portisch and Eugenio Torre qualified), and Moscow Interzonal (1982) (Garry Kasparov and Alexander Beliavsky qualified).

To play in the interzonals, the players had to qualify from zonal tournaments. For Las Palmas, Mestel had qualified from Marbella B (1982), Marbella Final (1982), and the Leiden Zonal Playoff (1982). Ribli, Pinter (via the Budapest Zonal Playoff (1982)) and Suba had all qualified from Baile Herculane (1982). Psakhis and Tukmakov had qualified from Yerevan (1982), Sunye from Morón (1982), Browne from US Championship (1981), Karlsson from Randers B (1982) and the Randers Final (1982), and Bouaziz from Tripoli (1981).1 Four players had been seeded directly: Timman, Larsen and Petrosian based on rating per 1 July 19812 and the 61-year-old Smyslov by appointment of the Soviet Chess Federation.3

The opening ceremony took place on Sunday 11 July at about 12 am. Alexander Jongsma wrote in De Telegraaf (freely translated): It was announced that Mestel and Timman's second Jonathan Speelman played in the European Club Cup but would arrive in Las Palmas at the start of round 1. Antonio Angel Medina Garcia explained prior to the drawing of lots that FIDE had decided that players from the same country should not play against each other in the last five rounds. After the draw, the light-footed organizers wanted to find a player member for the Appeals Committe. But this turned out to be a step into the lion's den. Medina addressed the hall and proposed Petrosian as a member. Petrosian nodded. But then was heard the scraping of a chair, and a flammable Browne protested. Larsen then refused a place. Then Browne proposed Sunye. The Russians objected. Ribli then suggested Browne. He refused but was also still objected to Petrosian. All this in a minute and the confusion was complete. They will not listen to the voice of experience, complained Medina, "which is why I now issue a players meeting Monday at noon." Play would start at 3 pm and last up to 8 hours, with time for resumptions between 10 and 12 pm.4

Hotel Reina Isabel, Las Palmas (Spain) 12-29 July 1982

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts 1 GM Ribli 2580 * 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ 9 2 GM Smyslov 2565 0 * 1 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 8˝ 3 GM Suba 2525 ˝ 0 * ˝ 0 1 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 0 8 =4 GM Petrosian 2605 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 7˝ =4 GM Tukmakov 2555 0 1 1 1 * ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 7˝ =6 GM Larsen 2595 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 1 1 1 6˝ =6 GM Timman 2600 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ * 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 6˝ =8 GM Pinter 2550 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 0 * 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 6 =8 IM Mestel 2540 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 1 0 1 * 0 ˝ 0 1 1 6 =8 GM Psakhis 2615 ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 6 =11 IM Bouaziz 2360 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 5˝ =11 IM Sunye Neto 2500 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 5˝ =11 IM Karlsson 2505 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 0 1 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ 5˝ 14 GM Browne 2590 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 ˝ * 3

Tournament Arbiter: Antonio Angel Medina Garcia. 5

Ribli and Smyslov qualified, and advanced to the Ribli - Torre Candidates Quarterfinal (1983) and the Smyslov - Huebner Candidates Quarterfinal (1983). They met again in the Smyslov - Ribli Candidates Semifinal (1983), and Smyslov went on to the Kasparov - Smyslov Candidates Final (1984) where he had to throw in the towel.

Tournament books: Torneo Interzonal de Ajedrez Ciudad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 12 al 30 julio 1982 (Sevilla 1982. 96 p.); Interzonal Las Palmas 1982 ed. by Robert Wade (England 1982. 24 p.). As always, the Dutch newspapers (available at http://kranten.delpher.nl/) had decent coverage. The Elo in the crosstable is from FIDE Rating List July 1982 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198...).

1Primarily based on Mark Weeks at http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/zon... 2Timman in Schaakwerk I (Studien und Partien) 1990, pp. 152-153, and assuming that Henrique Mecking (2615) was replaced by Petrosian, see http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198... 3Tidskrift för Schack vol. 88 (1982) p. 188. 4De Telegraaf 12 July 1982 p. 17. 5El Mundo Deportivo 22 July 1982 p. 34.

Original collections: Game Collection: Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by User: Tabanus.

Round 1 July 12
S Bouaziz vs Psakhis, 1982
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs Timman, 1982 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

L Karlsson vs Larsen, 1982
(B27) Sicilian, 51 moves, 0-1

Pinter vs J Sunye Neto, 1982
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs A J Mestel, 1982
(A15) English, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Suba vs Smyslov, 1982 
(A28) English, 56 moves, 0-1

V Tukmakov vs Petrosian, 1982 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 2 July 13
Browne vs Pinter, 1982
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs V Tukmakov, 1982
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

A J Mestel vs S Bouaziz, 1982 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

Psakhis vs Suba, 1982 
(A61) Benoni, 45 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs L Karlsson, 1982 
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 1-0

J Sunye Neto vs Ribli, 1982
(A14) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Petrosian, 1982 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

Round 3 July 15
S Bouaziz vs J Sunye Neto, 1982
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Karlsson vs Psakhis, 1982
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian vs Larsen, 1982
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pinter vs Timman, 1982
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Ribli vs Browne, 1982
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Suba vs A J Mestel, 1982
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Tukmakov vs Smyslov, 1982 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 71 moves, 1-0

Round 4 July 16
Browne vs S Bouaziz, 1982
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 37 moves, 0-1

A J Mestel vs L Karlsson, 1982
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Pinter vs Ribli, 1982
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Psakhis vs V Tukmakov, 1982
(E50) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Petrosian, 1982 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Sunye Neto vs Suba, 1982 
(A15) English, 35 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Larsen, 1982
(B32) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 July 18
S Bouaziz vs Pinter, 1982
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Karlsson vs J Sunye Neto, 1982
(A06) Reti Opening, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Smyslov, 1982
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian vs Psakhis, 1982 
(A17) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Ribli vs Timman, 1982
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Suba vs Browne, 1982 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 62 moves, 0-1

V Tukmakov vs A J Mestel, 1982
(E73) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 6 July 19
Browne vs L Karlsson, 1982
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

A J Mestel vs Petrosian, 1982 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 104 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pinter vs Suba, 1982
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

Psakhis vs Larsen, 1982 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs S Bouaziz, 1982
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

J Sunye Neto vs V Tukmakov, 1982
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Smyslov, 1982
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 July 20
S Bouaziz vs Timman, 1982
(B83) Sicilian, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Karlsson vs Pinter, 1982
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs A J Mestel, 1982
(E90) King's Indian, 75 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs J Sunye Neto, 1982 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Psakhis, 1982
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 79 moves, 1-0

Suba vs Ribli, 1982 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Tukmakov vs Browne, 1982
(E12) Queen's Indian, 80 moves, 1-0

Round 8 July 22
S Bouaziz vs Suba, 1982
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs Petrosian, 1982 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

A J Mestel vs Smyslov, 1982 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 0-1

Pinter vs V Tukmakov, 1982
(E15) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

Ribli vs L Karlsson, 1982
(A25) English, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Sunye Neto vs Larsen, 1982
(A15) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Psakhis, 1982
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 July 23
L Karlsson vs S Bouaziz, 1982
(A10) English, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Browne, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 81 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Pinter, 1982
(A15) English, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Psakhis vs A J Mestel, 1982
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 66 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs J Sunye Neto, 1982
(A17) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Suba vs Timman, 1982 
(A20) English, 44 moves, 1-0

V Tukmakov vs Ribli, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 35 moves, 0-1

Round 10 July 25
S Bouaziz vs V Tukmakov, 1982 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs Smyslov, 1982 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Pinter vs Larsen, 1982 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Ribli vs Petrosian, 1982
(E13) Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Suba vs L Karlsson, 1982
(A25) English, 48 moves, 1-0

J Sunye Neto vs Psakhis, 1982 
(A36) English, 85 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs A J Mestel, 1982
(A22) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 11 July 26
L Karlsson vs Timman, 1982 
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Ribli, 1982 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 50 moves, 0-1

A J Mestel vs J Sunye Neto, 1982 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs S Bouaziz, 1982 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Psakhis vs Browne, 1982
(E12) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Pinter, 1982
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Tukmakov vs Suba, 1982 
(A61) Benoni, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 12 July 27
S Bouaziz vs Larsen, 1982
(B01) Scandinavian, 51 moves, 0-1

Browne vs A J Mestel, 1982 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 50 moves, 0-1

L Karlsson vs V Tukmakov, 1982
(A15) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Pinter vs Psakhis, 1982
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Smyslov, 1982 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 1-0

Suba vs Petrosian, 1982 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs J Sunye Neto, 1982
(E12) Queen's Indian, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13 July 29
Larsen vs Suba, 1982 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 0-1

A J Mestel vs Pinter, 1982 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs L Karlsson, 1982 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Psakhis vs Ribli, 1982
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs S Bouaziz, 1982 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Sunye Neto vs Browne, 1982
(A36) English, 59 moves, 1-0

V Tukmakov vs Timman, 1982 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

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