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Moscow Interzonal 1982
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In order to select a challenger for the World Champion Anatoly Karpov, FIDE needed eight players for the Candidates quarterfinal matches that would take place in 1983. Two players, Viktor Korchnoi and Robert Huebner, were already qualified, by having reached the Korchnoi - Hübner Candidates Final (1980/81). The other six would qualify from three tournaments: the Las Palmas Interzonal (1982), the Moscow Interzonal (this page), and the Toluca Interzonal (1982). This was the first time the interzonal stage was split into three parts, instead of two as in 1973, 1976 and 1979. (1) Qualifying from the zonal tournaments were van der Wiel from Marbella Final (1982) and the Leiden Zonal Playoff (1982), Christiansen from the US Championship (1981), Murey from Randers B (1982) and the Randers Final (1982), Geller from Yerevan (1982) and the Jacksonville Zonal Playoff (1981), Gheorghiu from the Budapest Zonal Playoff (1982), Sax from Baile Herculane (1982), Rodriguez from Hong Kong (1982), Garcia from Bayamo (1981), Quinteros from Morón (1982), and Velimirovic from Budva (1981). (2) Tal qualified by having reached the Candidates matches in the previous cycle. Kasparov, Beliavsky and Andersson were selected on the basis of their rating at the FIDE congress in Atlanta, USA in 1981. (3) The players

Hotel "Sport", where the tournament was held: http://chesspro.ru/_images/gal/all_...

Opening ceremony: http://chesspro.ru/_images/gal/all_...

Deputy Chief Arbiter Vladimir Dvorkovich: http://chesspro.ru/_images/gal/all_... (from http://chesspro.ru/_images/gal/?f=2...)

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Velimirovic, Geller, Sax, President of the Soviet Chess Fedreation Vitaly Sevastyanov, and Chief Arbiter Bozidar Kazic http://chesspro.ru/_images/gal/all_...

It was in September 1982 that Keene travelled to Moscow to act as a second for Larry Christiansen (http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp...)

After 8 rounds Garcia was leading by 1 point, and a sensation? But behind was a quintet of Andersson, Beliavsky, Geller, Kasparov and Tal, and one of these 6 was favorite. In Round 9 was 2 games important for the outcome: Beliavsky defeated Garcia with Black, and Kasparov was almost losing vs Anderrson when the latter offered a draw. K had a difficult start but after this game, K played brilliantly. Before last round, Andersson, Beliavsky, Geller, Garcia and Tal were in 2nd place. Garcia and Geller had the "easiest" opponents (Rodriguez & Sax) but they both lost! Andersson-Tal was a draw, but Beliavsky won vs Gheorghiu and took 2nd place. And the Soviets got revenge for their defeat in Toluca (Tidskrift för Schack vol. 88 (October 1982) p. 233) 1

Kasparov watching Beliavsky vs Tal, 1982 in Round 5: http://visualrian.ru/en/images/zoom...

Interzonal Moscow 1982 by Robert Wade (1982), 20 pp.

Hotel Sport, Moscow, Soviet Union, 7-24 September 1982

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 SonBe* 1 GM Kasparov 2675 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 10 2 GM Beliavsky 2620 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 8½ =3 GM Tal 2610 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 8 48.00 =3 GM Andersson 2610 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8 47.50 =5 GM Geller 2565 ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 7½ 46.50 =5 GM Garcia 2500 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 7½ 45.25 7 IM Murey 2500 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6½ =8 GM Sax 2560 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 0 * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 6 37.50 =8 GM Christiansen 2505 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 6 34.25 10 GM Velimirovic 2495 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ 1 1 ½ 5½ =11 IM van der Wiel 2520 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 5 31.25 =11 GM Gheorghiu 2535 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ 5 29.25 13 IM Rodriguez 2415 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 * 1 4½ 14 GM Quinteros 2520 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 3

Lucerne: Kasparov +6 = 5 -0 (bd. 2), Belyavsky +5 =4 -1 (bd. 4)

Kasparov and Beliavsky advanced to the Candidates matches. The drawing for pairings took place in Lucerne (during the Olympiad) on 10 November (Tidskrift för Schack, vol. 88 (December 1982), p. 317):

Ribli - Torre Candidates Quarterfinal (1983) Korchnoi - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1983) Smyslov - Hübner Candidates Quarterfinal (1983) Kasparov - Beliavsky Candidates Quarterfinal (1983)

New Research

From CHESS … (verbatim):

Moscow started with a demonstration by Boris Gulko, who has for years agitated to leave the USSR. He and his wife were arrested. Tal and Guillermo Garcia set the pace, closely followed by Kasparov and Andersson. Kasparov’s extra class against the weaker players soon took him into a clear lead, and Beliavsky beat Tal in a crucial round 7 game. Kasparov had already qualified when the last round startedbut Beliavsky, after salvaging an apprently lost game against Andersson, had drawn level with the Swede as well as Tal, Garcia and Geller. Last round nerves saw Garcia lose to Rodriguez and Geller to Sax. Beliavsky had tired after saving a game with Andersson, quite lost on adjournment, after 14 hours’ play. He nearly lost a won game against Rodriguez. He was again lucky when Gheorghiu, in a position full of life, sealed a losing move on adjournment. Meanwhile, Andersson and Tal had played a “short, colourless draw” reports Keene. Why??

NB. Sonneborn-Berger scores given as tie-splitters in the table agree with those already in the draft.

- CHESS, Oct. 1982, p.141

From BCM … (paraphrased except in quotation marks):

Dates given as 7-25 September, Category 12, GM norm =8, IM norm =5.5

“The third and final Interzonal of the 1981-84 World Championship qualifying cycle was the most exciting and the most productive of dynamic chess.”

In his early games, Kasparov, the nineteen year old from Baku, played in a risky style and this might have backfired, but for the time shortages faced by his opponents.

The tournament conditions favoured the youngsters – there was only one rest day.

Kasparov predicted that himself and Beliavsky would qualify, but he had been totally wrong with his forecasts of the other Interzonals.

Garcia, at one point on 6/7, looked like creating a sensation until he was halted by Beliavsky and Christiansen with successive defeats.

“Murey enhanced his reputation while playing in difficult circumstances.”

“Tal was steady, but rarely his dynamic self.”

Kasparov’s impressive win against Murey was shunned by the Soviet press, due to Murey’s name being largely censored (along with those of Ivanov and Alburt). Murey used to live in Moscow.

Ray Keene (from his Spectator column) reported that he and Christiansen “had been subjected to intensive luggage searches at Moscow airport on the way home. Christiansen had been carrying a long article in Russian from Gulko which was to be published in a US chess magazine. This was confiscated.” Keene had also been carrying a letter from Gulko to FIDE, but anticipating that the border guards would intercept it, he had memorised and destroyed it.

- BCM, Sept. 1982, pp.466-469

Moscow izt 1982. Part 2/2.
“I believe that the Las Palmas Interzonal boasted the highest average ELO rating, but I also believe that Moscow was the most difficult tournament from which to qualify. I base my assertion on the strength at the top, where there were four players (Kasparov, Beliavsky, Andersson and Tal) who clearly deserved to qualify.”

“Only by defeating Gheorghiu in the last round did Beliavsky squeeze through, and if one or more of Tal, Andersson, Garcia or Geller could have won, he would still have faced a play-off for the coveted place in the Candidates.”

“I attended Moscow as Christiansen’s second. Larry has not been in great form since he won the US Championship last year, but at Moscow he performed to his rating, won some attractive games and played a part in the decision making process at the top, by demolishing Garcia in a late round.”

Note at the end of the crazy game Beliavsky-Van der Wiel: “ … 41. Rc2 d5 (sealed) 0-1 … The boot is now on the other foot – the king that was on d8 is now safely tucked up in the corner, while White’s monarch is hopelessly exposed.”

- Keene in BCM, Dec. 1982, pp. 519-521

NB. More about the Murey and Gulko sagas in Soltis’ Soviet Chess 1917-1991 (p. 371). Soltis also names the original venue as the 13 storey ‘Central House of Tourism’. It seems the venue was hurriedly changed to the Hotel Sport after the Gulko demonstration had blighted the start of the event.

Kasparov interview after event: Goal was to be no 1 or 2. Before the event he had considered Beliavsky and Andersson as other favorites, but Andersson was more concerned about not to lose than to win. The compromiseless play by Beliavsky deserved a place. Before the Candidates matches, the young grandmasters will now take over, "it's about time for a generation shift even in the chess world". Even he had to confess he'd never played any official match before (Tidskrift för Schack vol. 88 (October 1982) pp. 251-252)

Kasparov next played in the Luzern olympiad in November (incl. an 1-0 vs Korchnoi)

*Sonneborn-Berger scores (from Mark Weeks at http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/828...) applied in the event of a tied playoff. A tied playoff for third place took place in Sweden in January between Tal and Andersson, see the Malmö Candidates Reserve Playoff (1983).

1) Wikipedia article: Interzonal

2) Mainly based on Mark Weeks at http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/zon...

3) Tidskrift för Schack, vol. 87 (November 1981), p. 287.

My Story; Garry Kasparov, moderated by James Plaskett; a 5-tape video series (VHS); GMVideo 2000

Original collections: Game Collection: Moscow Interzonal 1982 by User: suenteus po 147, Game Collection: Moscow Interzonal 1982 by User: WCC Editing Project, and Game Collection: Moscow Interzonal 1982 by User: Tabanus.

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Round 1 Sept 7
Ulf Andersson vs Ruben Rodriguez, 1982
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Velimirovic, 1982 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 25 moves, 1-0

L Christiansen vs Gheorghiu, 1982
(A56) Benoni Defense, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Van der Wiel, 1982
(E12) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Quinteros, 1982
(B83) Sicilian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Sax, 1982 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 38 moves, 1-0

Murey vs Tal, 1982 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

Round 2 Sept 8
Gheorghiu vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1982
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Murey vs Geller, 1982
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Beliavsky, 1982
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Ruben Rodriguez, 1982
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Van der Wiel vs Ulf Andersson, 1982 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 56 moves, 0-1

Velimirovic vs L Christiansen, 1982 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 3 Sept 9
Ulf Andersson vs Gheorghiu, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Quinteros, 1982 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

L Christiansen vs Sax, 1982
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Velimirovic, 1982
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 77 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Tal, 1982
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Murey, 1982 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

Ruben Rodriguez vs Van der Wiel, 1982 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 75 moves, 1-0

Round 4 Sept 11
Geller vs Kasparov, 1982 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Ruben Rodriguez, 1982
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Murey vs Beliavsky, 1982
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 43 moves, 1-0

Quinteros vs L Christiansen, 1982 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 0-1

Sax vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1982 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Van der Wiel, 1982 
(A17) English, 22 moves, 1-0

Velimirovic vs Ulf Andersson, 1982
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 Sept 12
Ulf Andersson vs Sax, 1982
(A15) English, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Geller, 1982
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

L Christiansen vs Murey, 1982 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Quinteros, 1982 
(E97) King's Indian, 51 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Tal, 1982 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruben Rodriguez vs Velimirovic, 1982
(E50) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5, 65 moves, 0-1

Van der Wiel vs Gheorghiu, 1982
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 Sept 13
Geller vs L Christiansen, 1982 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1982 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Murey vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1982
(A13) English, 48 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs Ulf Andersson, 1982
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 0-1

Sax vs Ruben Rodriguez, 1982
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Gheorghiu, 1982
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Velimirovic vs Van der Wiel, 1982
(B89) Sicilian, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 Sept 16
Ulf Andersson vs Murey, 1982 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 70 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Tal, 1982 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 39 moves, 1-0

L Christiansen vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Geller, 1982
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Velimirovic, 1982
(A56) Benoni Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Ruben Rodriguez vs Quinteros, 1982 
(A28) English, 24 moves, 1-0

Van der Wiel vs Sax, 1982
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 8 Sept 17
Beliavsky vs L Christiansen, 1982
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Ulf Andersson, 1982
(B83) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1982
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Murey vs Ruben Rodriguez, 1982
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 46 moves, 1-0

Quinteros vs Van der Wiel, 1982
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Gheorghiu, 1982
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Velimirovic, 1982 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

Round 9 Sept 18
Ulf Andersson vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Tal, 1982
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Beliavsky, 1982 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 41 moves, 0-1

Gheorghiu vs Quinteros, 1982
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruben Rodriguez vs Geller, 1982
(A13) English, 36 moves, 0-1

Van der Wiel vs Murey, 1982
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Velimirovic vs Sax, 1982
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 Sept 20
Beliavsky vs Ulf Andersson, 1982 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 107 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1982 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 30 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Van der Wiel, 1982
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Ruben Rodriguez, 1982 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

Murey vs Gheorghiu, 1982
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs Velimirovic, 1982
(A14) English, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Sax, 1982
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 Sept 21
Ulf Andersson vs L Christiansen, 1982
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Tal, 1982
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Geller, 1982
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruben Rodriguez vs Beliavsky, 1982
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Quinteros, 1982
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 1-0

Van der Wiel vs Kasparov, 1982 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Velimirovic vs Murey, 1982
(C42) Petrov Defense, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12 Sept 22
Beliavsky vs Van der Wiel, 1982 
(B33) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

L Christiansen vs Ruben Rodriguez, 1982
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Ulf Andersson, 1982
(E17) Queen's Indian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Velimirovic, 1982
(A17) English, 42 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Gheorghiu, 1982 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Murey vs Sax, 1982 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 57 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Quinteros, 1982
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13 Sept 24
Ulf Andersson vs Tal, 1982 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Beliavsky, 1982 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 47 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs Murey, 1982
(A25) English, 48 moves, 0-1

Ruben Rodriguez vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1982
(A10) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Sax vs Geller, 1982 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 45 moves, 1-0

Van der Wiel vs L Christiansen, 1982
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Velimirovic vs Kasparov, 1982 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

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