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Linares 1981
Compiled by Tabanus
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The third major chess event held in Linares, Spain became a full grandmaster event due in large part to the maneuvering of grocery tycoon Luis Rentero Suarez. In addition to contracting world champion Anatoly Karpov he was able to sign 11 other grandmasters including Larry Christiansen, the winner of Linares (1979). Other sponsors were: the City Council of Linares, the Provincial Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Spanish Chess Federation, Champagne Codorniu, Pedro Domecq, and some banks. The players were: Karpov (Elo ranked #1 in the world), Lajos Portisch (#2), Boris Spassky (#4), Bent Larsen (#12), Ljubomir Ljubojevic (#14), Zoltan Ribli (#20), Lubomir Kavalek (#32), Svetozar Gligoric (#51), Guillermo García González (#61), Christiansen (#66), Miguel Quinteros (#75), and Juan Bellón López (#407). Spassky and García were replacements for Lev Polugaevsky (#7) and Mikhail Tal (#29) (Christiansen says Kavalek replaced Tal). Among the many visitors were Yasser Seirawan, an assistant of world championship challenger Viktor Korchnoi. The players stayed in the Hotel Cervantes. The play took place in the House of Culture, during the same two weeks as the Hoogovens (1981) tournament. The rounds started at 4 pm.

Karpov won with 8/11, and received the magnificent silver artwork and his playing fee. After the event, he considered Portisch vs Karpov, 1981 to be his best game. Christiansen also got 8/11 but was behind on Sonneborn-Berger score. He lost their individual game, but wins against Spassky and Portisch gave the performance of his life in perhaps the strongest field he ever faced. Rentero devised that in Linares the number of wins would be the future tiebreak factor. Larsen took third, despite falling into Spassky's trap in Round 4 and turning down Ribli's draw offer in Round 5. After the event, Ljubojevic remained in Linares where he planned to help organize the next year's edition. He also married a local woman. The beauty prize went to him for Ljubojevic vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981.

Casa de la Cultura, Linares, Spain, 17-31 January 1981

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Karpov 29 2690 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 8 2 Christiansen 24 2515 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8 3 Larsen 45 2610 ½ ½ * 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7 4 Ribli 29 2585 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ 6½ 5 Spassky 43 2635 ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6 6 Kavalek 37 2550 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 7 Portisch 43 2650 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 5½ 8 Ljubojevic 30 2605 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ 5 9 Gligoric 57 2530 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * 1 0 1 5 10 Quinteros 33 2505 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 4 11 Bellón 29 2415 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 3½ 12 García 27 2520 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 * 1½

Category: XIII (2568). Chief arbiter: IA José María González.

Video (Round 10): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkN...

There is a tournament book: Linares 81, ed. by José María González Pérez. Revista Jaque, San Sebastián. 180 pp. With contributions by Ricardo Calvo and some of the players.

Sources

FIDE rating list January 1981 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198...)

Jesús J. Boyero in Marca, 22 December 2015 (http://www.marca.com/ajedrez/2015/1...)

José María González in Jaque 111 (March 1981), pp. 3-14 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)

Antonio Gude in El ajedrez 14 (February 1981), pp. 51-60 (http://www.historiadelajedrezespano...)

Larry Christiansen in Chess Voice, Vol. 14, No. 1 (April-May 1981), pp. 9-10 (http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/...)

Tidskrift för Schack, March-April 1981, pp. 75-76, citing Alexey Suetin in Moscow News (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)

Previous edition: Linares (1979). Next: Linares (1983)

Original collections: Game Collection: Linares 1981 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Linares 1981 by User: Tabanus. Round dates (from Spanish and Dutch newspapers): January 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31.

Round 1 January 17
Portisch vs Larsen, 1981 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 55 moves, 0-1

Ljubojevic vs Kavalek, 1981
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Spassky, 1981 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Quinteros, 1981
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Ribli vs Gligoric, 1981 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 59 moves, 1-0

G Garcia Gonzalez vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 2 January 18
Kavalek vs L Christiansen, 1981 
(B06) Robatsch, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 39 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Karpov, 1981 
(A22) English, 37 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs Ribli, 1981
(A15) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981
(A12) English with b3, 60 moves, 1-0

Round 3 January 20
Ribli vs Portisch, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

J M Bellon Lopez vs Spassky, 1981
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 0-1

Ljubojevic vs Quinteros, 1981
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Larsen, 1981
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Gligoric, 1981 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Kavalek, 1981
(A15) English, 45 moves, 0-1

Round 4 January 21
Kavalek vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 34 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Spassky, 1981 
(A26) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs L Christiansen, 1981 
(A15) English, 46 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Ribli, 1981
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 January 22
Spassky vs Kavalek, 1981
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Portisch, 1981 
(A14) English, 31 moves, 1-0

J M Bellon Lopez vs Gligoric, 1981 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1981 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 62 moves, 0-1

Ribli vs Larsen, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 55 moves, 1-0

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Quinteros, 1981 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Round 6 January 24
Karpov vs L Christiansen, 1981 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Kavalek, 1981
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 49 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Spassky, 1981
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 53 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 7 January 25
G Garcia Gonzalez vs Karpov, 1981
(A15) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Quinteros, 1981 
(B20) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

J M Bellon Lopez vs Portisch, 1981
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 56 moves, 0-1

Kavalek vs Gligoric, 1981
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Larsen, 1981 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Ribli, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 January 27 (?)
Ljubojevic vs L Christiansen, 1981
(C42) Petrov Defense, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Gligoric, 1981
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 62 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Spassky, 1981
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(A17) English, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs Kavalek, 1981
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 January 28
J M Bellon Lopez vs Ribli, 1981 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 33 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Karpov, 1981 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kavalek vs Portisch, 1981
(C42) Petrov Defense, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Larsen, 1981
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs Quinteros, 1981
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 10 January 29
Ljubojevic vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1981
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 42 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Kavalek, 1981
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Spassky, 1981
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Quinteros, 1981
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Gligoric, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981
(E14) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 11 January 31
Kavalek vs Ribli, 1981
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Ljubojevic, 1981
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

J M Bellon Lopez vs L Christiansen, 1981
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 0-1

G Garcia Gonzalez vs Larsen, 1981
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs Portisch, 1981
(A13) English, 26 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs Karpov, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

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