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Slim Bouaziz vs Yehuda Gruenfeld
Riga Interzonal (1979), Riga URS, rd 15, Sep-26
Uncommon Opening (A00)  ·  0-1


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  Tabanus: For political reasons, the Tunisian Bouaziz did not show up for his game vs the Israeli Gruenfeld.

- Riga Interzonal 1979 by Miles and Speelman (London 1979).

Apr-26-14  Howard: Hmmm, didn't know that---and I thought I was fairly familiar with the two interzonal events from 1979.

For the record, the 1976 Manila interzonal also had a forfeit win but that was due to the loser not knowing the exact time the game was to start. Don't recall offhand who the two players were.

Then, of course, there was a certain game of Fischer's from the 1970 interzonal which was decided on a forfeit....but that's a well-known story !

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  FSR: Surely White (who's actually Black) should have realized that he would have Slim chances if he failed to appear for the game.
May-30-16  Howard: Just looked up this interzonal in a 1979 issue of British Chess Magazine, and it briefly mentions this forfeit.
Nov-12-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: This was not the first time Bouaziz refused to play a game on the ground of his opponent's nationality.

He was a member of the Tunisian team that refused to play Israel in the 'B' final at Nice in 1974.

Based on the players' relative ELO ratings, the match was awarded to Israel by a margin of 3-1, although - as happened when Albania refused to play Israel in the previous Olympiad - it should have been scored 4-0.

Israel went on to win the group.

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