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|Apr-12-15|| ||Tabanus: <Print My Draft> Changes made! A bit creatively perhaps. I always try to avoid adjectives and adverbs so I eliminated "immediately" (incurred the wrath) and "Understandably". Changed from "elegant" to "impeccable", if that's any better. Please review a last time, and else I'm waiting for the green light.|
Then Montpellier. Then I promised to take a break, but I still have my friend's Skakbladet 1983 in front of me. And Larsen's reports from Niksic 1983 are in it! Cf. Game Collection: Niksic 1983. The problem is the dates, but there is a small book by Wade (28 pages) which may be in your treasures.
|Apr-12-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Maybe your best report yet! Almost like reading New In Chess! |
The changes are fine – a few more nits from me - so small only a fly will be able to find them:
against Short, Quinteros and González. Then; his 'safety first' style limited him ...
<against Short, Quinteros and González; his 'safety first' style limited him ...>
Sokolov was only 22,
<Sokolov was only twenty-two,> A lot of numbers in the report, so I would personally keep ages longhand, but your choice.
The 18 July was a rest day,
<July 18 was a rest day,> I had initially thought that you never use this ‘number last’ convention, but I see you do. In English prose we would want to read: The 18th of July was … , but July 18 is a good compromise I think.
including Masters Open I
<including the Masters Open I>
|Apr-12-15|| ||Tabanus: <PMD> I could not bring myself to write "twenty-two", but changed the rest! I will send it to the prestigious voting booth when/if CG processes the 2-weeks-old correction slips on three of the games. Still time to make suggestions. I hope "went on to play for the last qualification spot" is Ok?|
|Apr-12-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> <and went on to play for the last qualification spot in a playoff.>|
I see what you mean: 'to play ... a playoff' in the same sentence? Probably better is
<and went on to contest a playoff for the last qualification spot.>
|Apr-13-15|| ||Tabanus: <PMD> Accepted as better, and sent to the booth.|
|Apr-13-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Re: Niksic 1983|
Sadly, I only have the Niksic 1978 Wade tournament book, and it has no dates!
BCM (Nov 83, pp.491-494) has a brief report, crosstable, and 7 games, but only bracket dates: August 23-Sept 13.
|Apr-14-15|| ||Tabanus: <PMD> Ok, thanks. I may be able to find the dates anyway, but it does look difficult and there's the risk of lagging behind one day. Anyway, I'm manning up for Montpellier cand. but it may take time.|
|Apr-14-15|| ||jessicafischerqueen: |
<El Trejo, Clint>
This is beyond good- this is a benchmark in Cg.com chess history scholarship:
Game Collection: Biel Interzonal 1985
|Apr-15-15|| ||Tabanus: And me who thought it was a benchworm scoldingship :)|
<jess> I miss your tournament bios. Will you not reconsider? We can't force them anyway.
|Apr-15-15|| ||jessicafischerqueen: |
<Tab> Yes, I will get back to the Candidates events that I already started. I should have more time soon.
|Apr-15-15|| ||Tabanus: <jess> Great! That's good news.|
|Apr-19-15|| ||Tabanus: <PMD> A version of Montpellier Candidates (1985) is up. You may comment on the English etc. if you like. I did not write any "games section" this time, missing both the tournament book and NiC. Else I'll have another look when rested.|
|Apr-19-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Fine. I'll look properly tomorrow. I vaguely recall I found another Montpellier report, so I'll remind myself what that was and if it is worth posting any further info here.|
|Apr-20-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> RE: Montpellier. A few bits and pieces from Lev Alburt’s nice article in CHESS. Paraphrased except for the passage in quote marks; not that I’m suggesting it has to go in as a quote. As with the rest, take or leave what you wish:-|
<“French chess is developing fast. Boris Spassky lives near Paris. The French chess magazine is a most attractive production and Montpellier’s ‘Cercle Alekhine’ chess club a big contributor to the chess renaissance, with a young, handsome and brilliant president Jean Py, who is an economic advisor to the government of Provence. The tournament budget was a million Francs (nearly £100,000) which financed several subsidiary events as well. The competitors lived in a fine hotel, ‘The Sofitel’”.
The Russian delegation numbered twenty-one; a sizeable group of people, all staying at the same hotel. It was difficult to guess whether they were ordered to play as a 'team' or not. Generally, the results seemed to support a collusion theory, except for the occasion when Smyslov beat Beliavsky.
Still, the winners undoubtedly deserved their success. Yusupov was not lucky, worked hard between rounds and might even have scored better. His coach Dvoretsky picked him up at 15 and Yusupov never looked back. Chernin is another of Dvoretsky’s students.
Vaganian was once regarded as more talented than Karpov, but never had the backroom support of the world champion (Botvinnik, Furman, Razuvaev). He is more talented and less determined than Yusupov, but once again, his coaches have not been of the caliber of Dvoretsky either.
Andrei Sokolov is a mystery. Only 21, his success at Montpellier was considered lucky, even by those who could appreciate his excellent nerves and vigorous attacking style. Away from the board, he has the demeanor of a ‘hippie’ and can often be seen associating with strange individuals that other Soviet players would avoid, for fear of official disapproval.
Nigel Short didn’t appear to try too hard, but spending time with his second Nunn, and with Speelman, he seemed to enjoy himself.>
- CHESS, January 1986, pp. 297-298 (Alburt)
Let me know if you are interested in more leaderboard/game commentary chat, which I have avoided for now, but take your time.
Will have a read through what is already there later today.
|Apr-20-15|| ||Tabanus: <PMD> I added the sentence with the budget and the hotel only. (Arbiter still missing!). This means that you have done work for nothing - which I hope you will excuse! I'm exhausted and also don't have time now for weeks to come. Some other tasks have been neglected, and I need to catch up.|
|Apr-21-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> No bother. I also need to attend to other stuff, so a break will be welcome once I have given a read through to what you have done.|
|Apr-21-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Reads very well. I would only suggest two small changes:|
Exact venue was the Salle des Rencontres ...
<The playing venue was the Salle des Rencontres ...>
... had been held before in France. (7) But the organisation was well received.
< ... had been held before in France, (7) but the organisation was well received.>
|Apr-22-15|| ||Tabanus: <PMD> Thanks, and changed.|
Slightly bad conscience for no "games section" and "who were the seconds info". I'll try to ref. the "won more games than Tal" sentence later.
|May-03-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Re: Niksic 1983. Some paraphrased BCM comments to add to your already voluminous report. Might need some trimming!
<Upon his return from Gjovik, Tony Miles received a telegram from the Yugoslav organizers at Niksic informing him that the tournament was starting earlier than scheduled in order to fit in two more players. The fact that the two players were Portisch and Kasparov, indicated that the aim was to improve the tournament’s elite standing, and also to enable Kasparov to prove to the chess world that he still deserved a shot at the world title. Hort withdrew on hearing of the new entries and so in the end, 15 players would start the Category 14 (average Elo 2591) event.|
Bent Larsen, after a long rest in Argentina, which is now his home, showed some impressive form. Fellow veterans Spassky and Portisch performed well too, although Spassky had two fortuitous moments; his wild play against Kasparov could have gone badly wrong and Ivanovic should probably not have declined his draw offer in the last round. According to Tal in ‘Sovietsky Sport’, Spassky’s bold sacrifice against Kasparov was unsound and White missed two clear wins. It was the only game that Kasparov lost and a good example of how psychology can trump objectivity in a tense situation.
Miles was in second place for the first half of the tournament, but fatigue took over as he crashed in a favourable ending against Tal, the former world champion’s only win.
The final round was unusually hard-fought. Kasparov was perhaps uncharitably determined to defeat the birthday boy Gligoric, while Petrosian tested Andersson with an ambitious opening that really didn't suit his normally cautious style; it backfired badly. Timman and Seirawan sparred with each other for 12 hours, only to arrive at a 102 move draw.
After the tournament and a further speed chess event in Herceg Novi, Kasparov returned to Moscow where he gave an interview on the radio. He was determined to talk at length about the high proportion of decisive games in Niksic (41%). In effect, he was downplaying the more turgid super-tournaments of recent years where Karpov had usually won by small margins, and putting himself forward as the exciting alternative. Kasparov was aware that Karpov’s entry in future super-tournaments was likely to cause the Soviet Federation to block his own invitations, unless he took pro-active steps. This was a great motivation for his uncompromising play and stream of wins.
A petition was made by all the players to urge FIDE to proceed with the Candidates semi-finals, but there was a snag. The players unwisely put their names on the organizer’s own headed notepaper and were told they should use other more appropriate channels for submitting such representations.>
BCM, November 1983, pp. 491-494
|May-03-15|| ||Tabanus: <PMD> Excellent! <Might need some trimming!> must be an English understatement :) I have no idea yet where to start - probably I should get all you have (is there more?) before trying to sum up. Still lacking: arbiter, Miles' seconds, etc.! All the reports are focused on the K's.|
|May-04-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Not much different in CHESS ... the whole Candidates debate/dispute was raging both at Niksic and at the General Assembly and this seems to have dominated the coverage. However, just to add to your mess/mass ...|
<Average rating 2589!> Hehe, that must be three different figures now.
<Miles was close behind Kasparov early on and had the edge in their individual game, but a string of tough adjournments set him back. Larsen, after a poor start, had his best result for a long time, while Gligoric did well for a sexagenarian. Karpov sent him a special greeting and urged that the Candidates semi-finals should be decided at the chessboard ...>
CHESS, October 1983, pp. 117-118
There does seem to be a big void when it comes to arbiters and seconds. The English press, and I would say English chess enthusiasts generally, have never had any interest in those facts ... not sure why. I recently bought 'Genius In The Background' by Karolyi (mainly because it can now be found ridiculously cheap) and it is quite interesting to get an appreciation of the contributions of those often ignored backroom guys. In fact, I was surprised by the author's selections, some of whom I knew very little about - but I suppose that was the point!
|May-04-15|| ||Tabanus: <PMD> Thanks. I still have some googling left but don't expect to find much more. I'll try Yugoslavian newspapers again also. It's about time to sum up, but I still have little time - and my eyes/head hurt too. Too much staring at the screen these days.|
|May-04-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> Average Elo in Informator = 2590!|
That's now a choice of 2589, 2590, 2591 or 2593. I felt sure there were reliable pocket calculators in 1983, but apparently not!
|May-05-15|| ||Tabanus: <PMD> I just tried, and got 2592!|
Hmm, I don't even have organizer and exact venue. Plus I'm tired and don't feel qualified for this Kasparov stuff.
|May-06-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Tab> I guess you mean the Candidates semi-finals, the problem with Pasadena as a venue, the Soviet Federation boycott and Kasparov's forfeit against Korchnoi etc. etc.|
If you would like me to write a draft paragraph about the background politics, I'd be happy to do so. My books will contain more summarized accounts than the many magazine and newspaper articles.
Would this help?
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