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Moscow 1982 <WCCEP> is working on it

Tunis 1985 <zanzibar>

Taxco 1985 <Tabanus>

Biel 1985

Zagreb 1987 <zanzibar>

Szirak 1987 <zanzibar>

Subotica 1987 <zanzibar>

Manila 1990 <thomastonk> was working on it but he disappeared

Biel 1993 <zanzibar>

Groningen PCA 1993 <zanzibar>


Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956)
Larsen - Geller 3rd place Candidates Playoff (1966)

Larsen - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1968) <Tabanus>

Korchnoi - Tal Candidates Semifinal (1968) <WCCEP>

Larsen - Tal 3rd place Candidates Playoff (1969) <WCCEP>

Portoroz Candidates Reserve Playoff (1971)

Petrosian - Korchnoi Candidates Semifinal (1971) <Chessical or WCCEP>

Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Semifinal (1974) <WCCEP>

Ribli - Torre Candidates Quarterfinal (1983) <Tabanus>

Korchnoi - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1983)
Kasparov - Beliavsky Candidates Quarterfinal (1983)
Smyslov - Hübner Candidates Quarterfinal (1983)
Smyslov - Ribli Candidates Semifinal (1983)
Kasparov - Korchnoi Candidates Semifinal (1983)
Kasparov - Smyslov Candidates Final (1984)
Moscow Interzonal Playoff (1985)
Biel Interzonal Playoff (1985)
London Candidates Reserve Playoff (1985)
Montpellier Candidates Playoff (1985)
Sokolov - Vaganian Candidates Quarterfinal (1986)
Yusupov - Timman Candidates Quarterfinal (1986)
Sokolov - Yusupov Candidates Semifinal (1986)
Budapest Interzonal Playoff (1987)
Havana Candidates Reserve Playoff (1987)
Speelman - Short Candidates Quarterfinal (1988)
Speelman - Short Candidates Quarterfinal (1988)
Yusupov - Spraggett Candidates Quarterfinal (1989)
Timman - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1989)
Karpov - Hjartarson Candidates Quarterfinal (1989)
Karpov - Yusupov Candidates Semifinal (1989)
Timman - Speelman Candidates Semifinal (1989)
Karpov - Timman Candidates Final (1990)

Yusupov - Dolmatov Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Ivanchuk - Yudasin Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Short - Speelman Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Korchnoi - Sax Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Gelfand - Nikolic Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Timman - Hübner Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Anand - Dreev Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Timman - Korchnoi Candidates Quarterfinal (1991)
Yusupov - Ivanchuk Candidates Quarterfinal (1991)
Short - Gelfand Candidates Quarterfinal (1991)
Karpov - Anand Candidates Quarterfinal (1991)
Timman - Yusupov Candidates Semifinal (1992)
Short - Karpov Candidates Semifinal (1992)
Short - Timman Candidates Final (1993)


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   Dec-15-14 chessforum (replies)
Tabanus: <CG> Belated congrats with the 13 years, and and happy holidays! Or Merry Christmas or what it is in English. God Jul! It's been a good year, with lots of technical improvements. And a good deal of bio writings as well, both on pids and tids.
   Dec-15-14 Tabanus chessforum (replies)
Tabanus: Well that's it for this year. Have a happy holidays and Merry Christmas, everyone. God Jul!
   Dec-15-14 Rolando Uy (replies)
Tabanus: <Stonehenge> Phony B has access to the USCF archives I believe.
   Dec-15-14 Spassky vs Larsen, 1967
   Dec-14-14 Portisch vs Larsen, 1968
Tabanus: Game ended 75...Rc2 76.Kg1 b4 77.Rb5 and draw on Larsen's suggestion according to the match bulletin.
   Dec-13-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Tabanus: <whiteshark> Excellent, thanks.
   Dec-13-14 M Damjanovic vs Uhlmann, 1968 (replies)
Tabanus: Picture:
   Dec-13-14 S Zinser vs J C Letzelter, 1968
Tabanus: Picture: (Zinser has White).
   Dec-13-14 Portisch vs J C Letzelter, 1968 (replies)
Tabanus: Picture:
   Dec-12-14 James Bennett McCord (replies)
Tabanus: two t's.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Thanks, I will postpone comments until beginning of next week in that case.

I've started checking the games and they are fine up to end of round 3. Round dates checked out okay. Full S/B scores from CHESS (for players tied) were Portisch 51.75, Torre 51, Ivanov 48, Seirawan 47, Yusupov 46, Polugaevsky 44.5, Balashov 38, Adorjan 36.75, Rubinetti 27, Rodriguez 26.75. I think I previously said Portisch 51.5, but that was a typo.

Regarding tournament category, BCM gives 12, but Wade book gives 13. I don't know if you already have a source, but Informator agrees with 12.

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Thanks. The category was 12 in all three Iz's, they were equally strong by purpose.

I note that has 44.25 for Seirawan. I've seen differences before for other tournaments.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabanus> Apologies for the delay. The building works have been a major distraction these last few days; everything that could go wrong has done so.

I will try to get Toluca done tomorrow. It shouldn't take much doing.

Sorry to hear you are closing the forum. I'm in no position to urge you to do otherwise, as I haven't even got round to opening one myself yet! I will however continue to look at the Bistro and give you whatever help is at hand.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabanus> Incidentally, game checking for Toluca is now complete up to Round 10.

One error so far: Rd 4 Ivanov-Torre should end ... 48. Rc1 Kb7 49. Rc5 Re6 50. Rb5+ 1-0.

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  WCC Editing Project:

Have a great vacation with the fine <Mrs. El Trejo>, and I too hope you will return to the grand and frustrating project.

But mainly, have a great vacation and maybe try not to think about us.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> Have a good holiday. I'm sure Mrs <El Trejo> will enjoy her trip to sunny Sochi-by-the-sea.

Some (Toluca-related) in-flight reading material:

<Nunn was seconded by Chandler. Having arrived late on the 9th, they were shocked to discover that round 1 was to start the next day despite prior notification of the 11th.

Most players had been there for several days or even a week to allow for acclimatisation. Nunn struggled badly in games 1, 2 and 4 due to the seven hour time difference and its inevitable effects. He swindled Hulak, and was fortunate to share the lead after round 6, but fell away thereafter.

Portisch was able to put a poor start behind him and move into a higher gear for the second half of the event.

Torre’s tactical gifts were fully on display and earned him five consecutive wins. However, Nunn was critical of his opening play and clock handling, claiming that these factors would weigh heavily against him in any Candidates match.

Spassky didn’t seem to take the event seriously, but even so, was within a whisker of reaching a play-off, when he surprisingly lost his way in a winning position against Ivanov.

Polugaevsky started poorly and blundered badly against Torre but recovered well to post a respectable score.

Adorjan-Hulak showed some fine attacking play from Adorjan, who otherwise played miserably.

Hulak-Nunn. 44. … Re2!! An unbelievable resource found by Chandler in the adjournment to save the game. Hulak sat staring at the position until he had almost run out of time.>

Nunn in BCM, Oct 1982, pp. 437-442.

<Torre – the first Asian ever to qualify for the Candidates.

“Nunn had started with four draws. He became joint leader after six rounds, but then lost to Portisch’s Poisoned Pawn. Torre and Portisch, with five and four wins in a row respectively, took over. In round 11, Torre saved an apparently hopeless ending against Portisch by superb defence after three sessions and 100 moves.”>

CHESS, Oct 1982, p. 141.

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  Tabanus: Welcome back! :)
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  WCC Editing Project:

Buenos vista spectaculairrre, <El Trejo>.

I do have one source with something useful to add to Game Collection: Moscow Interzonal 1982- I have this movie here where Kasparov evaluates his experiences at the event:

-<Garry Kasparov, "My Story Part 3" James Plaskett moderator, (GMVideo, 2000)>

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  Tabanus: <WCCEP> That's great, but ahh for sale. I hope he's speaking in English!

Or this one?

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  WCC Editing Project:

<El Trejo> Yes, that's the film, though it's just a preview segment.

Kasparov speaks in English!

I noticed that this film has been taken down from youtube quite thoroughly- I noticed several dead links to it recently.

That's why in general, weblinks suck as a reference.

I don't need to use any link, since as I said I own the entire movie.

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  Tabanus: <WCCEP> The Sousse Interzonal (1967) is not very good yet, would it be OK if I tried to fix it? The CG table needs editing and an intro needs to be written. Plus I just received the tournament book! There's some stuff in it.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> <WCC> Part 1/2. Hmm. I seem to have tournament books for the 1982 Toluca and Las Palmas Interzonals, but not the Moscow one. Hopefully the following will help though.

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

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  Paint My Dragon: 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.

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  WCC Editing Project:

<Poutine Made Delicious>

Brilliant! Thank you sir.

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  Tabanus: <WCCEP> Or maybe I'll just add what I have (i. e. on Sousse) before holidays and you do the rest? I'd like to edit the CG table at least. Perhaps you have the tournament book? There are two, the one I have is anon. author and in German + English, not Wade's book.
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  Tabanus: <WCCEP> Hello? I changed the CG table and found this ancient post (October):

<After you finish making accurate "cycle links" and putting whatever else you want in the intro, I would be happy to add intro material to tell the actual story of this important event. I have plenty of sources on this, and more from the winner <Larsen> to come, once my "Bent Larsen Ahoy 2014" biography arrives in the post.> Do you have the 96-page tournament book? I suspect it's the same book as Wade's.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> My Sousse book is a totally anonymous production (46 pages) with just the games and table; no introduction or commentary at all.
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  Tabanus: <PMD> Thanks! I will write down the English parts from my book "Interzonal Sousse 1967", ed. by Walter Kühnle-Woods. Schweizer Schachdienst, Zürich [1967]. 94 pp. - unless WCCEP has it already.
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  WCC Editing Project:

<Tab> Argg I wasn't sure which collection or <TI> event you were talking about, but now I understand- it's the <Doctor Sousse Interzonal (1967)>.

Sadly, I don't have a tournament book for it, and I did post a long time ago that <Bent Larsen's> updated "Best Games" did arrive, but he had nothing to say about <Sousse> in it.

I do have other information about <Fischer> from that event.

Sadly, I have almost no time right now to work on chess history, though soon I will have more time when I go on vacation in a month.

Here are the two things I've been adding material to most recently-

Game Collection: Moscow Interzonal 1982

Game Collection: Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968

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  Tabanus: <WCCEP> Ok. I've only 5 days left before my 1 month vacation (which will be 99% computerless). I'll add to the intro of Sousse, and if you want to finish it before I come back (or even later), you are welcome.
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  WCC Editing Project:

<El Trejo> sounds good.

Have a great vacation!!

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  Tabanus: Thanks. I added from the book to Sousse Interzonal (1967) but sees something strange: round 9 has only 10 games. The three players missing are Fischer, Reshevsky and Geller. But Fischer withdrew in rd. 10, not 9?
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  Tabanus: Fischer had been granted a day off to observe the Sabbath, postponing his eighth round game with Victor Korchnoi. According to Brady, his ninth round game with Efim Geller unnecessarily also had been postponed, resulting in six consecutive days without a break. When Fischer sought to remedy this error, he was refused without being offered an explanation (Brady, Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy),
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  Tabanus: Well that's it for this year. Have a happy holidays and Merry Christmas, everyone.

God Jul!

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  suenteus po 147: <Tabanus> For the interzonal list:

Game Collection: Biel Interzonal 1985

Game Collection: Moscow Interzonal 1982

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