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Hoogovens Tournament

Mikhail Tal10.5/15(+6 -0 =9)[games]
Yuri Balashov10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
Evgeni Vasiukov9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Albin Planinc8.5/15(+7 -5 =3)[games]
Vlastimil Hort8.5/15(+4 -2 =9)[games]
Bertus F Enklaar8/15(+3 -2 =10)[games]
Zoltan Ribli8/15(+5 -4 =6)[games]
Ljubomir Ljubojevic8/15(+4 -3 =8)[games]
Ulf Andersson8/15(+3 -2 =10)[games]
Miguel Najdorf7.5/15(+2 -2 =11)[games]
Laszlo Szabo7.5/15(+3 -3 =9)[games]
Kick Langeweg6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Coenraad Zuidema6/15(+1 -4 =10)[games]
Jan Hein Donner6/15(+2 -5 =8)[games]
Hans Ree5/15(+1 -6 =8)[games]
Robert G Hartoch3/15(+0 -9 =6)[games] Chess Event Description
Hoogovens (1973)

Wijk aan Zee, January 16th - February 3rd.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Balashov vs B Enklaar  ½-½591973HoogovensB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. Hort vs Vasiukov  ½-½431973HoogovensB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
3. Ljubojevic vs K Langeweg  ½-½261973HoogovensA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
4. R Hartoch vs Najdorf  ½-½231973HoogovensE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
5. Szabo vs Ribli  ½-½261973HoogovensA10 English
6. A Planinc vs Tal  0-1421973HoogovensA07 King's Indian Attack
7. C Zuidema vs J H Donner  ½-½231973HoogovensB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
8. Andersson vs Ree  ½-½521973HoogovensA15 English
9. Andersson vs Hort  ½-½501973HoogovensA36 English
10. Tal vs Balashov  ½-½171973HoogovensA14 English
11. Vasiukov vs Ljubojevic  ½-½401973HoogovensB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. Najdorf vs C Zuidema  ½-½371973HoogovensD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
13. B Enklaar vs Szabo  0-1471973HoogovensB57 Sicilian
14. J H Donner vs A Planinc 0-1221973HoogovensA61 Benoni
15. K Langeweg vs R Hartoch  ½-½171973HoogovensB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
16. Ree vs Ribli  ½-½491973HoogovensA10 English
17. Ljubojevic vs Andersson  ½-½601973HoogovensB15 Caro-Kann
18. Balashov vs J H Donner  ½-½131973HoogovensB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. Hort vs Ree  1-0241973HoogovensA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
20. A Planinc vs Najdorf 1-0201973HoogovensB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
21. Szabo vs Tal  ½-½161973HoogovensD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. R Hartoch vs Vasiukov  0-1401973HoogovensE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. Ribli vs B Enklaar  0-1361973HoogovensA04 Reti Opening
24. C Zuidema vs K Langeweg  1-0571973HoogovensB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. Najdorf vs Balashov  ½-½201973HoogovensE14 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-17-22  generror: Tal's obituary in The Independent mentions the following story (see or archived at ):

"He smoked and drank at a level that would have been inadvisable even for a man of robust health. Thanks to Tal's efforts, the Hastings hotel at which he celebrated the 1975 New Year was drunk dry of brandy. I remember him vying for first place with another Soviet grandmaster in a tournament in Holland. On the night before the final round they began buying each other drinks and lining up the empties on the table. When I left them at around 2am, Tal had the remains of 11 drained brandies, his rival had 11 empty rum-and-cokes. They continued for another two hours. At 8.30 in the morning, Tal trotted downstairs to start the last round looking fresh and relaxed. He won easily to take first prize, while his drinking companion was happy with a quick draw."

This seems to be this tournament: Before the last game, Tal and Balashov were both tied. In the final round, Balashov drew in 10 moves (Ribli vs Balashov, 1973), while Tal won in 39 moves (Tal vs C Zuidema, 1973).

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  perfidious: The morning in 1988 when we had a blitz session, after breakfast, Tal clutched a bottle of vodka in one hand while chain-smoking.
Nov-17-22  generror: Oh boy... Anyway, guess drinking actually helped him win this tournament :)
Nov-18-22  Olavi: In The Life and Games of Mihail Tal he writes that both of them played for a win in the last round, only he was successful. Well if that's the case Ribli convinced Balashov of the futility of the effort pretty quickly...

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