Wijk aan Zee, January 16th - February 3rd.
| page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120
|1. Balashov vs B Enklaar
|| ||½-½||59||1973||Hoogovens||B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack|
|2. Hort vs Vasiukov
|| ||½-½||43||1973||Hoogovens||B36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto|
|3. Ljubojevic vs K Langeweg
|| ||½-½||26||1973||Hoogovens||A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack|
|4. R Hartoch vs Najdorf
|| ||½-½||23||1973||Hoogovens||E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line|
|5. Szabo vs Ribli
|| ||½-½||26||1973||Hoogovens||A10 English|
|6. A Planinc vs Tal
|| ||0-1||42||1973||Hoogovens||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|7. C Zuidema vs J H Donner
|| ||½-½||23||1973||Hoogovens||B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4|
|8. Andersson vs Ree
|| ||½-½||52||1973||Hoogovens||A15 English|
|9. Andersson vs Hort
|| ||½-½||50||1973||Hoogovens||A36 English|
|10. Tal vs Balashov
|| ||½-½||17||1973||Hoogovens||A14 English|
|11. Vasiukov vs Ljubojevic
|| ||½-½||40||1973||Hoogovens||B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|12. Najdorf vs C Zuidema
|| ||½-½||37||1973||Hoogovens||D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower|
|13. B Enklaar vs Szabo
|| ||0-1||47||1973||Hoogovens||B57 Sicilian|
|14. J H Donner vs A Planinc
|15. K Langeweg vs R Hartoch
|| ||½-½||17||1973||Hoogovens||B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening|
|16. Ree vs Ribli
|| ||½-½||49||1973||Hoogovens||A10 English|
|17. Ljubojevic vs Andersson
|| ||½-½||60||1973||Hoogovens||B15 Caro-Kann|
|18. Balashov vs J H Donner
|| ||½-½||13||1973||Hoogovens||B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack|
|19. Hort vs Ree
|| ||1-0||24||1973||Hoogovens||A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto|
|20. A Planinc vs Najdorf
||1-0||20||1973||Hoogovens||B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line|
|21. Szabo vs Tal
|| ||½-½||16||1973||Hoogovens||D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|22. R Hartoch vs Vasiukov
|| ||0-1||40||1973||Hoogovens||E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|23. Ribli vs B Enklaar
|| ||0-1||36||1973||Hoogovens||A04 Reti Opening|
|24. C Zuidema vs K Langeweg
|| ||1-0||57||1973||Hoogovens||B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation|
|25. Najdorf vs Balashov
|| ||½-½||20||1973||Hoogovens||E14 Queen's Indian|
| page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120
|Nov-17-22|| ||generror: Tal's obituary in The Independent mentions the following story (see https://www.independent.co.uk/news/... or archived at https://ghostarchive.org/archive/Wy... ):|
"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).
|Nov-17-22|| ||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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