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Banja Luka Tournament

Garry Kasparov11.5/15(+8 -0 =7)[games]
Jan Smejkal9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Ulf Andersson9.5/15(+4 -0 =11)[games]
Tigran V Petrosian9/15(+3 -0 =12)[games]
Andras Adorjan8.5/15(+2 -0 =13)[games]
Milorad Knezevic8/15(+2 -1 =12)[games]
Walter Browne7.5/15(+2 -2 =11)[games]
Aleksandar Matanovic7.5/15(+0 -0 =15)[games]
Enver Bukic7/15(+2 -3 =10)[games]
Drazen Marovic6.5/15(+0 -2 =13)[games]
Slavoljub Marjanovic6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Milan Vukic6.5/15(+2 -4 =9)[games]
Guillermo Garcia Gonzalez6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Roman Hernandez Onna6/15(+0 -3 =12)[games]
Bojan Kurajica6/15(+1 -4 =10)[games]
Milenko Sibarevic4/15(+0 -7 =8)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Banja Luka (1979)

The Banja Luka Chess Tournament, held in Yugoslavia in 1979, was a category IX event. The round robin featured 14 grandmasters: Tigran Petrosian (2610), Ulf Andersson (2560), Jan Smejkal (2550), Walter Browne (2540), Andras Adorjan (2525), Bojan Kurajica (2515), Slavoljub Marjanovic (2505), Roman Hernandez (2500), Milorad Knezevic (2500), Enver Bukic (2495), Aleksandar Matanovic (2495), Guillermo Garcia Gonzales (2490), Milan Vukic (2485), and Drazen Marovic (2470); International Master Milenko Sibarevic (2355); and the unrated chess talent Garry Kasparov.

The little known Kasparov, who celebrated his sixteenth birthday during the event, stunned everyone by winning it decisively, without a single loss, with 11.5 points out of 15, a full two points clear of second place. His first international tournament, and a high level one at that, thus ended with a convincing victory. After this, Kasparov was immediately considered a likely future world champion.

One game decided by forfeit (Andersson's win over Bukic in the thirteenth round) is omitted from this collection.

Based on Game Collection: Banja Luka 1979 by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 119  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Adorjan vs Kasparov ½-½331979Banja LukaB83 Sicilian
2. Adorjan vs G Garcia Gonzalez  1-0321979Banja LukaB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. M Sibarevic vs Adorjan  0-1381979Banja LukaB33 Sicilian
4. A Matanovic vs Adorjan  ½-½211979Banja LukaB33 Sicilian
5. Adorjan vs Marjanovic  ½-½231979Banja LukaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Andersson vs Kasparov ½-½121979Banja LukaA10 English
7. Andersson vs B Kurajica 1-0331979Banja LukaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. Andersson vs D Marovic 1-0431979Banja LukaA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
9. Kasparov vs Browne 1-0391979Banja LukaE12 Queen's Indian
10. Browne vs B Kurajica  1-0411979Banja LukaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. Browne vs M Vukic  1-0431979Banja LukaE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. M Sibarevic vs Browne  ½-½351979Banja LukaA25 English
13. Kasparov vs Petrosian ½-½231979Banja LukaC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. M Sibarevic vs Kasparov 0-1321979Banja LukaB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. R Hernandez Onna vs Kasparov 0-1261979Banja LukaA10 English
16. Kasparov vs D Marovic 1-0351979Banja LukaD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
17. Smejkal vs Kasparov ½-½271979Banja LukaE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. Kasparov vs Marjanovic 1-0341979Banja LukaE12 Queen's Indian
19. Kasparov vs E Bukic 1-0671979Banja LukaE12 Queen's Indian
20. Kasparov vs M Vukic 1-0351979Banja LukaE91 King's Indian
21. Kasparov vs A Matanovic  ½-½191979Banja LukaC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
22. G Garcia Gonzalez vs Kasparov ½-½211979Banja LukaE97 King's Indian
23. Kasparov vs B Kurajica  ½-½121979Banja LukaE46 Nimzo-Indian
24. M Knezevic vs Kasparov 0-1401979Banja LukaA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
25. Marjanovic vs Petrosian  ½-½151979Banja LukaC07 French, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-05-22  CarlosCleto: "Sixteen grandmasters competed in a round robin format": No. Only Fourteen grandmasters, Sibarevic was only a IM, and Kasparov then was a unrated and untitled player.

"two unrated chess talents: Garry Kasparov and Guillermo Garcia Gonzales": Again, no... Kasparov, as said above, was a unrated and untitled player, but Garcia was a Grandmaster since 1976.

May-05-22  diagonal: Thanks, <CarlosCleto>!

Unrated, Untitled, Undefeated: 16 year young <Garry Kasparov> won at Banja Luka in 1979 with a full two points over second place. He had no loss, took seven draws and scored eight wins, already <the typical Kasparov rhythm>.

At Banja Luka in 1985, reigning Female World Chess Champion <Maia Chiburdanidze>, wins as first woman ever a male elite international invitation chess tournament (an even bigger upset than the Lone Pine Open in 1977 with co-winner Nona Gaprindashvili).

Chiburdanidze wins at Banja Luka in 1985 outright, is surpassing many grandmasters and reminds within 13 rounds unbeaten! She beats among others the two Brits Short and Plaskett. The pre-tournament favourites were Lev Psakhis, twice national champion of USSR in 1980 (together with Beliavsky) and 1981 (together with Kasparov), Bojan Kurajica and of course Nigel Short, already a strong and rising GM.

Like Garry and Maia, <Viktor Korchnoi> took Banja Luka at his very first participation, aged 76 in 2007 (he already was invited for 1979 but could not particpate because of the soviet tournament boycott against him). In 2007, it was the first international tournament held at Banja Luka after a twenty years break, followed by one further edition in 2008.

Albo d'Oro: Milan Vukić, winner of the inaugural edition (1974); Vlastimil Hort (1976); Garry Kasparov, with 16 years (1979); Vitaly Tseshkovsky (1981); Krunoslav Hulak, András Adorján, and Jonathan Speelman (1983); Maia Chiburdanidze (1985); Roland Ekström, and Krunoslav Hulak (1987); Viktor Korchnoi, with 76 years, and Zlatko Ilinčić (2007); Bartłomiej Heberla, winner of the latest and last edition (2008). If shared wins, first on tie-break is mentioned first.

Most notable participants, < not winning > at the Banja Luka tournament: Petrosian, Timman, Short, Sax, Nikolic, Smejkal, Ftacnik, Kuzmin, Bagirov, Inkiov, Browne, Lombardy, Tarjan, Farago, Csom, Matanovic, Matulovic, Parma, Kurajica, Cebalo, Velimirovic, Sznapik, Ruck, Stojanovic, Volkov, Gopal, Solodovnichenko, and Ulf Andersson who played in 1976, 1979, and again in 2007.

Famous games from Banja Luka:

Garry’s early years – Effective tactics combined with creative strategy: Kasparov vs Browne, 1979

Victor’s mature years – Legends never get too old for brilliance: Korchnoi vs M Stojanovic, 2007

Maia isn’t short minded – Nigel blunders: Short vs Chiburdanidze, 1985

Sudden blitz – Jan Timman mated by Milan Vukic on the spot: Timman vs M Vukic, 1974

Another world class blunder – Sergey Volkov got checkmated in two: S Volkov vs B Heberla, 2008

Immortal game of Milenko Sibarevic – horses, credo, erat ad portas: M Sibarevic vs Bukic, 1976

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