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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