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🏆 USSR vs Yugoslavia Match (2007)

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Viktor Korchnoi, Svetozar Gligoric, Mark Taimanov, Yuri S Balashov, Evgeni Vasiukov, Dragoljub Velimirovic, Borislav Ivkov, Anatoly D Machulsky, Aleksandar Matanovic, Igor A Zaitsev, Vladislav Vorotnikov, Yuri L Averbakh, Nikola Karaklajic, Ludmila G Zaitseva, Elena Fatalibekova, Zoran M Spasojevic, Svetozar Vlahovic, Katarina Jovanovic-Blagojevic, Andreja Savic, Milunka Lazarevic

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Matanovic vs Taimanov ½-½292007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. M Lazarevic vs E Fatalibekova 0-1162007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchB23 Sicilian, Closed
3. Balashov vs Velimirovic 0-1652007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchB20 Sicilian
4. Gligoric vs Korchnoi 0-1542007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
5. Z M Spasojevic vs V Vorotnikov  ½-½222007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchC41 Philidor Defense
6. Averbakh vs S Vlahovic ½-½82007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchA13 English
7. Machulsky vs A Savic  ½-½102007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. N Karaklajic vs I A Zaitsev  ½-½162007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
9. Vasiukov vs Ivkov ½-½132007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
10. L Zaitseva vs K Jovanovic-Blagojevic  1-0462007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. K Jovanovic-Blagojevic vs L Zaitseva ½-½72007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchC00 French Defense
12. E Fatalibekova vs M Lazarevic ½-½92007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Savic vs Machulsky  ½-½92007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. V Vorotnikov vs Z M Spasojevic  1-0372007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchB30 Sicilian
15. S Vlahovic vs Averbakh 1-0352007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchC34 King's Gambit Accepted
16. I A Zaitsev vs N Karaklajic  ½-½422007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchB01 Scandinavian
17. Velimirovic vs Balashov  ½-½352007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
18. Ivkov vs Vasiukov  ½-½142007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Korchnoi vs Gligoric ½-½322007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchE12 Queen's Indian
20. Taimanov vs A Matanovic  ½-½192007USSR vs Yugoslavia MatchE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
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Nov-08-07  Riverbeast: The battle of the old schoolers!

Yugoslavia couldn't beat the USSR when they were young - what makes them think they can win now? These old Russians used to beat the 'Rest of the World' team back in their day...

My man Korchnoi is of course king of the old folks. I'm looking forward to watching him cut through these seniors like butter.

Nov-08-07  pawnofdoom: The age of these players are amazing.
Averbakh is about 85 and Gligoric is almost 90 now. And of course, you can't forget korchnoi. Who knew there were players older than Korchnoi that still play competatively?
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  Benzol: All they need now is to get Andre Lilienthal to give commentary on the games as they happen.


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  WannaBe: How about Pal Benko doing the commentaries? =)
Nov-09-07  Quintiliano: Why Matulovic and Parma are not there?
Nov-09-07  Riverbeast: They really wheeled these guys out...I haven't seen a live tournament game from Gligoric or Averbakh in my life...This is an interesting match idea
Nov-09-07  Red October: yes i was very interested in seeing how these war horses slug it out
Nov-09-07  chessmoron: USSR won.
Nov-09-07  Karpova: <2th Round, 09.11.2007


1 V. Kortchnoi 1/2 1/2 S. Gligoric
2 E. Vasiukov 1/2 1/2 B. Ivkov
3 M. Taimanov 1/2 1/2 A. Matanovic
4 Y. Balashov 1/2 1/2 D. Velimirovic
5 I. Zaitsev 1/2 1/2 N. Karaklaic
6 Y. Averbakh 0 1 S. Vlahovic
7 V. Vorotnikov 1 0 Z. Spasojevic
8 A. Machulsky 1/2 1/2 A. Savic
9 E. Fatalibekova 1/2 1/2 M. Lazarevic
10 L. Zaitseva 1/2 1/2 K. Blagojevic

Overall: 5-5
So far: USSR 11-9 Yugoslavia

Nov-09-07  ahmadov: <All they need now is to get Andre Lilienthal to give commentary on the games as they happen. :)> I will not be surprised if someone says that the countries should be restored and the players should be granted original USSR and Yugoslavia passports... :)
Nov-09-07  ahmadov: <cannibal: Actually for many of them this is more about meeting old colleagues and friends than about playing chess.> It is quite true and maybe this is the reason why this tournament has not caused much interest among chess fans...
Nov-09-07  savagerules: Wonder if Geritol, Depends or Viagra is doing any advertising at this tournament?
Nov-10-07  jamesmaskell: A lot of very early draws here, one of the drawbacks of having players of such age in a match. USSR will walk this.

As for giving those players respective passports for their countries, I have a funny feeling Korchnoi might object...

Nov-10-07  Astardis: Is that Igor Zaitsev playing here the former Karpov coach?
Nov-10-07  russep: Is this tournament an all play all tournament?
Nov-10-07  Whack8888: Hehe, this is a really cool idea for a tournament!
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  sisyphus: It's nice to see Velimirovic hasn't lost the balls that made him one of the great attackers. You don't see the Göring Gambit much.
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  Octavia: nice comp! also nice to see 3 women were included - probably a higher % then were playing in those days. But today the % of women at the top is getting bigger - slowly. By top i mean < 2100 elo.
Nov-13-07  Nikita Smirnov: Nice to see such an old tournament.
Nov-16-07  Marmot PFL: Strange to see Korchnoi on a team with all the GMs who signed that petition against him back in the 70s.
Nov-19-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <pawnofdoom> Gligoric seems to be 84,5 y. old, not 90. Still damn impressive.

Korchnoi is 76,5 y. old, not 84.

Nov-19-07  Riverbeast: <Strange to see Korchnoi on a team with all the GMs who signed that petition against him back in the 70s.>

I suppose Viktor decided to let bygones be bygones...He's an old man now, no need to carry a grudge into the fourth decade. It was probably a homecoming of sorts for him. He wouldn't have left the USSR if they hadn't treated him so shabbily.

Besides, those GMs were probably forced to sign that petition, if they wanted to keep on playing...He probably doesn't feel any animosity toward them. I'm sure many of them are old 'comrades'.

The old USSR is gone, but the old man keeps on kicking...Dancing on the proverbial grave, so to speak

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  perfidious: <Riverbeast> Bronstein refused to sign, and paid a heavy price; he didn't get to play outside the Iron Curtain for a number of years.
Dec-23-07  MichAdams: Playing solely within the Iron Curtain put him at a heavy material disadvantage.
Jun-09-15  zanzibar: This tournament was the last published games of Gligoric:

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