Eight of the world's top non-Soviet players assembled in Lugano, Switzerland, for a peaceful double-round tournament from March 1-20, 1970. Using the estimated ratings from Chessmetrics, it was a Category XVI event with an average rating of 2632. Enjoying the scenery were: Robert Eugene Byrne,
Jan Hein Donner, Svetozar Gligoric,
Larsen may have been concentrating more on the board than the scenery, as he won his first five games to take a two-point lead. This looked to be insurmountable, as this was one of those events when having no weak players leads to conservative play. 67% of the games were drawn, and three players were unable to win a single game. Of the 19 decisive games, nearly half involved Larsen.
He was able to make it interesting with a couple of losses in the second half, which allowed Olafsson to get within a half-point with three rounds to go. However, Olafsson took a quick draw with White in their twelfth round game, which essentially decided matters. In the last three rounds the only decisive game was Larsen's win over Byrne, consigning the American to fifth place.
For Larsen, another in his great run of tournament wins around this time. Olafsson held onto an easy second, followed by Gligoric and Unzicker. The German deserves a special mention; after losing his first two games, his ascent to =3rd included wins over Larsen and Olafsson.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Larsen *** 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 9½
2 Olafsson 0 ½ *** 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 8½
3 Unzicker 0 1 0 1 *** ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 7½
4 Gligoric 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ *** ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 7½
5 Byrne ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ *** ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7
6 Szabo 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ *** ½ ½ ½ ½ 6
7 Kavalek 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ *** ½ ½ 5½
8 Donner ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ *** 4½
Original collection: Game Collection: Lugano 1970, by
User: Phony Benoni.
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|1. Robert E Byrne vs F Olafsson
|| ||½-½||14||1970||Lugano||B02 Alekhine's Defense|
|2. Robert E Byrne vs Unzicker
|| ||½-½||17||1970||Lugano||C11 French|
|3. Kavalek vs Gligoric
|| ||½-½||39||1970||Lugano||D86 Grunfeld, Exchange|
|4. Unzicker vs F Olafsson
|| ||1-0||36||1970||Lugano||E56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6|
|5. J H Donner vs Robert E Byrne
|| ||0-1||40||1970||Lugano||A10 English|
|6. Larsen vs Unzicker
||0-1||45||1970||Lugano||C28 Vienna Game|
|7. Gligoric vs Robert E Byrne
|| ||½-½||39||1970||Lugano||E97 King's Indian|
|8. F Olafsson vs J H Donner
|| ||1-0||31||1970||Lugano||A09 Reti Opening|
|9. Larsen vs J H Donner
|| ||½-½||54||1970||Lugano||B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation|
|10. Kavalek vs Unzicker
|| ||½-½||51||1970||Lugano||C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack|
|11. F Olafsson vs Robert E Byrne
|| ||1-0||42||1970||Lugano||E64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System|
|12. J H Donner vs Kavalek
|| ||½-½||41||1970||Lugano||E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|13. Robert E Byrne vs Larsen
|| ||½-½||78||1970||Lugano||C41 Philidor Defense|
|14. Gligoric vs J H Donner
|| ||1-0||46||1970||Lugano||E92 King's Indian|
|15. Larsen vs Kavalek
||1-0||33||1970||Lugano||A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack|
|16. Unzicker vs Kavalek
|| ||½-½||32||1970||Lugano||E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|17. J H Donner vs Larsen
|| ||½-½||17||1970||Lugano||E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System|
|18. F Olafsson vs Gligoric
|| ||½-½||13||1970||Lugano||E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno|
|19. Larsen vs Robert E Byrne
||1-0||24||1970||Lugano||B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|20. Kavalek vs J H Donner
|| ||½-½||35||1970||Lugano||C14 French, Classical|
|21. Robert E Byrne vs Kavalek
|| ||½-½||16||1970||Lugano||D90 Grunfeld|
|22. F Olafsson vs Larsen
|| ||½-½||18||1970||Lugano||E16 Queen's Indian|
|23. Gligoric vs Unzicker
|| ||½-½||20||1970||Lugano||E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation|
|24. Szabo vs Robert E Byrne
|| ||½-½||65||1970||Lugano||E70 King's Indian|
|25. Larsen vs Gligoric
||0-1||45||1970||Lugano||E97 King's Indian|
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