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Lugano Tournament

Bent Larsen9.5/14(+7 -2 =5)[games]
Fridrik Olafsson8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric7.5/14(+2 -1 =11)[games]
Wolfgang Unzicker7.5/14(+3 -2 =9)[games]
Robert Eugene Byrne7/14(+2 -2 =10)[games]
Laszlo Szabo6/14(+0 -2 =12)[games]
Lubomir Kavalek5.5/14(+0 -3 =11)[games]
Jan Hein Donner4.5/14(+0 -5 =9)[games] Chess Event Description
Lugano (1970)

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, Lubomir Kavalek, Bent Larsen, Fridrik Olafsson, Laszlo Szabo, Wolfgang Unzicker.

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.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Larsen *** 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 9 2 Olafsson 0 *** 1 0 1 1 1 1 8 3 Unzicker 0 1 0 1 *** 1 7 4 Gligoric 0 1 *** 1 7 5 Byrne 0 0 *** 1 1 7 6 Szabo 0 0 *** 6 7 Kavalek 0 0 0 *** 5 8 Donner 0 0 0 0 0 *** 4

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.

Original collection: Game Collection: Lugano 1970, by User: Phony Benoni.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Robert E Byrne vs F Olafsson  ½-½141970LuganoB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. Robert E Byrne vs Unzicker  ½-½171970LuganoC11 French
3. Kavalek vs Gligoric  ½-½391970LuganoD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. Unzicker vs F Olafsson  1-0361970LuganoE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
5. J H Donner vs Robert E Byrne  0-1401970LuganoA10 English
6. Larsen vs Unzicker 0-1451970LuganoC28 Vienna Game
7. Gligoric vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½391970LuganoE97 King's Indian
8. F Olafsson vs J H Donner  1-0311970LuganoA09 Reti Opening
9. Larsen vs J H Donner  ½-½541970LuganoB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. Kavalek vs Unzicker  ½-½511970LuganoC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
11. F Olafsson vs Robert E Byrne  1-0421970LuganoE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
12. J H Donner vs Kavalek  ½-½411970LuganoE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Robert E Byrne vs Larsen  ½-½781970LuganoC41 Philidor Defense
14. Gligoric vs J H Donner  1-0461970LuganoE92 King's Indian
15. Larsen vs Kavalek 1-0331970LuganoA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
16. Unzicker vs Kavalek  ½-½321970LuganoE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. J H Donner vs Larsen  ½-½171970LuganoE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. F Olafsson vs Gligoric  ½-½131970LuganoE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
19. Larsen vs Robert E Byrne 1-0241970LuganoB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Kavalek vs J H Donner  ½-½351970LuganoC14 French, Classical
21. Robert E Byrne vs Kavalek  ½-½161970LuganoD90 Grunfeld
22. F Olafsson vs Larsen  ½-½181970LuganoE16 Queen's Indian
23. Gligoric vs Unzicker  ½-½201970LuganoE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
24. Szabo vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½651970LuganoE70 King's Indian
25. Larsen vs Gligoric 0-1451970LuganoE97 King's Indian
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