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🏆 USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970)

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This team match was held between March 29th and April 4th, 1970. Participants for the Soviet Team were, in board order: Boris Spassky, Tigran Petrosian, Viktor Korchnoi, Lev Polugaevsky, Efim Geller, Vasily Smyslov, Mark Taimanov, Mikhail Botvinnik, Mikhail Tal, Paul Keres, and the Reserves, Leonid Stein and ... [more]

Player: Lajos Portisch

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Portisch ½-½681970USSR vs. Rest of the WorldC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
2. Portisch vs Korchnoi ½-½311970USSR vs. Rest of the WorldE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
3. Korchnoi vs Portisch 0-1631970USSR vs. Rest of the WorldC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Portisch vs Korchnoi ½-½251970USSR vs. Rest of the WorldA33 English, Symmetrical
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Portisch wins | Portisch loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-10-13  Absentee: Excellent page, very interesting article and notes.
Mar-10-13  Marmot PFL: There were several mild upsets for the World to do as well as it did- Portisch > Korchnoi, Hort > Polugaevsky, Najdorf = Tal.

Reshevsky was = with Smyslov but took a day off for religious reasons, and the alternate Olafsson lost (Gheorghiu might have been a better choice, if available).

Spassky also took a day off, for alleged illness, which Fischer (among others) was skeptical about. The alternate, Stein, was the best available player so Larsen deserves full credit for coming back to win the board 1 match 2.5 to 1.5

Mar-10-13  Marmot PFL: Olafsson and Gheorghiu both had bad results against Smyslov so it probably made no difference who played. (Helgi Olafsson has a plus score against a much older Smyslov.)
Jun-22-13  optimal play: <<<<CHESS> by GEORGE STERN>

TWO sensational occurrences marked the recently completed match between teams from the Soviet Union and the rest of the world.

The first involved a personality clash between Bobby Fischer and Bent Larsen. Fischer had been invited to play top board for the rest of the world team; but Larsen refused at the last moment to participate at all unless Fischer conceded him top board honours. In the event Fischer graciously and quite unexpectedly relinquished his rights, and in the process gained instant popularity perhaps for the first time in his life.

The second sensation was Fischer's crushing win over former world champion Tigran Petrosian by a 3-1 margin. Expert observers on the spot have commented that Petrosian was in better form than his successor, Boris Spassky, and that this win virtually confirms Fischer's status as the uncrowned king of chess.

[the Russians] defeated the rest of the world by the narrowest margin of 20 - 19 ; but on the top four boards, the Russians were severely trounced 10 - 5 .>

- The Canberra Times (ACT) issue Wednesday 15 April 1970>

Jun-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: I get accused of 'fanboyism' in this place but not so ...

it's just that Fischer was so far ahead of his time , and his play was so aesthetically beautiful I'm bound to be attracted to him and it.

Jun-22-13  Feldgrau: Which games of his struck you as particularly beautiful?
Aug-07-13  GumboGambit: For clarification, it was the USSR that won , not "The Russians". Tal, Keres, Petrosian, Geller were not Russian. And a few others status are debatable as to how Russian they really are. And that doesnt even include Spassky and Korchnoi, who bailed from Russia later in their careers. If they had done a Russia vs rest of USSR match, that would have been quite a match in itself.
Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: In the report above, they were referred to as <Russians>, and <Russia> was used instead of <Soviet>.

In doing the collection, I did not edit what the writers wrote.

Aug-14-13  Kinan: Even when the Soviets win against the rest of the world, they are criticized and called "catastrophe". Are we gonna always suffer from this kind of biased points of view?
Aug-15-13  todicav23: I'm a little disappointed that Fischer played safe in the last two games with Petrosian instead of playing for a win as usual.
Apr-14-14  zanzibar: Here is a link to the SI article with mention of cars awarded, and of Fischer's regret at allowing Larsen first board:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/va...

Fiat (circa 1970):
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...

Moskvitch (circa 1970):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:M...

As Brady reports it:

Larsen -- "Money isn't an issue. I'm entitled to first place on my record."

Fischer -- "as a matter of principle" [...] "Larsen has a point."

but then, just before commencement:

"It was a big mistake. I shouldn't have of agreed to it." [...] "I must have been mad."

http://books.google.com/books?id=tA...

Apr-14-14  zanzibar: I wonder, I see the Fischer quotes in the into, which references CL&R. Was the Larsen quote(s) in there as well, or did Brady get them elsewhere?

<todicav23> According to Brady:

<<"Fischer's last game *was* drawn, but not because of any timidity on his part. He played well with the Black pieces, and selected his special Grunfeld Defense (which Hans Kmoch says Fischer reserves for all his attempts at "Games of the Century").>>

Aug-03-14  Ke2: Lol "Computers have decided we will win by 3 points" Classic USSR
Aug-13-15  fisayo123: That's what I call an impressive line-up.
Aug-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: If you look at the top 9 of the 10 boards the Rest of World was winning by a point.
Mar-13-17  devere: Botvinnik, Tal, and Keres played the bottom 3 boards for the USSR, and together they were +3. That was some team.
Mar-16-17  The Kings Domain: Hopefully Chess can attain this renaissance once again soon.
Mar-04-18  Allanur: Mikhail Tal has good memories about this match, why not add here? https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrow...

Details that are not found here.

Mar-07-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  SpaceRunner: Allanur : Very interesting blog-thank you!
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