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2nd AVRO Tournament

Efim Geller9.5/14(+6 -1 =7)[games]
Laszlo Szabo9.5/14(+6 -1 =7)[games]
Ljubomir Ljubojevic8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[games]
Ulf Andersson6.5/14(+0 -1 =13)[games]
Gyula Sax6/14(+2 -4 =8)[games]
Borislav Ivkov6/14(+1 -3 =10)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky6/14(+2 -4 =8)[games]
Jan Timman4/14(+1 -7 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
2nd AVRO (1973)

The second AVRO tournament in June 1973 was held to commemorate 50 years' existence of sponsor AVRO (a broadcasting society) and 100 years of organizer KNSB (the Royal Dutch Chess Association). The same formula (eight players, double rounds) was used as in AVRO (1938), but only one location in Hilversum, where AVRO is settled, was used. Of the players in 1938, only Paul Keres and Samuel Reshevsky were still active. They may have been invited, but if so they declined as they had to play a few weeks later in the Petropolis Interzonal (1973). The Leningrad Interzonal (1973), also played in June, made it impossible for some other strong players to participate.

The tournament took the form of a trial of strength between the older generation (Szabó, who had won in Hastings (1938/39), Geller, Ivkov and Polugaevsky) and the young whippersnappers (Andersson, Ljubojevic, Sax and Timman). The older players won. Polugaevsky who with 2645 was equal third (with Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian) on the July 1972 ELO list, made blunders against Sax and Timman in the first cycle which he could not overcome. He would recover a month later in Petropolis, qualifying for the 1974 Candidates after a playoff.

Hilversum, Netherlands, 12-29 June 1973

=1 Geller ** 01 ˝˝ ˝˝ 1˝ 1˝ 1˝ 11 9˝ =1 Szabo 10 ** 1˝ ˝˝ ˝1 1˝ ˝1 1˝ 9˝ 3 Ljubojevic ˝˝ 0˝ ** ˝1 ˝1 ˝˝ ˝˝ 11 8˝ 4 Andersson ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝0 ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 6˝ =5 Sax 0˝ ˝0 ˝0 ˝˝ ** ˝˝ 10 ˝1 6 =5 Ivkov 0˝ 0˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ** 0˝ 1˝ 6 =5 Polugaevsky 0˝ ˝0 ˝˝ ˝˝ 01 1˝ ** 0˝ 6 8 Timman 00 0˝ 00 ˝˝ ˝0 0˝ 1˝ ** 4

Original collection: Game Collection: Hilversum 1973 - the second AVRO tournament, by User: sneaky pete.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Szabo vs Geller 1-04019732nd AVROB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
2. Ljubojevic vs Ivkov  ½-½3319732nd AVROC71 Ruy Lopez
3. Timman vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½2319732nd AVROC07 French, Tarrasch
4. Sax vs Polugaevsky 1-05519732nd AVROB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. Polugaevsky vs Ivkov  1-05819732nd AVROA14 English
6. Sax vs Szabo  ½-½1319732nd AVROA07 King's Indian Attack
7. Geller vs Timman 1-07619732nd AVROB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. Ulf Andersson vs Ljubojevic  ½-½2919732nd AVROA15 English
9. Ivkov vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½2919732nd AVROE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
10. Szabo vs Polugaevsky  ½-½1819732nd AVROE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
11. Timman vs Sax  ½-½2519732nd AVROB27 Sicilian
12. Ljubojevic vs Geller  ½-½2719732nd AVROC44 King's Pawn Game
13. Polugaevsky vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½2119732nd AVROB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
14. Szabo vs Timman 1-03419732nd AVROE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
15. Sax vs Ljubojevic  ½-½2519732nd AVROC03 French, Tarrasch
16. Geller vs Ivkov 1-03419732nd AVROB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. Ljubojevic vs Szabo 0-14019732nd AVROA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
18. Ivkov vs Sax  ½-½2419732nd AVROB83 Sicilian
19. Ulf Andersson vs Geller  ½-½2019732nd AVROA10 English
20. Timman vs Polugaevsky 1-01519732nd AVROB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Sax vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½3419732nd AVROC07 French, Tarrasch
22. Polugaevsky vs Geller  0-16219732nd AVROE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
23. Timman vs Ljubojevic 0-13819732nd AVROB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Szabo vs Ivkov 1-07419732nd AVROB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
25. Geller vs Sax  1-03819732nd AVROE97 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  perfidious: Over forty years on, it is more than slightly surprising to view the crosstable of this event and see Polugaevsky finishing minus.
May-09-15  RookFile: Agreed, perfidious. I guess he just had a bad tournament.

Imagine if Keres or Reshevsky had shown up for this. That would have been really something.

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Before now I thought of this tournament as <Hilversum 1973>, because that's how it was generally identified in cites to this theoretical classic. Timman vs Geller, 1973

Nice to know that it was a second AVRO tournament.

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