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Buenos Aires (Konex) Tournament

Ljubomir Ljubojevic10.5/13(+8 -0 =5)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi10.5/13(+8 -0 =5)[games]
Walter Shawn Browne9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Anthony Miles7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Miguel Najdorf7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Jorge Alberto Rubinetti7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Miguel A Quinteros7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Jesus Diez del Corral6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Jaime Emma5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Francisco Trois5/13(+2 -5 =6)[games]
Jorge Szmetan3/13(+0 -7 =6)[games]
Samuel Schweber3/13(+0 -7 =6)[games]
Miguel Ignacio Bernat2.5/13(+2 -10 =1)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
The event was sponsored by Luis Ovsejevich and his Konex-Canon Company (since 1980: Konex Foundation*), and is also known as the 2nd Konex Tournament. It came after the Buenos Aires olympiad in October-November (1978) and the following Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978) tournament. Later in the year it was followed by Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979).

The russians boycotted# the tournament because Korchnoi was invited. Playing time was 5-10 pm with five games a week. Saturdays and Sundays were free days or days for adjourned games. Play was governed by a limit of 40 moves in two and a half hours and 16 moves per hour thereafter. Due to other obligations, Korchnoi played his last two games in advance, on 21 and 27 July. When the game Miles vs Ljubojevic, 1979 in round 12 ended in a draw, the tournament had two joint winners before round 13 started.

Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 12-30 July 1979

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts =1 Ljubojevic * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 10½ =1 Korchnoi ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 10½ 3 Browne ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 =4 Liberzon 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7½ =4 Miles ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 0 7½ =6 Najdorf 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 7 =6 Rubinetti ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 7 =6 Quinteros ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * 0 0 ½ 1 1 1 7 =6 Diez del Corral 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 6 10 Emma 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 5½ 11 Trois 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 5 =12 Szmetan 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 3 =12 Schweber 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 3 14 Bernat 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ * 2½

Tournament Director: Dr. Renato Sanguinetti.

Tournament book: Buenos Aires 1979. Sämtliche Partien des Konex-Canon-Grossmeisterturniers im Juli 1979 by Albert Becker (Schwarz-Weiss Verlag, Bamberg 1982, 79 pp.). There were daily reports by Najdorf, Quinteros and Oscar Panno in the newspaper Clarín, of which the first nine rounds are online at http://najdorf-miguel.blogspot.no/s...

Original collection: Game Collection: Buenos Aires (Konex) 1979 by User: Tabanus. *Wikipedia article: Konex Foundation. #Information from User: Fusilli, who also provided the Najdorf blogspot link.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Szmetan vs Korchnoi 0-1461979Buenos Aires (Konex)C07 French, Tarrasch
2. V Liberzon vs F Trois  ½-½221979Buenos Aires (Konex)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Quinteros vs J Emma 0-1381979Buenos Aires (Konex)A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
4. Ljubojevic vs J Diez del Corral  1-0441979Buenos Aires (Konex)C05 French, Tarrasch
5. M I Bernat vs Browne  0-1321979Buenos Aires (Konex)E12 Queen's Indian
6. Miles vs J A Rubinetti  1-0411979Buenos Aires (Konex)A53 Old Indian
7. Najdorf vs S Schweber  ½-½351979Buenos Aires (Konex)E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
8. J A Rubinetti vs Ljubojevic  ½-½511979Buenos Aires (Konex)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
9. J Emma vs V Liberzon  ½-½201979Buenos Aires (Konex)B40 Sicilian
10. J Szmetan vs M I Bernat 0-1351979Buenos Aires (Konex)A00 Uncommon Opening
11. F Trois vs Najdorf  ½-½481979Buenos Aires (Konex)E84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
12. Korchnoi vs J Diez del Corral 1-0641979Buenos Aires (Konex)A57 Benko Gambit
13. Browne vs Quinteros  1-0611979Buenos Aires (Konex)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. S Schweber vs Miles 0-1361979Buenos Aires (Konex)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Najdorf vs J Emma ½-½421979Buenos Aires (Konex)A04 Reti Opening
16. Quinteros vs J Szmetan  1-0211979Buenos Aires (Konex)E15 Queen's Indian
17. V Liberzon vs Browne  1-0311979Buenos Aires (Konex)B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
18. M I Bernat vs Korchnoi  0-1411979Buenos Aires (Konex)E12 Queen's Indian
19. J Diez del Corral vs J A Rubinetti  0-1751979Buenos Aires (Konex)C77 Ruy Lopez
20. Miles vs F Trois 1-0681979Buenos Aires (Konex)E12 Queen's Indian
21. Ljubojevic vs S Schweber  1-0571979Buenos Aires (Konex)B10 Caro-Kann
22. M I Bernat vs Quinteros  0-1571979Buenos Aires (Konex)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Browne vs Najdorf  ½-½221979Buenos Aires (Konex)E17 Queen's Indian
24. J Szmetan vs V Liberzon  ½-½271979Buenos Aires (Konex)B89 Sicilian
25. F Trois vs Ljubojevic  0-1351979Buenos Aires (Konex)A21 English
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-23-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Trivial, completely meaningless question: Of the 14 participants in this tournament, 10 have passed away. The other four are Ljubojevic, Quinteros, Trois, and Bernat.

Is a survival rate of 4/14 for a tournament that took place 40 years ago low, high, or normal?

Mar-23-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: By comparison, the opposite is true of the participants in Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978), played in the same city, only one year earlier. Of those 14, only four are gone (Smyslov, Najdorf, Browne and Szmetan).

OK, now I'll turn my attention to the 75 useful things I have to do... where's my list...?

Mar-23-19  Momentum Man: Hi <Fusili> I had never heard of this tournament until just now. I saw it on the home page, right side.

There were some true legends playing!

Mar-23-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <Momentum Man> Yeah, I grew up in Buenos Aires. It was big deal. There were a few world-class tournaments in the 1978-1982 period, especially the Clarin masters. See:

Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978) Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979) Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980) Mar del Plata (1982)

Najdorf had great influence at the time and he made all of these happen, with the support of Clarin newspaper. Then his influence waned or Clarin decided not to spend that much money.

Unfortunately, those were the years of the Soviet boycott on Korchnoi. Notice that there were no Soviet players in this tournament, and there were Soviets but no Korchnoi in the other ones. Najdorf tried, unsuccessfully, to bring them together, but the Soviets didn't budge, and in the end, it was better for publicity and business to bring the Soviets, including the world champion twice (notice that Karpov won neither of the two tournaments listed, even though he was at his peak).

Mar-26-19  Momentum Man: Very interesting! Thanks for the links as well as for sharing your reminiscences
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