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🏆 Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)

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The event was sponsored by Luis Ovsejevich and his Konex-Canon Company (since 1980: Konex Foundation*), and is also known as the ... [more]

Player: Jorge Szmetan

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Szmetan vs Korchnoi 0-1461979Buenos Aires (Konex)C07 French, Tarrasch
2. J Szmetan vs M I Bernat 0-1351979Buenos Aires (Konex)A00 Uncommon Opening
3. Quinteros vs J Szmetan  1-0211979Buenos Aires (Konex)E15 Queen's Indian
4. J Szmetan vs V Liberzon  ½-½271979Buenos Aires (Konex)B89 Sicilian
5. Najdorf vs J Szmetan  ½-½411979Buenos Aires (Konex)A05 Reti Opening
6. J Szmetan vs Miles  0-1351979Buenos Aires (Konex)B42 Sicilian, Kan
7. Ljubojevic vs J Szmetan  1-0331979Buenos Aires (Konex)A32 English, Symmetrical Variation
8. J Szmetan vs J Diez del Corral  0-1251979Buenos Aires (Konex)B15 Caro-Kann
9. J A Rubinetti vs J Szmetan  ½-½411979Buenos Aires (Konex)A32 English, Symmetrical Variation
10. J Szmetan vs S Schweber  ½-½401979Buenos Aires (Konex)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. F Trois vs J Szmetan  ½-½231979Buenos Aires (Konex)A04 Reti Opening
12. J Szmetan vs J Emma  ½-½401979Buenos Aires (Konex)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
13. Browne vs J Szmetan  1-0791979Buenos Aires (Konex)A43 Old Benoni
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Szmetan wins | Szmetan loses  

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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