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Palma de Mallorca Tournament

Bent Larsen12/17(+10 -3 =4)[games]
Tigran V Petrosian11.5/17(+6 -0 =11)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[games]
Vlastimil Hort10.5/17(+7 -3 =7)[games]
Boris Spassky10/17(+3 -0 =14)[games]
Jesus Diez del Corral9.5/17(+7 -5 =5)[games]
Henrique Mecking9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Oscar Panno9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Bruno Parma8.5/17(+1 -1 =15)[games]
Miguel Najdorf8.5/17(+3 -3 =11)[games]
Laszlo Szabo8/17(+2 -3 =12)[games]
Wolfgang Unzicker8/17(+3 -4 =10)[games]
Arturo Pomar Salamanca7.5/17(+1 -3 =13)[games]
Milko G Bobotsov6.5/17(+1 -5 =11)[games]
Mato Damjanovic6.5/17(+0 -4 =13)[games]
Jonathan Penrose6.5/17(+3 -7 =7)[games]
Roman Toran Albero6/17(+1 -6 =10)[games]
Antonio Angel Medina Garcia5/17(+2 -9 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Palma de Mallorca (1969)

This was the strongest tournament in 1969. It was organized by FIDE and the Federación Balear de Ajedrez, and sponsored by the city of Palma and the Spanish press, with journalist and Chess Oscar founder Jorge Puig Laborda as the technical director. Both the new world champion Spassky and ex-world champion Petrosian were invited, and this was the first time the two met in a tournament after the Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1969). The five highest ranked of the 18 players were according to Chessmetrics* Korchnoi (#2), Spassky (#3), Larsen (#5), Petrosian (#6) and Hort (#13). Among the others were Najdorf (#28) from Argentina and 17-year-old Mecking (#48) from Brazil. Unfortunately, Vasily Smyslov (#4) and Robert James Fischer (#1) did not come. The opening ceremony took place on 21 November in the Palma town hall, and play started the next day at Hotel Jaime I.# Larsen began with two losses and had only two points after the first five rounds. However, after a dramatic win against Korchnoi in Round 7 (when according to Panno the crazy ones met), Larsen vs Korchnoi, 1969 - a real Larsen game! - he managed to turn the tables and keep up the good results from Palma de Mallorca (1967) and Palma de Mallorca (1968).

Photo of participants: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Hotel Jaime I, Palma, Spain, 22 November - 13 December 1969

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts 1 GM Larsen * ½ 1 0 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 12 2 GM Petrosian ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 11½ =3 GM Korchnoi 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 10½ =3 GM Hort 1 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 10½ 5 GM Spassky 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 10 6 IM Corral 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 9½ =7 IM Mecking 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 9 =7 GM Panno 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 9 =9 GM Parma ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8½ =9 GM Najdorf 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 8½ =11 GM Szabó ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 8 =11 GM Unzicker 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8 13 GM Pomar ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7½ =14 GM Bobotsov 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 0 6½ =14 GM Damjanovic 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 6½ =14 IM Penrose 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 6½ 17 IM Torán 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 6 18 IM Medina 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * 5

First Brilliancy Prize went to Diez del Corral for J Diez del Corral vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1969. The prize for highest quality game was shared between Larsen and Spassky for their victories against Penrose. At the closing ceremony, speeches were held by Najdorf, Juan Casals from Hotel Jaime I, and FIDE Vice President Jaroslav Sajtar. Chess Oscar for 1969 was awarded to Spassky. Finally, a "dream team" for the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970) match was suggested, with 1) Fischer, 2) Larsen, 3) Hort, 4) Lajos Portisch and 5) Svetozar Gligoric on the top tables. Larsen disagreed - he wanted table 1.

Tournament books: V Gran Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez: Palma de Mallorca 21 noviembre a 14 diciembre 1969 (Aries, Palma 1969. 168 pp.); Palma de Mallorca, 1969 by Robert Wade (Chess Player, Nottingham 1970. 64 pp.) (sorted by opening); Palma de Mallorca 69: Mit den stärksten Grossmeistern by Edwin Bhend (Kräuchi, Basel 1970. 98 pp.). Round dates and most other information on this page are from Román Torán's daily reports in the newspaper La Vanguardia (online at http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/...).

Original collection: Game Collection: Palma de Mallorca 1969 by User: Tabanus. *http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/... #Hotel Jaime I: https://web.archive.org/web/2015071...

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Hort 1-0431969Palma de MallorcaE77 King's Indian
2. Larsen vs Mecking 0-1401969Palma de MallorcaA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Najdorf vs A Medina Garcia  ½-½581969Palma de MallorcaA26 English
4. Szabo vs Parma  ½-½231969Palma de MallorcaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. Panno vs J Penrose  0-1521969Palma de MallorcaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. R Toran Albero vs Petrosian  0-1361969Palma de MallorcaE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Diez del Corral vs Spassky  ½-½421969Palma de MallorcaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Pomar Salamanca vs Bobotsov  ½-½221969Palma de MallorcaE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
9. Unzicker vs Damjanovic  ½-½421969Palma de MallorcaB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
10. Hort vs Unzicker  0-1591969Palma de MallorcaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. Szabo vs Korchnoi  ½-½321969Palma de MallorcaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Mecking vs Najdorf 1-0411969Palma de MallorcaE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
13. Parma vs Petrosian ½-½151969Palma de MallorcaC10 French
14. J Penrose vs Diez del Corral  ½-½411969Palma de MallorcaC05 French, Tarrasch
15. Spassky vs Larsen 1-0671969Palma de MallorcaC60 Ruy Lopez
16. Bobotsov vs R Toran Albero  1-0421969Palma de MallorcaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
17. Damjanovic vs Panno  ½-½431969Palma de MallorcaB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. A Medina Garcia vs Pomar Salamanca  ½-½151969Palma de MallorcaB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
19. Panno vs Hort  0-1381969Palma de MallorcaA25 English
20. Korchnoi vs Parma  ½-½401969Palma de MallorcaB07 Pirc
21. Najdorf vs Spassky ½-½531969Palma de MallorcaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Larsen vs J Penrose 1-0441969Palma de MallorcaA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
23. Petrosian vs Bobotsov  ½-½141969Palma de MallorcaA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Unzicker vs Szabo  ½-½151969Palma de MallorcaC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Pomar Salamanca vs Mecking  ½-½201969Palma de MallorcaA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-14-15  Olavi: The winner Larsen started with two losses. Top tournaments won from that situation include Najdorf, 16,5/21 at the Capablanca Memorial 1962, and Beliavsky, 8,5/14 in Tilburg 1986. Are there others?
Aug-14-15  diagonal: Not an international top tournament - still worth mentioning: Valentina Gunina, losing her two first games, finishing 7-0 at 64th Russian Superfinals women (ch-RUS) in Kazan 2014, winning the round robin tournament outright: Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)/Valentina Gunina Others? :)
Jun-21-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: For those who would point to Spassky's lacklustre tournament record while champion, the six draws concluded in less than twenty moves contributed a great deal towards his indifferent placing in this event.
Jun-21-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: Spassky was the World Chess Champion whilst Bobby got his head together 👍
Jun-21-19  Howard: Petrosian's record during the second three-year period that he was WC, wasn't much better.

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