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🏆 Geneva (1977)

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Ludek Pachman, Jan Timman, Bent Larsen, Ulf Andersson, Gennadi Sosonko, Fridrik Olafsson, Robert Eugene Byrne, Eugenio Torre, Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon, Roman Dzindzichashvili, Gudmundur Sigurjonsson, Borislav Ivkov, Werner Hug, Heikki Westerinen

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Geneva (1977)

The event was organized by the Fédération Genevoise des Echecs, under the aegis of Trepp and Chappuis. (1) Twelve GM's and two IM's were invited, and the main attractions on the final list of participants were Viktor Korchnoi and Bent Larsen. They had promised to play immediately after their candidates matches. The Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Quarterfinal (1977) dragged out, however, and Korchnoi could not come. He was replaced by Liberzon. Also the Portisch - Larsen Candidates Quarterfinal (1977) dragged out, but Larsen put himself on the train (2) to Geneva and managed to reach round 3. His first two games were played later (on the rest days). The playing venue was Hôtel Méditerranée, and normal playing time was 5-10 pm (40 moves in < 5 hours). (3) Tournament category: 12 (GM norm 7 points). (4) Ties would be decided by Sonneborn-Berger (the newspaper has "Sonnenbrandberg") scores. (5)

The organizers wanted to have the tournament as strong as possible, (4) and hired none other than USCF president Georges Koltanowski as chief arbiter. (6) With the venerable Harry Golombek as assistant. It is in an almost religious atmosphere that the master Golombek, tournament referee, has hit the gong which marks the beginning of two and a half weeks of exciting fight. (7) The draws were many, however (62,6%). Six of the players (Andersson, Sosonko, Torre, Liberzon, Timman and Ólafsson) came straight from Bad Lauterberg (1977) and were tired. (4) Yet Ólafsson played a 115 move game (4) in the last round against Liberzon, trying to extract more than a draw with rook and bishop versus rook. Timman, who had been second to Anatoly Karpov in Germany, was as low as tenth. Larsen too was very tired but seemed to find new energy as the tournament proceeded, to play in the adventurous style for which he is famous. (4) The closing ceremony was on 12 April, after the Ólafsson game had finished. (5)

Geneva, Switzerland, 26 March - 11 April 1977

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SonBe 1 GM Larsen 2615 * ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8½ 2 GM Andersson 2565 ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8 3 IM Dzindzichashvili 2535 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 7½ 48.25 4 GM Sosonko 2530 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7½ 45.00 5 GM Pachman 2485 1 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7 47.00 6 GM Torre 2550 1 0 0 ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 7 43.00 7 GM Liberzon 2550 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 6½ 42.75 8 GM Ivkov 2510 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 6½ 41.00 9 GM Sigurjónsson 2520 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 6½ 39.50 10 GM Timman 2590 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 * ½ ½ 1 0 6 39.50 11 GM Byrne 2580 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 6 37.00 12 GM Ólafsson 2560 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 5½ 13 IM Hug 2445 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ 5 14 GM Westerinen 2430 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ * 3½

Dzindzichashvili made a GM norm. (4) Special prizes went to Larsen, for H Westerinen vs Larsen, 1977 (best game), Liberzon, for V Liberzon vs E Torre, 1977 (brilliancy prize), Andersson, for Ulf Andersson vs E Torre, 1977 (best endgame), and Westerinen, for Timman vs H Westerinen, 1977 (best attack). (4, 5)

In addition to the main event there was the Geneva Junior Championship (23 March - 3 April) and an open tournament of 7 rounds (8-11 April) with about 130 players. (1, 8)

Dates are from Journal de Genève at https://www.letempsarchives.ch/rech..., with a little help from Dutch newspapers at https://www.delpher.nl/nl/kranten. Both Koltanowski (in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 29 May 1977 p. 120) and Golombek (in The Times 16 April 1977 p. 10) wrote a report afterwards.

Notes

1) Journal de Genève, 5 March 1977, p. 20.
2) Het Vrije Volk, 28 March 1977, p. 23.
3) Journal de Genève, 24 March 1977, p. 9.
4) The Times, 16 April 1977, p. 10.
5) Journal de Genève, 13 April 1977, p. 9.
6) Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 29 May 1977, p. 120.
7) Journal de Genève, 28 March 1977, p. 7.
8) Journal de Genève, 9 April 1977, p. 9.

Original collection: Game Collection: Geneva 1977 by User: Tabanus.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hug vs Timman 0-1431977GenevaA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Dzindzichashvili vs Sosonko  ½-½221977GenevaD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
3. Pachman vs Ulf Andersson  1-0591977GenevaE61 King's Indian
4. E Torre vs Ivkov  ½-½401977GenevaC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. V Liberzon vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½201977GenevaB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. G Sigurjonsson vs F Olafsson  ½-½251977GenevaC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
7. F Olafsson vs Pachman  ½-½201977GenevaD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
8. H Westerinen vs V Liberzon  ½-½331977GenevaB44 Sicilian
9. Ivkov vs Hug  ½-½431977GenevaE91 King's Indian
10. Timman vs Dzindzichashvili 0-1641977GenevaE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
11. Robert E Byrne vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½221977GenevaB08 Pirc, Classical
12. Ulf Andersson vs E Torre 1-0461977GenevaA10 English
13. Sosonko vs Timman  ½-½101977GenevaB08 Pirc, Classical
14. Hug vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½321977GenevaA07 King's Indian Attack
15. E Torre vs F Olafsson  1-0411977GenevaA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Pachman vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½201977GenevaD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. V Liberzon vs Larsen  ½-½471977GenevaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. Dzindzichashvili vs Ivkov  ½-½211977GenevaD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. G Sigurjonsson vs H Westerinen  1-0221977GenevaB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
20. H Westerinen vs Larsen 0-1331977GenevaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. Ivkov vs Sosonko  ½-½171977GenevaE17 Queen's Indian
22. F Olafsson vs Hug 1-0401977GenevaE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
23. Ulf Andersson vs Dzindzichashvili ½-½271977GenevaA38 English, Symmetrical
24. V Liberzon vs G Sigurjonsson 1-0491977GenevaB08 Pirc, Classical
25. Larsen vs Timman  ½-½391977GenevaB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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