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Tilburg Interpolis Tournament

Anthony Miles8.5/14(+6 -3 =5)[games]
Robert Huebner8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[games]
Ljubomir Ljubojevic7/14(+5 -5 =4)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky6/14(+2 -4 =8)[games]
Oleg Romanishin6/14(+2 -4 =8)[games]
Jan Timman6/14(+3 -5 =6)[games]
Roman Dzindzichashvili5.5/14(+2 -5 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tilburg Interpolis (1985)

The 9th Annual Interpolis Chess Tournament held in Tilburg, Netherlands in 1985 was a Category 15 event. That year marked the shift in the event from a round robin to a double round robin. The eight participants were Jan Timman (Elo rated #3 in the world), Viktor Korchnoi (#5), Robert Hübner (#8), Ljubomir Ljubojevic (#9), Lev Polugaevsky (#13), Oleg Romanishin (#15), Roman Dzindzichashvili (#21), and previous year's winner Anthony Miles (#30). Korchnoi played in Tilburg for the first time. Five players (Timman, Ljubojevic, Polugaevsky, Romanishin and Miles) had participated in the Interzonal tournaments earlier in the summer. The scheduled rest days were August 31, September 4, 7, 11, 14 and 16. The prize money was set at 86,500 Dutch guilders, with 20,000 guilders to the winner. Playing time was 1-6 pm. The tournament director Jan Rennings was happy with the new arrangement of only four tables and four demonstration boards, and stated that this is how it should have been all along.

It was during the third round game against Romanishin that Miles began to suffer extreme back pain. He was forced to take painkillers and lie flat on a massage table during his games in order to participate in the remaining rounds (see On September 3rd, when Game 1 of the Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985) was played in Moscow, the pain was so bad that he had to postpone his Round 6 game against Polugaevsky. Later on, some of the players claimed they felt uncomfortable with their opponent lying on a table in front of them, and before Round 10, four players (Korchnoi, Hübner, Ljubojevic and Dzindzichashvili) filed an official complaint. Miles' game against Romanishin was transferred to a private room, but Romanishin refused to play there, and eventually the game was transferred back to its usual place. In Round 11, "Dzin" preferred to play the game standing in front of Miles on the table, and in Round 12, Miles and Hübner agreed to a scandalous draw. Leading the tournament by a whole point, Miles then lost to Polugaevsky in Round 13. Miles' version of what happenened is given in detail in New In Chess (November 1985) and in his book 'It's Only Me'.

Miles won his last round game, but so did Hübner and Korchnoi, and the three ended equal first with 8.5/14. They shared 47,500 guilders (about $29,643 in 2018 value) in prize money.

Tilburg, the Netherlands, 28 August - 17 September 1985

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 =1 Miles 30 2560 ** 0½ 11 11 10 0½ ½1 ½½ 8½ =1 Hübner 36 2620 1½ ** ½½ 01 ½½ ½1 ½½ ½1 8½ =1 Korchnoi 54 2630 00 ½½ ** ½½ ½1 ½1 11 1½ 8½ 4 Ljubojevic 34 2615 00 10 ½½ ** 1½ 1½ 01 01 7 =5 Polugaevsky 50 2600 01 ½½ ½0 0½ ** ½1 0½ ½½ 6 =5 Romanishin 33 2590 1½ ½0 ½0 0½ ½0 ** ½½ 1½ 6 =5 Timman 33 2640 ½0 ½½ 00 10 1½ ½½ ** 01 6 8 Dzindzichashvili 41 2570 ½½ ½0 0½ 10 ½½ 0½ 10 ** 5½

Category: XV (2603). Arbiters: Geurt Gijssen and Constant Orbaan.

Raymond Keene wrote in The Spectator, "Tony Miles nearly repeated his feat of last year at Tilburg, though this time he had to share top honours with Korchnoi and Hübner. I was particularly impressed by Tony's 100 per cent against Korchnoi and Ljubojevic and his generally high quantity of decisive games. This was evidence of his immense drive and fighting spirit in what is undoubtedly the strongest tournament of 1985. Tony's achievement was all the more remarkable in that he played much of the tournament stretched out on his stomach on a hospital trolley, due to a back injury."

Korchnoi and Timman next played in the Montpellier Candidates (1985) which started October 12th.

Tournament book: Willem Andriessen (ed.), 9e Interpolis schaaktoernooi 1985. Interpolis, Tilburg 1985. 64 pp.


FIDE rating list July 1985 (
De Stem, 10 September 1985 (
Amigoe, 18 September 1985, p. 7 (
Het Vrije Volk, 28 August 1985, p. 19 (
The impossible challenge by Anthony Miles. In New In Chess, November 1985, pp. 6-36.
Hans Bohm in NRC Handelsblad, 28 August 1985, p. 9 (
ANP report in Leidsch Dagblad, 16 September 1985, p. 21 (
Raymond Keene in The Spectator, 28 September 1985, p. 41 (
'It's Only Me' by Tony Miles (ed. Geoffrey W Lawton). Batsford, London 2003. 288 pp. (pp. 175-197)
Hebert Perez Garcia in Jaque 184 (1 Nov. 1985), pp. 596-600 (

Original collections: Game Collection: Tilburg Interpolis 1985 by User: suenteus po 147, and Game Collection: Tilburg Interpolis 1985 by User: Tabanus. Round dates (from Dutch newspapers and New In Chess): August 28, 29, 30, September 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17. Thanks to User: jnpope for converting guilders to USD, and to User: OhioChessFan for improving the English.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dzindzichashvili vs Ljubojevic 1-0371985Tilburg InterpolisA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Miles vs Korchnoi 1-0501985Tilburg InterpolisD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. Huebner vs Polugaevsky  ½-½171985Tilburg InterpolisE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
4. Timman vs Romanishin  ½-½291985Tilburg InterpolisE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
5. Romanishin vs Polugaevsky  ½-½221985Tilburg InterpolisB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Timman vs Miles  ½-½411985Tilburg InterpolisE12 Queen's Indian
7. Ljubojevic vs Huebner  1-0421985Tilburg InterpolisC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Korchnoi vs Dzindzichashvili 1-0201985Tilburg InterpolisA04 Reti Opening
9. Huebner vs Korchnoi  ½-½431985Tilburg InterpolisB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
10. Polugaevsky vs Ljubojevic 0-1441985Tilburg InterpolisA33 English, Symmetrical
11. Dzindzichashvili vs Timman 1-0961985Tilburg InterpolisA34 English, Symmetrical
12. Miles vs Romanishin 0-1681985Tilburg InterpolisE70 King's Indian
13. Romanishin vs Ljubojevic  0-1571985Tilburg InterpolisB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. Korchnoi vs Polugaevsky  ½-½681985Tilburg InterpolisE15 Queen's Indian
15. Timman vs Huebner ½-½411985Tilburg InterpolisC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
16. Miles vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½151985Tilburg InterpolisA56 Benoni Defense
17. Huebner vs Miles 1-0271985Tilburg InterpolisB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
18. Polugaevsky vs Timman 0-1431985Tilburg InterpolisD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
19. Dzindzichashvili vs Romanishin  0-1481985Tilburg InterpolisA15 English
20. Ljubojevic vs Korchnoi  ½-½411985Tilburg InterpolisB89 Sicilian
21. Dzindzichashvili vs Huebner  ½-½381985Tilburg InterpolisB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. Timman vs Ljubojevic  1-0391985Tilburg InterpolisB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Romanishin vs Korchnoi  ½-½281985Tilburg InterpolisB50 Sicilian
24. Huebner vs Romanishin  ½-½271985Tilburg InterpolisE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. Ljubojevic vs Miles 0-1611985Tilburg InterpolisB25 Sicilian, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-16-19  Caissanist: Hans Ree, in his obituary for Miles, mentions this tournament:

<I was in Tilburg as a reporter and to fulfill my duty I sneaked into the tournament room at a moment when the chair of Miles' opponent was empty. I took the chair and enjoyed a really strange sight.

A few inches above the board floated Miles' head and arms and that was all you saw. I was reminded of an Egyptian sphinx, or of a cat that stretches opposite you on the floor. The Cheshire cat from the Alice in Wonderland book maybe. After a brief conversation the Cheshire cat disappears and only its grin stays behind in the tree. The grin that Miles showed when he had beaten his bewildered opponents.

Yes, the protesters had a point, but on the other hand it was no fun for Miles either to play with an aching back on a massage table.>

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