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Interzonals 1976: play-off
Compiled by capybara
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The interzonal tournament in Biel had resulted in a three-way tie for second place. Only two of these could qualify for the Candidates matches, so a play-off tournament was held in Varese, Italy. Every player played each of the others four times, and the top two players would compete in the Candidates tournament the following year. There were only two decisive games; Petrosian with one win and no losses finished first, Portisch with one win and one loss finished second, and Tal with no wins and one loss finished third. So Petrosian and Portisch qualified for the Candidates matches.

Game one
Petrosian vs Portisch, 1976 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Game two
Portisch vs Tal, 1976
(A15) English, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game three
Tal vs Petrosian, 1976
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game four
Petrosian vs Tal, 1976
(E17) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game five
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1976
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game six
Tal vs Portisch, 1976 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

Game seven
Petrosian vs Portisch, 1976
(E15) Queen's Indian, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game eight
Portisch vs Tal, 1976
(A14) English, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game nine
Tal vs Petrosian, 1976
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game ten
Petrosian vs Tal, 1976 
(A26) English, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game eleven
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1976
(E17) Queen's Indian, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game twelve
Tal vs Portisch, 1976
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

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