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Taxco Interzonal 1985
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The second of three Interzonal tournaments held for the 1985-1987 World Championship cycle was held in Taxco, Mexico in June of 1985. Twelve grandmasters and four masters qualified for the round robin event, including (in order of ELO): Jan Timman (2650), Oleg Romanishin (2570), Mikhail Tal (2565), Kevin Spraggett (2560), Jesus Nogueiras (2545), Jozsef Pinter (2540), Lev Alburt (2535), Walter Shawn Browne (2530), Jonathan Speelman (2530), Simen Agdestein (2500), Yuri Balashov (2495), Miso Cebalo (2485), Marcel Sisniega (2470), Qi Jingxuan (2440), Eduard Prandstetter (2430), and Saeed-Ahmed Saeed (2400). The combined ratings of the participants qualified the tournament as a category XI event. Four games are omitted from this collection as Balashov withdrew after the eleventh round, forfeiting his four remaining games, all of which are absent from the database. Number three in the world, Timman, dominated the event, finishing undefeated at clear first with +9. The remaining three qualifiers for the candidates event were Nogueiras at second, also undefeated, with +6; former world champion Tal at third, also undefeated, with +5; and Spraggett at fourth with +3. The final standings are as follows:

01 Timman 12 points (+9, -0, =6);

02 Nogueiras 10.5 points (+6, -0, =9);

03 Tal 10 points (+5, -0, =10);

04 Spraggett 9 points (+4, -1, =10);

05 Speelman 8 points (+4, -3, =8);

06 Agdestein 7.5 points (+2, -2, =11);

07 Cebalo 7.5 points (+4, -4, =7);

08 Alburt 7 points (+3, -4, =8);

09 Browne 6.5 points (+2, -4, =9);

10 Pinter 6.5 points (+2, -4, =9);

11 Qi Jingxuan 6.5 points (+4, -6, =5);

12 Romanishin 6.5 points (+2, -4, =9);

13 Sisniega 6.5 points (+4, -6, =5);

14 Prandstetter 6 points (+3, -5, =7);

15 Saeed 5.5 points (+4, -8, =3);

16 Balashov 4.5 points (+1, -7, =7).

*Historical information and details are credited to Mark Weeks.

Round One, Game #1
S Agdestein vs M Cebalo, 1985
(A61) Benoni, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
Alburt vs Browne, 1985 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #3
J Nogueiras vs Speelman, 1985
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #4
E Prandstetter vs Balashov, 1985 
(C45) Scotch Game, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #5
Romanishin vs S Saeed, 1985
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 83 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #6
M Sisniega vs Pinter, 1985
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 55 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #7
Tal vs Qi Jingxuan, 1985
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #8
Timman vs K Spraggett, 1985
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #9
Alburt vs Romanishin, 1985
(D85) Grunfeld, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #10
Browne vs Balashov, 1985 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #11
M Cebalo vs Tal, 1985
(A56) Benoni Defense, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #12
Pinter vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(A05) Reti Opening, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #13
Qi Jingxuan vs M Sisniega, 1985
(B50) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #14
S Saeed vs S Agdestein, 1985 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 61 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #15
Speelman vs Timman, 1985
(A21) English, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #16
K Spraggett vs E Prandstetter, 1985
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #17
S Agdestein vs Alburt, 1985
(A15) English, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #18
Balashov vs K Spraggett, 1985
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #19
J Nogueiras vs Qi Jingxuan, 1985
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #20
E Prandstetter vs Speelman, 1985
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #21
Romanishin vs Browne, 1985
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #22
M Sisniega vs M Cebalo, 1985
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #23
Tal vs S Saeed, 1985 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #24
Timman vs Pinter, 1985
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #25
Alburt vs Tal, 1985 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #26
Browne vs K Spraggett, 1985
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #27
M Cebalo vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #28
Pinter vs E Prandstetter, 1985
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 57 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #29
Qi Jingxuan vs Timman, 1985
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 59 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #30
Romanishin vs S Agdestein, 1985
(A13) English, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #31
S Saeed vs M Sisniega, 1985
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #32
Speelman vs Balashov, 1985
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #33
S Agdestein vs Browne, 1985
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #34
Balashov vs Pinter, 1985
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #35
J Nogueiras vs S Saeed, 1985
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #36
E Prandstetter vs Qi Jingxuan, 1985
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #37
M Sisniega vs Alburt, 1985
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #38
K Spraggett vs Speelman, 1985 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #39
Tal vs Romanishin, 1985
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #40
Timman vs M Cebalo, 1985
(B30) Sicilian, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #41
S Agdestein vs Tal, 1985
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #42
Alburt vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #43
Browne vs Speelman, 1985 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #44
M Cebalo vs E Prandstetter, 1985
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #45
Pinter vs K Spraggett, 1985 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #46
Qi Jingxuan vs Balashov, 1985
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #47
Romanishin vs M Sisniega, 1985
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #48
S Saeed vs Timman, 1985 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #49
Balashov vs M Cebalo, 1985
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 97 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #50
J Nogueiras vs Romanishin, 1985 
(A17) English, 59 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #51
E Prandstetter vs S Saeed, 1985
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #52
M Sisniega vs S Agdestein, 1985
(C18) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #53
Speelman vs Pinter, 1985
(C26) Vienna, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #54
K Spraggett vs Qi Jingxuan, 1985
(A57) Benko Gambit, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #55
Tal vs Browne, 1985 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #56
Timman vs Alburt, 1985 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 63 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #57
S Agdestein vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #58
Alburt vs E Prandstetter, 1985
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 54 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #59
Browne vs Pinter, 1985 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #60
M Cebalo vs K Spraggett, 1985
(A28) English, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #61
Qi Jingxuan vs Speelman, 1985
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #62
Romanishin vs Timman, 1985 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 74 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #63
S Saeed vs Balashov, 1985 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 65 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #64
Tal vs M Sisniega, 1985 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #65
Balashov vs Alburt, 1985
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #66
J Nogueiras vs Tal, 1985
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #67
Pinter vs Qi Jingxuan, 1985
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #68
E Prandstetter vs Romanishin, 1985
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #69
M Sisniega vs Browne, 1985 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #70
Speelman vs M Cebalo, 1985
(A15) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #71
K Spraggett vs S Saeed, 1985
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #72
Timman vs S Agdestein, 1985
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #73
S Agdestein vs E Prandstetter, 1985
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #74
Alburt vs K Spraggett, 1985 
(E73) King's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #75
Browne vs Qi Jingxuan, 1985
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #76
M Cebalo vs Pinter, 1985
(A14) English, 51 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #77
Romanishin vs Balashov, 1985
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #78
S Saeed vs Speelman, 1985
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #79
M Sisniega vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #80
Tal vs Timman, 1985 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #81
Balashov vs S Agdestein, 1985
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #82
J Nogueiras vs Browne, 1985 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #83
Pinter vs S Saeed, 1985
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #84
E Prandstetter vs Tal, 1985 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 67 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #85
Qi Jingxuan vs M Cebalo, 1985
(B83) Sicilian, 51 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #86
Speelman vs Alburt, 1985 
(A14) English, 51 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #87
K Spraggett vs Romanishin, 1985
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #88
Timman vs M Sisniega, 1985 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #89
S Agdestein vs K Spraggett, 1985
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #90
Alburt vs Pinter, 1985
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #91
Browne vs M Cebalo, 1985 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #92
J Nogueiras vs Timman, 1985 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #93
Romanishin vs Speelman, 1985
(A26) English, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #94
S Saeed vs Qi Jingxuan, 1985
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #95
M Sisniega vs E Prandstetter, 1985
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #98
M Cebalo vs S Saeed, 1985
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #99
Pinter vs Romanishin, 1985
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #100
E Prandstetter vs J Nogueiras, 1985
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #101
Qi Jingxuan vs Alburt, 1985 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #102
Speelman vs S Agdestein, 1985
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #103
K Spraggett vs Tal, 1985 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #104
Timman vs Browne, 1985
(E15) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #105
S Agdestein vs Pinter, 1985
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #106
Alburt vs M Cebalo, 1985
(E73) King's Indian, 50 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen, Game #107
Browne vs S Saeed, 1985 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #109
Romanishin vs Qi Jingxuan, 1985 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Fourteen, Game #110
M Sisniega vs K Spraggett, 1985
(B44) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #111
Tal vs Speelman, 1985 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #112
Timman vs E Prandstetter, 1985
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #114
M Cebalo vs Romanishin, 1985
(A22) English, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #115
Pinter vs Tal, 1985 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 71 moves, 0-1

Round Fifteen, Game #116
E Prandstetter vs Browne, 1985
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #117
Qi Jingxuan vs S Agdestein, 1985
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 53 moves, 0-1

Round Fifteen, Game #118
S Saeed vs Alburt, 1985
(A58) Benko Gambit, 19 moves, 0-1

Round Fifteen, Game #119
Speelman vs M Sisniega, 1985 
(D85) Grunfeld, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #120
K Spraggett vs J Nogueiras, 1985 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 51 moves, 0-1

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