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Buenos Aires (Clarin) 1978
Compiled by Tabanus
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Right after the Buenos Aires olympiad (25 October - 12 November 1978), Miguel Najdorf had gotten the morning newspaper Clarín to disburse big bucks for this tournament. Its success allowed him to step it up with a larger budget for Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979). The tournament was opened by BA Mayor Osvaldo Cacciatore* and play took place in the 3rd floor of the Banco de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires# at Esmeralda 660. Playing time was 5-10 pm. The room could take only a few spectators, but Clarín disposed several other locations with big demonstration boards, where the games were shown and explained to the press and public.

According to the tournament book, the players were peaceful in the first rounds probably because of fatigue after the olympiad. However, competition hardened towards the end of the tournament. After 10 rounds it looked like Vaganian would win, but then he lost with White to the champion of China Qi Jingxuan in round 11. Then in round 12 it was Qi's turn to lose with White, to the tournament winner, the 27-year-old rising star Ulf Andersson from Sweden.

The last round game between Dzindzichashvili and Qi Jingxuan was not played. Qi did not turn up and forfeited the point.

Banco Ciudad, 14 November - 1 December 1978,
final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts Prizes 1 Andersson * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 9 5000 USD =2 Panno ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 8½ 3167 =2 Smyslov ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8½ 3167 =2 Vaganian ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 8½ 3167 =5 Browne 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 8 1900 =5 Gheorghiu ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 8 1900 =7 Dzindzichashvili ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 6 1500 =7 Najdorf ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6 1500 9 Szmetan 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5½ 1200 =10 Quinteros ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 0 5 667 =10 Keene ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 0 ½ 5 667 =10 Qi Jingxuan 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 5 667 13 Garcia Palermo 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ * ½ 4½ 500 14 Torre 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * 3½ 500 USD

Picture of participants: http://www.tabladeflandes.com/zenon...

Tournament leader: Carlos Enrique Guimard, with FIDE representative Jorge Sanguineti as leader of the Appeals Committee.

Tournament book: Internationales Schachmeisterturnier "Clarin" Buenos Aires 1978 by Albert Becker (M. A. Lachaga, Argentina 1978, 60 pp.). There were daily reports in Clarín, but only one is available online: http://najdorf-miguel.blogspot.no/s....

Original collection: Game Collection: Buenos Aires (Clarin) 1978 by User: Tabanus. *Wikipedia article: Osvaldo Cacciatore.#Wikipedia article: Bank of the City of Buenos Aires.

Round 1 1978.11.14
Browne vs Keene, 1978 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

C Garcia Palermo vs Vaganian, 1978 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 0-1

Najdorf vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs Smyslov, 1978 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Qi Jingxuan vs E Torre, 1978 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs Andersson, 1978
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Szmetan vs Gheorghiu, 1978
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 49 moves, 0-1

Round 2 1978.11.15
Andersson vs C Garcia Palermo, 1978 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 73 moves, 1-0

Browne vs Panno, 1978 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dzindzichashvili vs Quinteros, 1978
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Gheorghiu, 1978
(A53) Old Indian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Qi Jingxuan, 1978 
(E03) Catalan, Open, 73 moves, 1-0

E Torre vs Najdorf, 1978 
(E96) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs J Szmetan, 1978
(A04) Reti Opening, 53 moves, 1-0

Round 3 1978.11.16
C Garcia Palermo vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Vaganian, 1978
(C15) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs Smyslov, 1978
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs Keene, 1978
(E12) Queen's Indian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Qi Jingxuan vs Browne, 1978
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs E Torre, 1978 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 41 moves, 0-1

J Szmetan vs Andersson, 1978
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 69 moves, 0-1

Round 4 1978.11.17
Andersson vs Gheorghiu, 1978
(A36) English, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs Najdorf, 1978 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 59 moves, 1-0

Dzindzichashvili vs J Szmetan, 1978
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Vaganian, 1978 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs Qi Jingxuan, 1978
(A21) English, 36 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Quinteros, 1978
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Torre vs C Garcia Palermo, 1978
(B10) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 1978.11.20
C Garcia Palermo vs Smyslov, 1978
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 47 moves, 1-0

Najdorf vs Panno, 1978
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Qi Jingxuan vs Keene, 1978
(B40) Sicilian, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs Browne, 1978 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 66 moves, 0-1

J Szmetan vs E Torre, 1978 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Andersson, 1978
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 1978.11.21
Browne vs C Garcia Palermo, 1978
(E17) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dzindzichashvili vs Vaganian, 1978
(A14) English, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Andersson, 1978
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs Quinteros, 1978
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Qi Jingxuan vs Najdorf, 1978
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs J Szmetan, 1978
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

E Torre vs Gheorghiu, 1978
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 1978.11.23
Andersson vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978
(A21) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

C Garcia Palermo vs Panno, 1978
(B40) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Smyslov, 1978
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs Keene, 1978
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs Qi Jingxuan, 1978
(A17) English, 40 moves, 0-1

J Szmetan vs Browne, 1978
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs E Torre, 1978
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

Round 8 1978.11.24
Browne vs Gheorghiu, 1978
(A56) Benoni Defense, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978
(A53) Old Indian, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs Quinteros, 1978
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs J Szmetan, 1978
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Qi Jingxuan vs C Garcia Palermo, 1978
(A53) Old Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Vaganian, 1978
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Torre vs Andersson, 1978 
(B50) Sicilian, 89 moves, 0-1

Round 9 1978.11.25
Andersson vs Smyslov, 1978
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dzindzichashvili vs E Torre, 1978 
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

C Garcia Palermo vs Najdorf, 1978
(B40) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

Gheorghiu vs Panno, 1978
(E12) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quinteros vs Keene, 1978
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Szmetan vs Qi Jingxuan, 1978
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Browne, 1978
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Round 10 1978.11.27
Browne vs Andersson, 1978 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 0-1

Keene vs E Torre, 1978
(A56) Benoni Defense, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs J Szmetan, 1978
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Panno vs Vaganian, 1978
(A28) English, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Qi Jingxuan vs Gheorghiu, 1978 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs C Garcia Palermo, 1978 
(A04) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978
(A04) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 1978.11.28
Andersson vs Panno, 1978
(A10) English, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dzindzichashvili vs Browne, 1978
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 40 moves, 0-1

C Garcia Palermo vs Keene, 1978
(E12) Queen's Indian, 72 moves, 1-0

Gheorghiu vs Najdorf, 1978
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Szmetan vs Quinteros, 1978
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Torre vs Smyslov, 1978 
(A28) English, 30 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Qi Jingxuan, 1978
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 66 moves, 0-1

Round 12 1978.11.29
Browne vs E Torre, 1978 
(B69) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6, 41 moves, 1-0

C Garcia Palermo vs J Szmetan, 1978
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 0-1

Keene vs Smyslov, 1978 
(D99) Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov, 41 moves, 0-1

Najdorf vs Vaganian, 1978
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Panno vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978 
(A05) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Qi Jingxuan vs Andersson, 1978 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Quinteros vs Gheorghiu, 1978
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13 1978.12.01
Andersson vs Najdorf, 1978
(A05) Reti Opening, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dzindzichashvili vs Qi Jingxuan, 1978 
(A10) English, 1 moves, 1-0

Gheorghiu vs C Garcia Palermo, 1978
(E12) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Browne, 1978
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Szmetan vs Keene, 1978
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

E Torre vs Panno, 1978 
(B83) Sicilian, 50 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Quinteros, 1978
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

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