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Teesside 1975
Compiled by Tabanus
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After the successful Teesside (1972), World Junior Championship (1973), and World Student Team Championship (1974), the north of England arranged another GM event sponsored by the Cleveland County Council, Friends of Chess, James D Slater, The Sunday Times, The British Chess Federation, The Financial Times, Harry Golombek, and others. Previous events in the series had been held at Thornaby Pavilion, Thornaby-on-Tees, but that was not possible this time, and another 'Teesside' venue was found in Middlesbrough. It was intended to have a 16-player tournament, with the final place going to either Walter Shawn Browne or Ljubomir Ljubojevic. Unfortunately, a clash of dates with the Milan (1975) super-tournament meant that their participation was not possible. A lower ranked substitute player was considered, but the tournament would then have lost its Category 12 status. It was decided to go ahead with 15 players, despite a single player bye being created each round. The tournament was dedicated to Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, who had passed away in 1974, and was known as the Alexander Memorial.

Event opened at Church House, Middlesbrough on 1 September. Round 1 commenced on the same afternoon. All rounds were played at 2 pm, except the final round at 9:30 am. Tournament Director was Gerry Walsh, Associate Director was Victor James Richard Soanes, and Chief Arbiter was Harry Golombek. The draw percentage (67.6) was high, and there was a feeling that some of the players had not tried hard enough to play fighting chess. Kavalek made 14 draws! Miles played more moves than the other competitors and, along with Sax and Timman, recorded the fewest draws. Category: 12 (GM norm = 7.5, IM norm = 6). Cost of tournament: £15,000. First prize: £1000.

Church House, Middlesbrough, 1-18 September 1975:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 Pts 1 GM Geller 2600 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 9½ 2 GM Smyslov 2605 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8½ =3 GM Bronstein 2590 ½ 1 * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 8 =3 GM Hort 2600 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 8 =3 GM Hübner 2615 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 8 =6 GM Sax 2510 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 7½ =6 GM Timman 2510 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 7½ =8 GM Kavalek 2555 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7 =8 GM Ólafsson 2535 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7 10 IM Miles 2435 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 6½ =11 GM Gheorghiu 2540 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 =11 GM Lombardy 2515 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 6 =11 Stean 2370 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 6 14 IM Keene 2505 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 5½ 15 IM Hartston 2475 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 4

Stean took his 3rd IM norm, and became an IM at the FIDE congress in Oosterbeek 27-30 September. Miles won a special prize for the title of best British player. For Keene and Miles, who were in the race to become the first English grandmaster, it became clear in round 13 that neither would make the 7.5 points required for GM norm. Hübner was unwilling to play as early as 9:30 am, and did not turn up for his last game versus Miles.

This page is mainly based on the report by William Ritson-Morry in British Chess Magazine, Nov. 1975, pp. 465-479. Golombek's round reports in The Times (which are online if you pay) give dates, pairings and game results only.

Original collections: Game Collection: Teesside 1975 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Teesside 1975 by User: Tabanus. This introduction would not have been possible without the help of User: Paint My Dragon.

Round 1 Sept 1 (bye: Smyslov)
Bronstein vs Keene, 1975 
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 30 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Hort, 1975
(B83) Sicilian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Lombardy, 1975
(A17) English, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs Hartston, 1975
(A36) English, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs F Olafsson, 1975
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Stean vs Kavalek, 1975
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Huebner, 1975
(D68) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 2 Sept 2 (bye: Kavalek)
Hartston vs Timman, 1975
(C16) French, Winawer, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hort vs M Stean, 1975
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Huebner vs Gheorghiu, 1975
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Geller, 1975 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lombardy vs Sax, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

F Olafsson vs Bronstein, 1975
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Miles, 1975
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 74 moves, 1-0

Round 3 Sept 3 (bye: Miles)
Bronstein vs Lombardy, 1975
(B44) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Geller vs F Olafsson, 1975 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

Gheorghiu vs Hartston, 1975
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kavalek vs Hort, 1975
(A06) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Huebner, 1975
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Stean vs Keene, 1975
(A15) English, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Smyslov, 1975
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 Sept 4 (bye: Hort)
Hartston vs Sax, 1975
(B83) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

Huebner vs Bronstein, 1975
(A22) English, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Kavalek, 1975 
(E97) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lombardy vs Geller, 1975
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs Timman, 1975
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 0-1

F Olafsson vs M Stean, 1975
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Gheorghiu, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 Sept 6 (bye: Timman)
Bronstein vs Hartston, 1975
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Huebner, 1975
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Miles, 1975 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 43 moves, 0-1

Hort vs Keene, 1975 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs F Olafsson, 1975
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Smyslov, 1975
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Stean vs Lombardy, 1975
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 Sept 7 (bye: Keene)
Hartston vs Geller, 1975
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 48 moves, 0-1

Huebner vs M Stean, 1975
(A10) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Lombardy vs Kavalek, 1975
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs Sax, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

F Olafsson vs Hort, 1975
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Bronstein, 1975 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Gheorghiu, 1975
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 Sept 8 (bye: Gheorghiu)
Bronstein vs Miles, 1975 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 72 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Smyslov, 1975
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hort vs Lombardy, 1975
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kavalek vs Huebner, 1975
(A14) English, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs F Olafsson, 1975
(A05) Reti Opening, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Timman, 1975
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 8 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Stean vs Hartston, 1975 
(B83) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 Sept 9 (bye: Olafsson)
Gheorghiu vs Sax, 1975
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 32 moves, 0-1

Hartston vs Kavalek, 1975
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Huebner vs Hort, 1975
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lombardy vs Keene, 1975  
(E14) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Miles vs Geller, 1975
(A15) English, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs M Stean, 1975
(D73) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Bronstein, 1975 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 35 moves, 1-0

Round 9 Sept 10 (bye: Sax)
Bronstein vs Gheorghiu, 1975
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Timman, 1975
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 53 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Hartston, 1975
(B40) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs Smyslov, 1975
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Huebner, 1975
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs Lombardy, 1975
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Stean vs Miles, 1975
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 Sept 12 (bye: Lombardy)
Gheorghiu vs Geller, 1975
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hartston vs Keene, 1975
(C16) French, Winawer, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Huebner vs F Olafsson, 1975
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs Kavalek, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Bronstein, 1975 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 38 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Hort, 1975
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs M Stean, 1975
(A58) Benko Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

Round 11 Sept 13 (bye: Bronstein)
Geller vs Sax, 1975
(B83) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Miles, 1975
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kavalek vs Timman, 1975
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Smyslov, 1975 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 53 moves, 0-1

Lombardy vs Huebner, 1975
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs Hartston, 1975
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Stean vs Gheorghiu, 1975
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12 Sept 14 (bye: Hübner)
Bronstein vs Geller, 1975 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gheorghiu vs Kavalek, 1975
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hartston vs Lombardy, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Miles vs Keene, 1975
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs M Stean, 1975
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 41 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs F Olafsson, 1975
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Hort, 1975
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13 Sept 15 (bye: Geller)
Hort vs Gheorghiu, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Huebner vs Hartston, 1975
(A16) English, 66 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs Sax, 1975
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Timman, 1975 
(A38) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 0-1

Lombardy vs Smyslov, 1975
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 34 moves, 0-1

F Olafsson vs Miles, 1975
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 42 moves, 1-0

M Stean vs Bronstein, 1975
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14 Sept 16 (bye: Hartston)
Bronstein vs Kavalek, 1975
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs M Stean, 1975 
(A04) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

Gheorghiu vs Keene, 1975
(A10) English, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs Lombardy, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Hort, 1975
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Huebner, 1975
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs F Olafsson, 1975
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15 Sept 18 (bye: Stean)
Hartston vs Smyslov, 1975
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 0-1

Hort vs Bronstein, 1975
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kavalek vs Geller, 1975
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Sax, 1975
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lombardy vs Timman, 1975 
(C01) French, Exchange, 49 moves, 1-0

F Olafsson vs Gheorghiu, 1975
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Huebner vs Miles, 1975 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 1 moves, 0-1

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