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Hoogovens 1972
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Whilst FIDE president Max Euwe was in Moscow to negotiate conditions for the Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972), the 34th Hoogovens tournament started in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, in early January. Most of the players had played in tournaments a month or so before: Portisch, Pomar, Ljubojevic and Benkö in Palma de Mallorca (1971), Smyslov, Hort and Savon in Moscow (1971), while Browne and Timman came straight from Stockholm Open 1971/72 (1971). None could come of course from Hastings (1971/72), which had not finished yet. At a very late stage it was clear that the invited Mikhail Tal was sick and could not come. After the drawing of lots on 10 January, however, a phone call from Antonio Angel Medina Garcia, who would be playing in the B-group, made everybody happy. He was able to say that Pomar was willing to step in, but that he could only arrive in the country about half an hour before the start of play. Play started the next day at 1 pm.1 Pomar (his game was perhaps deferred to later that afternoon) won his game and overall performed above par. The competition was quite even, but the one to disappoint was Ljubojevic. Portisch had no losses and was unstoppable. Category: 11 (GM norm 9, IM norm 6,5). Top prizes: 4000, 3000 and 2500 Dutch guilders.2

Hotel Kennemerduin, Wijk aan Zee, 11-29 January 1972:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts 1 GM Portisch 2630 * ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 10˝ =2 GM Pomar 2510 ˝ * 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 9 =2 GM Hort 2605 ˝ 1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 9 4 GM Browne 2530 0 ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 1 1 1 8˝ =5 IM Savon 2570 ˝ 1 ˝ 0 * ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 8 =5 GM Smyslov 2620 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 8 =7 IM Smejkal 2515 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 7˝ =7 GM Benkö 2515 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 7˝ =7 GM Ivkov 2560 0 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 7˝ =10 GM Donner 2500 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 7 =10 IM Hartoch 2400 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 0 * ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 7 =10 IM Ree 2430 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 0 1 7 =13 GM Ljubojevic 2510 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ * ˝ 0 ˝ 6 =13 IM Adorjan 2475 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 6 =13 IM Timman 2445 ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 1 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 ˝ * ˝ 6 16 IM Langeweg 2425 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * 5˝

Chief Arbiter: Constant Orbaan, assisted by Simon Gjaltema.3 In addition to the "Main Group" there was a Masters Group, won by Zoltan Ribli and Bertus F Enklaar, and a Ladies Group, won by Tatiana Zatulovskaya ahead of Milunka Lazarevic.

Tournament books: 34e Hoogoven schaaktoernooi 10-29 januari 1972 by Berend Jan (Berry) Withuis (Reprografische Dienst, IJmuiden (?) 1972. 219 p.); 34. mezinarodni velmistrovsky turnaj Hoogoven, Wijk aan Zee 1972 by Frantisek Pithart (Cesky sachovy svaz, Praha 1972. 23 p); Wijk aan Zee 1972 (Chess Player (No. 141), Nottingham 1972. 24 p.) (none seen). This page is mainly based on reports in Dutch newspapers, which are available at http://kranten.delpher.nl/.

NOTES: 1Het Vrije Volk 11 Jan. 1972 p. 11. 2Leeuwarder Courant 31 Jan. 1972 p. 17. 3Limburgsch Dagblad 12 Jan. 1972 p. 19.

Original collections: Game Collection: Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1972 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Hoogovens 1972 by User: Tabanus.

Round 1 Jan 11
Adorjan vs K Langeweg, 1972
(B44) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

Browne vs Benko, 1972 
(C11) French, 77 moves, 0-1

Hort vs Smyslov, 1972
(A47) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs J H Donner, 1972
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs R Hartoch, 1972
(A56) Benoni Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Savon vs Ivkov, 1972
(C45) Scotch Game, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smejkal vs H Ree, 1972
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Timman, 1972 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 Jan 12
Benko vs Hort, 1972
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

J H Donner vs H Ree, 1972
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Hartoch vs Smejkal, 1972
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs Browne, 1972
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Langeweg vs Portisch, 1972
(A05) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Ljubojevic vs Savon, 1972
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Adorjan, 1972 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 3 Jan 13
Adorjan vs Benko, 1972
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs Ljubojevic, 1972
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Ivkov, 1972
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

A Pomar Salamanca vs K Langeweg, 1972
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 22 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Smyslov, 1972 
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

H Ree vs R Hartoch, 1972
(A16) English, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs J H Donner, 1972
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smejkal vs Timman, 1972
(A15) English, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 4 Jan 14
Benko vs Portisch, 1972
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

J H Donner vs R Hartoch, 1972
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 29 moves, 1-0

Ivkov vs Adorjan, 1972
(B32) Sicilian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Langeweg vs Smejkal, 1972
(D90) Grunfeld, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Hort, 1972
(B44) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs Browne, 1972 
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs H Ree, 1972
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 5 Jan 16
Adorjan vs Ljubojevic, 1972
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs J H Donner, 1972
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

R Hartoch vs Timman, 1972
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hort vs Savon, 1972
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs Benko, 1972
(A15) English, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Ivkov, 1972
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

H Ree vs K Langeweg, 1972
(A17) English, 102 moves, 1-0

Smejkal vs Smyslov, 1972 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 1-0

Round 6 Jan 17
Benko vs Smejkal, 1972
(A15) English, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs Hort, 1972 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

J H Donner vs Timman, 1972
(D80) Grunfeld, 43 moves, 1-0

Ivkov vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 56 moves, 1-0

K Langeweg vs R Hartoch, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Portisch, 1972
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 40 moves, 0-1

Savon vs Adorjan, 1972
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 42 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs H Ree, 1972
(D90) Grunfeld, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 Jan 18
Adorjan vs Browne, 1972 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 33 moves, 0-1

R Hartoch vs Smyslov, 1972
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hort vs J H Donner, 1972
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 16 moves, 1-0

A Pomar Salamanca vs Ljubojevic, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 63 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Savon, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Ree vs Benko, 1972
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smejkal vs Ivkov, 1972
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs K Langeweg, 1972
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 Jan 20
Benko vs R Hartoch, 1972
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

Browne vs Portisch, 1972 
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 88 moves, 0-1

J H Donner vs K Langeweg, 1972
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hort vs Adorjan, 1972 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs H Ree, 1972
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Smejkal, 1972 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Savon vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Timman, 1972 
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 9 Jan 21
Adorjan vs J H Donner, 1972
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Hartoch vs Ivkov, 1972
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Langeweg vs Smyslov, 1972
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs Browne, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Hort, 1972
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Ree vs Ljubojevic, 1972
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smejkal vs Savon, 1972
(A43) Old Benoni, 56 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Benko, 1972
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 Jan 22
Adorjan vs Portisch, 1972 
(B44) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

Benko vs K Langeweg, 1972
(A17) English, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs Smejkal, 1972
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 48 moves, 0-1

J H Donner vs Smyslov, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 54 moves, 0-1

Hort vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

Ivkov vs Timman, 1972
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs R Hartoch, 1972
(B44) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

Savon vs H Ree, 1972
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 Jan 24
R Hartoch vs Savon, 1972
(A16) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Langeweg vs Ivkov, 1972
(A14) English, 93 moves, 1-0

A Pomar Salamanca vs Adorjan, 1972
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 45 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs J H Donner, 1972
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Ree vs Browne, 1972
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smejkal vs Hort, 1972
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Benko, 1972
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1972 
(B27) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 12 Jan 25
Adorjan vs Smejkal, 1972
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs R Hartoch, 1972 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 59 moves, 0-1

J H Donner vs Benko, 1972
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hort vs H Ree, 1972
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Ivkov vs Smyslov, 1972
(C42) Petrov Defense, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs K Langeweg, 1972
(B44) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs Timman, 1972
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 56 moves, 1-0

Round 13 Jan 26
Benko vs Ivkov, 1972
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Hartoch vs Hort, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Langeweg vs Savon, 1972
(E97) King's Indian, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs J H Donner, 1972
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Ree vs Adorjan, 1972
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smejkal vs Portisch, 1972
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Ljubojevic, 1972
(B27) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Browne, 1972
(A36) English, 34 moves, 0-1

Round 14 Jan 27
Adorjan vs R Hartoch, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Browne vs K Langeweg, 1972 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

J H Donner vs Ivkov, 1972
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hort vs Timman, 1972 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Benko, 1972
(B44) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs Smejkal, 1972 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 35 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs H Ree, 1972
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs Smyslov, 1972
(A47) Queen's Indian, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15 Jan 29
Benko vs Savon, 1972
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Hartoch vs Portisch, 1972
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 8 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs Ljubojevic, 1972
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Langeweg vs Hort, 1972
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Ree vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smejkal vs J H Donner, 1972
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Browne, 1972 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Adorjan, 1972
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

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