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Hostdans Veterans vs Ladies 1997
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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This installment of the annual competition between teams drawn from the best women players and a group of legendary veterans, was held in Copenhagen from July 15-27, 1997. The teams were:

Women
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Pia Cramling, Nana Ioseliani, Xie Jun, Zhu Chen

Veterans
Vlastimil Hort, HLajos Portisch Vasily Smyslov, Boris Spassky, Mark Taimanov

The tournament format was a double-round Scheveningen, each players having two games against each player from the other team. All players from each team had the same color each round; for example, all the Veterans had White in round 1, all the Women had White in round 2.

------------------- Smyslov,V 2480 6.5 | --------------- Portisch,L 2610 6.0 | | ----------- Hort,V 2510 5.5 | | | ------- Taimanov,M 2425 4.5 | | | | --- Spassky,B 2550 4.5 | | | | | Total 27.0 1 Arakhamia,K 2430 11 01 0= 1= =0 5.5 2 Cramling,P 2520 == == =0 1= == 5.0 3 Xie Jun 2505 00 1= =1 =0 1= 5.0 4 Zhu Chen 2515 00 00 =1 1= == 4.0 5 Ioseliani,N 2520 0= 0= =0 =0 =1 3.5 Total 23.0

The competition was closer than the four-point margin would indicate. After six rounds the women were actually a point ahead, but them the Legends did what Legends do, winning the last four rounds to win going away.

Round by Round scores

Women 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Arakhamia-Grant 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 5.5 Cramling 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 5.0 Xie Jun 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.0 5.0 Zen Chu 0.5 0.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 4.0 Ioseliani 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 3.5 Team Total 2.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 2.0 3.5 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.5 23.0

Veterans 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Smyslov 1.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 1.0 1.0 6.5 Portisch 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.5 6.0 Hort 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 5.5 Taimanov 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.5 1.0 4.5 Spassky 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 4.5 Team Total 2.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 3.0 1.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.5 27.0

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Progressive Scores

Women 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Arakhamia-Grant 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 3.5 4.0 5.0 5.5 5.5 Cramling 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.5 5.0 Xie Jun 1.0 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 5.0 Zen Chu 0.5 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 Ioseliani 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 Team Total 2.5 6.0 8.5 10.0 12.0 15.5 17.5 19.5 21.5 23.0

Veterans 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Smyslov 1.0 1.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 Portisch 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 5.0 5.5 6.0 Hort 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 5.5 5.5 Taimanov 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 4.5 Spassky 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.0 3.5 4.5 Team Total 2.5 4.0 6.5 10.0 13.0 14.5 17.5 20.5 23.5 27.0

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Sources

"This Week In Chess", no. 142. July 28, 1997.

Round 1, Board 1 (July 15)
Hort vs Zhu Chen, 1997
(A06) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Board 2 (July 15)
Portisch vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 1997
(E97) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

Round 1, Board 3 (July 15)
Spassky vs Xie Jun, 1997
(C49) Four Knights, 44 moves, 0-1

Round 1, Biard 4 (July 15)
Smyslov vs N Ioseliani, 1997
(B40) Sicilian, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 1, Board 5 (July 15)
Taimanov vs P Cramling, 1997
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

Round 2, Board 1 (July 17)
K Arakhamia-Grant vs Taimanov, 1997
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Board 2 (July 17)
Zhu Chen vs Spassky, 1997
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Board 3 (July 17)
P Cramling vs Smyslov, 1997
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Board 4 (July 17)
Xie Jun vs Portisch, 1997
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Board 5 (July 17)
N Ioseliani vs Hort, 1997
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Board 1 (July 18)
Portisch vs Zhu Chen, 1997 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 3, Board 2 (Juoly 18)
Spassky vs N Ioseliani, 1997
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Board 3 (July 18)
Hort vs P Cramling, 1997
(B20) Sicilian, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Board 4 (July 18)
Taimanov vs Xie Jun, 1997
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Board 5 (July 18)
Smyslov vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 1997 
(B40) Sicilian, 76 moves, 0-1

Round 4, Board 1 (July 19)
K Arakhamia-Grant vs Hort, 1997
(C27) Vienna Game, 58 moves, 0-1

Round 4, Board 2 (July 19)
N Ioseliani vs Portisch, 1997
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 61 moves, 0-1

Round 4, Board 3 (July 19)
P Cramling vs Spassky, 1997
(E12) Queen's Indian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Board 4 (July 19)
Xie Jun vs Smyslov, 1997
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 0-1

Round 4, Board 5 (July 19)
Zhu Chen vs Taimanov, 1997 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 59 moves, 1-0

Round 5, Board 1 (July 21)
Taimanov vs N Ioseliani, 1997
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

ROund 5, Board 2 (July 21)
Portisch vs P Cramling, 1997
(A58) Benko Gambit, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Board 3 (July 21)
Hort vs Xie Jun, 1997
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Board 4 (July 21)
Spassky vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 1997
(E92) King's Indian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Board 5 (July 21)
Smyslov vs Zhu Chen, 1997
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Board 1 (July 22)
Zhu Chen vs Hort, 1997
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 78 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Board 27 (July 22)
K Arakhamia-Grant vs Portisch, 1997
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Board 3 (July 22)
P Cramling vs Taimanov, 1997
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Board 4 (July 22)
Xie Jun vs Spassky, 1997
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Board 5 (July 22)
N Ioseliani vs Smyslov, 1997
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Board 1 (July 23)
Spassky vs Zhu Chen, 1997
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Board 2 (July 23)
Portisch vs Xie Jun, 1997
(E97) King's Indian, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

ROund 7, Board 3 (July 23)
Taimanov vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 1997
(A10) English, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Board 4 (July 23)
Hort vs N Ioseliani, 1997
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 53 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Board 5 (July 23)
Smyslov vs P Cramling, 1997
(B20) Sicilian, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8, Board 1 (July 25)
N Ioseliani vs Spassky, 1997 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Board 2 (July 25)
Zhu Chen vs Portisch, 1997
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 0-1

Round 8, Board 3 (July 25)
Xie Jun vs Taimanov, 1997 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 52 moves, 0-1

Round 8, Board 4 (July 25)
P Cramling vs Hort, 1997
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 91 moves, 0-1

ROund 8, Board 5 (July 25)
K Arakhamia-Grant vs Smyslov, 1997 
(C27) Vienna Game, 50 moves, 1-0

Round 9, Board 1 (July 26)
Taimanov vs Zhu Chen, 1997
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Board 2 (July 26)
Portisch vs N Ioseliani, 1997
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Board 3 (July 26)
Spassky vs P Cramling, 1997
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Board 4 (July 26)
Hort vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 1997
(E73) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Board 5 (July 26)
Smyslov vs Xie Jun, 1997 
(C49) Four Knights, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 10, Board 1 (July 27)
N Ioseliani vs Taimanov, 1997
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

Round 10, Board 2 (July 27)
K Arakhamia-Grant vs Spassky, 1997
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 10, Board 3 (July 27)
P Cramling vs Portisch, 1997
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Board 4 (July 27)
Xie Jun vs Hort, 1997
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 10, Board 5 (July 27)
Zhu Chen vs Smyslov, 1997
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 50 moves, 0-1

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