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Linares 1983
Compiled by Tabanus
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The fourth edition of the Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez "Ciudad de Linares" was organized under the direction of its founder, Luis Rentero Suarez. It was intended to be a Category XV event, and had been moved to February so that it did not overlap with the Hoogovens (1983) tournament. The players were World Champion Anatoly Karpov (Elo ranked #1 in the world), Ulf Andersson (#4), Boris Spassky (#9), Jan Timman (#10), Yasser Seirawan (#12), Vlastimil Hort (#16), Tony Miles (#17), Efim Geller (#23), Artur Yusupov (#27), Gyula Sax (#28), and Bent Larsen (#34). Ljubomir Ljubojevic (#3) (who lived in the area) was ready to play, but withdrew when he learned that Robert Huebner (#5), Mikhail Tal (#7), and Lev Polugaevsky (#19) had been replaced by Sax, Geller and Yusupov. Rentero attempted to have Manuel Rivas Pastor (#164) or someone to replace him, but it was too late and the tournament started on Saturday 12 February with 11 players. This was not ideal - the tournament category went down and the fans had Ljubo as their favorite, in the absence of Spanish players (they turned their sympathies to Spassky and Larsen instead). Moreover, snowfall had dusted Andalucía and the Hotel Cervantes (where the players were staying) had no heat. At one time or another, almost all the participants had bad days in terms of flu and played in poor physical condition.

Despite his illness (or perhaps because of it), the former world champion Spassky edged out Karpov by half a point for clear first. His grand prize was $6,000 (the total prize purse was $28,000, or 3,640,000 pesetas, not counting appearance fees). Spassky, Karpov and Andersson (who ended behind Karpov on Sonneborn-Berger score) were undefeated. Larsen had the fever too. He played three of his adjourned games on the second rest day and lost all three. The participants voted for Karpov vs Sax, 1983 as the best game.

Casa de Cultura, Linares, Spain, 12-25 February 1983

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 1 Spassky 46 2605 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 6½ 2 Karpov 31 2710 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6 3 Andersson 31 2630 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 4 Yusupov 23 2565 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 5½ 5 Miles 27 2585 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 5½ 6 Sax 31 2560 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 1 5½ 7 Timman 31 2605 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * 1 1 ½ 0 5 8 Geller 57 2575 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 5 9 Hort 39 2585 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 5 10 Seirawan 22 2600 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 3 11 Larsen 47 2555 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 2

Category: XIV (2598). Chief arbiter: IA José María González.

Sources

FIDE rating list January 1983 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198...)

F. D. in Butlleti d'Escacs 33 (July 1983), p. 30 (http://www.historiadelajedrezespano...)

Tidskrift för Schack, March-April 1983, pp. 80-86 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)

Hector B. Kuperman in El País, 27 February 1983 (http://elpais.com/diario/1983/02/27...)

Robert Byrne in New York Times, 24 May 1983 (http://www.nytimes.com/1983/05/24/n...)

Roman Toran Albero in La Vanguardia, 11 February 1983, p. 37 (http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/...)

José María González and Jaan Eslon in Jaque 135 (April 1983), pp. 134-139 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)

Previous edition: Linares (1981). Next: Linares (1985).

Original collections: Game Collection: Linares 1983 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Linares 1983 by User: Tabanus. Round dates (from De Telegraaf, Het Vrije Volk and EFE reports in ABC Madrid and El Mundo Deportivo): February 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25.

Round 1 February 12 (Timman bye)
Geller vs Karpov, 1983
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hort vs Miles, 1983
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Yusupov, 1983
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

Seirawan vs Sax, 1983 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Andersson, 1983 
(A04) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 February 13 (Karpov bye)
Sax vs Geller, 1983
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Hort, 1983
(C11) French, 79 moves, 1-0

Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Miles vs Larsen, 1983 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 51 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Spassky, 1983 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 February 14 (Hort bye)
Karpov vs Sax, 1983 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

Seirawan vs Yusupov, 1983 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Andersson, 1983 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Timman, 1983
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 50 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Miles, 1983
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 February 16 (Sax bye)
Andersson vs Karpov, 1983 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hort vs Larsen, 1983 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Geller, 1983
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Spassky, 1983 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Miles vs Seirawan, 1983 
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 5 February 17 (Larsen bye)
Karpov vs Yusupov, 1983 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Miles, 1983 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 57 moves, 1-0

Seirawan vs Timman, 1983
(A28) English, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Hort, 1983
(C48) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Andersson, 1983
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 February 18 (Andersson bye)
Hort vs Seirawan, 1983
(E12) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Sax, 1983
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Spassky, 1983
(E91) King's Indian, 58 moves, 0-1

Miles vs Karpov, 1983
(A13) English, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Geller, 1983 
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 34 moves, 1-0

Round 7 February 19 (Spassky bye)
Geller vs Hort, 1983
(B06) Robatsch, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Seirawan vs Larsen, 1983 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 68 moves, 1-0

Andersson vs Yusupov, 1983
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Miles, 1983
(B32) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Timman, 1983
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 February 21 (Yusupov bye)
Timman vs Sax, 1983
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 36 moves, 1-0

Miles vs Andersson, 1983
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Seirawan, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Geller, 1983 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 89 moves, 0-1

Hort vs Karpov, 1983
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 February 22 (Seirawan bye)
Sax vs Hort, 1983
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Andersson vs Timman, 1983
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Larsen, 1983 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 43 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Spassky, 1983
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Miles, 1983
(E12) Queen's Indian, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 February 23 (Miles bye)
Seirawan vs Geller, 1983 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Karpov, 1983
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Sax, 1983 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Yusupov, 1983
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

Hort vs Andersson, 1983
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 February 25 (Geller bye)
Sax vs Spassky, 1983
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs Timman, 1983 
(A17) English, 105 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Hort, 1983
(E16) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Andersson vs Larsen, 1983 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Seirawan, 1983 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

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