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Jan Smejkal vs Ulf Andersson
Biel Interzonal (1976), Biel SUI, rd 10, Jul-24
English Opening: Symmetrical. Symmetrical Variation (A36)  ·  1-0



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  Retireborn: Probably my favourite Smejkal game. Andersson was possibly in time trouble when he played 32...Rb8 (32...Nb8 33.Rxa5 Rd8 makes more sense) and he quickly falls into an elegant Zugzwang after 36.Rc6.

An interesting question is what should happen after 33...Nc5 34.Rxa5 Nb7 35.Rb5. White also wins a piece here, but winning the game would be somewhat harder, perhaps.

Mar-23-18  Howard: Andersson won six games in this interzonal...but they were all against the bottom six finishers.

Just like Larsen, in fact----he, too, cleaned up the players at the bottom.

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  Retireborn: Howard, do you have the physical Informators for 1974, by any chance?
Mar-26-18  Muttley101: <Retireborn: Howard, do you have the physical Informators for 1974, by any chance?>

I have access to these, what's the question?

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  Retireborn: <Muttley101> I'm interested in learning more about the occasion of this game:-

Szabo vs N Spiridonov, 1974

I've been unable to discover much about this Bulgarian tournament, other than that Hort won it, and the name may literally mean Sunny Beach.

I'm hoping one of the 1974 Informators may have info like month played, category, no of players, in the back.

Many thanks for any help you can give!

Mar-27-18  Howard: I'll check on it, Retireborn. I have both the '74 Informants.
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  Retireborn: <Howard> Many thanks. Would particularly like to know month and no of players.
Mar-27-18  Olavi: <Retireborn:> According to My Best Games of Chess by Szabo that September tournament had 16 players.
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  Retireborn: <Olavi> Many thanks for that.
Mar-29-18  Howard: Yes, Retireborn, the crosstable for that event is indeed in Volume 18 of the Informant.

What is it you would like to know?

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  Retireborn: <Howard> Dates, number of players, and Category Number (if any.) Many thanks.
Mar-30-18  Howard: According to Informant 18, the 16-player tournament took place in September-October 1974. No category number is given, though.

Hort took clear first with 11-15. Ermenkov took second with 10-5.

Never heard of the latter though. Lemme look him up.

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  Retireborn: <Howard> Thanks.

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