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1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster Tournament

Miguel Quinteros10/12(+9 -1 =2)[games]
Eugenio Torre8/12(+6 -2 =4)[games]
Ortvin Sarapu7/12(+3 -1 =8)[games]
Rico Mascarinas7/12(+4 -2 =6)[games]
Vernon Albert Small6/12(+3 -3 =6)[games]
Mehrshad Sharif6/12(+2 -2 =8)[games]
Ewen McGowen Green6/12(+2 -2 =8)[games]
Murray Chandler5.5/12(+4 -5 =3)[games]
Jacobus S Sampouw4.5/12(+2 -5 =5)[games]
Herman Suradiradja4.5/12(+3 -6 =3)[games]
Richard John Sutton4.5/12(+1 -4 =7)[games]
Kamran Shirazi4.5/12(+4 -7 =1)[games]
Rodolfo Tan Cardoso4.5/12(+3 -6 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)
This tournament played in New Zealand was the second leg of the Asian Grandmasters circuit. The circuit was the brain-child of then FIDE Deputy President Florencio Campomanes to help Asian area players gain experience and title norms. The first leg was held in Baguio City in the Philippines, the third leg in Jakarta, Indonesia and the fourth leg was hosted in Penang, Malaysia. Australia was originally given the option of hosting the second leg but when this lapsed the New Zealand Chess Association gave Murray Chandler the green light to organize the tournament in Wellington. Months were spent by Chandler and his assistant Jenny McLaren in raising funds, arranging players' accommodation and finding both the playing venue and the personnel to run the tournament. The sponsorship problem was solved when Burroughs Computers (1) agreed to very generously contribute towards the tournament expenses. The tournament was supposed to feature grandmasters Eugenio Torre, Miguel A Quinteros and Alberic O'Kelly de Galway. However, the last named player failed to arrive. Running from the 5th to the 19th of April 1978, it was held in the World Trade Centre in Wellington.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 Pts 1 Quinteros * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 2 Torre 1 * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 8 3 Sarapu ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7 4 Mascarinas ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 7 5 Small 0 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 6 6 Sharif 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 6 7 Green 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6 8 Chandler 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ 0 0 5½ 9 Sampouw 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 0 ½ 1 ½ 4½ 10 Suradiradja 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 0 4½ 11 Sutton 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 0 4½ 12 Shirazi 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 4½ 13 Cardoso 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 * 4½

The 13-year-old Jonathan D Sarfati was one of those operating the demonstration boards at this tournament.

The main source for this collection was the tournament booklet edited by Paul Stanley Spiller.

References: (1) Wikipedia article: Burroughs Corporation; Original collection: Game Collection: 1st Burroughs Computers Grandmasters Tt, by User: Benzol.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 78  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Small vs E Torre 1-02519781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
2. Chandler vs J Sampouw  1-03419781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA13 English
3. O Sarapu vs M Sharif  ½-½6319781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterC78 Ruy Lopez
4. R J Sutton vs H Suradiradja  ½-½4019781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB33 Sicilian
5. E M Green vs K Shirazi 1-03619781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
6. R Cardoso vs R Mascarinas  0-18519781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA15 English
7. O Sarapu vs R J Sutton  ½-½3819781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterD90 Grunfeld
8. K Shirazi vs Chandler 1-04919781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA48 King's Indian
9. E Torre vs E M Green  1-04119781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
10. H Suradiradja vs V Small  1-03319781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. M Sharif vs R Mascarinas  ½-½1419781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA07 King's Indian Attack
12. J Sampouw vs Quinteros  0-16019781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. E M Green vs H Suradiradja  ½-½2619781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
14. Quinteros vs K Shirazi 1-02519781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
15. R Cardoso vs J Sampouw  ½-½4119781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Chandler vs E Torre  ½-½4219781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. V Small vs O Sarapu  ½-½3019781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterA09 Reti Opening
18. R J Sutton vs M Sharif  ½-½5219781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. H Suradiradja vs Chandler 0-12619781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. J Sampouw vs R Mascarinas  ½-½4719781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. K Shirazi vs R Cardoso  1-04319781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB06 Robatsch
22. E Torre vs Quinteros 1-03819781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
23. O Sarapu vs E M Green  ½-½2419781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB20 Sicilian
24. R J Sutton vs V Small  0-13219781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. V Small vs M Sharif  ½-½3919781st Burroughs Computers GrandmasterC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 78  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: Fans of the Asian Grandmasters circuit, <chessgames> and the <cg editors> have moved heaven and earth to bring you this very rare tournament from the past so how about a little commentary.
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  GrahamClayton: Quinteros certainly cut a swathe through the local New Zealand players (excepting Sarapu).
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  Benzol: <Graham> Yes Quinteros wasn't in any trouble against any of the local players except Sarapu and also Torre. Sarapu might have missed a win somewhere in that game. Torre played very well too but wasn't quite as consistent as his fellow GM. Sarapu started slowly, lost to his bogeyman Chandler and then put in a very good finish. Vernon Small and Ewen Green also played well. I can remember Ewen telling me every time he managed to get a plus score his next opponent would be one of the GMs.
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  GrahamClayton: Paul Stanley Spiller published a 45 page booklet on the tournament later in 1978.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: My father, a medical doctor, was listed as the consulting physician for the players. All the players came to my parents' house for a dinner party, and Quinteros and the late Cardoso were kind enough to play games with me, a 13yo schoolboy. Quinteros played the Salvio gambit and I happened to know the line and won the endgame. He thrashed me in the next game. Cardoso was very difficult to play with his Danish Gambits with both colours, I think I might have won and drawn a game but lost a lot; attacks came one after the other. Shirazi seemed to regard games as teaching games and I won two out of lots.
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  Benzol: Miguel Quinteros who won this tournament considered his best game in it to be Quinteros vs M Sharif, 1978
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  GrahamClayton: Unusual final scores - the first 7 players scored an even number of points, while the bottom 5 players tied for equal last place.
Mar-02-20  jith1207: Ewen's memory was correct. He won against Shirazi, next game was against Torre. He won against Chandler, next game was against Quinteros.

Guess it's at least better than playing them after a loss.

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