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October Revolution 60th Anniversary Tournament

Oleg M Romanishin11.5/17(+8 -2 =7)[games]
Mikhail Tal11.5/17(+7 -1 =9)[games]
Vasily Smyslov10.5/17(+4 -0 =13)[games]
Rafael Vaganian10/17(+5 -2 =10)[games]
Anatoly Karpov10/17(+5 -2 =10)[games]
Mark Taimanov9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Zoltan Ribli9/17(+4 -3 =10)[games]
Alexander Kochyev9/17(+4 -3 =10)[games]
Yuri S Balashov9/17(+3 -2 =12)[games]
Jan Smejkal8/17(+3 -4 =10)[games]
Alexander G Beliavsky7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[games]
Guillermo Garcia Gonzalez7.5/17(+4 -6 =7)[games]
Gennady Kuzmin7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[games]
Lothar Vogt7/17(+2 -5 =10)[games]
Florin Gheorghiu7/17(+2 -5 =10)[games]
Ivan Radulov7/17(+1 -4 =12)[games]
Milorad Knezevic7/17(+2 -5 =10)[games]
Sergio Mariotti5/17(+3 -10 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)

Leningrad was host to an international chess tournament to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the October Revolution. The round robin event was held from June 24th to July 19th, 1977. Eighteen grandmasters, including the current world champion and two former world champions, participated in the top event. They were (in order of ELO): Anatoli Karpov (2690), Mikhail Tal (2620), Zoltán Ribli (2595), Oleg Romanishin (2595), Vasily Smyslov (2595), Jan Smejkal (2575), Yuri Balashov (2565), Alexander Beliavsky (2555), Gennadi Kuzmin (2550), Florin Gheorghiu (2545), Rafael Vaganian (2545), Mark Taimanov (2530), Milorad Knezevic (2500), Ivan Radulov (2500), Lothar Vogt (2495), Alexander Kochyev (2490), Sergio Mariotti (2490), and Guillermo Garcia Gonzáles (2485). The average of the combined ratings of all the participants qualified the tournament as a Category XIII event. As usual, Soviet dominance was on full display in the wake of Fischer's absence and the string of successes Karpov had been earning in the void. However, the world champion was stunned into shared fourth in this event. He was surpassed by previous world champions Tal, who shared first, and Smyslov at clear third, but the ultimate tournament winner was Romanishin in what would be his greatest victory. The uncompromising player scored wins against nearly half the field to finish with +6, beating out Tal on the tiebreaks. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts 1 Romanishin * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 11½ 2 Tal ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 11½ 3 Smyslov ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 10½ 4 Vaganian 0 1 ½ * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 10 5 Karpov ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 10 6 Taimanov 1 ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 9 7 Ribli ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 9 8 Kochyev 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 9 9 Balashov 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 9 10 Smejkal 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 8 11 Beliavsky ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 7½ 12 Garcia 1 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 * 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 7½ 13 Kuzmin ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 7½ 14 Vogt 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 0 0 7 15 Gheorghiu 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 7 16 Radulov ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 7 17 Knezevic 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ 7 18 Mariotti 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ * 5

Original collection: Game Collection: Leningrad 1977, by User: suenteus po 147.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs Balashov  ½-½241977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
2. Karpov vs Taimanov 0-1381977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB32 Sicilian
3. S Mariotti vs Smyslov  0-1561977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Ribli vs Romanishin  ½-½641977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryA28 English
5. Beliavsky vs Smejkal  ½-½271977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
6. M Knezevic vs Gheorghiu  ½-½171977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
7. I Radulov vs G Garcia Gonzalez ½-½1501977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB06 Robatsch
8. Vaganian vs Kuzmin  1-0421977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryA15 English
9. Vogt vs A Kochyev  ½-½311977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB83 Sicilian
10. Kuzmin vs Balashov  ½-½261977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
11. A Kochyev vs Karpov ½-½731977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
12. G Garcia Gonzalez vs S Mariotti  1-0411977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
13. Romanishin vs M Knezevic 1-0381977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Smyslov vs Tal  ½-½411977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE17 Queen's Indian
15. Taimanov vs Ribli  ½-½171977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryA04 Reti Opening
16. Smejkal vs Vogt 0-1421977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE60 King's Indian Defense
17. Vaganian vs Beliavsky  ½-½301977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Gheorghiu vs I Radulov  ½-½181977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Balashov vs Smyslov  ½-½261977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC67 Ruy Lopez
20. Karpov vs Smejkal 1-0351977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB08 Pirc, Classical
21. S Mariotti vs Gheorghiu  0-1341977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB41 Sicilian, Kan
22. I Radulov vs Romanishin  ½-½301977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryC03 French, Tarrasch
23. M Knezevic vs Taimanov  ½-½191977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Tal vs G Garcia Gonzalez 1-0341977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryB06 Robatsch
25. Ribli vs A Kochyev  0-1381977October Revolution 60th AnniversaryE92 King's Indian
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Sep-21-14  nok: Right time to recommend the movie "We all loved each other so much".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_All...

Stefania Sandrelli was a total knockout.

Sep-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <nok> Not bad at all.
Sep-24-14  siggemannen: Well, Italy might've been in Nato, but had close ties to Soviet in the Togliatti days at least, with Russians licensing those Fiats, and the communist party in Italy was quite strong for many years
Sep-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: In the 70s Italy was the sick man of Europe. That spot is now held by Greece, the fragmented Balkan states and Romania-Moldova.

Italy is a super power, compared to the aforementioned.

Sep-24-14  Absentee: Some of the stuff one reads here on history and politics is enough to give the most sensitive of us a heart attack.
Sep-24-14  Karposian: <Absentee> Well said. I don't even bother to comment further on <siggemannen>'s alternative history lectures.

<HeMateMe> <In the 70s Italy was the sick man of Europe.>

Where does this come from? I'm sorry <HMM> but that is complete nonsense.

You probably confuse Italy with the UK.

<Throughout the 1970s United Kingdom was sometimes called the 'sick man of Europe' by critics of its government at home, because of industrial strife and poor economic performance compared to other European countries culminating with the Winter of Discontent of 1978–1979.> (From Wikipedia)

Sep-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Surely you can't believe the historically strong U.K. was in worse shape than the politically fragmented Italy? a completely stalemated, ineffective government, corruption up to the very highest office, runaway inflation, high unemployment...Italy in the 70s was only good if you were born there, and didn't know that other people lived differently, in other countries.

I realize that the U.K. was stagnant in the '70s due to the power of the labor unions and its socialist government, but they could never have been worse off than Italy.

Sep-25-14  Karposian: <HeMateMe> <I realize that the U.K. was stagnant in the '70s due to the power of the labor unions and its socialist government, but they could never have been worse off than Italy.>

You are right about the fact that Italy struggled with major political and social turmoil in the 70s.

In addition to the things you mention they also had problems with political extremism, both from the far left and the far right.

My point was though, that despite these problems the term 'the sick man of Europe' was not at all used to describe Italy.

I think that term has little to do with political and social problems. It is used to describe a country going through major economic difficulties. And strictly economically speaking, Italy actually fared better in the 70s than many other major European countries. They were definitely not 'the sick man of Europe' in that way.

Sep-25-14  HSOL: Being too young to know firsthand about the late 70s, from what I've read and seen I've always considered the UK being in a worse state than Italy despite Italy throughout it's history being politically unstable. (Of course it might have to do with my sources having higher expectations on UK than Italy)
May-07-15  paavoh: Smyslov had a solid showing without any losses in this respectable company. His four wins against the tail-enders mostly was not enough to win it all.
Nov-29-16  Howard: Just noticed that the just-deceased Taimanov was the only person to beat Romanishin.
Nov-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Gonzales, too...
Nov-30-16  Howard: Think you mean Garcia, but you're quite right! My mistake---Romanishin actually lost two games, not just one.
Jul-08-19  Paint My Dragon: A blitz tournament held in conjunction with this event was won spectacularly by Tal, who dropped only a half point [reported in Shakhmaty (Riga) No. 20, 1977]:

<1977 Jun. 60th Anniversary Russian Revolution. Blitz. Leningrad URS> – M Tal 13.5/14, B Vladimirov 9.5, S Mariotti 8.5, O Dementiev, I Ivanov 8, G Chepukaitis, J Smejkal, V Ivanov 7, V Antoshin 6.5 … (15 players)

Oct-29-19  ewan14: Karpov only 5th !
Jan-10-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: A mere 15 years after this tourny, the USSR was toast.

Too bad so many USA young people want to rekindle socialism.

It is a dead end! Even if you win, you lose!

Jan-11-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: The roster of players is entirely from the Soviet Union or countries in the Soviet block, except for Mariotti. Was (is) he a communist? Since the tournament was to commemorate the Bolshevik Revolution, I wonder.
Jan-11-20  Retireborn: <Fusili> The communist party was strong in Italy in those years; however it was (despite its name) well to the right of the British Labour party.
Jan-11-20  areknames: < The roster of players is entirely from the Soviet Union or countries in the Soviet block, except for Mariotti.> Knezevic was from Yugoslavia, a country with a less centralized system than other Communist countries and certainly not part of the Soviet bloc ever since the split between Tito and Stalin. <Was (is) he a communist?> No idea, I only met him once as a kid when I managed to draw against him in a simul and we didn't discuss politics ;) He did however play in a number of very strong tournaments in those years so why not in Leningrad, notwithstanding the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution?
Oct-17-20  pazzed paun: It is rarely mentioned that Italy was the only country to steal nuclear secret technology and fissionable material from Russia to make iItalys first nuclear bomb!
Oct-17-20  Omnipotent00001: Oh really
Oct-20-20  pazzed paun: Informally it was called the pizza bomb
Apr-26-21  Mario Ostilio: @Paint my Dragon

I would be very interested in having the crosstable of the blitz tournament. Would it be possible for you to provide it to me (via email, for ex.), please? If it's possible we can communicate privately. I would be really grateful. Thank you very much

Sep-13-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: What a fantastic performance for Mikhail Tal ahead of Anatoly Karpov and other grandmasters :)

Tal was officially ranked 6th= in world according to: https://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo19...

Sep-13-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Blitz crosstable: https://twitter.com/dgriffinchess/s...
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