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Palma de Mallorca Tournament

Bent Larsen12/17(+10 -3 =4)[games]
Tigran V Petrosian11.5/17(+6 -0 =11)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[games]
Vlastimil Hort10.5/17(+7 -3 =7)[games]
Boris Spassky10/17(+3 -0 =14)[games]
Jesus Diez del Corral9.5/17(+7 -5 =5)[games]
Henrique Mecking9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Oscar Panno9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Bruno Parma8.5/17(+1 -1 =15)[games]
Miguel Najdorf8.5/17(+3 -3 =11)[games]
Laszlo Szabo8/17(+2 -3 =12)[games]
Wolfgang Unzicker8/17(+3 -4 =10)[games]
Arturo Pomar Salamanca7.5/17(+1 -3 =13)[games]
Milko Bobotsov6.5/17(+1 -5 =11)[games]
Mato Damjanovic6.5/17(+0 -4 =13)[games]
Jonathan Penrose6.5/17(+3 -7 =7)[games]
Roman Toran Albero6/17(+1 -6 =10)[games]
Antonio Angel Medina Garcia5/17(+2 -9 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Palma de Mallorca (1969)

This was the strongest tournament in 1969. It was organized by FIDE and the Federación Balear de Ajedrez, and sponsored by the city of Palma and the Spanish press, with journalist and Chess Oscar founder Jorge Puig Laborda as the technical director. Both the new world champion Spassky and ex-world champion Petrosian were invited, and this was the first time the two met in a tournament after the Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1969). The five highest ranked of the 18 players were according to Chessmetrics* Korchnoi (#2), Spassky (#3), Larsen (#5), Petrosian (#6) and Hort (#13). Among the others were Najdorf (#28) from Argentina and 17-year-old Mecking (#48) from Brazil. Unfortunately, Vasily Smyslov (#4) and Robert James Fischer (#1) did not come. The opening ceremony took place on 21 November in the Palma town hall, and play started the next day at Hotel Jaime I.# Larsen began with two losses and had only two points after the first five rounds. However, after a dramatic win against Korchnoi in Round 7 (when according to Panno the crazy ones met), Larsen vs Korchnoi, 1969 - a real Larsen game! - he managed to turn the tables and keep up the good results from Palma de Mallorca (1967) and Palma de Mallorca (1968).

Photo of participants: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Hotel Jaime I, Palma, Spain, 22 November - 13 December 1969

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts 1 GM Larsen * ½ 1 0 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 12 2 GM Petrosian ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 11½ =3 GM Korchnoi 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 10½ =3 GM Hort 1 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 10½ 5 GM Spassky 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 10 6 IM Corral 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 9½ =7 IM Mecking 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 9 =7 GM Panno 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 9 =9 GM Parma ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8½ =9 GM Najdorf 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 8½ =11 GM Szabó ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 8 =11 GM Unzicker 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8 13 GM Pomar ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7½ =14 GM Bobotsov 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 0 6½ =14 GM Damjanovic 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 6½ =14 IM Penrose 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 6½ 17 IM Torán 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 6 18 IM Medina 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * 5

First Brilliancy Prize went to Diez del Corral for J Diez del Corral vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1969. The prize for highest quality game was shared between Larsen and Spassky for their victories against Penrose. At the closing ceremony, speeches were held by Najdorf, Juan Casals from Hotel Jaime I, and FIDE Vice President Jaroslav Sajtar. Chess Oscar for 1969 was awarded to Spassky. Finally, a "dream team" for the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970) match was suggested, with 1) Fischer, 2) Larsen, 3) Hort, 4) Lajos Portisch and 5) Svetozar Gligoric on the top tables. Larsen disagreed - he wanted table 1.

Tournament books: V Gran Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez: Palma de Mallorca 21 noviembre a 14 diciembre 1969 (Aries, Palma 1969. 168 pp.); Palma de Mallorca, 1969 by Robert Wade (Chess Player, Nottingham 1970. 64 pp.) (sorted by opening); Palma de Mallorca 69: Mit den stärksten Grossmeistern by Edwin Bhend (Kräuchi, Basel 1970. 98 pp.). Round dates and most other information on this page are from Román Torán's daily reports in the newspaper La Vanguardia (online at http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/...).

Original collection: Game Collection: Palma de Mallorca 1969 by User: Tabanus. *http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/... #Hotel Jaime I: https://web.archive.org/web/2015071...

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Toran Albero vs Petrosian  0-1361969Palma de MallorcaE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
2. Larsen vs Mecking 0-1401969Palma de MallorcaA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Panno vs J Penrose  0-1521969Palma de MallorcaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. Hort vs Unzicker  0-1591969Palma de MallorcaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
5. Panno vs Hort  0-1381969Palma de MallorcaA25 English
6. Damjanovic vs Larsen 0-1411969Palma de MallorcaB57 Sicilian
7. J Penrose vs Najdorf  0-1401969Palma de MallorcaB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. Larsen vs Hort 0-1561969Palma de MallorcaA00 Uncommon Opening
9. Bobotsov vs A Medina Garcia  0-1311969Palma de MallorcaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Unzicker vs Panno  0-1371969Palma de MallorcaB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
11. Damjanovic vs Pomar Salamanca  0-1411969Palma de MallorcaB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
12. A Medina Garcia vs Mecking 0-1371969Palma de MallorcaA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Pomar Salamanca vs Hort  0-1431969Palma de MallorcaD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
14. Panno vs Diez del Corral  0-1401969Palma de MallorcaE73 King's Indian
15. Unzicker vs Larsen 0-1281969Palma de MallorcaB83 Sicilian
16. Korchnoi vs R Toran Albero 0-1341969Palma de MallorcaE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Diez del Corral vs Larsen 0-1551969Palma de MallorcaE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
18. A Medina Garcia vs Hort  0-1351969Palma de MallorcaB25 Sicilian, Closed
19. Bobotsov vs Szabo  0-1611969Palma de MallorcaE16 Queen's Indian
20. Szabo vs A Medina Garcia 0-1391969Palma de MallorcaD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. A Medina Garcia vs Korchnoi 0-1351969Palma de MallorcaC03 French, Tarrasch
22. R Toran Albero vs Diez del Corral  0-1421969Palma de MallorcaA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
23. Diez del Corral vs Petrosian 0-1541969Palma de MallorcaC18 French, Winawer
24. Bobotsov vs Diez del Corral  0-1251969Palma de MallorcaE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
25. J Penrose vs Szabo  0-1571969Palma de MallorcaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-14-15  Olavi: The winner Larsen started with two losses. Top tournaments won from that situation include Najdorf, 16,5/21 at the Capablanca Memorial 1962, and Beliavsky, 8,5/14 in Tilburg 1986. Are there others?
Aug-14-15  diagonal: Not an international top tournament - still worth mentioning: Valentina Gunina, losing her two first games, finishing 7-0 at 64th Russian Superfinals women (ch-RUS) in Kazan 2014, winning the round robin tournament outright: Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)/Valentina Gunina Others? :)
Jun-21-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: For those who would point to Spassky's lacklustre tournament record while champion, the six draws concluded in less than twenty moves contributed a great deal towards his indifferent placing in this event.
Jun-21-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: Spassky was the World Chess Champion whilst Bobby got his head together 👍
Jun-21-19  Howard: Petrosian's record during the second three-year period that he was WC, wasn't much better.

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