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Hilversum 1973 - the second AVRO tournament
Compiled by sneaky pete
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The second AVRO tournament in June 1973 took place to celebrate 50 years of sponsor AVRO (a broadcasting society) and 100 years of organizer KNVB (the Royal Dutch Chess Association). The same formula (8 players, double rounds) was used as in 1938, but fortunately for the players only one location in Hilversum, where AVRO is settled, was used. Of the 1938 line up only Keres and Reshevsky were still active players. They may have been invited, but if so they both declined because they had to play a few weeks later in the Petropolis Interzonal. The Leningrad Interzonal, also played in June 1973, made it impossible for some other strong players to participate.

So the tournament took the form of a trial of strength between the older generation (Szabó, who had already won the 1938/39 Hastings tournament ahead of Euwe, as well as Geller, Ivkov and Polugaevsky) and the young whippersnappers (Andersson, Ljubojevic, Sax and Timman). The old men won.

Polugaevsky, who with 2645 was equal 3rd (with Petrosian) on the ELO list at the time, played an awfully bad tournament, with horrible blunders against Sax and Timman in the first cycle, but would recover miraculously a month later in Petropolis, qualifying for the 1974 Candidates.

=1 Geller 9,5/14 ** 01 ½½ ½½ 1½ 1½ 1½ 11 =1 Szabo 9,5/14 10 ** 1½ ½½ ½1 1½ ½1 1½ 3. Ljubojevic 8,5/14 ½½ 0½ ** ½1 ½1 ½½ ½½ 11 4. Andersson 6,5/14 ½½ ½½ ½0 ** ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ =5 Sax 6/14 0½ ½0 ½0 ½½ ** ½½ 10 ½1 =5 Ivkov 6/14 0½ 0½ ½½ ½½ ½½ ** 0½ 1½ =5 Polugaevsky 6/14 0½ ½0 ½½ ½½ 01 1½ ** 0½ 8. Timman 4/14 00 0½ 00 ½½ ½0 0½ 1½ **

Round 1, June 12
Ljubojevic vs Ivkov, 1973
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs Geller, 1973 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 40 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Andersson, 1973 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Polugaevsky, 1973 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 55 moves, 1-0

Round 2, June 13
Sax vs Szabo, 1973
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Andersson vs Ljubojevic, 1973
(A15) English, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Timman, 1973 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 76 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Ivkov, 1973
(A14) English, 58 moves, 1-0

Round 3, June 14
Szabo vs Polugaevsky, 1973
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Geller, 1973
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs Andersson, 1973
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Sax, 1973
(B27) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, June 15
Geller vs Ivkov, 1973 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Andersson, 1973
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Ljubojevic, 1973
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs Timman, 1973
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Round 5, June 17
Andersson vs Geller, 1973
(A10) English, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Polugaevsky, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 15 moves, 1-0

Ivkov vs Sax, 1973
(B83) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Szabo, 1973
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 6, June 18 (game is drawn)
Sax vs Andersson, 1973
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 38 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Geller, 1973
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 62 moves, 0-1

Szabo vs Ivkov, 1973 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 74 moves, 1-0

Round 7, June 19
Ljubojevic vs Polugaevsky, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Andersson vs Szabo, 1973
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Sax, 1973
(E97) King's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

Ivkov vs Timman, 1973
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 8, June 21
Andersson vs Timman, 1973
(A16) English, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs Ljubojevic, 1973
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Szabo, 1973 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Sax, 1973
(A16) English, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 9, June 22
Szabo vs Sax, 1973
(A10) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Geller, 1973 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 36 moves, 0-1

Ivkov vs Polugaevsky, 1973
(E17) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Andersson, 1973
(C16) French, Winawer, 74 moves, 1-0

Round 10, June 23
Andersson vs Ivkov, 1973
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Timman, 1973 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Ljubojevic, 1973
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Szabo, 1973 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 60 moves, 0-1

Round 11, June 25
Ljubojevic vs Sax, 1973 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 24 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Szabo, 1973
(A05) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Andersson vs Polugaevsky, 1973
(A16) English, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs Geller, 1973
(E92) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12, June 26
Polugaevsky vs Timman, 1973
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax vs Ivkov, 1973
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs Ljubojevic, 1973
(A15) English, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Andersson, 1973 
(B07) Pirc, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, June 27
Geller vs Polugaevsky, 1973
(A17) English, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs Szabo, 1973
(A43) Old Benoni, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Andersson vs Sax, 1973
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Timman, 1973
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 14, June 29
Sax vs Geller, 1973
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs Andersson, 1973
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Ivkov, 1973
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Ljubojevic, 1973
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

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