5th Nordic Chess Cup: Eckernförde 1974

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Basic data

5th Nordic Chess Cup
Date: September 1974
City: Eckernförde, West Germany
Venue: N/A
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 6
Players participating: 36 (incl. 3 GMs and 1 IM)
Games played: 90
Competition format: Six board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: N/A
Downloadable game file: 74nordic.zip

Tournament review

As six nations arrived to West German sea resort Eckernförde (famous from the reason that this is where all German submarines are stationed) the host team fielded a gilt-edged team of three GMs and one IM to become the front-runners of the event, certain to pick their second ever Nordic Trophy. Norway sent reserve squad without Øgaard, Wibe and Zwaig and were by far the weakest side. The rest were more or less of equal strength.

As expected, the Germans strolled to an impressive victory earning 5 point gap. Five of their players were best on respective boards easily making up for Wockenfuß's bad shape (1½/5). The four titled players scored 13 wins and 7 draws (no loss). Denmark finished in runner-up position thanks to courtesy of Sweden, who beat Iceland 4-2 on the last day, to deny the Icelanders. Notable individual results: Bjarnasson (ISL) and Rosenlund (DEN) — 4/5, Kaiszauri (Polish ex-patriate, Sweden) — 3½/5.

Best board results

bd name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Hübner, Robert Germany GER 4 5 80.0
2. GM Pachman, Ludek Germany GER 4 5 80.0
3. GM Darga, Klaus Germany GER 5 90.0
4. IM Dueball, Jürgen Germany GER 4 5 80.0
=5. Bjarnason, Sævar Iceland ISL 4 5 80.0
=5. Rosenlund, Thorbjørn Denmark DEN 4 5 80.0
=6. Fischdick, Gisela Germany GER 5 70.0
=6. Høiberg, Nina Denmark DEN 5 70.0

Interesting games

Shortest decisive game (no, the moves are ok, see carefully!).
Antonsen, Øyvind (NOR) - Darga, Klaus (GER) 0 - 1

GM Hübners subtle, technical play led the Germans to the convincing win.
De Lange, Job (NOR) - Hübner, Robert (GER) 0 - 1

This is *not* recommended line perhaps, but certainly worth a look.
Fredriksson, Leif (SWE) - Bjarnason, Sævar (ISL) 0 - 1

It looks so easy to pick a draw vs strong GM (or is it a last-round-laziness effect?!).
Pachman, Ludek (GER) - Barda, Yngvar (NOR) ½ - ½