21st Spanish Team Chess Championship: Alicante 1977

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Basic data

21st Spanish Team Chess Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 18th - 27th September 1977
City: Alicante (Valencia province)
Venue: Apartotel Meliá
Organizers: C.A. Peret Alicante
Tournament Director: Mr. José M. González
Teams participating: 10 (top 8 from previous year and two qualifiers)
Players participating: 56 (incl. 2 GMs and 2 IMs)
Games played: 180
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: N/A
Downloadable game file: 77spain.zip
Sources: Mundo Deportivo, la Vanguardia, ABC (.png)

Tournament review

All teams came with strongest line-ups except ex-national champions Schweppes who were missing top three boards (Díez del Corral, Torán, Calvo). Canaries team led by GM Larsen won as expected, but they suffered heaviest defeat ever in round 2, losing to Terrasa 3½-½. Pomés' win over Larsen on top board was awarded beauty prize. Terrasa were well shaped but did not manage to pick the title; they lost tournament lead in round 5 losing to Schweppes 3-1. Third place went to Olot, with their second board Colombian IM Castro scoring impeccable 8½/9. That weakened Condal team was relegated along with Espanyol, was little, if any, surprise.

Best board results

1st Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Larsen, Bent CANR 9 83.3
2. IM Medina García, Antonio Ángel OLOT 9 61.1
3. Cabrera Guerra, Sergio CDLP 3 5 60.0

2nd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. IM Castro Rojas, Óscar Humberto OLOT 8 93.8
2. Ochoa de Echagüen Estibález, Javier UGAB 6 9 66.7
3. Mora Amella, Joan TRSA 9 61.1

3rd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. Visier Segovia, Fernando CANR 9 72.2
2. Simón Padrós, Emili TRSA 7 64.3
3. Rubio Purriños, Hugo SWMD 5 9 55.6

4th Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. Mateu i Palau, Xavier TRSA 9 72.2
2. Indeguy González, Enrique SWMD 5 70.0
3. García Padrón, José CANR 9 61.1

Best game prize

Pomés Marcet, Joan Carles (TRSA) - Larsen, Bent (CANR) 1 - 0