4th Nordic Chess Cup: Ribe 1973

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Basic data

4th Nordic Chess Cup
Date: 5th - 9th August 1973
City: Ribe, Denmark
Venue: N/A
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 6
Players participating: 37 (incl. 3 GMs and 2 IMs)
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: 72nordic.zip

Tournament review

The six Nordic nations finally met in full assembly in its fourth edition as Iceland joined for the first time. The host city was the ancient Danish town of Ribe, famous from the 1000-year old cathedral. It was the very first time when three super strong GMs appeared: Bent Larsen, still in shock after his candidate match 6-0 debacle vs Fischer, Ulf Andersson and F.Ólafsson. Every team except of Finland was considered possible winners.

Iceland suffered a humiliating loss to Norway on the opening day to immediately dispell their winning chances. The hosts Denmark wiped out strong Swedish side 4½-1½ to become favourites since West Germany dropped as much as three points vs Finland. Norway took sensational lead after round 2 beating Finland again by 5-1. Denmark beat Iceland by the smallest possible margin and Germany lost to Sweden. The decisive match took place on day three. Denmark convincingly defeated Norway to move into one point lead with easy match with Finland still in pocket. Iceland lost their third consecutive match to share bottom position. On penultimate day Denmark sealed their excellent victory with 5-1 vs Finland. Norway lost 4-2 to West Germany but were still in second position shared with Sweden whom they were yet to play on the last day. The Swedes won the battle for second place while Norway managed to retain bronze medal spot.

The perfect 5/5 was scored by Jens Kristiansen of Denmark and Anni Laakman (W.Germany) on women's board. Denmark's overwhelming success was contributed mainly to top four players, who all won prizes (shared) for best individual scores. Sweden disenchanted in the very beginning losing to the Danes (Andersson avoided playing Larsen). Norway finished badly but still cannot complain while West Germany must have been disappointed. Iceland did very badly except of IM Jóhannsson, best on board #3.

Best board results

bd name flag code pts gms %
=1. IM Dueball, Jürgen Germany GER 5 70.0
=1. GM Larsen, Bent Denmark DEN 5 70.0
2. Holm, Sejer Denmark DEN 4 5 80.0
=3. Jansson, Börje Sweden SWE 4 5 80.0
=3. IM Jóhannsson, Ingi Randver Iceland ISL 4 5 80.0
=3. Fedder, Steen Denmark DEN 4 5 80.0
4. Kristiansen, Jens Denmark DEN 5 5 100.0
5. Laakmann, Anni Germany GER 5 5 100.0
=6. Nehmert, Ulrich Germany GER 5 70.0
=6. Hurme, Harri Finland FIN 5 70.0

Interesting games

Shortest decisive game (yes, that happened to Yrjö before he became a GM).
Jansson, Börje (SWE) - Rantanen, Yrjö (FIN) 1 - 0

A good, old-fashioned, sharp King's Gambit game.
Ornstein, Axel (SWE) - Zwaig, Arne (NOR) ½ - ½

Black did not find convincing plan of development.
Poutiainen, Pertti (FIN) - Kunsztowicz, Uwe (GER) 1 - 0

The Nordic Cup saw even Bent Larsen himself participating.
Ornstein, Axel (SWE) - Larsen, Bent (DEN) 0 - 1