30th Yugoslav Team Chess Championship: Pula 1978

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Basic data

30th Yugoslav Team Chess Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
Dates: 2nd - 12th September 1978
City: Pula, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Venue: Hotel Splendid
Tournament Director:
Chief Arbiter:
Teams participating: 10
Top 8 from 1977 league
Promoted from 1977 second league: IM Rakovica, Nikica Pavlić
Players participating: 128 (incl. 14 GMs, 11 IMs, 2 WGMs and 4 WIMs)
Games played: 450
Competition format: Ten board round robin (6 men, 2 women, 2 juniors)
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control:
Websites: Partizanopedia.rs
Downloadable game file: 78yugoslavia.zip (no games available!)

Tournament review

Partizan came to the 30th anniversary team championship without its major star Svetozar Gligorić, but were also weakened by the departure of Milorad Knežević. However, they could not escape from the role of favorites, especially since their biggest rivals did not send complete rosters. So Crvena zvezda played without Ljubojević and Srećko Nedeljković, Mladost without Krunosav Hulak, GM Dražen Marović left PTT team after round 5. With such a balance of power a rather uncertain fight for the title was expected. Curiously, something completely opposite happened. Partizan won the championship with a record 9½ point advantage over runners-up, a difference that would never be surpassed in the future.

The championship was still tight, but only when it came to the fight for 2nd place, as three teams scored the same number of points, while the fifth place was one point behind. Zagreb PTT was not among these 4 teams, moreover, it took only 7th place. This is how the "big four" of Yugoslav chess, which regularly, every year starting in 1965, occupied the first 4 places in the championships, was broken. This championship was the debut for IM Rakovica, a club that in the first half of the 1980s would be one of top of our chess teams.

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Best board results

bd name flag code pts gms %
=1. GM Velimirović, Dragoljub Yugoslavia RADB 9 72.2
=1. Marjanović, Slavoljub Yugoslavia IMRB 9 72.2
2. GM Raičević, Vladimir Yugoslavia PTBE 9 72.2
3. Barlov, Dragan Yugoslavia RKRG 7 9 77.8
4. Cebalo, Mišo Yugoslavia PTTZ 9 72.2
=5. Vujačić, Borivoje Yugoslavia IMRB 6 9 66.7
=5. Ljubisavljević, Živojin Yugoslavia GOSP 6 9 66.7
6. Veličković, Saša Yugoslavia CZBE 7 9 77.8
=1 wom. Štadler, Brigita Yugoslavia PTTZ 6 9 66.7
=1 wom. WIM Maček, Vlasta Yugoslavia MLAZ 6 9 66.7
=1 wom. Rakić, Brigita Yugoslavia MARI 6 9 66.7
2 wom. Bošković, Malina Yugoslavia IMRB 9 61.1
=1 jun. Dizdar, Goran Yugoslavia MLAZ 9 61.1
=1 jun. Orel, Oskar Yugoslavia MARI 9 61.1
2 jun. Tričković, Borivoje Yugoslavia CZBE 9 83.3