5th World Youth U26 Team Chess Championship: Mendoza 1985

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Basic data

5th World Youth U26 Team Chess Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 11th - 23rd August 1985
City: Mendoza, Argentina
Venue: N/A
Tournament Director: Mr. Luis Gil (ARG)
Chief Arbiter: IA Emilio Guindón (ARG)
Arbiter Delegate: NA Karl Hauk (URS)
Teams participating: 18 (incl. Argentina "B")
Players participating: 98 (incl. approx. 5 GMs, 14 IMs and 8 FMs)
Games played: 396 (incl. one forfeited game)
Competition format: Two stage four board round robin.
Games from preliminaries were carried over to the final.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: 40 moves in 120 minutes
Downloadable game file: 85wtch-u26.zip

Tournament review

Of 18 teams that arrived at Mendoza the Soviet Union and USA (led by two Soviet expatriates by the way) were by far the strongest. Only the Germans and Argentina might have been hoping to keep pace of the leading two. The system of play was quite extraordinary. Only two preliminary groups of nine teams each were composed, followed by three final groups of six teams, with results from preliminaries carried over to the finals. As a result, each team played a total of 11 matches, of which only three in the final stage.

There were no major surprises in the qualifying stage, only the US lost to Switzerland 3-1. Luckily for the Americans, the Swiss came fourth and were knocked out of the championship final. The Soviets won group 1 with ease but they scored barely 5½/8 from matches to be carried over to the finals.

USSR took gold as the Americans only drew two matches and lost to the Soviets on the last day (they needed a 3½-½ margin in order to win the championship). Argentina took bronze edging out strong West German side by half of a point. The Soviet domination was overwhelming. They scored 37/44 and conceded only two game losses. All of team members won prizes for best individual scores!

Individual medals

no. name flag code fin. pts gms %
1. GM Yusupov, Artur URS A 7 8 87.5
2. GM Sokolov, Andrei URS A 7 8 87.5
3. GM Chernin, Alexander URS A 6 7 85.7
4. Novikov, Igor URS A 8 81.3
1 res. Rozentalis, Eduardas URS A 7 78.6
=2 res. FM London, Dimitri USA A 5 6 83.3
=2 res. IM Azmaiparashvili, Zurab URS A 5 6 83.3

Interesting games

Immediate attack on open "a" file.
Chernin, Alexander (URS) - Kudrin, Sergey (USA) 1 - 0

Black put up tough resistance. An exciting game.
Dlugy, Maxim (USA) - Bjazevic Montalvo, Pavao (ECU) 1 - 0

A not so well known opening trap (4. ... Qf6? was wrong).
Kivisto, Mikko (FIN) - Paz, J. (BOL) 1 - 0

Watch out! Never leave both f7 and e6 unprotected.
Corrêa, Aron (BRA) - James, Simon (WLS) 1 - 0

The marathon that sealed Argentina's bronze medals.
Ricardi, Pablo (ARG) - Valkesalmi, Kimmo (FIN) 1 - 0

Beautiful outpost of White Knight at h7.
Davila Vega, Juan (PUR) - Ricardi, Pablo (ARG) 1 - 0