International invitation top tournament series in The Netherlands

Amsterdam-IBM
(incl. a strong B-group)

Amsterdam-OHRA
(incl. Amsterdam-OHRA open tournament series)

Amsterdam, Euwe Memorial

Amsterdam, Donner Memorial

Amsterdam, officials and world-class singulars

Groningen, junior, closed, open series and matches, ongoing

Hoogeveen, closed series and matches, ongoing

Ter Apel (Klooster)

Tilburg (Interpolis, Fontys)

Wijk aan Zee / Beverwijk Special feature
(Hoogovens, Corus, Tata Steel)
, ongoing


Worth of mention:

Noordwijk

Leiden, Noteboom Memorial, ongoing

Amsterdam, IBM (1961-1981)

#

Year

Winner(s)

Country

Number of Players

Prime Players (!! sorted by birth !!)

1

1961

Kick Langeweg (later IM)

NED

12

Bernstein (1882-1962), Donner

2

1962

Hiong Liong Tan (later IM)
Moshe Czerniak (IM)

INA
ISR

12

Donner

3

1963

Lajos Portisch

HUN

10

Donner, Portisch

4

1964

Bent Larsen

DEN

10

Donner, Larsen

5

1965

Jan Hein Donner

NED

10

Szabo, Donner

6

1966

Mikhail Botvinnik

USSR

10

Flohr, Botvinnik, Szabo

7

1967

Lajos Portisch

HUN

12

Kotov, Pachman, Donner, Portisch

8

1968

Lubomir Kavalek

CSR

16

Kotov, Bronstein, Donner, Ivkov

9

1969

Lajos Portisch

HUN

16

Donner, Ivkov, Stein, Portisch

10

1970

Lev Polugaevsky
Boris Spassky

USSR
USSR

16

Gligoric, Geller, Donner, Polugaevsky, Uhlmann, Spassky, Hort (7 PP)

11

1971

Vasily Smyslov

USSR

16

Keres (runner-up=), Smyslov, Gligoric, Donner, Ivkov, Uhlmann, Portisch (runner-up=), Browne (runner-up=), Timman (9 PP)

12

1972

Lev Polugaevsky

USSR

16

Szabo, Donner, Korchnoi (runner-up), Ivkov, Polugaevsky, Uhlmann, Ljubojevic, Browne, Timman (9 PP)

13

1973

Tigran Petrosian
Albin Planinc

USSR
YUG

16

Szabo, Donner, Petrosian, Spassky, Andersson, Timman (6 PP)

14

1974

Borislav Ivkov
Vladimir Tukmakov
Vlastimil Jansa
(IM, later GM)

YUG
USSR
CSR

16

Geller, Donner, Ivkov, Timman
(Jansa won IBM-B in 1973, incl. Romanishin, Hecht, Keene, Torre, and thus earned a spot in IBM-A 1974)

15

1975

Ljubomir Ljubojevic

YUG

16

Szabo, Uhlmann, Hübner, Ljubojevic, Timman
(5 PP)

16

1976

Viktor Korchnoi
Tony Miles

USSR
ENG

16
(Korchnoi emigrates)

Szabo, Donner, Korchnoi, Ivkov, F. Olafsson, Miles (6 PP)

17

1977

Tony Miles

ENG

16

Reshevsky, Donner, Panno, Torre, Miles, Timman (6 PP); Hulak runner-up

18

1978

Jan Timman

NED

14

Hort, Browne, Ljubojevic, Andersson, Timman, Miles (6 PP); Ribli runner-up

19

1979

Vlastimil Hort
Gyula Sax

CSR
HUN

14

Donner, Hort, Torre, Andersson

20

1980

Anatoly Karpov

USSR

8 double round robin

Larsen, Hort, Karpov, Timman (runner-up)

21

1981

Jan Timman

NED

12

Smyslov, Donner, Polugaevsky, Portisch
(runner-up=), Hort, Ljubojevic, Karpov
(runner-up=), Timman, Miles (9 PP)
This final IBM tournament in May 1981 saw invitations go out to eleven former winners of the event and one longtime participant from the Dutch hosting nation. Korchnoi was not invited.

 

If joint winners, the player with the better tie-break is named first. There were no play-offs.
Tournament year editions with 5 or more Prime Players (PP) are printed in bold blue color.
Mostly, there has also been a strong "B-group" (including Unzicker, Nunn, and Jussupow), as well as a "C-group"!

Prime Players: Hall of Fame of the 100 strongest chess players of the 20th century (33 of them took part at IBM-A series)
(in chronological birth order from Chigorin to Svidler and Judit Polgar)

Chigorin, Tarrasch, Mieses, Janowski, Teichmann, Em. Lasker, Maroczy, Pillsbury, Schlechter, Marshall, Rubinstein, Bernstein, Duras, Spielmann, Vidmar sr., Nimzowitsch, Tartakower, Capablanca, Levenfish, Bogoljubov, Réti, Alekhine, Breyer, Grünfeld, Kostic, Colle, Euwe, Kashdan, Torre Repetto, Mir Sultan Khan, Menchik, Stahlberg, Flohr, Najdorf, Lilienthal, O'Kelly de Galway, Botvinnik, Reshevsky, Nezhmetdinov, Eliskases, Kotov, Fine, Keres, Szabo, Boleslavsky, Ju. Bolbochan, Smyslov, Averbakh, Gligoric, Bronstein, Pachman, Geller, Kholmov, Unzicker, Taimanov, Donner, Petrosian, Korchnoi, Ivkov, Stein, Polugaevsky, F. Olafsson, Larsen, Panno, Uhlmann, Tal, Spassky, Portisch, Fischer, Hort, Hübner, Browne, Ljubojevic, Andersson, Karpov, Vaganian, Torre,Timman, Mecking, Beliavsky, Miles, Nunn, Speelman, Jussupow, Seirawan, Kasparov, Salov, Short, Gelfand, Piket, Ivanchuk, Anand, Adams, Shirov, Lautier, Kamsky, Topalov, Kramnik, Svidler, J. Polgar

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LEIDEN NOTEBOOM MEMORIAL, since 1936

NOTEBOOM MEMORIAL, ongoing

Played annually in Leiden or Noordwijk since 1936!

Quadrangular, later Open, mostly national or local colorit, sometimes expanded with elite players.

The 1965 edition of the Noteboom Memorial series presented a strong international invitation tournament with eight players
(see above).

The Leiden Chess Club in the Netherlands is the holder and the organiser of the longest running Memorial Tournament ever organised. Until 1978, the tournament was a round robin of four players (“Vierkampen”). Since 1979, the event is an Open (swiss system), six rounds played during a weekend. Reigning World Champion Max Euwe won the first Noteboom Memorial tournament in 1936, and again in 1949. 

 

 

Not to mix with an additional Jubilee tournament (also held as a Quadrangular) in 1970, played at Oegstgeest near Leiden
(see below).

NOORDWIJK 1938; 1965

1938 Eliskases first above Keres, Pirc, Euwe, and Bogo. An excellent win for Erich Eliskases!

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1012359

Noordwijk has been played <in June 1938>, the all-time famous AVRO has been played later that year, <in November 1938>, Eliskases was not invited, the retrospective chessmetrics rating by Sonas shows virtually, how close ranked Eliskases was: on position 9 of the world, well, AVRO invited 8 players, the 8 best of that time: http://chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/Sing...

His career seemed aimed for the very top. But WWII stranded him, taking away the best years from Eliskases. 

*****

1965 (Noteboom Memorial) Botvinnik won ahead of Trifunovic as second and Flohr as third.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1019012

==> Compare:
Daniël Noteboom Memorial series, held in Noordwiijk or Leiden

Oegstgeest / Leiden (Quadrangular) 1970

Oegstgeest near Leiden (celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Leidsch Schaakgenootschap LSG, Leiden Chess Club, four players, Botvinnik’s last tournament)

1. Reigning World Chess Champion Boris Spassky, 2. Donner, 3./4. Larsen, Botvinnik 

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=79509

 

Ter Apel (Klooster)

Cloister Champions:

1966 Hans Ree

1987 Hans Ree (on tie-break)

1990 Istvan Csom
1991 IM Joris Brenninkmeijer
1992 Rafael Vaganian (on tie-break)
1993 Alexander Khalifman (on tie-break)
1994 Rustem Dautov
1995 Ivan Sokolov
1996 Ulf Andersson
1997 Alexei Shirov

A cozy little invitation tournament, 6 players, only 5 rounds, very balanced.

Ter Apel (Klooster) 1966; 1987; 1990 – 1997

TILBURG Interpolis 1977 – 1994, Fontys 1996 – 1998

The Tilburg chess tournament was a series of very strong chess tournaments held in Tilburg, Netherlands, a city in south-eastern Holland. It was established in 1977 and ran continuously through 1994 under the sponsorship of Interpolis, a dutch insurance company.

Fontys Hogescholen (University) shortly revived the supertournament series from 1996 to 1998, when the last edition had been played.

In total 21 tournaments (18 sponsored by Interpolis, among them the last three tournaments in knock-out modus, after a pause in 1995, the three final Fontys’ tournaments in round robin again).

Record winner: Karpov (7 wins, among them the first five in the years 1977, 79, 80, 82, and 83, but remember: neither Korchnoi nor Kasparov were invited / participated at Tilburg in all those years).

Gata Kamsky, still untitled (!) but already sole no. 8 in the Elo rating list II (July) 1990 before the Tilburg tournament started, tied for first alongside with Ivanchuk, ahead of Gelfand, Short, Timman, Andersson, Nikolic, and Seirawan, earning his third and final GM norm, just a few months after his 16th birthday. Kamsky thus gained his Grandmaster title without previously acquiring an IM title.

The winners Kamsky and Ivanchuk were celebrated in an amusing manner: Sixteen girls danced towards them and threw confetti.

Of course, Kamsky is the youngest winner of the series (at age of 16), the oldest winner is the usual suspect, Korchnoi (at age of 54).

No invitation for Korchnoi at Tilburg tournament series until the year 1985 to secure the soviet participation. Korchnoi won then at his first entry in 1985 (alongside with Miles, and Hübner), and was clear second to Kasparov in 1989.

Kasparov who had sensationally won Banja Luka in 1979 as untitled player, and Baku in 1980, made his personal debut at the summit level in the world's chess circuit at Tilburg in 1981 (Karpov did not take part this time, he avoided to play in international tournaments with rising Kasparov): 

Beliavsky won, meanwhile Kasparov only scored 50%, he suffered defeats against two former World Champions, Petrosian and Spassky, and lost to Timman as well. Hereafter, Garry would moderate his intuitive style towards better calculation and a brutal opening preparation, winning (or co-winning) in each international tournament he participated for incredible ten years in a row up to Linares in 1991 where he finished as runner-up behind Ivanchuk.

In 1997, Peter Svidler announced his entrance to elite with a fine win in a fearless game against Great Gazza. Svidler then was 21 years young, and had never met Kasparov over the board before. Finally, Svidler as best on tie-break, Kasparov, and Kramnik won that Tilburg Fontys tournament, followed by a triumph of Anand in the last Tilburg edition in 1998.

In total, 8 WCC played in the Tilburg series: Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky (all not winning!), Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, and Anand.

Winners were Beliavsky (2x), Miles (2x), Korchnoi, Portisch, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Svidler, Salov, Kamsky, Timman, Piket, Hübner, and Adams, plus the mentioned World Champions Karpov (7x), Kasparov (3x), Kramnik, and Anand.

Prominent players not winning: Larsen, Andersson, Ljubojevic, Polugaevsky, Hort, Short, Shirov, Leko, Topalov, or Judit Polgar, plus the mentioned four ex-WCC Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky.

Tilburg chess tournament (Wikipedia)

Wijk aan Zee: The Wimbledon of Chess