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Tournament: 1st Kings Head International • 45 games • uploaded Wednesday, 14 October, 2020 11:11 PM
Venue: London, Bayswater • Date: 31 January - 7 February 1982 • Download PGN

1st Kings Head International, Fairway Inn Hotel, Bayswater, London, 31 January - 7 February 1982

Average rating = 2326, Category 4, IM = 6, FM = 5

1982 Kings Head International Nat'y Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
1 Tisdall,Jonathan D USA 2410m
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1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7
2 Basman,Michael John ENG 2400m 0
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½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1
3 Levitt,Jonathan ENG 2295 0 ½
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½ 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 5
4 Whiteley,Andrew J ENG 2390f ½ 0 ½
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½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5
5 Goodman,David SC ENG 2345f ½ 0 0 ½
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1 0 1 ½ 1
6 Formanek,Edward W USA 2330m ½ 1 0 ½ 0
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½ 0 ½ 1 4
7 Rumens,David Edward ENG 2320f 0 0 1 ½ 1 ½
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0 0 1 4
8 Laird,Craig NZL 2340 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 1
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½ 1 4
9 Schiller,Eric USA 2230 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
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0
10 Lancaster,Roger ENG (2200) 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1
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Richard O’Brien reports [CHESS, April 1982, p7]

The First King’s Head International, organised at short notice and mainly at the instigation of Eric Schiller was held at the Fairway Inn Hotel, Bayswater, London, 31 January-7 February. (Category IV, I.M. norm 6 pts.; F.M. 5)

In the first round, the three King’s Head players, Lancaster (aqainst Levitt), Goodman (v Tisdall) and Whiteley all drew. Surprisingly Whiteley came nearest to losing (see games).

The second round also took place on 31 January, only Craig Laird winning to maintain a 100% score, ahead of Formanek on 1½. Basman and Rumens produced a wild game.

The end of round three found five players sharing the lead with two points: Basman, Formanek, Laird, Schiller and Tisdall.

In round four, Basman beat Goodman to move into a clear lead. Schiller should have joined him, but stumbled into mate after being a whole rook up.

Round five produced two games which were to prove decisive. Basman's 1...b5 got a real hammering from Tisdall, while Levitt won [the following game] against Laird. Leading scores now were Formanek and Tisdall 3½, Basman and Levitt 3.

In round 6 Tisdall beat Schiller to go into a clear lead as Formanek lost to Goodman and Basman and Levitt drew.

Tisdall maintained his lead in round 7 with a short but hair-raising draw, while Whiteley and Basman both won to move within half a point of him.

In round eight Tisdall defended accurately to defeat Rumens and Basman beat Whiteley. Levitt, in many ways the success of the tournament, beat Formanek after the American had turned down the offer of a draw, and reached the F.I.D.E. master norm.

The ninth and final round saw Tisdall and Basman both win comfortably. Levitt, on the wrong end of a typically violent Rumens attack, failed to reach the IM norm.

Tisdall was a clear and deserving winner, especially in view of the fact that he travelled by train from Trondheim to reach the tournament! Basman, with a certain amount of luck, also achieved a pleasing result. Laird, after a good start, attempted to draw his way to an FM title and, not surprisingly, his play suffered.


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Date Notes
30 December 2008 First posted here as a zipped PGN.
14 October 2020 Reloaded in the current standard format, with viewer and crosstable.