1980 Chess Olympiad

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Valletta, Malta at the time of the 1980 Chess Olympiad

The 24th Chess Olympiad 1980 was a team chess tournament that was held from November 20 to December 6, 1980 in Valletta , Malta . It was the 24th Men's Olympiad and the 9th Women's Chess Olympiad. The venue was the Mediterranean Conference Center .

Venue (shown during a later renovation)

Final score of the men's teams

USSR - Men's Olympic champions ( Efim Geller , Anatoly Karpov ) and FIDE President Friðrik Ólafsson on the left , 1980 Chess Olympiad
USSR - Men's Olympic Champion (Soviet Union - USA, boards 3 and 4: Yuri Balaschow - James Tarjan , Garri Kasparow - Leonid Shamkowitsch ), 1980 Chess Olympiad

The Olympics took a very exciting course. The Soviet Union was favored, with world champion Anatoli Karpow at the top board, ex-world champion Michail Tal and later world champion Garry Kasparov, who made his debut at the Chess Olympiad. Nevertheless, the team was only able to catch up with the Hungarians, who had been leading by board points until then, after the 12th round. The last two rounds didn't change the tie as both teams won with the same result. The tournament victory therefore depended on the result of the competition between Greece and Scotland in the last round. Greece had to win at least 3-1 for the Soviet Union to have the better ranking. After an eventful course, the match even ended 3.5: 0.5 in favor of the Greeks, who received help from Kasparov in analyzing the hanging games .

Five African countries were represented for the first time at this Chess Olympiad: Angola, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda.

Ranking list

# team Points
1 Soviet UnionSoviet Union Soviet Union 39
2 Hungary 1957Hungary Hungary 39
3 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Yugoslavia 35
4th United StatesUnited States United States 34
5 CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 33
6th EnglandEngland England 32.5
7th PolandPoland Poland 32.5
8th IsraelIsrael Israel 32
9 CanadaCanada Canada 32
10 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 31.5
21st AustriaAustria Austria 30.5
25th GermanyGermany BR Germany 30th
31 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 29.5
40 BelgiumBelgium Belgium 28.5
54 LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg 26.5

A total of 81 teams

Men's medals

Board 1

Gold: Hook, William
Silver: Kanani, Saifudin
Bronze: Torre, Eugenio

Board 2

Gold: Rantanen, Yrjö
Silver: Seirawan, Yasser
Bronze: Harris, Derek

Board 3

Gold: Villarreal, José Félix
Silver: Kuligowski, Adam
Bronze: Khan, Mohamed Rafiq

Board 4

Gold: Csom, István
Silver: Geller, Efim ; Schüssler, Harry ; Langeweg, Christian ; Goormachtigh, Johan .

Reserve board 1

Gold: Balashov, Yuri
Silver: Tiller, Bjørn
Bronze: Øst-Hansen, Jacob

Reserve board 2

Gold: Nikolić, Predrag
Silver: Borg, Andrew
Bronze: Kasparov, Garri
German men ( Hans-Joachim Hecht , Helmut Pfleger ), 1980 Chess Olympiad

Results of the Germans

Germany played with Helmut Pfleger (5 points from 11 games), Hans-Joachim Hecht (9 of 13) Otto Borik (5 of 10), Eric Lobron (5 of 10), Manfred Hermann (3 of 6) and Uwe Kunsztowicz ( 3 of 6).

For the team and individual results of the Germans see OlimpBase.

Final result of the women's teams

Ranking list

USSR - Women's Olympic champions ( Maia Chiburdanidze , Nona Gaprindashvili , Nana Iosseliani ), 1980 Chess Olympiad
# team Points
1 Soviet UnionSoviet Union Soviet Union 32.5
2 Hungary 1957Hungary Hungary 32
3 PolandPoland Poland 26.5
4th Romania 1965Romania Romania 26.0
5 GermanyGermany BR Germany 24
6th China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China 24
7th IsraelIsrael Israel 23.5
8th Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Yugoslavia 23.5
9 Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria Bulgaria 23
10 Brazil 1968Brazil Brazil 23
31 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 20th
33 AustriaAustria Austria 19.5
37 BelgiumBelgium Belgium 19th

A total of 42 teams

Women's medals

Board 1

Gold: Chiburdanidze, Maia
Silver: Verőci-Petronic, Zsuzsa
Bronze: Erenksa-Radzewska, Hanna

Board 2

Gold: Gaprindashvili, Nona
Silver: Ivánka, Mária
Bronze: Dog, Barbara

Board 3

Gold: Nutu, Daniela
Silver: Porubszky-Angyalosine, Mária
Bronze: Štadler, Tereza

Reserve board

Gold: Iosseliani, Nana
Silver: Brustman, Agnieszka
Bronze: Nudelman, Lea
German women ( Gisela Fischdick , Barbara Hund , Isabel Hund ), Chess Olympiad 1980

Results of the Germans

Germany played Gisela fish thick (7.5 points from 14 games), Barbara Hund (9.0 out of 13, Bronze), Anni Laakmann (5.5 out of 9) and Isabel Dog (2.0 out of 6).

For the team and individual results of the Germans see OlimpBase.

Team lineups

Individual evidence

  1. 24th Chess Olympiad: La Valletta 1980 on OlimpBase (English)
  2. 9th Women's Chess Olympiad: La Valletta 1980 on OlimpBase (English)
  3. 24th Chess Olympiad: La Valletta 1980 - Tournament review (English)
  4. ^ Garry Kasparov: Kasparov on Kasparov , Volume 1, London 2011, p. 246
  5. 24th Chess Olympiad: La Valletta 1980 West Germany (GER)
  6. 9th Women's Chess Olympiad: La Valletta 1980 West Germany (GER)


  • Barbara Hund: My way to success . Walter Rau Verlag, Düsseldorf 1983, pp. 77-83. ISBN 3-7919-0216-4


Images and web links

Commons : Chess Olympiad 1980  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Match Spain - China: García Vicente, Nieves - Liu Shilan; Ferrer Lucas, Pepita - Wu Mingqian; Cuevas Rodríguez, María Luisa - To Yangfeng. Chess Olympiad 1980 (2 photos integrated)
Malta 1980, picture gallery
Corry Vreeken , Netherlands - Hungary
Germany - France
Germany - Iceland
Spain - FRG (pike, groom)
Malta Island 1980
Yugoslavia - Netherlands, Ljubojević (left)
Luba Kristol
USSR - England
Israel - USA, Rachel Crotto
Polihroniade , Romania - Poland
Spain - China
Tereza Stadler
Olafsson , Iceland - USSR 1 + 2
USSR - USA ( Anatoly Karpov , Tal, Seirawan)
USSR - USA (middle: Kasparov)
Zsuzsa Veroci
Souvenir Chess Olympiad 1980
Palm trees on Valletta beach 1980
Narrow street in Valletta 1980
Milinka Merlini, France - Japan
Game room (formerly a military hospital) in Valletta
Valletta at the time of the 1980 Chess Olympiad