1989 in chess

Events in chess in 1989.

Years in chess

1989 in sports

Top playersEdit

Kasparov and Karpov remained the top two players in the world, positions that they had held since July 1982. Over the year, English players Nigel Short and Jonathan Speelman moved up the list, whilst Dutch player Jan Timman fell out of the top 10, having stood third in the January 1988 list.[1]

January 1989 FIDE rating list – Top 10 players
Elo FIDE Top Ten Men FIDE Top Ten Women[2] Elo
2775   Garry Kasparov (URS)   Judit Polgár (HUN) 2555
2750   Anatoly Karpov (URS)   Maia Chiburdanidze (URS) 2520
2650   Nigel Short (ENG)   Susan Polgar (HUN) 2510
2640   Alexander Beliavsky (URS)   Pia Cramling (SWE) 2480
2640   Jonathan Speelman (ENG)   Nana Ioseliani (URS) 2480
2635   Vassily Ivanchuk (URS)   Nona Gaprindashvili (URS) 2435
2630   Valery Salov (URS)   Elena Akhmilovskaya (URS) 2430
2625   Zoltán Ribli (HUN)   Irina Levitina (URS) 2400
2620   Ulf Andersson (SWE)   Anna Akhsharumova (USA) 2395
2620   John Nunn (ENG)   Ketevan Arakhamia (URS) 2395

EventsEdit

The following major chess tournaments took place in 1989:

Grandmasters Association World CupEdit

The Grandmasters Association held six World Cup tournaments over 1988 and 1989, with some of the world's best players invited. The last three of these tournaments were held in 1989.

  • 20 March - 20 April: The fourth tournament was held in Barcelona and won by Kasparov and Ljubomir Ljubojević, each with 11/16.[3]
  • 3 June - 24 June: The fifth tournament was held in Rotterdam and won by Timman with 10½/15, ahead of Karpov with 9½.[4]
  • 12 August - 3 September: The sixth and final tournament was held in Skellefteå, Sweden and won by Karpov and Kasparov, each with 9½/15. Kasparov won the World Cup series, and prize money of $175,000, with Karpov second.[5]

European Team ChampionshipEdit

The gold medal on the first board was won by Olivier Renet of France with 6/9. Valery Salov of USSR was second with 5/8.

Other major tournamentsEdit

Titles awardedEdit

GrandmasterEdit

In 1989, FIDE awarded the Grandmaster title to the following 17 players:[12]

Woman GrandmasterEdit

In 1989, FIDE awarded the title Woman Grandmaster to the following 2 players:[12]

BirthsEdit

The following chess grandmasters were born in 1989:[13]

DeathsEdit

The following leading chess personalities died in 1989:

Other eventsEdit

The game between Ivan Nikolić and Goran Arsović in Belgrade 1989 lasted for over 20 hours and consisted of 269 moves. This is still the record number of moves played in a single tournament game. The game was eventually drawn.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Top men's ratings 1970–1997". Archived from the original on 26 November 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  2. ^ "History of Elo ratings 1971–2001". olimpbase.org. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  3. ^ www.chessgames.com. "Barcelona WC 1989". Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  4. ^ www.chessgames.com. "Rotterdam WC 1989". Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  5. ^ www.chessgames.com. "Skelleftea WC 1989". Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  6. ^ www.olimpbase.org. "9th European Team Chess Championship, Haifa". Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  7. ^ www.chessgames.com. "Linares 1989". Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  8. ^ "9th World Microcomputer Chess Championship". Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  9. ^ "Tilburg 1989". Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  10. ^ www.chessgames.com. "Reggio Emilia 1989/90". Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  11. ^ "Wijk aan Zee 1989". Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  12. ^ a b Wall, Bill. "List of rated players". Archived from the original on 2009-10-28. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  13. ^ FIDE. "Chess grandmasters born in 1989". Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  14. ^ "Maxim Rodshtein on chessgames.com". Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  15. ^ "Anatoly Lutikov at www.chessgames.com". Retrieved 12 November 2009.
  16. ^ "Karen Grigoryan at www.chessgames.com". Retrieved 12 November 2009.
  17. ^ chessgames.com. "Nikolic-Arsovic, Belgrade 1989". Retrieved 11 November 2009.