This headline is identical with the title of a Hungarian chess-book about this Chess Olympiad. Grandmaster István Bilek edited this book in 1982. 30 years ago this result was the best result of Hungarian Chessplaying. At men this was the final score: 1.-2. Hungary and Soviet Union 39-39 3.Yugoslavia 35. And at the women? 1.Soviet Union 32,5 2.Hungary 32 3.Poland 26,5.
During the 14 rounds the Hungarian team at men led from beginning to end. In the Soviet team played Karpov, Tal, Geller, Kasparov, Polugajevsky, Balasov and at women Chiburdanidze, Gaprindashvili, Alexandriya, Joseliani. There were in the Russian team all adult and junior world champions. (4)
The Captain of Hungarian team at men was Grandmaster István Bilek. (pictured)
Sadly, István Bilek died 20 March 2010. Yesterday was his funeral service in Budapest, where I was present. Grandmaster Lajos Portisch delivered a speech at the funeral of Bilek in name of the Olympic Gold Team. The Malta Olympiad was the 11th Olympiad of Bilek. (The 12th in Luzern in 1982) In 9 Olympiad played already and in 3 Olympiad was the Captain of Hungarian team at men. He obtained 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal as player and 1 gold medal as Captain on the previous Olympiads. But what happened in Malta? Gold or silver medal? I’ll describe it in te Part 3. Now I wrote this article series for memory of Grandmaster István Bilek. In this book he wrote the chapter before every round. I’ll represent 5 chapters from 5 round and 5 games of Hungarian Representative Team at men. There were in the Hungarian Team: Portisch, Ribli, Sax, Csom, Pintér and Faragó. We will see the games of first 5 players. Here is the logo of Olympiad:
István Bilek wrote:
Second round, 21, November,
Hungary –Norway 3,5 –0,5
In the Tournament Hall is cool mainly our feet was felt owing to cold marble floor. For this reason Portisch places under his feet a carpet, doesn’t takes care of smiling glance, starts the pieces with „gloved hand”. In any case the method did work well. The idea of carpet maybe do after him, but the result more hardly…
Doesn’t starts the round badly! Csom is in very good position in the opening already, later defeats his adversary in style of the good old Nimzowitch – 1-0.
Now Grandmaster István Csom and IM Navarovszky represent this game:
Fourth round, 23, November
Hungary – Israel 2,5 – 1,5
Well visible from the names that Portisch was omitted. When yesterday evening the sealed games kept on, Portisch pleased to rest him. Csom also complained to fatigue. Had to change the players. Our heart was heavy to leave out Portisch, although isn’t problem that we doesn’t trust in the two reserves, but that the adversary breathes freely and get free. A Brasilian soccer team without Pele, an American chess representative team without Fischer – it was a pleasure for the adversaries.
The match well began. Murey’s piece sacrifice Pintér disproves with superb play, after two hours the score is 1-0 for us, and the game is one of most brilliant exhibitions in the Olympiad.
The field after four rounds: 1. Hungary 13, 2.-3. USA and Bulgaria 12,5 4.-5. England and Soviet Union 12
Now Grandmaster József Pintér represents his game: