1987

  • The tournament grows to biggest and most prestigious in history
    • 1,075 total players (Record!)
    • 45 GM's (record!), 30 IMs, 220 Masters total (record!)
    • 123 Internationally titled players (Record!), 30 of top 100!
      • Former World Champions Spassky and Smyslov participate
      • All 3 Polgar sisters play again, as masters!
    • $175,000 Prize Fund (Record!)
    • New sponsors include Iberia Airlines, who fly in European GMs.
    • New Format- International "A" is 11 rounds, 1 per day, International "B" for Under 2400
  • Press coverage grows, including Network, CNN, and NY Times stories
  • GM Yasser Seirawan, USA; GM Andras Adorjan, Hungary; score 8-3, $15,000 each.
    Seirawan wins playoff and $1,000 bonus

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