The 1959 Candidates Tournament was hosted by three cities in Yugoslavia. The first 14 rounds were played in Bled, rounds 15-21 in Zagreb, and rounds 22-28 in Belgrade. This event would select the next challenger to world champion ... [more]
Player: Mikhail Tal
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28
|1. Smyslov vs Tal
||1-0||65||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation|
|2. Tal vs Gligoric
||1-0||47||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line|
|3. Keres vs Tal
||1-0||64||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A16 English|
|4. Tal vs F Olafsson
||1-0||43||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B96 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|5. Petrosian vs Tal
||½-½||12||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch|
|6. Tal vs Fischer
||1-0||41||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E93 King's Indian, Petrosian System|
|7. Benko vs Tal
||0-1||29||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6|
|8. Tal vs Smyslov
||1-0||26||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B10 Caro-Kann|
|9. Gligoric vs Tal
||½-½||26||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|10. Tal vs Keres
||0-1||40||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E20 Nimzo-Indian|
|11. F Olafsson vs Tal
||0-1||71||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B41 Sicilian, Kan|
|12. Tal vs Petrosian
|| ||½-½||23||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|13. Fischer vs Tal
||0-1||33||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|14. Tal vs Benko
||1-0||30||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B27 Sicilian|
|15. Smyslov vs Tal
||½-½||40||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B42 Sicilian, Kan|
|16. Tal vs Gligoric
||1-0||64||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E12 Queen's Indian|
|17. Keres vs Tal
||0-1||40||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B42 Sicilian, Kan|
|18. Tal vs F Olafsson
||1-0||42||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|19. Petrosian vs Tal
||½-½||15||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
|20. Tal vs Fischer
||1-0||34||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E93 King's Indian, Petrosian System|
|21. Benko vs Tal
||0-1||33||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5|
|22. Tal vs Smyslov
||1-0||41||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|23. Gligoric vs Tal
||0-1||46||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6|
|24. Tal vs Keres
||0-1||79||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|25. F Olafsson vs Tal
|| ||½-½||17||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation|
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28
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|Jan-17-13|| ||Expendable Asset: Bobby Fischer's very first clashes against THE best the chess world had to offer in 1959.|
|Jan-17-13|| ||fisayo123: wow, this new arrangement is AWESOME!|
|Feb-11-13|| ||Eyal: Tal scored here a combined -1 in his 12 games vs. his three Soviet compatriots, and a combined +13(!!) in his 16 games vs. the players who finished in the lower half of the table – Fischer, Gligoric, Olafsson & Benko.|
|Apr-04-13|| ||unluckythirtyfive: Fischer lost all four games against Tal. Check and mate.|
|Jul-09-13|| ||kingscrusher: I have video annotated Keres against Fischer here (Keres playing White) :|
|Jul-09-13|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Great presentation and layout of this tournament. I notice that Fischer kept Keres from winning the tournament; turn Keres' two losses into victories and he beats Tal by a half-point.|
|Jul-09-13|| ||kingscrusher: Here are the four Fischer vs Tal encounters of this tournament video annotated:|
|Jul-09-13|| ||kingscrusher: Statistically there are 7 games in Fischer's "My 60 Memorable games" which are consecutively from this Candidates tournament of 1959!. In fact this is a greater sample for any tournament in the entire book and possibly this section could have been called "The Russians vs Fischer" :)|
USA Championship 1963-4 gets 4 games
Stockholm 1962 gets 3 games
Leipzig Olympiad 1960 gets 4 games
Mar De Plata 1959 gets 3 games
So from this perhaps we can conclude this was Fischer's most memorable tournament during the period of the book.
|Jul-09-13|| ||kingscrusher: Chessreview has a round by round report of this tournament:|
|Jul-15-13|| ||kingscrusher: I have created a video annotated playlist for this tournament:|
|Feb-22-14|| ||RookFile: Poor Keres. He takes 3 out of against Tal yet still doesn't win.|
|Oct-21-14|| ||FSR: Tal's 4-0 against Fischer was key in allowing him to win and thereby advance to the world championship against Botvinnik (which he also won). Note that Tal won by 1.5 points ahead of Keres, who only scored 2-2 against Fischer.|
|Dec-19-14|| ||suenteus po 147: I wonder if it irked Tal at all to finish the event with a minus score against Keres? Tal didn't have much love for postal chess, yet Keres was a longtime correspondence player and managed to win three of their four encounters. Eh, he was probably too happy to be going up against Botvinnik for the crown to give it any thought.|
|Dec-20-14|| ||kellmano: <The hometown favorite, Yugoslavian grandmaster Gligorić, had played a disappointing tournament until he beat Smyslov in round 26 in just eighteen moves: Smyslov vs Gligoric, 1959. Needless to say, this created quite a stir. As Golombek later described the scene, "There came a full-throated roar from over 2,000 (spectators)... and it was quite impossible for the other players to continue their games>|
is fantastic detail.
|Feb-09-15|| ||jessicafischerqueen: |
<Expendable Asset: Bobby Fischer's very first clashes against THE best the chess world had to offer in 1959.>
Not exactly- he had already clashed with Tal, Gligoric, Petrosian, Benko, and Olafsson at the Portoroz Interzonal (1958).
It was indeed his first clash against Keres and Smyslov.
|Feb-09-15|| ||perfidious: <jess> Fischer had defeated Keres at Zurich in the spring.|
|Feb-09-15|| ||jessicafischerqueen: |
<perfidious> Thanks for the correction-
<Zurich 19 May - 8 June 1959>
Fischer vs Keres, 1959
|Feb-10-15|| ||perfidious: <jess> On a broader scale, <expendable>'s point is not so far off the mark: this tournament was of a vastly different character than even Portoroz in the sense that there were no relative outsiders, only front-line GMs.|
|Aug-05-15|| ||SpiritedReposte: <unluckythirtyfive> I think it's safe to say Fischer peaked as a player a little bit after 1959, but Tal's performance is impressive here.|
|Feb-19-16|| ||RookFile: If you take away Tal's 4-0 rout of Fischer it's actually a very good result. Profile of a Prodigy put it well when it said that Tal was not going to stopped by a boy, no matter how gifted.|
|May-18-16|| ||diagonal: some photos from the 4th Candidate's tournament: http://fishburn.me/chess/4th-candid...|
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