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🏆 Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

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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: Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Petrosian vs F Olafsson 1-0371959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
2. Fischer vs Petrosian 0-1681959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
3. Petrosian vs Smyslov ½-½601959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA21 English
4. Keres vs Petrosian 0-1511959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
5. Petrosian vs Tal ½-½121959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. Petrosian vs Benko ½-½421959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Gligoric vs Petrosian 1-0571959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. F Olafsson vs Petrosian 1-0661959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
9. Petrosian vs Fischer 1-0311959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. Smyslov vs Petrosian ½-½281959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA30 English, Symmetrical
11. Petrosian vs Keres ½-½251959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. Tal vs Petrosian  ½-½231959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Benko vs Petrosian 0-1341959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA04 Reti Opening
14. Petrosian vs Gligoric ½-½181959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA30 English, Symmetrical
15. Petrosian vs F Olafsson 0-1761959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
16. Fischer vs Petrosian ½-½481959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
17. Petrosian vs Smyslov 0-1391959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
18. Keres vs Petrosian ½-½181959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. Petrosian vs Tal ½-½151959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. Petrosian vs Benko 1-0411959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
21. Gligoric vs Petrosian ½-½411959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC18 French, Winawer
22. F Olafsson vs Petrosian ½-½421959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
23. Petrosian vs Fischer ½-½301959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
24. Smyslov vs Petrosian ½-½231959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE61 King's Indian
25. Petrosian vs Keres  ½-½181959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA14 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I have video annotated Keres against Fischer here (Keres playing White) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9ie...

Cheers, K

Jul-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: Here are the four Fischer vs Tal encounters of this tournament video annotated:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihJP...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRKY...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKY9...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhjH...

Cheers, K

Jul-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: Chessreview has a round by round report of this tournament:

http://chessreview.co.uk/tournament...

Jul-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I have created a video annotated playlist for this tournament:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...

Cheers, K

Feb-22-14  RookFile: Poor Keres. He takes 3 out of against Tal yet still doesn't win.
Oct-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <jess> Fischer had defeated Keres at Zurich in the spring.
Feb-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen:

<perfidious> Thanks for the correction-

<Zurich 19 May - 8 June 1959>

Zurich (1959)

Fischer vs Keres, 1959

Feb-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: some photos from the 4th Candidate's tournament: http://fishburn.me/chess/4th-candid...
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