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: Paul Keres
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28
|1. Keres vs Fischer
||0-1||53||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line|
|2. Smyslov vs Keres
||0-1||59||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd|
|3. Keres vs Tal
||1-0||64||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A16 English|
|4. Keres vs Petrosian
||0-1||51||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation|
|5. Benko vs Keres
||0-1||39||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto|
|6. Keres vs Gligoric
||½-½||66||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O|
|7. F Olafsson vs Keres
||0-1||40||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|8. Fischer vs Keres
||0-1||30||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4|
|9. Keres vs Smyslov
||½-½||41||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|10. Tal vs Keres
||0-1||40||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E20 Nimzo-Indian|
|11. Petrosian vs Keres
||½-½||25||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto|
|12. Keres vs Benko
||1-0||21||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense|
|13. Gligoric vs Keres
||½-½||69||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3|
|14. Keres vs F Olafsson
||1-0||41||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3|
|15. Keres vs Fischer
||0-1||27||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A48 King's Indian|
|16. Smyslov vs Keres
|| ||½-½||35||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3|
|17. Keres vs Tal
||0-1||40||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B42 Sicilian, Kan|
|18. Keres vs Petrosian
||½-½||18||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack|
|19. Benko vs Keres
||0-1||41||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A25 English|
|20. Keres vs Gligoric
||1-0||45||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|21. F Olafsson vs Keres
|| ||0-1||35||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||D29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|22. Fischer vs Keres
||0-1||55||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4|
|23. Keres vs Smyslov
||0-1||40||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|24. Tal vs Keres
||0-1||79||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|25. Petrosian vs Keres
|| ||½-½||18||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A14 English|
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28
|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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