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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: Paul Keres

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keres vs Fischer 0-1531959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
2. Smyslov vs Keres 0-1591959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
3. Keres vs Tal 1-0641959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA16 English
4. Keres vs Petrosian 0-1511959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
5. Benko vs Keres 0-1391959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
6. Keres vs Gligoric ½-½661959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
7. F Olafsson vs Keres 0-1401959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Fischer vs Keres 0-1301959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
9. Keres vs Smyslov ½-½411959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Tal vs Keres 0-1401959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE20 Nimzo-Indian
11. Petrosian vs Keres ½-½251959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. Keres vs Benko 1-0211959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
13. Gligoric vs Keres ½-½691959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
14. Keres vs F Olafsson 1-0411959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. Keres vs Fischer 0-1271959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA48 King's Indian
16. Smyslov vs Keres  ½-½351959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. Keres vs Tal 0-1401959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB42 Sicilian, Kan
18. Keres vs Petrosian ½-½181959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. Benko vs Keres 0-1411959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA25 English
20. Keres vs Gligoric 1-0451959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. F Olafsson vs Keres  0-1351959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
22. Fischer vs Keres 0-1551959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
23. Keres vs Smyslov 0-1401959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Tal vs Keres 0-1791959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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