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: Fridrik Olafsson
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28
|1. Petrosian vs F Olafsson
||1-0||37||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5|
|2. F Olafsson vs Benko
||0-1||54||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|3. Gligoric vs F Olafsson
||½-½||42||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System|
|4. Tal vs F Olafsson
||1-0||43||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B96 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|5. F Olafsson vs Fischer
||1-0||45||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|6. Smyslov vs F Olafsson
|| ||½-½||67||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B41 Sicilian, Kan|
|7. F Olafsson vs Keres
||0-1||40||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|8. F Olafsson vs Petrosian
||1-0||66||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation|
|9. Benko vs F Olafsson
||1-0||42||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line|
|10. F Olafsson vs Gligoric
|| ||½-½||73||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A21 English|
|11. F Olafsson vs Tal
||0-1||71||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B41 Sicilian, Kan|
|12. Fischer vs F Olafsson
||1-0||78||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense|
|13. F Olafsson vs Smyslov
||0-1||57||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A21 English|
|14. Keres vs F Olafsson
||1-0||41||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3|
|15. Petrosian vs F Olafsson
||0-1||76||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)|
|16. F Olafsson vs Benko
|| ||½-½||32||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||A10 English|
|17. Gligoric vs F Olafsson
||1-0||51||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|18. Tal vs F Olafsson
||1-0||42||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|19. F Olafsson vs Fischer
||½-½||40||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E60 King's Indian Defense|
|20. Smyslov vs F Olafsson
||½-½||37||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||B23 Sicilian, Closed|
|21. F Olafsson vs Keres
|| ||0-1||35||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||D29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|22. F Olafsson vs Petrosian
||½-½||42||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst|
|23. Benko vs F Olafsson
||0-1||44||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||D23 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|24. F Olafsson vs Gligoric
||1-0||70||1959||Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates||E93 King's Indian, Petrosian System|
|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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