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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: Fridrik Olafsson

 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. F Olafsson vs Benko 0-1541959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Gligoric vs F Olafsson ½-½421959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
4. Tal vs F Olafsson 1-0431959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. F Olafsson vs Fischer 1-0451959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Smyslov vs F Olafsson  ½-½671959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB41 Sicilian, Kan
7. F Olafsson vs Keres 0-1401959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA07 King's Indian Attack
8. F Olafsson vs Petrosian 1-0661959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
9. Benko vs F Olafsson 1-0421959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
10. F Olafsson vs Gligoric  ½-½731959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA21 English
11. F Olafsson vs Tal 0-1711959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB41 Sicilian, Kan
12. Fischer vs F Olafsson 1-0781959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
13. F Olafsson vs Smyslov 0-1571959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA21 English
14. Keres vs F Olafsson 1-0411959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. Petrosian vs F Olafsson 0-1761959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
16. F Olafsson vs Benko  ½-½321959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesA10 English
17. Gligoric vs F Olafsson 1-0511959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Tal vs F Olafsson 1-0421959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. F Olafsson vs Fischer ½-½401959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE60 King's Indian Defense
20. Smyslov vs F Olafsson ½-½371959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. F Olafsson vs Keres  0-1351959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
22. F Olafsson vs Petrosian ½-½421959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
23. Benko vs F Olafsson 0-1441959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. F Olafsson vs Gligoric 1-0701959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
25. F Olafsson vs Tal  ½-½171959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
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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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