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Zurich Tournament

Mikhail Tal11.5/15(+10 -2 =3)[view games]
Svetozar Gligoric11/15(+9 -2 =4)[view games]
Robert James Fischer10.5/15(+8 -2 =5)[view games]
Paul Keres10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[view games]
Bent Larsen9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[view games]
Wolfgang Unzicker9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[view games]
Gedeon Barcza8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[view games]
Fridrik Olafsson8/15(+6 -5 =4)[view games]
Josef Kupper7/15(+4 -5 =6)[view games]
Edwin Bhend6.5/15(+4 -6 =5)[view games]
Jan Hein Donner6.5/15(+5 -7 =3)[view games]
Dieter Keller6/15(+5 -8 =2)[view games]
Edgar Walther5/15(+3 -8 =4)[view games]
Andreas Dueckstein5/15(+4 -9 =2)[view games]
Max Blau2.5/15(+0 -10 =5)[view games]
Erwin Nievergelt2.5/15(+1 -11 =3)[view games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Zurich (1959)

Ten foreign players, including eight grandmasters, were invited to compete against six top Swiss players, including national champion Keller, at Zurich's Kongreßhaus. Among the grandmasters invited were Mikhail Tal and Paul Keres from the Soviet Union, Bobby Fischer from the United States, Svetozar Gligoric from Yugoslavia, Bent Larsen from Denmark, Wolfgang Unzicker from Germany, and Fridrik Olafsson from Iceland, five of whom participated in the world candidates tournament the same year. Although Tal viewed the tournament as a lesser event, it turned out to be closer than he would have expected. Although Tal easily defeated five of the six Swiss players, Edwin Bhend dealt the future world champion a blow in the first round. After dispatching his countrymen later in the tournament, Tal felt in fine form, but then lost again, this time at the hands of Gligoric, who would trail him only by half a point in the end. This was also a significant tournament for young Fischer. His play was already improving dramatically at international events against stronger opposition, and he came close to tying Tal in the final. Alas, a loss to the Swiss champion in the penultimate round cost Fischer a spot at the top and he had to settle for equal third with Keres. Tal won clear first with 11½ points out of 15 rounds.

Zurich, Switzerland, 19 May - 8 June 1959 1, 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts 1 Tal * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 11½ 2 Gligoric 1 * 1 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 11 =3 Fischer ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 10½ =3 Keres ½ 1 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 10½ =5 Larsen 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 9½ =5 Unzicker 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9½ 7 Barcza ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ * 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 8½ 8 Olafsson 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 * 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 8 9 Kupper 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 7 =10 Bhend 1 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ 6½ =10 Donner 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 6½ 12 Keller 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 6 =13 Walther 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 5 =13 Dückstein 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 5 =15 Blau 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ 2½ =15 Nievergelt 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 ½ * 2½

1 Magyar Sakkelet, 1959, p. 106. In Gino Di Felice, Chess Results 1956-1960, p. 374.
2 Rounds and dates from Alexander Khalifman (ed.), Mikhail Tal Games 1963-1972 (Chess Stars 1995), pp. 242-251.

Original collection: Game Collection: Zurich 1959, by User: suenteus po 147. Additional research by User: Chessical.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Walther vs Fischer ½-½63 1959 ZurichB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
2. Blau vs Keres 0-159 1959 ZurichC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
3. Gligoric vs Larsen 1-040 1959 ZurichB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
4. F Olafsson vs D Keller  1-051 1959 ZurichA22 English
5. A Dueckstein vs E Nievergelt  1-042 1959 ZurichB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
6. G Barcza vs Unzicker  ½-½56 1959 ZurichA05 Reti Opening
7. J H Donner vs J Kupper  1-036 1959 ZurichE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
8. Tal vs E Bhend 0-145 1959 ZurichA43 Old Benoni
9. Keres vs A Dueckstein  ½-½24 1959 ZurichC18 French, Winawer
10. J Kupper vs Tal 0-124 1959 ZurichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Larsen vs J H Donner 1-031 1959 ZurichA00 Uncommon Opening
12. E Walther vs F Olafsson  ½-½83 1959 ZurichE46 Nimzo-Indian
13. D Keller vs Blau  1-061 1959 ZurichC44 King's Pawn Game
14. Unzicker vs Gligoric  ½-½22 1959 ZurichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Fischer vs E Bhend 1-040 1959 ZurichB27 Sicilian
16. E Nievergelt vs G Barcza  0-138 1959 ZurichA20 English
17. A Dueckstein vs D Keller  0-142 1959 ZurichC45 Scotch Game
18. Blau vs E Walther  ½-½41 1959 ZurichE60 King's Indian Defense
19. G Barcza vs Keres ½-½45 1959 ZurichA04 Reti Opening
20. E Bhend vs J Kupper  ½-½21 1959 ZurichB40 Sicilian
21. J H Donner vs Unzicker 0-157 1959 ZurichE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
22. Tal vs Larsen 1-041 1959 ZurichB32 Sicilian
23. F Olafsson vs Fischer 0-140 1959 ZurichE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
24. Gligoric vs E Nievergelt 1-029 1959 ZurichB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
25. Keres vs Gligoric 1-038 1959 ZurichC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Where are the round numbers for these games from?
Nov-11-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Round numbers confirmed.

<American Chess Bulletin>, May/June 1959, p.34, 48.

Nov-11-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <Phony> Most excellent, many thanks.
Dec-16-14  suenteus po 147: Man, Gligoric was a monster this tournament, beating both Tal and Fischer.
Feb-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Although Tal viewed the tournament as a lesser event, it turned out to be closer than he would have expected.>

What is the source for this? It was not the sort of statement Tal would ever have made.

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