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Bled Tournament

Mikhail Tal14.5/19(+11 -1 =7)[games]
Robert James Fischer13.5/19(+8 -0 =11)[games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian12.5/19(+8 -2 =9)[games]
Paul Keres12.5/19(+7 -1 =11)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric12.5/19(+7 -1 =11)[games]
Efim Geller10.5/19(+5 -3 =11)[games]
Petar Trifunovic10.5/19(+3 -1 =15)[games]
Bruno Parma10/19(+4 -3 =12)[games]
Arthur Bisguier9.5/19(+6 -6 =7)[games]
Aleksandar Matanovic9.5/19(+4 -4 =11)[games]
Klaus Viktor Darga9/19(+2 -3 =14)[games]
Jan Hein Donner9/19(+4 -5 =10)[games]
Miguel Najdorf9/19(+4 -5 =10)[games]
Fridrik Olafsson8.5/19(+5 -7 =7)[games]
Lajos Portisch8/19(+2 -5 =12)[games]
Borislav Ivkov8/19(+4 -7 =8)[games]
Ludek Pachman7/19(+1 -6 =12)[games]
Mario Bertok6.5/19(+2 -8 =9)[games]
Milan Germek5.5/19(+2 -10 =7)[games]
Mijo Udovcic4/19(+0 -11 =8)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Bled (1961)

Bled, Yugoslavia (Slovenia), 3 September - 3 October 1961 1

1 Tal * 0 = = = = = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 14.5 2 Fischer 1 * 1 = = 1 1 = 1 = = = = 1 1 = = 1 = = 13.5 3 Petrosian = 0 * = 1 = = 1 = = = = 1 1 0 = 1 1 1 1 12.5 4 Keres = = = * = = = = 0 = = 1 = 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 12.5 5 Gligoric = = 0 = * = = = 1 1 = = = = = 1 1 1 1 1 12.5 6 Geller = 0 = = = * = 1 0 = = = = 0 1 1 = 1 1 = 10.5 7 Trifunovic = 0 = = = = * = = = = = = = = = 1 = 1 1 10.5 8 Parma 0 = 0 = = 0 = * = = = = = 1 = 1 = = 1 1 10 9 Bisguier 0 0 = 1 0 1 = = * 0 = 0 1 0 = 1 = = 1 1 9.5 10 Matanovic 0 = = = 0 = = = 1 * = = 0 1 = = 0 1 1 = 9.5 11 Darga = = = = = = = = = = * = = 0 = 0 = 1 0 1 9 12 Donner 0 = = 0 = = = = 1 = = * 1 0 = 1 = 0 0 1 9 13 Najdorf 0 = = = = = = = 0 1 = 0 * 1 = 0 = 1 1 = 9 14 Olafsson 0 0 0 0 = 1 = 0 1 0 1 1 0 * 1 = = = = = 8.5 15 Portisch = 0 1 0 = 0 = = = = = = = 0 * 0 = = = 1 8 16 Ivkov 0 = = 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 1 0 1 = 1 * 1 = = = 8 17 Pachman 0 = 0 0 0 = 0 = = 1 = = = = = 0 * = = = 7 18 Bertok 0 0 0 = 0 0 = = = 0 0 1 0 = = = = * = 1 6.5 19 Germek 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 = = = = = * = 5.5 20 Udovcic 0 = 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 = 0 0 = = 0 = = 0 = * 4

<FISCHER THE "MORAL" VICTOR AT BLED>

By R. Braine, Chess Life, November 1961, pp. 304–305.

"The recent International Jubilee Grandmaster Tournament held at Bled, Yugoslavia should bring joy to American chess players and to the American public in general, because of two things. One is the remarkable showing of young, but experienced chesswise, 18 year old Bobby Fischer. The other is the showing or our two representatives, Fischer and Arthur Bisguier, at this invitation tournament, against the USSR players. Against the four Soviet Grandmasters, Tal, Keres, Petrosian and Geller, our players scored 6 out of 8 points! Bobby beat Tal, Petrosian and Geller, and drew with Keres, scoring 3.5 out of 4. Bisguier beat Keres and Geller, drew with the current USSR Champion, Petrosian, and lost only to Tal, for a plus score of 2.5 out of 4. A wonderful showing! An omen for the future!

Bobby won from Tal, the latter’s only loss, and was the only one who went through the tournament undefeated! Tal won the tournament with 14.5 points, with Bobby second with 13.5. But Bobby beat Tal in their individual game, and so Bobby comes home a “moral” victor. Tal won 11, lost one and drew only seven games, his score 14.5, or 76.3%. Bobby won eight, lost none, and drew eleven games, scoring 13.5, or 71%. Bisguier won six, lost six, an drew nine games, scoring 9.5 points, or 50%.

It was in the second round that Fischer beat Tal. And in the third round, Bisguier won from the great Paul Keres. In round four, Bobby scored a wonderful win against Olafsson. When the veteran Najdorf and Dr. Trifunovic in the 5th round produced a grandmaster draw of eleven moves, the Judge, Milan Vidmar, stopped all play, and appealed, with the support of the on-lookings, for fighting games and for non-participation of seconds in analysis of adjourned games. Readers will recall the report of Hugo Bjork, Secretary of FIDE in the September issue of Chess Life on both of these questions raised by Grandmaster Milan Vidmar of Yugoslavia at the 1960 FIDE Congress in Leipzig. In round six, Fischer received a standing ovation when he defeated Geller. In round nine, Fischer beat Bisguier. In round 10, Fischer, in fine form, sacrificed the Exchange against Bertok of Yugoslavia, and after winning, found himself for the first time at the head of the bandwagon, and remained at the top through the twelfth round, at which point he had a score of 75%.

Tal and Fischer were shoulder to shoulder through the 15th round, but in the final four rounds Bobby won only one game and drew three, scoring only 2.5 points; while in reverse, Tal drew one and won three, scoring 3.5. In round 16, Tal won from Germek, but Fischer only drew with Keres. Tal now led with 12 points, followed by Bobby with 11.5; and Gligoric and Petrosian with 11. In round 17, Bisguier beat Geller in excellent style. Tal against Pachman played eight consecutive Pawn moves in the opening, and still won. But Fischer only drew with Najdorf. Now Tal led by a whole point, having 13; Gligoric crept up alongside of Fischer, with 12; then came Petrosian with 11.5, and Keres with 11. In round 18, the next to the last round, Tal quickly drew his own game, expecting Petrosian to make quick work of Bobby, but when the latter defeated the USSR champion, the crowd roared. After round 18, Tal with 13.5, led Bobby by only half a point. If Bobby won his last round game, and Tal drew, they would be co-champions. Gligoric had 12.5; with Keres and Petrosian a point behind.

But in the final round, the 19th, Tal won against Najdorf, and Fischer only drew against Ivkov. Tal was first, and Fischer second. In the scramble for third place, Gligoric lost to Petrosian for his only loss in the tournament, and Keres beat Donner, thus bringing about a triple tie for third place between Gligoric, Keres and Petrosian.

Bruno Parma, of Yugoslavia, current Junior World Champion, distinguished himself by attaining eighth place." 2

1 Schach-Echo, 1961, no. 10, front cover. In Gino Di Felice, Chess Results 1961-1963 (McFarland 2013), pp. 17-18.
2 R. Braine in Chess Life, November 1961, pp. 304–305.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Najdorf vs F Olafsson 1-0411961BledD71 Neo-Grunfeld
2. Pachman vs A Matanovic 1-0531961BledA30 English, Symmetrical
3. F Olafsson vs J H Donner 1-0301961BledA22 English
4. K Darga vs Udovcic 1-0331961BledE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
5. Petrosian vs Parma 1-0331961BledE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
6. Fischer vs Tal 1-0471961BledB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. P Trifunovic vs M Germek  1-0381961BledD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Bisguier vs Keres 1-0351961BledE10 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Najdorf vs A Matanovic  1-0471961BledE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
10. Tal vs F Olafsson 1-0381961BledB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. Keres vs M Germek  1-0341961BledB10 Caro-Kann
12. Fischer vs F Olafsson 1-0381961BledB27 Sicilian
13. F Olafsson vs Geller  1-0391961BledE60 King's Indian Defense
14. Tal vs A Matanovic 1-0411961BledE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. Portisch vs Udovcic  1-0331961BledE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
16. Petrosian vs Pachman 1-0211961BledA04 Reti Opening
17. A Matanovic vs F Olafsson 1-0341961BledB03 Alekhine's Defense
18. Gligoric vs M Germek 1-0291961BledE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
19. Keres vs Portisch 1-0381961BledC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
20. Fischer vs Geller 1-0221961BledC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
21. J H Donner vs Bisguier 1-0781961BledA12 English with b3
22. M Germek vs J H Donner  1-0401961BledE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
23. Portisch vs Petrosian 1-0401961BledA56 Benoni Defense
24. Keres vs Ivkov 1-0331961BledC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. Petrosian vs Najdorf 1-0401961BledE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-15-13  solskytz: First!
Feb-15-13  solskytz: Having put that there, I may as well contribute something constructive -

so CG - how about creating a drop-down index for all important tournament pages, just like you have for the world championships project? Certainly this will help with orientation, and with finding out what already exists in the website and what's in planning (these may be 'unselectable' items in the menu - just indicating your future intentions)

Feb-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <solskytz> There is an Index page: Tournament Index.
Feb-17-13  solskytz: Oh - good to know :-) was worth the posting only to receive this feedback.

Thx!!!

Feb-17-13  solskytz: However it would still be nice to have a drop-down menu from each individual tournament page, including all of these tournaments in the collection...

...and come to think of it, it also wouldn't do any harm, to have from any tournament page, a link to the World Championship Index, in addition to the above - just for easy navigability.

Feb-17-13  solskytz: actually anybody who goes through this tournament catalogue will understand immediately why my suggestion to make it a drop-down menu is impractical.

Just check it out... it will be a drop-dead menu.

Jul-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: User: solskytz Thank you for your comments about Bled.
Aug-12-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nosnibor: The official record of the event was published by DZS of Ljubljana in 1962 and is entitled "Jubilarni Medjunarodni Veleturnir" and of course is in Serbo-croat.The book contains some excellent photographs including that of all the players in the 1931 event held in Bled. The games are annotated by Tal,Gligoric,Keres,Petrosian and Geller, with a theoretical overview by Pirc. 200 pages of sheer delight!
Jan-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Nosnibor> Have tried to get hold of a copy of the book, but no dice so far.

Thanks for the heads-up!

Jan-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Ljubljana in 1962 and is entitled "Jubilarni Medjunarodni Veleturnir">

It is a nice book. I think I bought mine from John Donaldson.

Jun-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: Good tournament for Bisguier. He played with the big boys and held his own.
Jun-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: It's odd to see Fischer going through undefeated, especially at the age of 18.
Jan-16-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Nosnibor: The official record of the event was published by DZS of Ljubljana in 1962 and is entitled "Jubilarni Medjunarodni Veleturnir" and of course is in Serbo-croat.The book contains some excellent photographs including that of all the players in the 1931 event held in Bled. The games are annotated by Tal,Gligoric,Keres,Petrosian and Geller, with a theoretical overview by Pirc. 200 pages of sheer delight!>

Will we ever see another tournament book? I mean of a non-historical tournament. Which was the last tournament to have a published book? I think there was one about 12 years ago, about a Candidates' tournament, won by Topalov. I can't think of anyting since then.

I am not saying it is a <very> bad thing; just a bit of a shame and a sign of the passing of an age.

Mar-01-17  Sally Simpson: In 'Fischer - Spassky, Move by Move' by Larry Evans and Ken Smith. (an excellent book the way. A note [in some cases quite funny] after every diagram and every move.)

In the introduction when discussing the bidding war for the match they state:

"Yugoslav journalists bitterly recalled a time 12 years ago when Fischer, on stage in front of 2,000 chess fans, counted out his money in dinars bill for bill."

That sounds like our Bobby.

Mar-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Against the 6 other top 7 finishers Fischer did much better than the winner, Tal.
Mar-02-17  ughaibu: Amazing for Fischer to manage that considering the advantage Tal accrued by the short draws with his compatriots.
Mar-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: aren't Bob's 11 wins better than Tal's 8? It seems that Tal could have done even better if he hadn't taken so many draws.
Mar-02-17  Sally Simpson: Hi HeMateMe,

In round 18 (the penultimate round) Tal agreed a 15 move draw with Portisch because he was expecting Petrosian to beat or at least draw with Fischer.

The Fischer - Petrosian game is the famous one where Fischer grinds out a win refusing a draw offer from Petrosian only because Tal was standing near by and watching the game and it would have given Tal first prize with a round to go.

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1961

Mar-02-17
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  HeMateMe: you can't blame Tal for that. people like to finish first. Didn't fischer agree to a bloodless draw with Gligoric so both could qualify for interzonal play, in 1959?

I would blame Portisch for not making people work.

Mar-02-17  Sally Simpson: It was a good move by Tal, Fischer was at time trailing Petrosian by 2-0 in wins and losses. He had no reason to suspect Fischer might win.

Tal's bad move was staying in the tournament hall, if he had not being hanging about the board like a Hooded Vulture Bobby would have accepted Petrosian's draw offer.

Mar-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <HeMateMe: aren't Bob's 11 wins better than Tal's 8? It seems that Tal could have done even better if he hadn't taken so many draws.>

Ummmm...what?

Mar-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: If Tal were alive, he'd make a crack about HeMateMe's higher mathematics:)
Mar-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: He'd probably tell me to "get new glasses." Then, we'd buy each other a shot of vodka. He'd probably drink me under the table.
Mar-02-17
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  offramp: <offramp: Against the 6 other top 7 finishers Fischer did much better than the winner, Tal.>

I agree. But, oddly, Fischer was not as ruthless as Tal with the people who finished in the bottom 5. Tal beat all of them. Fischer, a win and 4 draws.

May-05-17  colmor: Fischer has 5 games from Bled in 'My 60 memorable Games', he was playing very inspired chess in this tournament. Normally one would expect him to make a tasty snack out of the tail Enders. He could have finished a mile in front of the pack!
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