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Amsterdam Candidates Tournament

Vasily Smyslov11.5/18(+6 -1 =11)[view games]
Paul Keres10/18(+3 -1 =14)[view games]
Laszlo Szabo9.5/18(+3 -2 =13)[view games]
Boris Spassky9.5/18(+3 -2 =13)[view games]
Efim Geller9.5/18(+6 -5 =7)[view games]
David Bronstein9.5/18(+4 -3 =11)[view games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian9.5/18(+3 -2 =13)[view games]
Miroslav Filip8/18(+4 -6 =8)[view games]
Oscar Panno8/18(+2 -4 =12)[view games]
Herman Pilnik5/18(+1 -9 =8)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Amsterdam Candidates (1956)
This event was played in Amsterdam and Leeuwarden from 27 March - 30 April. Ten players competed to select a challenger to the world title. As the loser of the Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1954), Smyslov was seeded directly while the other nine were qualified from the Gothenburg Interzonal (1955).

The opening ceremony took place on 26 March in Vossius Gymnasium, Amsterdam where the chairman of the Dutch Chess Federation Hendrik Jan van Steenis and FIDE President Folke Rogard held welcoming speeches. The tournament was then formally opened by Vice Mayor de Roos, and the chairman of the Stichting Internationale Schaaktraditie Amsterdam Evert Straat thanked all the sponsors. Whereafter the former (1935-1937) World Champion Max Euwe presented the tournament program and performed the drawing of lots. Play started at 5:30 pm the next day in Minerva-paviljoen, Amsterdam - the main venue, and lasted for five weeks and 18 rounds when all the players had met each other twice (once with each color). Rounds 10 and 11 were played in Leeuwarden, where the players stayed in Hotel Lauswolt for five days (12-17 April).

As in the Zurich Candidates (1953) tournament, Smyslov won. He went on to win the Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Return Match (1957) and become the seventh World Champion. He then lost the Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Rematch (1958). The next qualifier cycle was the Portoroz Interzonal (1958) and the Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959).

Minerva-paviljoen, Amsterdam (rounds 1-9 and 12-18) and De Beurs, Leeuwarden (rounds 10-11), 27 March - 30 April 1956, final standings and crosstable:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 Pts CHF* 1 Smyslov ** ˝˝ ˝˝ 0˝ ˝˝ ˝1 11 ˝1 1˝ ˝1 11˝ 5000 2 Keres ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝1 ˝˝ ˝0 1˝ 1˝ 10 3500 =3 Szabó ˝˝ ˝˝ ** 1˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝1 0˝ ˝˝ 01 9˝ 1310 =3 Spassky 1˝ ˝˝ 0˝ ** ˝˝ ˝1 0˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝1 9˝ 1310 =3 Petrosian ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ** 0˝ 01 1˝ ˝˝ 1˝ 9˝ 1310 =3 Bronstein ˝0 ˝0 ˝˝ ˝0 1˝ ** ˝1 1˝ ˝˝ ˝1 9˝ 1310 =3 Geller 00 ˝˝ ˝0 1˝ 10 ˝0 ** 11 ˝1 1˝ 9˝ 1310 =8 Filip ˝0 ˝1 1˝ ˝˝ 0˝ 0˝ 00 ** 10 ˝1 8 650 =8 Panno 0˝ 0˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝0 01 ** 1˝ 8 650 10 Pilnik ˝0 0˝ 10 ˝0 0˝ ˝0 0˝ 0˝ 0˝ ** 5 500

Tournament director: Max Euwe, assisted by Haije Kramer and Wolfgang Heidenfeld.

Tournament books: Das Kandidatenturnier für die Weltmeisterschaft 1956 by Max Euwe and Willem Jan Muhring (ten Have, Amsterdam 1956. 186 pp. Reprint 1980: Variant, Nederhorst den Berg); World Championship Candidates' Tournament: Holland 1956 by Baruch Harold Wood (Chess, Sutton Coldfield 1956. 156 pp. Reprint 2003: Hardinge Simpole Ltd.).

Daily reports in Utrechts Nieuwsblad are available at http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/co.... Dates are from De Telegraaf which is available at http://resources2.kb.nl/110585000/p... (obtain day by changing the last digit in the URL). The New York Times had daily reports except rounds 10 and 11.

Pictures of six of the players: http://www.anp-archief.nl/page/2385...

Original collections: Game Collection: WCC Index (Candidates Tournament, 1956) by User: Resignation Trap and Game Collection: Amsterdam Candidates 1956 by User: Tabanus. Thanks to User: Benzol, User: Chessical, User: Stonehenge and User: Phony Benoni for help with the sources. *Prizes in CHF or Swiss franc, Wikipedia article: Swiss franc.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 90  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Panno vs Pilnik 1-040 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesA21 English
2. Keres vs Bronstein ½-½47 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesC28 Vienna Game
3. Filip vs Spassky ½-½20 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesA05 Reti Opening
4. Geller vs Petrosian 1-046 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
5. Smyslov vs Szabo ½-½31 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. Geller vs Smyslov 0-156 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
7. Spassky vs Keres ½-½29 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
8. Petrosian vs Bronstein 0-136 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
9. Pilnik vs Filip ½-½57 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Szabo vs Panno ½-½42 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesA56 Benoni Defense
11. Smyslov vs Petrosian ½-½53 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
12. Panno vs Geller  ½-½19 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesA14 English
13. Filip vs Szabo 1-019 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE77 King's Indian
14. Keres vs Pilnik  1-041 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesB20 Sicilian
15. Bronstein vs Spassky ½-½34 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. Petrosian vs Spassky ½-½71 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesA15 English
17. Szabo vs Keres  ½-½19 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Pilnik vs Bronstein ½-½24 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesC67 Ruy Lopez
19. Smyslov vs Panno 1-041 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. Geller vs Filip 1-038 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
21. Bronstein vs Szabo  ½-½43 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
22. Panno vs Petrosian ½-½52 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesD94 Grunfeld
23. Spassky vs Pilnik ½-½73 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesA56 Benoni Defense
24. Filip vs Smyslov  ½-½23 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
25. Keres vs Geller  ½-½21 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesA30 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project:

Vasily Smyslov recalls a nervy moment in the tournament:

<"The battle became especially fierce in the second cycle, when three rounds from the finish Keres was level with me, with Geller and Bronstein half a point behind, and Spassky and Petrosian trailing by a further half point. In this sharp situation <<<I won a very tense game against Bronstein,>>> (Smyslov vs Bronstein, 1956) then drew with Spassky, and success in the final game with Pilnik gave me victory in the tournament.">

-Vasily Smyslov, "Smyslov's 125 Selected Games" Ken Neat transl. (Cadogen 1983), pp.13-14

Mar-07-14  RookFile: Really an awesome result for Smyslov. He was at the height of his powers in these days.
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