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WCC Index [Candidates Tournament 1959]
Compiled by Resignation Trap
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The 1959 Candidates Tournament was held in three cities of Yugoslavia. The first 14 rounds were played in Bled, rounds 15-21 in Zagreb, and rounds 22-28 in Belgrade.

This was a marathon event and it developed into a heated race for first between Mikhail Tal and Paul Keres. In the end, youth triumphed, and Tal became Botvinnik's next challenger.

Round One, Game One - Too many cooks
Keres vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 53 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game Two
Smyslov vs Tal, 1959 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 65 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game Three
Petrosian vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(E50) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5, 37 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game Four
Benko vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E61) King's Indian, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game Five - My King goes for a walk
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 68 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game Six
Tal vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E89) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line, 47 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game Seven
Smyslov vs Keres, 1959 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 59 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game Eight
F Olafsson vs Benko, 1959 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 54 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game Nine
Benko vs Fischer, 1959 
(A16) English, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game Ten
Keres vs Tal, 1959 
(A16) English, 64 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game Eleven - Knighty knight
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1959 
(A21) English, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game Twelve
Gligoric vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game 13 - Something new
Fischer vs Gligoric, 1959 
(B57) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game 14
Tal vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game 15 - Petrosian now has 3.5/4
Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game 16
Smyslov vs Benko, 1959 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game 17
F Olafsson vs Fischer, 1959 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game 18
Petrosian vs Tal, 1959 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game 19
Benko vs Keres, 1959 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game 20
Gligoric vs Smyslov, 1959 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game 21 - Your coffee, sir?
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game 22
Petrosian vs Benko, 1959 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game 23
Smyslov vs F Olafsson, 1959
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game 24
Keres vs Gligoric, 1959 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game 25
Fischer vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game 26
Benko vs Tal, 1959 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 29 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game 27
Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 57 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game 28
F Olafsson vs Keres, 1959 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game 29 - Start of second cycle
Fischer vs Keres, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 30 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game 30
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game 31
F Olafsson vs Petrosian, 1959 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 66 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game 32
Gligoric vs Benko, 1959 
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game 33
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game 34
Gligoric vs Tal, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game 35
Keres vs Smyslov, 1959 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

round Nine, Game 36
Benko vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game 37 - Unheard melodies
Fischer vs Benko, 1959 
(B57) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game 38
Tal vs Keres, 1959 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game 39
Smyslov vs Petrosian, 1959 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game 40
F Olafsson vs Gligoric, 1959
(A21) English, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game 41
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game 42
F Olafsson vs Tal, 1959 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 71 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game 43
Petrosian vs Keres, 1959 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game 44
Benko vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 74 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game 45
Fischer vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 78 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game 46
Tal vs Petrosian, 1959
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

round Twelve, Game 47
Keres vs Benko, 1959 
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game 48
Smyslov vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Game 49
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 0-1

Round 13, Game 50
Benko vs Petrosian, 1959 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Round 13, Game 51
F Olafsson vs Smyslov, 1959 
(A21) English, 57 moves, 0-1

Round 13, Game 52
Gligoric vs Keres, 1959 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game 53
Smyslov vs Fischer, 1959 
(B50) Sicilian, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game 54
Tal vs Benko, 1959 
(B27) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 14, Game 55
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1959 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game 56
Keres vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 15, Game 57 - Second half starts in Zagreb
Keres vs Fischer, 1959 
(A48) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Round 15, Game 58
Smyslov vs Tal, 1959 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game 59
Petrosian vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 76 moves, 0-1

Round 15, Game 60
Benko vs Gligoric, 1959
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16, Game 61- Four Queens
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16, Game 62
Tal vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1-0

Round 16, Game 63
Smyslov vs Keres, 1959
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16, Game 64
F Olafsson vs Benko, 1959
(A10) English, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 17, Game 65
Benko vs Fischer, 1959 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 17, Game 66
Keres vs Tal, 1959 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 17, Game 67
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1959 
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 0-1

Round 17, Game 68
Gligoric vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 18, Game 69
Fischer vs Gligoric, 1959 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 18, Game 70
Tal vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 18, Game 71
Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 18, Game 72
Smyslov vs Benko, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 53 moves, 1-0

Round 19, Game 73
F Olafsson vs Fischer, 1959 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 19, Game 74
Petrosian vs Tal, 1959 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 19, Game 75
Benko vs Keres, 1959 
(A25) English, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 19, Game 76
Gligoric vs Smyslov, 1959 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 50 moves, 0-1

Round 20, Game 77
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

Round 20, Game 78
Petrosian vs Benko, 1959 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 20, Game 79
Smyslov vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 20, Game 80
Keres vs Gligoric, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 45 moves, 1-0

Round 21, Game 81
Fischer vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 48 moves, 0-1

Round 21, Game 82
Benko vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 33 moves, 0-1

Round 21, Game 83
Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1959 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 21, Game 84
F Olafsson vs Keres, 1959
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 35 moves, 0-1

Round 22, Game 85 - Last cycle begins in Belgrade
Fischer vs Keres, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 55 moves, 0-1

Round 22, Game 86
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 22, Game 87
F Olafsson vs Petrosian, 1959 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 22, Game 88
Gligoric vs Benko, 1959
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 23, Game 89
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 23, Game 90
Gligoric vs Tal, 1959 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 46 moves, 0-1

Round 23, Game 91
Keres vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 23, Game 92
Benko vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 44 moves, 0-1

Round 24, Game 93
Fischer vs Benko, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 24, Game 94
Tal vs Keres, 1959 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 79 moves, 0-1

Round 24, Game 95
Smyslov vs Petrosian, 1959 
(E61) King's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 24, Game 96
F Olafsson vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 70 moves, 1-0

Round 25, Game 97 - Castling into it
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 25, Game 98
F Olafsson vs Tal, 1959
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 25, Game 99
Petrosian vs Keres, 1959
(A14) English, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 25, Game 100
Benko vs Smyslov, 1959
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Round 26, Game 101
Fischer vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 26, Game 102
Tal vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B56) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 26, Game 103
Keres vs Benko, 1959 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1-0

Round 26, Game 104 - Worst day in Smyslov's career?
Smyslov vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E61) King's Indian, 18 moves, 0-1

Round 27, Game 105 - A very near miss
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Round 27, Game 106
Benko vs Petrosian, 1959 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 27, Game 107
F Olafsson vs Smyslov, 1959 
(A22) English, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 27, Game 108
Gligoric vs Keres, 1959 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 28, Game 109 - A whopper
Smyslov vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 54 moves, 0-1

Round 28, Game 110
Tal vs Benko, 1959 
(B27) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 28, Game 111 - A Fierce Struggle
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 45 moves, 1-0

Round 28, Game 112
Keres vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

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