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Zurich Tournament

Mikhail Tal11.5/15(+10 -2 =3)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric11/15(+9 -2 =4)[games]
Robert James Fischer10.5/15(+8 -2 =5)[games]
Paul Keres10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Bent Larsen9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Wolfgang Unzicker9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Gedeon Barcza8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Fridrik Olafsson8/15(+6 -5 =4)[games]
Josef Kupper7/15(+4 -5 =6)[games]
Edwin Bhend6.5/15(+4 -6 =5)[games]
Jan Hein Donner6.5/15(+5 -7 =3)[games]
Dieter Keller6/15(+5 -8 =2)[games]
Edgar Walther5/15(+3 -8 =4)[games]
Andreas Dueckstein5/15(+4 -9 =2)[games]
Max Blau2.5/15(+0 -10 =5)[games]
Erwin Nievergelt2.5/15(+1 -11 =3)[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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Walther vs Fischer ½-½631959ZurichB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
2. Blau vs Keres 0-1591959ZurichC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
3. Tal vs E Bhend 0-1451959ZurichA43 Old Benoni
4. F Olafsson vs D Keller  1-0511959ZurichA22 English
5. A Dueckstein vs E Nievergelt  1-0421959ZurichB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
6. G Barcza vs Unzicker  ½-½561959ZurichA05 Reti Opening
7. J H Donner vs J Kupper  1-0361959ZurichE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
8. Gligoric vs Larsen 1-0401959ZurichB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
9. Fischer vs E Bhend 1-0401959ZurichB27 Sicilian
10. Keres vs A Dueckstein  ½-½241959ZurichC18 French, Winawer
11. J Kupper vs Tal 0-1241959ZurichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Larsen vs J H Donner 1-0311959ZurichA00 Uncommon Opening
13. E Nievergelt vs G Barcza  0-1381959ZurichA20 English
14. Unzicker vs Gligoric  ½-½221959ZurichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. D Keller vs Blau  1-0611959ZurichC44 King's Pawn Game
16. E Walther vs F Olafsson  ½-½831959ZurichE46 Nimzo-Indian
17. F Olafsson vs Fischer 0-1401959ZurichE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
18. G Barcza vs Keres ½-½451959ZurichA04 Reti Opening
19. Tal vs Larsen 1-0411959ZurichB32 Sicilian
20. Blau vs E Walther  ½-½411959ZurichE60 King's Indian Defense
21. A Dueckstein vs D Keller  0-1421959ZurichC45 Scotch Game
22. Gligoric vs E Nievergelt 1-0291959ZurichB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
23. J H Donner vs Unzicker 0-1571959ZurichE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
24. E Bhend vs J Kupper  ½-½211959ZurichB40 Sicilian
25. Fischer vs J Kupper 1-0251959ZurichB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-10-14  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  zanzibar: <Phony> Most excellent, many thanks.
Dec-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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