1950 Budapest Candidates Tournament
April 11 - May 18, 1950
10-man Double Round Robin


                              1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10
 1. Boleslavsky, Isaac  USR  xx  1   1  11 1 1  12 - 6
 2. Bronstein, David    USR   xx 01 1 11 1 01 1  1  12 - 6
 3. Smyslov, Vassily    USR  0 10 xx  1 1 01  1   10 - 8
 4. Keres, Paul         USR   0  xx  10 1   1   9- 8
 5. Najdorf, Miguel     ARG   00 0  xx    11 1   9 - 9
 6. Kotov, Alexander    USR  0 0 0 01  xx 1 1 10 10   8- 9
 7. Stahlberg, Gideon   SWE   10 10 0  0 xx      8 -10
 8. Flohr, Salo         USR  00 0    0  xx  01   7 -11
 9. Lilienthal, Andre   USR  0  0  00 01   xx 10   7 -11
10. Szabo, Laszlo       HUN  0 0  0 0 01  10 01 xx   7 -11


  • When Bronstein and Boleslavsky tied for first, they played a match to determine who would go on to challenge Botvinnik for the World Championship in 1951. The Match was to the Best of 12 games. If tied after 12, the winner of the next decisive game would advance.
    
    
    
    Moscow, 1950 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Score
    Bronstein, David 1 1 0 0 1 7
    Boleslavsky, Isaac 0 0 1 1 0 6

  • Smyslov and Keres were seeded. The others qualified from the 1948 Interzonal.

  • This is the only Candidates Tournament ever to end in a tie for 1st Place. Boleslavsky is the only man apart from Petrosian in 1962 to go through the Candidates undefeated.

  • According to the regulations, the top 5 players from the 1948 Interzonal were supposed to play in this tournament, along with the participants from the 1948 World Championship Tournament (Reshevsky, Keres, Smyslov, Euwe), and Reuben Fine, who had been eligible for the 1948 tournament, but elected not to play. However, the Americans Reshevsky and Fine cancelled out because they could not get leave from the State Department to travel to Hungary. Dr. Euwe could not get leave from his university to play, either.

  • Under the new circumstances, FIDE decided to add in the players who had finished in 6th - 9th places in the Interzonal. In order to keep the number of players even, Dr. Petar Trifunofic was scheduled to play in this tournament also. However, when Igor Bondarevsky unexpectedly withdrew, Dr. Trifunovic's invitation fell through also, to keep the numbers even.


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