1953 Neuhausen-Zurich Candidates Tournament
August 28 - October 24, 1953
15 man Double Round Robin

                              1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
 1. Smyslov, Vassily    USR  xx  11 1  11  0     1 11 1  18 -10
 2. Bronstein, David    USR   xx 1 11  0   1   01 1    16 -12
 3. Keres, Paul         USR  00 0 xx  1 1    0 11 1 1  11  16 -12
 4. Reshevsky, Samuel   USA  0 00  xx    10  1 1 1 1 11 1  16 -12
 5. Petrosian, Tigran   USR    0  xx  0  00   11 1 1 11  15 -13
 6. Geller, Efim        USR  00 1 0   xx 11 0 01  01 1 1 01   14-13
 7. Najdorf, Miguel     ARG      1 00 xx 1 1 0    0 11  14-13
 8. Kotov, Alexander    USR  1   01  1 0 xx 10 1 00 10 1 0 01  14 -14
 9. Taimanov, Mark      USR   0   11 10 0 01 xx 10   0 0 11  14 -14
10. Averbakh, Yuri      USR    1 0   1 0 01 xx   0 11 00  13-14
11. Boleslavsky, Isaac  USR    00 0  10  11   xx 0  1   13-14
12. Szabo, Laszlo       USR   10 0 0 00 0  01   1 xx 1  1  13 -15
13. Gligoric, Svetozar  YUG  0 0 0 0 0 0  0 1 1  0 xx 1 11  12-15
14. Euwe, Max           NET  00   00 0 10 1 1 1 00 0  0 xx 1  11-16
15. Stahlberg, Gideon   SWE  0  00 0 00  00 10 00 11  0 00 0 xx   8 -20


  • With his victory here, Smyslov advanced to challenge Mikhail Botvinnik for the World Championship in 1954.

  • Smyslov, Bronstein, Keres, Reshevsky and Euwe were seeded. The other players qualified from the 1952 Interzonal.

  • Originally there were to be 12 players: 5 from the Previous Candidates, 5 qualifiers from the 1952 Interzonal, plus Reshevsky and Euwe, who had not exercised their right to play in the previous Candidates.

  • Kotov, Petrosian, Taimanov and Geller took the top 4 places in the Interzonal. However, 5th place ended up in a 4-way tie between Averbakh, Gligoric, Stahlberg and Szabo. Under the Sonnenborn-Berger tiebreak system, Averbakh should have got the last spot, but criticism arose over the propriety of letting such a method determine such an important question. (The complainers should have been there in 1983 to see a Candidates Match decided by a roulette wheel!) To solve the dispute, all 4 players were included in the Candidates.
    
    SCORES AT THE END OF EACH ROUND
    
                    001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 | 016 017 018 019 020 021 022 023 024 025 026 027 028 029 030
    Smyslov		    1   2   3   3  4   5  ---  6   6  7   8   8  9   9   10  10 11 12  12 12 13 --- 14 15 16  16 17  17 18
    Bronstein	 1   1  2   2  2  3   3  4   4  5   5  6  7 ---  8    9   9 10  10 11 12  12 13  13 13 14  14 15 --- 16
    Reshevsky	    1   1  2  3  4  5   6   6  7   7 ---  7  8   8    9   9 10 11  12  12 13 13 14  14  14 --- 14 15 16
    Keres		       1  2   3   4   4  5   5  ---  5  5  6   6  7     8   8  9   9 10 11 12  13  13  --- 13 14  15  15 16
    Petrosian	    1   1  2   2   2  ---  2  3  4  5  6   6  7   7    7  8   8  9  9 10  --- 10 11 12  13  13 14  14 15
    Najdorf		    1   1  2 ---  3  4   4  4  5  6   7   7   7  8     8  9   9 10  --- 10 10 11  11 12 13  13 13 14  14
    Geller		  1  1   1  1  2  ---  2   2  3   3  4   4   5   5  6     6  7  8   9   9  ---  9   9   9 10 11 12 13 14  14
    Gligoric	  -     1   1  2  2  3   4   4  4  5   5   5  6   6     -   7   7  7  8   8  9 10 11  11 11 12  12  12  12
    Kotov		  0  0   0  ---     1   1  1  2   3   4   4   4  5  6    7   8   8  ---  9  10  10 11 12  12 12 13  13 14  14
    Taimanov	  0    ---     1  2  3   3   4   4  4  5  6   6  7     7  7 ---  8   9   9   9 10  11  11 12 12 13  13 14
    Averbakh	     1 2   2  2  2  3   3 ---  4   5   5   5  5  6     6  7   7   7  8   9  10  10 --- 11  12  12  12 13  13
    Boleslavsky	    --- 1  2  3   3   3  4   4  5   5  6   6  7   7    8  ---  9   9   9  9  9 10  10 11  11 12  12 12 13
    Szabo		  0           1  2  3   3  3  4  ---  4  5  6   6     6  7   7  8   8   8  9   9  9 10  --- 10 11  12  13
    Euwe		  1   2  2   2  2  3   3  4  5  5  5  6  ---  7   7    8   8   8   8  8  9   9   9  10 10 10 11  --- 11 11
    Stahlberg	     1 2   2   2   2   2  2  2  2  2  3  3  3 ---    4   4   4  5   5   5  6   6    6  6   6   7   7  8  ---
    
    
    RESULTS OF EACH ROUND
    
                                      1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
    Smyslov		  1 1   1 - 1   1      1   0 1 - 1 1       18-10
    Bronstein	1    0       1 1 - 1     1     0   1 -   16-12
    Reshevsky	   1 1 1  1    - 0     1  1  1 0  0  - 0 1   16-12
    Keres		 0 1  1 1   0 -  0    1    1 1  1 0 -   1    16-12
    Petrosian	    0 0 -  1 1 1     0   1 0  -  1  1      15-13
    Najdorf		   1 - 1   0 1  1 0       -  0   1   0    14-13
    Geller		1 0  0  - 0     0 1    1  1 0 - 0 0  1 1 1 1    14-13
    Kotov		0 0 0 -    0  1 1 0  1 1  1 0 - 1 1  1   0    0  14-14
    Taimanov	0  - 0 1 1  0 1  0 1     0 -  1 0   1  1 0     14-14
    Gligoric	-    1 0  1  0  0   0 - 1  0   1 1   0  0 0   12-15
    Averbakh	 1   0 0   -  1 0  0    0   1 1  -  1 0     13-14
    Boleslavsky	 - 1 1  0           - 1 0  0 0       0 1  13-14
    Szabo		0  0 0 1 1   0  -  1  0     0    0  -   1 1  13- 15
    Euwe		1 1 0  0   1 1 0 0  - 1   0 0  0  0    0  -  0  11-16
    Stahlberg	 1  0 0 0  0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -  0   0   0 0 0 0 1   -   8 -20
    
    


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