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.


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