1959 Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade Candidates Tournament
September 6 - October 31, 1959
8-man Quadruple Round Robin

                              1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8 
1. Tal, Mikhail        USR  xxxx 0010  011 1111 111 111 111  20 - 8
2. Keres, Paul         USR  1101 xxxx 0 10 0101 11 1110 1111  18- 9
3. Petrosian, Tigran   USR   1 xxxx 0 11 01 100 11  15-12
4. Smyslov, Vassily    USR  100 01 1 xxxx 10 010 11 011  15 -13
5. Fischer, Robert     USA  0000 1010 00 01 xxxx 10 011 11  12-15
6. Gligoric, Svetozar  YUG  000 00 10 101 01 xxxx 10 1  12-15
7. Olafsson, Fridrik   ICE  000 0001 011 00 100 01 xxxx 001  10 -18
8. Benko, Pal          ---  000 0000 00 100 00 0 110 xxxx   8 -20


  • With his victory here, Mikhail Tal advanced to challenge Mikhail Botvinnik for the World Championship in 1960.

  • Each player played each other player 4 times. The first two cycles were played in Bled, the third in Zagreb, and the 4th in Belgrade.

  • Smyslov was seeded into this tournament as the loser of the last World Championship Match. Keres was seeded as the runner up in the previous Candidates tournament. The others qualified from the 1958 Interzonal.


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