1962 Curacao Candidates Tournament
May 2 - June 26, 1962
8-man Quadruple Round Robin


                              1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8 
  1. Petrosian, Tigran USR  xxxx   1 11 1 11- 11  17- 9
  2. Keres, Paul       USR   xxxx  01 1 1110 11- 11  17 -10
  3. Geller, Efim      USR    xxxx 110 1 1 11- 11  17 -10
  4. Fischer, Bobby    USA  0 10 001 xxxx 010 011 1- 11  14 -13
  5. Korchnoi, Viktor  USR  00 0 0 101 xxxx 0 10- 1111  13-14
  6. Benko, Pal        USA  0 0001 0 100 1 xxxx 10- 011  12 -15
  7. Tal, Mikhail      USR  00- 00- 00- 0- 01- 01- xxxx 10-   7 -14
  8. Filip, Miroslav   CZE  00 00 00 00 0000 100 01- xxxx   7 -20


  • Tigran Petrosian won the tournament and went on to challenge Botvinnik for the World Championship in 1963

  • Tal 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 rest qualified from the 1962 Interzonal.

  • This tournament marked the 4th consecutive time that Keres had finished in 2nd place in a Candidates tournament.

  • Mikhail Tal fell ill and dropped out before the 4th cycle of games began.

  • Best of 8 Match to Determine 2nd Place in the tournament, and Direct Seeding into the 1965 Candidates
    
    
    Moscow, 1962 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Score
    Keres 1 0 1 4
    Geller 0 1 0 3

  • The Second Place match was arranged so hastily because of rumors that Botvinnik might retire undefeated rather than defend his title again in 1963. Had this happened, Petrosian would have played a championship match against the 2nd place finisher in this tournament.

  • Rather than retiring, Botvinnik continued to play for several more years, though, with the rematch clause gone, he did not attempt to recover the World Title, and did not exercise his option to play in the 1965 Candidates. His final event before enjoying a LONG retirement was a +1-0=3 score against Matulovic at the USSR vs. The Rest of the World Match in 1970.
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