1965 Candidates Matches

CYCLE 6: 8-Man Knockout

As a result of dissatisfaction with the Candidates Tournament format, the system was changed in 1965 to a series of knockout matches. Six qualifiers from one Interzonal tournament, plus two seeds, play knockout matches, with the winner playing a World Championship match against Petrosian in 1966.

(Black background indicates black in the first game)

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Spassky   011101  6
Keres     100010  4
    
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Geller    111  5
Smyslov   000  2
    
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Tal       10111  5
Portisch  01000  2
    
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Larsen    11101  5
Ivkov     00010  2
    
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Spassky  111  5
Geller   000  2
    
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Tal      01011  5
Larsen   10100  4
    
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Spassky  01111  7
Tal      10000  4
    


THE PLAYERS

# Player Country Status
1 Boris Vasilievich Spassky USSR Qualified from Interzonal
2 Mikhail Nekhemzovitch Tal USSR Qualified from Interzonal
3 Bent Jorgen Larsen Denmark Qualified from Interzonal
4 Efim Petrovich Geller USSR Seeded; 3rd place in previous Candidates, took Botvinnik's seed
5 Paul Keres USSR Seeded; Runner-up in previous Candidates
6 Vassily Vasilievich Smyslov USSR Qualified from Interzonal
7 Lajos Portisch Hungary Qualified from Interzonal
8 Borislav Ivkov Yugoslavia Qualified from Interzonal


THE QUARTERFINALS (Best of 10)

Riga, Apr 4-14 '65 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spassky 0 1 1 1 0 1 6
Keres 1 0 0 0 1 0 4

Moscow, Apr 17-27 '65 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Geller 1 1 1 5
Smyslov 0 0 0 2

Bled, Jun 26 - Jul 10 '65 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Tal 1 0 1 1 1 5
Portisch 0 1 0 0 0 2

Bled, Jun 27 - Jul 10 '65 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Larsen 1 1 1 0 1 5
Ivkov 0 0 0 1 0 2


THE SEMI-FINALS (Best of 10)

Riga, May 26 - Jun 9 '65 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Spassky 1 1 1 5
Geller 0 0 0 2

Bled, Jun 26 - Aug 8 '65 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Tal 0 1 0 1 1 5
Larsen 1 0 1 0 0 4


THE FINALS (Best of 12)

Tbilisi, Nov 1-26 '65 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Spassky 0 1 1 1 1 7
Tal 1 0 0 0 0 4


MATCH TO DETERMINE 3RD PLACE (Best of 8)

and a seed into the next Interzonal

Copenhagen, Mar 10-26 '66 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Larsen 1 0 1 0 1 5
Geller 0 1 0 1 0 4


  • For this Cycle, the 1965 FIDE Congress at Wiesbaden voted to accept Bobby Fischer's motion that the Candidates Tournament be abolished and replaced with a series of elimination matches. Despite getting what he wanted, Fischer refused to play, anyway.


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