1968 Candidates Matches

CYCLE 7: 8-Man Knockout

Six qualifiers from one Interzonal tournament, plus two seeds play knockout matches, with the winner playing a World Championship match against Petrosian in 1969.

(Black background indicates black in the first game)

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Larsen     110浇0浇1  5
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Korchnoi   򚸝1浇  5
Reshevsky  򚤰0浇  2
    
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Tal        0浇浇111  5
Gligoric   1浇浇000  2
    
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Spassky   111򚤱  5
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Spassky   򚸝011浇  6
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THE PLAYERS

# Player Country Status
1 Boris Vasilievich Spassky USSR Seeded, lost last Championship Match
2 Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi USSR Qualified from Interzonal
3 Bent Jorgen Larsen Denmark Qualified from Interzonal
4 Mikhail Nekhemzovich Tal USSR Seeded, lost previous Candidates Final
5 Samuel Herman Reshevsky USA Qualified from Interzonal
6 Efim Petrovich Geller USSR Qualified from Interzonal
7 Svetozar Gligoric Yugoslavia Qualified from Interzonal
8 Lajos Portisch Hungary Qualified from Interzonal


THE QUARTERFINALS (Best of 10)

Sukhumi, Jun 1-20 '68 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Spassky 1 1 1 5
Geller 0 0 2

Porec, May 5-24 '68 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Larsen 1 1 0 0 1 5
Portisch 0 0 1 1 0 4

Amsterdam, May 7-20 '68 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Korchnoi 1 1 1 5
Reshevsky 0 0 0 2

Belgrade, Apr 20 - May 15 '68 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Tal 0 1 1 1 5
Gligoric 1 0 0 0 3


THE SEMI-FINALS (Best of 10)

Malmo, Jul 5-20 '68 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Spassky 1 1 1 0 1 5
Larsen 0 0 0 1 0 2

Moscow, Jun 26 - Jul 15 '68 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Korchnoi 1 1 0 5
Tal 0 0 1 4


THE FINALS (Best of 12)

Kiev, Sep 6-26 '68 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spassky 1 1 0 1 1 6
Korchnoi 0 0 1 0 0 3


MATCH TO DETERMINE 3RD PLACE (Best of 10)

and a seed into the next Interzonal

Ersel, Mar 12-22 '69 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Larsen 1 1 0 1 1 5
Tal 0 0 1 0 0 2


  • This was the final time that a 3rd Place Match was held. The purpose of the 3rd place match was to award a direct seed into the next Interzonal, but after this series, all Candidates were automatically seeded into the next Interzonal, anyway.


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