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Friday, November 4, 2011

Historical Crosstables

Chess Results, 1956-1960 by Gino Di Felice is a comprehensive record with 1,390 tournament crosstables and 142 match scores, with Sources (Chess Results Series). This edition is available as an eBook from Google for $16.19 but there is a partial view of the book you can view HERE.  You can download the book free if you are a member of Online Books
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Back to the book.  I looked at the results from 1959 because that was the year I began my chess “career.”  I’m not sure exactly when I learned how to play, but 1959 was the year I joined the CCLA in Class C.  After a loss to in nine moves to a player from Pittsburgh when I played an early g4 from the White side of a Bird’s Opening and got mated, I did OK as best as I can remember.  Unfortunately all my games prior to 1992 were lost.  I kept the scores in an old shoe box which got lost when we moved into our new house. 1959 was a busy year.  Not so much in the US, but a lot of tournaments were held elsewhere.
In the US, Minnesota Master Curt Brasket won the 1959 North Central Open with an unbeaten score of 6.5 points. Hans Berliner finished second when he drew in the last round against Brasket. Here’s the top 10 finishers:
1
BRASKET, Curt (Minn)
W73
W60
W24
W15
W10
W3
D2
2
BERLINER, Hans (Colo)
W63
W29
W8
D6
W11
W15
D1
3
HENIN, Charles (Ill)
W55
W57
W25
W7
W12
L1
W6
4
HARROW, Martin (Ind)
W84
W46
W32
D10
W17
D6
W8
5
KAMPARS, Nicholas (Wis)
D68
W59
D18
W41
W29
D7
W22
6
KIRBY, Robion (Ill)
W35
W19
W17
D2
W16
D4
L3
7
KOSTIC, Vasa (Ind)
W39
W37
W47
L3
W20
D5
D13
8
OTTESON, Milton (Minn)
W52
W38
L2
W36
W57
W12
L4
9
ELO, Arpad (Wis)
L67
W54
W51
W42
D13
D10
W28
10
O'KEEFE, Jack (Mich)
L54
W67
W23
D4
L1
D9
W29
There were 90 players.
The US Open Championship was won by Arthur Bisguier ahead of Pal Benko and Raymond Weinstein who tied for second.  The US Junior Championship was won by Robin Ault on tiebreaks over Gilbert Ramirez and ahead of (tied for 3rd and 4th) Larry Gilden and Raymond Weinstein. A total of $2,225.00 in prize money was distributed at a banquet following the final round.  Trophies were awarded to Arthur Bisguier,Robin Ault, for the highest score made by a USCF rated Expert,Walter Harris, for the highest score made bya a Class A player, to Donald Seifert, for the highest score made by a Class B player,and  to Sonja Graf Stevenson, for the Woman's Open Championship.
Lisa Lane won her first U.S. Women's Championship and Bobby Fischer won the US Championship.
On  the international scene there was a plethora of other events taking place.
1959 Candidates Tournament:
Between September and October 1959 the big news was the Candidates Tournament where Tahl, Keres, Petrosian, Smyslov, Fischer, Gligoric, Olafsson and Benko were playing for the right to a challenge Botvinnik for the World Championship in Bled, Zagreb and Belgrade.
As ex-World Champion Smyslov was seeded and so was Keres who had  finished second in the previous Candidates Tournament (Amsterdam 1956).  The others qualified from the Interzonal held in 1958 in Portoro┼ż in Yugoslavia. Bobby Fischer was watched very closely in this event but his results of 12.5 out of 28 showed he wasn’t quite ready to take on the world’s best.  He tied with Gligoric for 5th-6th.  Full details here.
Other events:

Zurich 1. Edwin Bhend 2. Edgar Walther 3. Martin Christoffel
Aarhus 1. Bent Larsen 2. Borge Andersen 3. Axel Nielsen
Belgrade (Serbia Champ) 1.Srecko Nedeljkovic 2.Dragoljub Ciric 3. Milorad Knezevic and Predrag Ostojic.
Belgrade 1. Borislav Ivkov 2. Nikola Karaklajic, Srecko Nedeljkovic and Sava Vukovic
Bulgaria 1. Nikolay Minev 2. Milko Bobotssov
West Berlin 1.Klaus Darga 2. Hans-Joachim Hecht
Beverwijk (21st) Hoogoven) 1. Fredrik Olafsson 2. Erich Eliskases 3. Jan Donner
Bled 1. Bruno Parma 2. Ivan Nemet 3. Dragoljib Velimirovic
Bognor-Regis 1. Erno Gereben 2. Denis Mardle 3. Nikola Karaklajic
Bratislava (CSR Champ) 1. Ludek Pachman 2-4. Vastimil Hort, Max Ujtelky and Frantisek Blatny
Budapest 1. Karoly Honfi 2-3 Lajos Tipary and Josef Foldi
Budapest (Hun Chasmp) 1-3. Gideon Barcza, Lajos Portisch and Laszlo Szabo
Cheliabinsk (USSR) 1.Viktor Korchnoi 2-4. Yuri Sakharoc, Eduard Gufeld and Mark Taimanov
Dresden 1-2 Efim Geller and Mark Taimano 3.Borislav Ivkov
Ilford (GB) 1.Cenek Kottnauer 2-3 Arnold Green and Peter H. Clark
Leningrad Chp 1.Boris Spassky
Ljubiljana 1.Bruno Parma 2.Stojan Puc 3.Zdravko Vospernik
Montreal (Can Chp) 1. D.A. Yanofky 2.Geza Fuster 3.Frank Anderson
Moscow 1-3. Vasily Smyslov, David Bronstein and Boris Spassky
Riga 1.Boris Spassky 2.Vladas Mikenas 3.Alexander Tolush
Santiago (Cile Chp) 1. Rene Letelier
Zurich 1.Mikhail Tahl 2.Sevetozar Gligoric 3-4. Paul Keres and Bobby Fischer


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