World Chess Championship 1960

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The 1960 World Chess Championship was played between Mikhail Botvinnik and Mikhail Tal in Moscow from March 15 to May 7, 1960. Tal won.

1958 Interzonal Tournament[edit]

An interzonal chess tournament was held in Portorož, Slovenia (then Yugoslavia) in August and September 1958. The top six finishers qualified for the Candidates tournament.

1958 Interzonal Tournament
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Total Tie break
1  Mikhail Tal (Soviet Union) x ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 13½
2  Svetozar Gligorić (Yugoslavia) ½ x ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 13
3 Pal Benko (stateless) 0 ½ x ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 12½ 117.25
4  Tigran Petrosian (Soviet Union) ½ ½ ½ x ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 12½ 115.25
5  Bobby Fischer (United States) ½ ½ 0 ½ x 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 12 115.75
6  Friðrik Ólafsson (Iceland) ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 x 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 12 106.00
7  Yuri Averbakh (Soviet Union) ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 x ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 11½ 112.75
8  David Bronstein (Soviet Union) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ x ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 11½ 105.50
9  Aleksandar Matanović (Yugoslavia) 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ x ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 11½ 105.50
10  Ludek Pachman (Czechoslovakia) ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ x ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 11½ 100.75
11  László Szabó (Hungary) 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ x 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 11½ 99.75
12  Miroslav Filip (Czechoslovakia) 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 x ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 11 104.25
13  Oscar Panno (Argentina) 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ x 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 11 98.00
14  Raúl Sanguineti (Argentina) ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 x 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 10
15  Oleg Neikirch (Bulgaria) ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 x 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1
16  Bent Larsen (Denmark) 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 x 1 1 ½ 0 1
17  James Sherwin (United States) ½ 1 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 x 1 0 1 1
18  Héctor Rossetto (Argentina) 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 x 1 ½ 1 7
19  Rodolfo Cardoso (Philippines) ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 x 1 1 6
20  Boris de Greiff (Colombia) 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 x 0
21  Géza Füster (Canada) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 x 2

1959 Candidates Tournament[edit]

The 1959 Candidates Tournament was held in Yugoslavia in Bled, Zagreb, and Belgrade. The top two players from the previous tournament, Smyslov and Keres, were seeded directly into the tournament and joined by the top six from the interzonal. Mikhail Tal won, becoming the challenger in the 1960 championship match.

1959 Candidates Tournament
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Score Tie break
1  Mikhail Tal (Soviet Union) xxxx 0 0 1 0 = = = = 0 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 = 20
2  Paul Keres (Soviet Union) 1 1 0 1 xxxx 0 = = = 1 = = 0 = = 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 18½
3  Tigran Petrosian (Soviet Union) = = = = 1 = = = xxxx = = 0 = 0 = = 1 1 1 = = 1 0 0 = = 1 1 = 15½
4  Vasily Smyslov (Soviet Union) 1 0 = 0 0 = = 1 = = 1 = xxxx 0 = 1 0 = = 1 0 = 1 = 1 = 0 1 1 15
5  Svetozar Gligorić (Yugoslavia) 0 = 0 0 = = 0 0 1 = = 0 1 = 0 1 xxxx 0 1 = = = = 1 0 = 1 = = 12½ 162.00
6  Bobby Fischer (United States) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 = = = = 0 1 1 0 = = xxxx 0 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 12½ 156.50
7  Friðrik Ólafsson (Iceland) 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 = = 0 = 0 = = 0 1 1 0 = 0 xxxx 0 0 = 1 10
8 Pal Benko (stateless) 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = = 1 0 0 = 0 = = = 0 = 0 1 1 = 0 xxxx 8

1960 Championship match[edit]

The best of 24 game match was held in Moscow. In the event of a 12–12 tie, Botvinnik, the title holder, would retain the Championship. Tal won.

World Chess Championship Match 1960
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Points
 Mikhail Tal (Soviet Union) 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 12½
 Mikhail Botvinnik (Soviet Union) 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½

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