Women's World Chess Championship 1959

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The 1959 Women's World Chess Championship was won by Elisabeth Bykova, who successfully defended her title in a match against challenger Kira Zvorykina.

1959 Candidates Tournament[edit]

The Candidates Tournament was held in Plovdiv in May 1959 and won by Zvorykina, who earned the right to challenge the reigning champion Bykova for the title.[1]

1959 Women's Candidates Tournament
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points Tie break
1  Kira Zvorykina (Soviet Union) - ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11½
2  Verica Nedeljković (Yugoslavia) ½ - ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 10½
3  Larissa Volpert (Soviet Union) ½ ½ - ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 1
4  Salme Rootare (Soviet Union) ½ 0 ½ - ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 9 54.00
5  Edith Keller-Herrmann (East Germany) ½ 0 ½ ½ - 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 9 53.50
6  Milunka Lazarević (Yugoslavia) 0 0 1 1 1 - 0 1 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 8
7  Eva Ladanyike-Karakas (Hungary) ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 - 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1
8  Valentina Borisenko (Soviet Union) 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 - 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 7
9  Olga Rubtsova (Soviet Union) 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 - 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1
10  Kveta Eretova (Czechoslovakia) 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 - ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 6
11  Gisela Kahn Gresser (USA) 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ - ½ ½ 0 1
12  Elfriede Rinder (West Germany) 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ - 0 ½ 0 33.75
13  Maria Pogorevici (Romania) 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 - 1 1 20.50
14  Paunka Todorova (Bulgaria) 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 - 1
15  Soledad Gonzalez de Huguet (Argentina) 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 -

1959 Championship Match[edit]

The championship match was played in Moscow in 1959. Bykova won comfortably and retained her title.[2]

Women's World Championship Match 1959
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Total
 Elisabeth Bykova (Soviet Union) 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½
 Kira Zvorykina (Soviet Union) 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Chess Championship (women) : 1959 Candidates Tournament". Mark-weeks.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  2. ^ "World Chess Championship (women) : 1959 Bikova - Zvorikina". Mark-weeks.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06.