Zurich 1953 chess tournament

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Zurich 1953 was a chess tournament won by Vasily Smyslov. It was a Candidates Tournament for the 1954 World Chess Championship, which led to the match between Smyslov and Mikhail Botvinnik. The tournament is famous for the strength of the players, the high quality of the games, and books on the tournament by David Bronstein and Miguel Najdorf that are regarded as among the best tournament books ever written. As of 2017, Yuri Averbakh is the only player from this tournament who is still alive, and the oldest living chess grandmaster.

# Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Total
1  Vasily Smyslov (USSR) xx ½½ 11 ½1 ½½ 11 ½½ ½0 ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 11 18
2  David Bronstein (USSR) ½½ xx 11 ½½ ½0 ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 01 ½½ ½½ 16
3  Paul Keres (USSR) 00 xx ½½ ½1 ½1 ½½ ½½ ½½ 11 ½1 ½½ 11 16
4  Samuel Reshevsky (USA) ½0 00 ½½ xx ½½ ½½ ½½ 10 ½½ ½1 ½1 ½1 11 16
5  Tigran Petrosian (USSR) ½½ ½½ ½0 ½½ xx ½½ ½½ 00 ½½ ½½ 11 ½1 11 15
6  Efim Geller (USSR) 00 ½1 ½0 ½½ ½½ xx 11 ½0 01 ½½ 01 ½1 01 ½½ 14½
7  Miguel Najdorf (Argentina) ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 00 xx ½0 ½½ ½½ ½½ 11 14½
8  Alexander Kotov (USSR) ½1 ½½ ½½ 01 ½½ ½1 xx 10 00 10 01 14
9  Mark Taimanov (USSR) ½½ ½½ ½½ 11 10 01 xx 10 ½½ ½½ ½0 11 14
10  Yuri Averbakh (USSR) ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 01 xx ½½ ½½ 11 00 13½
11  Isaac Boleslavsky (USSR) ½½ ½½ 00 ½0 ½½ 10 ½½ 11 ½½ ½½ xx ½0 ½½ ½1 ½½ 13½
12  Laszlo Szabo (Hungary) ½½ 10 00 ½½ 01 ½½ ½½ ½1 xx ½½ 13
13  Svetozar Gligorić (Yugoslavia) ½0 ½0 ½0 ½0 ½½ ½1 ½½ xx ½1 11 12½
14  Max Euwe (Netherlands) 00 ½½ ½½ 00 10 00 ½0 ½½ ½0 xx 11½
15  Gideon Ståhlberg (Sweden) ½½ 00 00 ½½ 00 10 00 11 ½½ 00 xx 8

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References[edit]

Bronstein, David (1979) [1960], Zurich International chess tournament, 1953 (2nd ed.), Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-23800-8