The 1959 Candidates Tournament was hosted by three cities in Yugoslavia: Bled, Zagreb and Belgrade. The winner of this event would face the World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. Big names were fighting to become the challenger – Tal, Petrosian, Smyslov, Benko and so on. And today we’re going to see a great game between Paul Keres and Bobby Fischer from this tough event.
Keres was an outstanding chess grandmaster and he was among the world’s top players from the mid-1930s to mid-1960s. He was the only player in the chess history to defeat 9 undisputed world champions.
In this game we’re going to see, Keres was playing White and Fischer played his favourite Sicilian defense. The Najdorf was played and Keres played a very interesting opening novelty around move 13. He sacrificed his queen for three pieces. Not only did Fischer accept the sacrifice, he also punished Keres with his slow and steady play.
Our guest coach CM Tryfon Gavriel has prepared a very instructive video lesson, analyzing this extraordinary game. You can watch the video lesson below:
We can clearly see how important it is to study World Champions’ games, especially from true masters like Fischer, Tal, Botvinnik, Carlsen, etc., in order to improve one’s game. World Champions are those who were ‘ahead of the curve’ and came up with new and improved ideas to apply in their games (as we saw in the above game).
Suggestedyou can also see Bobby Fischer’s game of the century.
Really, imagine fighting with top players to become the challenger. I wonder how many players in today’s world would be brave enough to make such a sacrifice in the first round of the Candidates Tournament, or to stay calm and refute such a sacrifice in a great manner! Nevertheless, nowadays some of those ideas can be used by many players – thanks to the World Champions’ contribution! 🙂