USSR Championship, 1957. Tal finishes first. His sacrificial style makes a huge impression upon the chess world. Crosstable
In the 7th round, Tal missed a win against Aronsin. See if you can find the correct continuation.
Going into the final round, Tal and David Bronstein were tied at 10 1/2 points. Bronstein tried hard to win, but was held to a draw by Kholmov. That meant that Tal would win the 24th USSR CH with victory in this game.
U.S. Championship, 1957-8. Fischer wins his first of eight US titles with 10.5/13. Crosstable
Portoroz Interzonal, 1958. Tal wins, ahead of Gligoric, Benko, Petrosian, the 15-year old Fischer, and Olafsson. Crosstable
25th USSR Championship, 1958. Tal makes it two in a row! Crosstable
Bled Candidates, 1959. Tal crushes the field. Keres is second. Petrosian third, Smyslov fourth. Fischer and Gligorich tie for fifth. Crosstable
Mar del Plata, 1960. Fischer and Spassky share first place ahead of Bronstein and Olaffson. Crosstable
Bled, 1961. Tal wins apoint ahead of Fischer, but Fischer beats Tal in their individual game. Crosstable
Stockholm Interzonal, 1962. Fischer crushs the field (17.5/22) ahead of Geller, Kortchnoi, Filip, and Petrosian. Crosstable
Curacao Candidates, 1962. Petrosian emerges as the challenger. Fischer complains that the Russians have conspired to eliminate his chances. Crosstable
U.S. Championship, 1963. Fischer wins with a perfect 11-0 score! Runner-up Evans is congratulated for "winning the tournament," Fischer, for winning the exhibition. Crosstable
Match Book: The United States Chess Championship, 1845-1996, Andy Soltis, Gene H. McCormick. Well written, with many annotated games. Another chess masterpiece from McFarland and Company.
Amsterdam Interzonal, 1964. A four way tie for first between Tal, Spassky, Smyslov, and Larsen. Crosstable
Candidates Matches, 1965. Spassky emerges as the new challenger from this new format, a series of knock-out matches. Fischer chooses not to take part. Crosstable
Capablanca Memorial, 1965. Smyslov wins ahead of Ivkov, Geller, and Fischer, who competes from New York City via teletype after the State Department refuses to issue him a visa to travel to Cuba. Crosstable
Second Piatigorsky Cup, 1966. Spassky wins just ahead of Fischer and Larsen Crosstable