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World Chess Championship
1952 Saltsjobaden Interzonal Tournament

Saltsjobaden (Stockholm), IX-X, 1952.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Total T/B
1 Kotov,A xx = = = = = 1 1 1 1 1 = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 16.5
2 Taimanov,M = xx = = = = = = 1 = = = 1 1 1 = 1 = = 1 1 13.5 125.50
3 Petrosian,T = = xx = = = 1 = = = = 1 = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 = 13.5 125.00
4 Geller,E = = = xx = 1 0 0 1 = 1 = = = 1 = 1 1 1 1 = 13.0
5 Averbakh,Y = = = = xx 0 = 1 = = = = 1 = = 1 = 1 1 1 = 12.5 115.25
6 Stahlberg,G = = = 0 1 xx 0 1 = = = = = 1 1 1 0 1 1 = 1 12.5 115.00
7 Szabo,L 0 = 0 1 = 1 xx = = 1 = = = = 1 1 = = 1 = 1 12.5 114.25
8 Gligoric,S 0 = = 1 0 0 = xx 0 = = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.5 105.50
9 Unzicker,W 0 0 = 0 = = = 1 xx = 0 = 1 = = 1 1 1 = 1 1 11.5
10 Eliskases,E 0 = = = = = 0 = = xx = 1 0 = 0 = 1 = 1 1 1 10.5
11 Pilnik,H 0 = = 0 = = = = 1 = xx 1 0 = = = 1 0 = = 1 10.0 93.75
12 Pachman,L = = 0 = = = = = = 0 0 xx = = 1 = = 1 1 = = 10.0 92.50
13 Steiner,H = 0 = = 0 = = 0 0 1 1 = xx = 0 0 1 1 = 1 1 10.0 88.50
14 Matanovic,A 0 0 = = = 0 = 0 = = = = = xx 0 = 1 = 1 = 1 9.0
15 Barcza,G 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = = 1 = 0 1 1 xx 1 = 0 0 1 = 8.0
16 Stoltz,G 0 = 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 = = = 1 = 0 xx 0 1 1 = 1 7.5
17 Sanchez,L 0 0 = 0 = 1 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 1 xx = 0 1 1 7.0
18 Wade,R 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 1 0 0 = 1 0 = xx = 0 1 6.0
19 Vaitonis,P 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 = 0 1 0 1 = xx = 0 5.0
20 Golombek,H 0 0 0 0 0 = = 0 0 0 = = 0 = 0 = 0 1 = xx 0 4.5 39.25
21 Prins,L 0 0 = = = 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 1 xx 4.5 38.00

Chess Review, November 1952 (p.323):

Soviet entrants made a clean sweep of the top five places, which qualified them to take part in the World Championship Candidates Tournament of 1953 to determine the next challenger for the world title. Seeded in this coming event are Samuel Reshevsky of the USA, Dr. Max Euwe of Holland, and the first five players in the Candidates' tournament of 1950 -- D.Bronstein, I.Boleslavsky, V.Smyslov, and P.Keres, all of Russia, and M.Najdorf of Argentina.

A noteworthy circumstance in the Saltsjobaden affair was the pacific attitude of the Russian players toward one another. All games among them were drawn! Kotov, for example, who fell with fury upon most of his non-Russian rivals, was content to play the shortest possible "grandmaster draws" with his compatriots: vs. Averbach, 20 moves; vs. Geller, 15 moves; vs. Petrosian, 15 moves; vs. Taimanov, 17 moves. Since Kotov proved to be the class of the tournament, a sterner attitude on his part toward the other Russians might well have enabled an "outsider" to squeeze into the charmed circle of qualifiers.

Julio Bolbochan of Argentina suffered a hemorrhage and was compelled to withdraw after a first-round adjournment.

Our Stockholm correspondent, Z. Nilsson, reports that a FIDE committee meeting in February may add to the World Championship Candidates Tournament qualifiers from the Saltsjobaden event. Four contenders tied for the fifth and last qualifying place and though Averbach qualified on S.-B. points, the tiebreak was extrememly minute.

Chess Review, May 1953 (p.131):

Chess Review is informed that the World Championship Candidates' tournament to be held in Switzerland will definitely include Gideon Stahlberg of Sweden and Laszlo Szabo of Hungary. Because of financial complications it is as yet uncertain whether the name of Svetozar Gligoric of Yugoslavia will be added to those of the 14 seeded and qualifying players.

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