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Chess News, 1958

Mikhail Botvinnik of Russia regained his World Chess Championship title from countryman Vassily Smyslov in Moscow, Russia, March 9 through May 9. After winning 3 straight games with openings he had never or rarely used, Botvinnik played conservatively with few lapses and, with a game to go, clinched the 24-game match 12-10 (7 wins, 5 losses, 11 draws).

Vassily Smyslov (left) and Mikhail Botvinnik
Vassily Smyslov (left) and Mikhail Botvinnik

Fifteen-year-old Bobby Fischer, winner of the 1957 U.S. Open Championship, tied F. Olafsson of Iceland for 5th in the Interzonal Tournament at Portoroz, Yugoslavia, which ended on September 11. He thus became an International Grandmaster and qualified to play in the 1959 tournament to pick the next challenger for the world championship.

Bobby Fischer and Rodolfo Cardoso
Bobby Fischer and Rodolfo Cardoso

The Soviet Union's International Grandmasters team easily won the International Team Championship. Its game score in four board matches in the finals was 34-9, ahead of Yugoslavia 29-15, Argentina 25-18, and the United States 24-20.

SOURCE
The 1959 Compton Yearbook Chicago: F.E. Compton & Company, 1959

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In the Year 1958

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