Originally posted by greenpawn34
Things happened there that I should like to forget…
We shall discuss that another time. I do not wish to be more specific for the moment."[/b]
/[quote /t has been alleged by some that Bronstein was forced by the Soviet authorities to throw this match, and to allow Botvinnik to win. Similarly, in the 1953 Candidates' Tournament at Neuhausen and Zürich, it has been speculated that there was pressure on the top non-Russian Soviets, Keres and Bronstein, to allow Vasily Smyslov to win. Even in the wake of glasnost, however, Bronstein only partially confirmed these rumors in his public statements or writings, admitting only to 'strong psychological pressure' being applied, and that it was up to Bronstein himself whether to decide to give in to this pressure. Bronstein's father was sometimes secretly in the audience during the 1951 title match games, at a time when he was not officially permitted in Moscow. In his final book, however, published in 2007, shortly after his death, Bronstein more strongly implied that Smyslov was favored for Zurich 1953 by the Soviet Chess Federation, and that other Soviet representatives were pressured to make this happen./end of quote/
Here one can add Fischer's accusations for fixing some games in Curacao 1962.
That Botvinnik abused his reputation as very important engineer was rumoured in free minded chess world outside Iron Curtain already in 1950's.
Here is a game between Petrosian (White) and Olaffson from Candidates tournament in Bled 1959.
game is amazing becaus White won after 37 moves and he never ever crossed the opponent's half ot the table! It looks like Olafsson committed suicide/
(Okay, Whit did play Bxh5 at one point, but it was ONLY time he crossed the half of the board!)