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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Mark Taimanov14.5/21(+10 -2 =9)[games]
Yuri Averbakh13/20(+7 -1 =12)[games]
Boris Spassky12/20(+7 -3 =10)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi11/17(+6 -1 =10)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov10.5/17(+5 -1 =11)[games]
Mikhail Tal10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky10.5/17(+8 -4 =5)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Vladlen Yakovlevich Zurakhov8.5/17(+4 -4 =9)[games]
Vladimir Antoshin8/17(+4 -5 =8)[games]
Anatolij Bannik7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[games]
Vasily Byvshev7.5/17(+4 -6 =7)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin7/17(+5 -8 =4)[games]
Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush6.5/17(+3 -7 =7)[games]
Vladimir Simagin6.5/17(+4 -8 =5)[games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko6/17(+3 -8 =6)[games]
Abram Khasin5.5/17(+2 -8 =7)[games]
Georgy Lisitsin4/17(+0 -9 =8)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1956)
The 23rd USSR Championship was held in Leningrad from January 10 through February 15, 1956. While not as strong at the previous year's edition, it did feature the first appearance of perennial contenders Tal and Polugaevsky as part of this cast of characters:

Vladimir Antoshin; Yuri Averbakh; Anatolij Bannik; Isaac Boleslavsky; Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko; Vasily Byvshev; Abram Khasin; Ratmir Kholmov; Viktor Korchnoi; Georgy Lisitsin; Lev Polugaevsky; Viacheslav Ragozin; Vladimir Simagin; Boris Spassky; Mark Taimanov; Mikhail Tal; Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush; Vladlen Yakovlevich Zurakhov.

Though both newcomers did well, Averbakh and Spassky spent most of the tournament conducting the major battle for the crown. Kholmov, Korchnoi, Taimanov, and Tal stayed close, but were not able to maintain themselves in the top places. By round 14, Averbakh and Spassky had 10 points, a full point ahead of Kholmov and 1 1/2 ahead of Korchnoi, Polugaevsky, Taimanov and Tal.

Averbakh then drew his remaining three games to reach 11.5. Spassky reached the same score more adventurously with a win over Lisitsin followed by a loss to Korchnoi and a last round draw. Thus, Averbakh and Spassky shared first - with a hard-charging Taimanov, who did what he had to do by winning his last three games.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Spassky * 1 1 0 = 1 = 1 = = = = 1 = = 1 = 1 11.5 2 Taimanov 0 * = = = = 1 1 1 1 = 1 0 = 1 1 1 = 11.5 3 Averbakh 0 = * = = = 1 = = 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 11.5 4 Korchnoi 1 = = * = = 1 = 1 = 1 1 0 = 1 = = = 11.0 5 Kholmov = = = = * = = 0 = 1 1 1 = = 1 1 = = 10.5 6 Tal 0 = = = = * = = 0 = 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 1 10.5 7 Polugaevsky = 0 0 0 = = * 1 1 1 1 = = 1 1 0 1 1 10.5 8 Boleslavsky 0 0 = = 1 = 0 * = = = 0 1 = = 1 1 1 9.0 9 Zurakhov = 0 = 0 = 1 0 = * = = = 0 1 1 1 = = 8.5 10 Antoshin = 0 0 = 0 = 0 = = * = = 0 1 1 1 1 = 8.0 11 Bannik = = = 0 0 0 0 = = = * = 1 1 0 = = 1 7.5 12 Byvshev = 0 0 0 0 = = 1 = = = * = 0 0 1 1 1 7.5 13 Ragozin 0 1 = 1 = 0 = 0 1 1 0 = * 0 0 0 0 1 7.0 14 Tolush = = 0 = = 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 1 * = 0 1 = 6.5 15 Simagin = 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 1 1 1 = * = 0 1 6.5 16 Borisenko 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 0 0 = 0 1 1 = * = = 6.0 17 Khasin = 0 0 = = 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 1 0 1 = * = 5.5 18 Lisitsin 0 = 0 = = 0 0 0 = = 0 0 0 = 0 = = * 4.0

Taimanov's momentum carried over into the play-off match. This was marred by Spassky's illness, which prevented him from playing his second game with Averbakh. However, it made no difference as Taimanov had clinched the gold medal by that point.

1 Taimanov ** == 11 3.0 2 Averbakh == ** =1 2.5 3 Spassky 00 =0 ** 0.5

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1956, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 2 of 2; games 26-33 of 33  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Byvshev vs Taimanov  0-1381956USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
27. Ragozin vs Simagin  0-1641956USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
28. Lisitsin vs A Bannik  0-1441956USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
29. G Borisenko vs Byvshev 0-1401956USSR ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
30. Tolush vs Antoshin 0-1361956USSR ChampionshipE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
31. A Khasin vs Taimanov  0-1301956USSR ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
32. Simagin vs V Zurakhov 0-1801956USSR ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
33. A Bannik vs Korchnoi 0-1601956USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
 page 2 of 2; games 26-33 of 33  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-07-16  RookFile: Taimanov's effort has to be considered one of the great come from behind tournament wins in chess history.
Nov-10-17  ZonszeinP: A great succes of the young Spassky. If the S.Berger system was used here, he would have been champion of the USSR at only 19!
Dec-03-17  ZonszeinP: Not even Botvinnik did that
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