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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 7 of 7; games 151-158 of 158  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
151. Boleslavsky vs Ragozin  1-0411956USSR ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
152. Kholmov vs Averbakh  ½-½411956USSR ChampionshipA36 English
153. Taimanov vs G Borisenko 1-0411956USSR ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
154. Tal vs Tolush 1-0311956USSR ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
155. Spassky vs Polugaevsky  ½-½411956USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
156. Antoshin vs A Khasin 1-0311956USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
157. A Bannik vs Korchnoi 0-1601956USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
158. Byvshev vs Lisitsin  1-0401956USSR ChampionshipA28 English
 page 7 of 7; games 151-158 of 158  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: Taimanov's effort has to be considered one of the great come from behind tournament wins in chess history.
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