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Alekhine Memorial Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik11/15(+8 -1 =6)[view games]
Vasily Smyslov11/15(+7 -0 =8)[view games]
Mark Taimanov10.5/15(+6 -0 =9)[view games]
Svetozar Gligoric10/15(+6 -1 =8)[view games]
David Bronstein9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[view games]
Miguel Najdorf9/15(+5 -2 =8)[view games]
Paul Keres8.5/15(+4 -2 =9)[view games]
Ludek Pachman8.5/15(+3 -1 =11)[view games]
Wolfgang Unzicker8/15(+4 -3 =8)[view games]
Gideon Stahlberg8/15(+4 -3 =8)[view games]
Laszlo Szabo6/15(+1 -4 =10)[view games]
Nikola Padevsky5.5/15(+1 -5 =9)[view games]
Wolfgang Uhlmann5.5/15(+2 -6 =7)[view games]
Victor Ciocaltea3.5/15(+1 -9 =5)[view games]
Bogdan Sliwa3/15(+2 -11 =2)[view games]
Harry Golombek2.5/15(+0 -10 =5)[view games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Alekhine Memorial (1956)
For a quarter-century after he fled the Soviet Union, Alexander Alekhine was treated as a traitor and an enemy of the people. This attitude softened within a decade of his death, and in 1956 the Soviet Union held an important international event in his memory.

The Alekhine Memorial was held in Moscow from October 9-November 2, 1956, and featured a star-studded field including World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik and his usual challenger at the time, Vasily Smyslov. They, along with reigning Soviet Champion Mark Taimanov, forged into the lead around the half-way point and stayed one step up on the field the rest of the way.

It was Botvinnik who broke the logjam with a spurt of 4.5 points from rounds 10-14, taking a full point lead into the last round. His opponent was an out-of-form Paul Keres, who nevertheless pulled himself together to administer a stunning defeat (Keres vs Botvinnik, 1956). Taimanov settled for a short last-round draw, but Smyslov ground out a win over Gideon Ståhlberg to tie for first place.

Crosstable

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Botvinnik * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 2 Smyslov ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 3 Taimanov ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 10.5 4 Gligoric ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 5 Bronstein ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 9.5 6 Najdorf 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 9.0 7 Keres 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 8.5 8 Pachman ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 8.5 9 Unzicker ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 8.0 10 Ståhlberg 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 8.0 11 Szabo 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 6.0 12 Padevsky 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ 5.5 13 Uhlmann 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * 1 ½ ½ 5.5 14 Ciocaltea 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ 3.5 15 Sliwa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ 3.0 16 Golombek 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 2.5

Original collection: Game Collection: Alekhine Memorial International Tournament, 1956, by User: Resignation Trap.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Stahlberg vs V Ciocaltea  1-045 1956 Alekhine MemorialE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. Taimanov vs Bronstein 1-041 1956 Alekhine MemorialE73 King's Indian
3. Najdorf vs Szabo  ½-½45 1956 Alekhine MemorialE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
4. Botvinnik vs Golombek 1-045 1956 Alekhine MemorialB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
5. Gligoric vs Smyslov  ½-½23 1956 Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
6. Uhlmann vs Keres  ½-½43 1956 Alekhine MemorialD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. Unzicker vs N Padevsky  ½-½23 1956 Alekhine MemorialB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
8. Sliwa vs Pachman  0-128 1956 Alekhine MemorialD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
9. Golombek vs Uhlmann  ½-½21 1956 Alekhine MemorialE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
10. Szabo vs Keres 1-077 1956 Alekhine MemorialA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
11. N Padevsky vs Taimanov  0-132 1956 Alekhine MemorialB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. V Ciocaltea vs Gligoric 0-130 1956 Alekhine MemorialE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
13. Pachman vs Stahlberg  ½-½36 1956 Alekhine MemorialD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. Smyslov vs Botvinnik  ½-½46 1956 Alekhine MemorialB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
15. Najdorf vs Unzicker  1-064 1956 Alekhine MemorialA30 English, Symmetrical
16. Bronstein vs Sliwa 1-029 1956 Alekhine MemorialC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. Gligoric vs Pachman  ½-½29 1956 Alekhine MemorialD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
18. Botvinnik vs V Ciocaltea 1-036 1956 Alekhine MemorialC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
19. Keres vs Golombek  1-045 1956 Alekhine MemorialB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. Sliwa vs N Padevsky 0-137 1956 Alekhine MemorialE51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. Stahlberg vs Bronstein  ½-½41 1956 Alekhine MemorialD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Uhlmann vs Smyslov 0-118 1956 Alekhine MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
23. Unzicker vs Szabo  ½-½41 1956 Alekhine MemorialC71 Ruy Lopez
24. Taimanov vs Najdorf 1-039 1956 Alekhine MemorialA16 English
25. Smyslov vs Keres  ½-½41 1956 Alekhine MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
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