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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Mark Taimanov14.5/21(+10 -2 =9)[view games]
Yuri Averbakh13/20(+7 -1 =12)[view games]
Boris Spassky12/20(+7 -3 =10)[view games]
Viktor Korchnoi11/17(+6 -1 =10)[view games]
Ratmir Kholmov10.5/17(+5 -1 =11)[view games]
Mikhail Tal10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[view games]
Lev Polugaevsky10.5/17(+8 -4 =5)[view games]
Isaac Boleslavsky9/17(+5 -4 =8)[view games]
Vladlen Yakovlevich Zurakhov8.5/17(+4 -4 =9)[view games]
Vladimir Antoshin8/17(+4 -5 =8)[view games]
Anatolij Bannik7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[view games]
Vasily Byvshev7.5/17(+4 -6 =7)[view games]
Viacheslav Ragozin7/17(+5 -8 =4)[view games]
Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush6.5/17(+3 -7 =7)[view games]
Vladimir Simagin6.5/17(+4 -8 =5)[view games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko6/17(+3 -8 =6)[view games]
Abram Khasin5.5/17(+2 -8 =7)[view games]
Georgy Lisitsin4/17(+0 -9 =8)[view 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 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 158  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Spassky vs Taimanov 0-148 1956 USSR ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Taimanov vs Spassky 1-057 1956 USSR ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
3. Averbakh vs Spassky ½-½73 1956 USSR ChampionshipE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
4. Taimanov vs Averbakh ½-½115 1956 USSR ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
5. Averbakh vs Taimanov  ½-½42 1956 USSR ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. Lisitsin vs Taimanov  ½-½63 1956 USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
7. Ragozin vs Kholmov  ½-½42 1956 USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Antoshin vs Tal  ½-½42 1956 USSR ChampionshipA61 Benoni
9. V Zurakhov vs Boleslavsky  ½-½21 1956 USSR ChampionshipC11 French
10. G Borisenko vs A Khasin  ½-½52 1956 USSR ChampionshipE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
11. Averbakh vs Spassky 0-141 1956 USSR ChampionshipA15 English
12. Korchnoi vs Byvshev 1-062 1956 USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Polugaevsky vs A Bannik 1-044 1956 USSR ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
14. Tolush vs Simagin  ½-½34 1956 USSR ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
15. G Borisenko vs Lisitsin  ½-½22 1956 USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. A Bannik vs Averbakh  ½-½28 1956 USSR ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
17. Kholmov vs V Zurakhov  ½-½69 1956 USSR ChampionshipA10 English
18. Byvshev vs Polugaevsky  ½-½74 1956 USSR ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
19. Boleslavsky vs Tolush  ½-½29 1956 USSR ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
20. Spassky vs Ragozin 1-041 1956 USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
21. A Khasin vs Tal 0-136 1956 USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
22. Simagin vs Antoshin  0-158 1956 USSR ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
23. Taimanov vs Korchnoi ½-½25 1956 USSR ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. Ragozin vs A Bannik  0-144 1956 USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Polugaevsky vs Taimanov  0-157 1956 USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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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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