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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 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 33  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Spassky vs Taimanov 0-1481956USSR ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Averbakh vs Spassky 0-1411956USSR ChampionshipA15 English
3. A Khasin vs Tal 0-1361956USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. Simagin vs Antoshin  0-1581956USSR ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
5. Polugaevsky vs Taimanov  0-1571956USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Ragozin vs A Bannik 0-1441956USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Tolush vs A Bannik  0-1681956USSR ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
8. Byvshev vs Tolush  0-1251956USSR ChampionshipA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
9. Lisitsin vs Averbakh 0-1501956USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
10. A Khasin vs Boleslavsky  0-1441956USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
11. Korchnoi vs Ragozin 0-1691956USSR ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
12. Polugaevsky vs Averbakh  0-1321956USSR ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
13. A Bannik vs Simagin  0-1511956USSR ChampionshipD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
14. V Zurakhov vs Korchnoi  0-1381956USSR ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
15. A Bannik vs Kholmov  0-1561956USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
16. Tolush vs Polugaevsky 0-1421956USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. Ragozin vs A Khasin  0-1781956USSR ChampionshipA13 English
18. Boleslavsky vs Taimanov 0-1571956USSR ChampionshipE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
19. G Borisenko vs Boleslavsky  0-1321956USSR ChampionshipE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
20. Lisitsin vs Simagin 0-1781956USSR ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
21. Simagin vs Korchnoi 0-1371956USSR ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
22. Antoshin vs Averbakh  0-1551956USSR ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. A Khasin vs Byvshev  0-1421956USSR ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
24. G Borisenko vs Spassky 0-1341956USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Boleslavsky vs Polugaevsky  0-1551956USSR ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
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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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