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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 3; games 1-25 of 72  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Averbakh vs Taimanov  ½-½421956USSR ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. Averbakh vs Spassky ½-½731956USSR ChampionshipE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
3. Taimanov vs Averbakh ½-½1151956USSR ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
4. G Borisenko vs A Khasin  ½-½521956USSR ChampionshipE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
5. Lisitsin vs Taimanov  ½-½631956USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
6. V Zurakhov vs Boleslavsky  ½-½211956USSR ChampionshipC11 French
7. Tolush vs Simagin  ½-½341956USSR ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
8. Antoshin vs Tal  ½-½421956USSR ChampionshipA61 Benoni
9. Ragozin vs Kholmov  ½-½421956USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. G Borisenko vs Lisitsin  ½-½221956USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
11. Kholmov vs V Zurakhov  ½-½691956USSR ChampionshipA10 English
12. Byvshev vs Polugaevsky  ½-½741956USSR ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
13. Boleslavsky vs Tolush  ½-½291956USSR ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
14. A Bannik vs Averbakh  ½-½281956USSR ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
15. Taimanov vs Korchnoi ½-½251956USSR ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
16. Tolush vs Kholmov  ½-½301956USSR ChampionshipD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. V Zurakhov vs Spassky  ½-½401956USSR ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Antoshin vs Boleslavsky ½-½311956USSR ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
19. Korchnoi vs G Borisenko  ½-½411956USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Lisitsin vs A Khasin  ½-½241956USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
21. Spassky vs Tolush ½-½181956USSR ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
22. Boleslavsky vs Tal  ½-½311956USSR ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
23. Lisitsin vs Korchnoi ½-½301956USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
24. Taimanov vs Averbakh  ½-½231956USSR ChampionshipA36 English
25. A Bannik vs V Zurakhov  ½-½311956USSR ChampionshipA21 English
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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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