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WCC Index [Candidates Tournament, 1956]
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The Dutch were the hosts for the 1956 Candidates Tournament, with rounds ten and eleven in Leeuwarden, and the rest in Amsterdam.

Smyslov had won the 1953 Candidates Tournament, and he held the lead in eleven of the 18 rounds in this event also. With his victory here, Smyslov again earned the right to face Botvinnik in 1957 for the World Championship. This time Smyslov was successful by winning the match 12.5 - 9.5.

Round One, Game One
Geller vs Petrosian, 1956 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 46 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game Two
Panno vs Pilnik, 1956 
(A21) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game Three
Keres vs Bronstein, 1956 
(C28) Vienna Game, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game Four
Smyslov vs Szabo, 1956 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game Five
Filip vs Spassky, 1956 
(A05) Reti Opening, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game Six
Geller vs Smyslov, 1956 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 56 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game Seven
Pilnik vs Filip, 1956 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game Eight
Szabo vs Panno, 1956 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game Nine
Spassky vs Keres, 1956 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game Ten - Blunder of the Century?
Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1956 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 36 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game Eleven - Petrosian Misses Another Win
Smyslov vs Petrosian, 1956 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game Twelve
Keres vs Pilnik, 1956 
(B20) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game 13
Bronstein vs Spassky, 1956 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game 14
Panno vs Geller, 1956
(A14) English, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game 15
Filip vs Szabo, 1956 
(E77) King's Indian, 19 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game 16
Geller vs Filip, 1956 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game 17
Szabo vs Keres, 1956
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game 18
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1956 
(A15) English, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game 19
Pilnik vs Bronstein, 1956 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game 20
Smyslov vs Panno, 1956 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game 21
Spassky vs Pilnik, 1956 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game 22
Bronstein vs Szabo, 1956
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game 23
Panno vs Petrosian, 1956 
(D94) Grunfeld, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game 24
Filip vs Smyslov, 1956
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game 25
Keres vs Geller, 1956
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game 26
Panno vs Filip, 1956 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 37 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game 27
Smyslov vs Keres, 1956 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game 28
Petrosian vs Pilnik, 1956 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game 29
Geller vs Bronstein, 1956 
(D80) Grunfeld, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game 30
Szabo vs Spassky, 1956 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game 31
Keres vs Panno, 1956 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 67 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game 32
Filip vs Petrosian, 1956 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game 33
Bronstein vs Smyslov, 1956
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game 34
Spassky vs Geller, 1956 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game 35
Pilnik vs Szabo, 1956 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 56 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game 36
Filip vs Keres, 1956 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game 38
Panno vs Bronstein, 1956 
(A80) Dutch, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game 39
Geller vs Pilnik, 1956 
(B33) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game 40
Smyslov vs Spassky, 1956 
(A13) English, 66 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game 41
Keres vs Petrosian, 1956
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game 42
Spassky vs Panno, 1956 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game 43
Szabo vs Geller, 1956
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game 44
Pilnik vs Smyslov, 1956
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game 45
Bronstein vs Filip, 1956
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 58 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game 46
Spassky vs Filip, 1956 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game 47
Bronstein vs Keres, 1956 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 53 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game 48
Petrosian vs Geller, 1956 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 73 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game 49
Szabo vs Smyslov, 1956 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game 50
Pilnik vs Panno, 1956
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game 51
Smyslov vs Geller, 1956 
(A15) English, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game 52
Filip vs Pilnik, 1956 
(A21) English, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, game 53
Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1956 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game 54
Keres vs Spassky, 1956
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game 55
Panno vs Szabo, 1956
(D75) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game 56
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1956 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 48 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game 57
Geller vs Panno, 1956 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game 58
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1956 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game 59
Szabo vs Filip, 1956
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game 60
Pilnik vs Keres, 1956 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Game 61
Panno vs Smyslov, 1956 
(A15) English, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Game 62
Bronstein vs Pilnik, 1956 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 13, Game 63
Filip vs Geller, 1956 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 38 moves, 0-1

Round 13, Game 64
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1956
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Game 65
Keres vs Szabo, 1956 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game 66
Petrosian vs Panno, 1956
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game 67
Geller vs Keres, 1956
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game 68
Pilnik vs Spassky, 1956 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 43 moves, 0-1

Round 14, Game 69
Szabo vs Bronstein, 1956 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game 70
Smyslov vs Filip, 1956 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 49 moves, 1-0

Round 15, Game 71
Bronstein vs Geller, 1956 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Round 15, Game 72
Keres vs Smyslov, 1956 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game 73
Spassky vs Szabo, 1956
(D36) Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game 74
Filip vs Panno, 1956
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

Round 15, Game 75
Pilnik vs Petrosian, 1956
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16, Game 76
Smyslov vs Bronstein, 1956 
(A15) English, 57 moves, 1-0

Round 16, Game 77
Geller vs Spassky, 1956 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16, Game 78
Panno vs Keres, 1956 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16, Game 79
Petrosian vs Filip, 1956
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16, Game 80
Szabo vs Pilnik, 1956
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 17, Game 81
Szabo vs Petrosian, 1956
(E89) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 17, Game 82
Keres vs Filip, 1956 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 91 moves, 0-1

Round 17, Game 83
Pilnik vs Geller, 1956 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 17, Game 84
Bronstein vs Panno, 1956
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 17, Game 85
Spassky vs Smyslov, 1956 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 18, Game 86
Petrosian vs Keres, 1956
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 18, Game 87
Filip vs Bronstein, 1956 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 18, Game 88
Geller vs Szabo, 1956 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 51 moves, 0-1

Round 18, Game 89
Panno vs Spassky, 1956
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 18, Game 90
Smyslov vs Pilnik, 1956 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 50 moves, 1-0

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