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USSR Championship 1956
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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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 ahded of Kholmov and 1 1/2 ahead of Korchnoi, Polugaevsky, Taimanov and Tal.

Averbakh then drew out 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 Spassky 11.5 * 1 1 0 = 1 = 1 = = = = 1 = = 1 = 1

2 Taimanov 11.5 0 * = = = = 1 1 1 1 = 1 0 = 1 1 1 =

3 Averbakh 11.5 0 = * = = = 1 = = 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 1 1

4 Korchnoi 11.0 1 = = * = = 1 = 1 = 1 1 0 = 1 = = =

5 Kholmov 10.5 = = = = * = = 0 = 1 1 1 = = 1 1 = =

6 Tal 10.5 0 = = = = * = = 0 = 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 1

7 Polugaevsky 10.5 = 0 0 0 = = * 1 1 1 1 = = 1 1 0 1 1

8 Boleslavsky 9.0 0 0 = = 1 = 0 * = = = 0 1 = = 1 1 1

9 Zurakhov 8.5 = 0 = 0 = 1 0 = * = = = 0 1 1 1 = =

10 Antoshin 8.0 = 0 0 = 0 = 0 = = * = = 0 1 1 1 1 =

11 Bannik 7.5 = = = 0 0 0 0 = = = * = 1 1 0 = = 1

12 Byvshev 7.5 = 0 0 0 0 = = 1 = = = * = 0 0 1 1 1

13 Ragozin 7.0 0 1 = 1 = 0 = 0 1 1 0 = * 0 0 0 0

14 Tolush, 6.5 = = 0 = = 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 1 * = 0 1 =

15 Simagin 6.5 = 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 1 1 1 = * = 0 1

16 Borisenko 6.0 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 0 0 = 0 1 1 = * = =

17 Khasin 5.5 = 0 0 = = 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 1 0 1 = * =

18 Lisitsin 4.0 0 = 0 = = 0 0 0 = = 0 0 0 = 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 3.0 ** == 11
2 Averbakh 2.5 == ** =W
3 Spassky 0.5 00 =L **

NOTE: In Spassky vs Tolush, 1956 (Round 4, Game #31), the colors are reversed.

Round 1, Game #1
G Borisenko vs A Khasin, 1956
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #2
Lisitsin vs Taimanov, 1956
(A05) Reti Opening, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #3
Korchnoi vs Byvshev, 1956 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 62 moves, 1-0

Round 1, Game #4
Polugaevsky vs A Bannik, 1956 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 44 moves, 1-0

Round 1, Game #5
Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956 
(A15) English, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 1, Game #6
Ragozin vs Kholmov, 1956
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #7
V Zurakhov vs Boleslavsky, 1956
(C11) French, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #8
Tolush vs Simagin, 1956
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #9
Antoshin vs Tal, 1956
(A61) Benoni, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #10
A Khasin vs Tal, 1956 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

Round 2, Game #11
Simagin vs Antoshin, 1956
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 58 moves, 0-1

Round 2, Game #12
Boleslavsky vs Tolush, 1956
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #13
Kholmov vs V Zurakhov, 1956
(A10) English, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #14
Spassky vs Ragozin, 1956 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Game #15
A Bannik vs Averbakh, 1956
(B57) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #16
Byvshev vs Polugaevsky, 1956
(B57) Sicilian, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #17
Taimanov vs Korchnoi, 1956 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #18
G Borisenko vs Lisitsin, 1956
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #19
Lisitsin vs A Khasin, 1956
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #20
Korchnoi vs G Borisenko, 1956
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #21
Polugaevsky vs Taimanov, 1956
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 57 moves, 0-1

Round 3, Game #22
Averbakh vs Byvshev, 1956 
(A16) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 3, Game #23
Ragozin vs A Bannik, 1956 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 0-1

Round 3, Game #24
V Zurakhov vs Spassky, 1956
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #25
Tolush vs Kholmov, 1956
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #26
Antoshin vs Boleslavsky, 1956 
(E77) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #27
Tal vs Simagin, 1956 
(B06) Robatsch, 45 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #28
A Khasin vs Simagin, 1956
(A10) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #29
Boleslavsky vs Tal, 1956
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Game #30
Kholmov vs Antoshin, 1956
(A14) English, 60 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #31 (Colors reversed)
Spassky vs Tolush, 1956 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Game #32
A Bannik vs V Zurakhov, 1956
(A21) English, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Game #33
Byvshev vs Ragozin, 1956
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Game #34
Taimanov vs Averbakh, 1956
(A36) English, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Game #35
G Borisenko vs Polugaevsky, 1956 
(A61) Benoni, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #36
Lisitsin vs Korchnoi, 1956 
(A04) Reti Opening, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #37
Korchnoi vs A Khasin, 1956 
(C02) French, Advance, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #38 (Year is incorrect)
Polugaevsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1-0

Round 5, Game #39
Averbakh vs G Borisenko, 1956 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 74 moves, 1-0

Round 5, Game #40
Ragozin vs Taimanov, 1956 
(A15) English, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 5, Game #41
V Zurakhov vs Byvshev, 1956
(B07) Pirc, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #42
Tolush vs A Bannik, 1956
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

Round 5, Game #43
Antoshin vs Spassky, 1956 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #44
Tal vs Kholmov, 1956
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #45
Simagin vs Boleslavsky, 1956
(B30) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #46
A Khasin vs Boleslavsky, 1956
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 44 moves, 0-1

Round 6, Game #47
Kholmov vs Simagin, 1956 
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Game #48
Spassky vs Tal, 1956 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Game #49
A Bannik vs Antoshin, 1956
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #50
Byvshev vs Tolush, 1956
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 25 moves, 0-1

Round 6, Game #51
Taimanov vs V Zurakhov, 1956 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 70 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Game #52
G Borisenko vs Ragozin, 1956
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Game #53
Lisitsin vs Averbakh, 1956 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 0-1

Round 6, Game #54
Korchnoi vs Polugaevsky, 1956 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #55
Polugaevsky vs A Khasin, 1956
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 47 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #56
Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1956
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #57
Ragozin vs Lisitsin, 1956
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 100 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #58
V Zurakhov vs G Borisenko, 1956
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #59
Tolush vs Taimanov, 1956
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #60
Antoshin vs Byvshev, 1956
(A04) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #61
Tal vs A Bannik, 1956 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #62
Simagin vs Spassky, 1956
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #63
Boleslavsky vs Kholmov, 1956 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 22 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #64
A Khasin vs Kholmov, 1956 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8, Game #65
Spassky vs Boleslavsky, 1956 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #66
A Bannik vs Simagin, 1956
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 51 moves, 0-1

Round 8, Game #67
Byvshev vs Tal, 1956
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8, Game #68
Taimanov vs Antoshin, 1956 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #69
G Borisenko vs Tolush, 1956
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #70
Lisitsin vs V Zurakhov, 1956
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8, Game #71
Korchnoi vs Ragozin, 1956 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 69 moves, 0-1

Round 8, Game #72
Polugaevsky vs Averbakh, 1956
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 32 moves, 0-1

Round 9, Game #73
Averbakh vs A Khasin, 1956 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 50 moves, 1-0

Round 9, Game #74
Ragozin vs Polugaevsky, 1956
(A05) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Game #75
V Zurakhov vs Korchnoi, 1956
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 0-1

Round 9, Game #76
Tolush vs Lisitsin, 1956
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Game #77
Antoshin vs G Borisenko, 1956
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 9, Game #78
Tal vs Taimanov, 1956 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Game #79
Simagin vs Byvshev, 1956
(E91) King's Indian, 97 moves, 1-0

Round 9, Game #80
Boleslavsky vs A Bannik, 1956
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Game #81
Kholmov vs Spassky, 1956 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #82
A Khasin vs Spassky, 1956
(E50) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #83
A Bannik vs Kholmov, 1956
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 56 moves, 0-1

Round 10, Game #84
Byvshev vs Boleslavsky, 1956
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 10, Game #85
Taimanov vs Simagin, 1956 
(A22) English, 56 moves, 1-0

Round 10, Game #86
G Borisenko vs Tal, 1956 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #87
Lisitsin vs Antoshin, 1956
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #88
Korchnoi vs Tolush, 1956 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #89
Polugaevsky vs V Zurakhov, 1956 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 10, Game #90
Averbakh vs Ragozin, 1956
(E73) King's Indian, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #91
Ragozin vs A Khasin, 1956
(A13) English, 78 moves, 0-1

Round 11, Game #92
V Zurakhov vs Averbakh, 1956
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #93
Tolush vs Polugaevsky, 1956 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 42 moves, 0-1

Round 11, Game #94
Antoshin vs Korchnoi, 1956 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #95
Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 11, Game #96
Simagin vs G Borisenko, 1956
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #97
Boleslavsky vs Taimanov, 1956 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 57 moves, 0-1

Round 11, Game #98
Kholmov vs Byvshev, 1956
(E73) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 11, Game #99
Spassky vs A Bannik, 1956 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12, Game #100
A Khasin vs A Bannik, 1956
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12, Game #101
Byvshev vs Spassky, 1956
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12, Game #102
Taimanov vs Kholmov, 1956
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12, Game #103
G Borisenko vs Boleslavsky, 1956
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

Round 12, Game #104
Lisitsin vs Simagin, 1956 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 78 moves, 0-1

Round 12, Game #105
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1956 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 132 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12, Game #106
Polugaevsky vs Antoshin, 1956
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 12, Game #107
Averbakh vs Tolush, 1956 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 12, Game #108
Ragozin vs V Zurakhov, 1956 
(B56) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 13, Game #109
V Zurakhov vs A Khasin, 1956
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Game #110
Tolush vs Ragozin, 1956
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 13, Game #111
Antoshin vs Averbakh, 1956
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 55 moves, 0-1

Round 13, Game #112
Tal vs Polugaevsky, 1956
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Game #113
Simagin vs Korchnoi, 1956 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 37 moves, 0-1

Round 13, Game #114
Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 13, Game #115
Kholmov vs G Borisenko, 1956
(A36) English, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 13, Game #116
Spassky vs Taimanov, 1956 
(B68) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 13, Game #117
A Bannik vs Byvshev, 1956
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game #118
A Khasin vs Byvshev, 1956
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

Round 14, Game #119
Taimanov vs A Bannik, 1956 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game #120
G Borisenko vs Spassky, 1956 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 34 moves, 0-1

Round 14, Game #121
Lisitsin vs Kholmov, 1956
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game #122
Korchnoi vs Boleslavsky, 1956
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game #123
Polugaevsky vs Simagin, 1956 
(C02) French, Advance, 52 moves, 1-0

Round 14, Game #124
Averbakh vs Tal, 1956
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game #125
Ragozin vs Antoshin, 1956
(C41) Philidor Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 14, Game #126
V Zurakhov vs Tolush, 1956 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 15, Game #127
Tolush vs A Khasin, 1956
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 15, Game #128
Antoshin vs V Zurakhov, 1956
(C22) Center Game, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #129
Tal vs Ragozin, 1956 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 80 moves, 1-0

Round 15, Game #130
Simagin vs Averbakh, 1956
(B20) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #131
Boleslavsky vs Polugaevsky, 1956
(B56) Sicilian, 55 moves, 0-1

Round 15, Game #132
Kholmov vs Korchnoi, 1956
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #133
Spassky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 15, Game #134
A Bannik vs G Borisenko, 1956
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #135
Byvshev vs Taimanov, 1956
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 38 moves, 0-1

Round 16, Game #136
A Khasin vs Taimanov, 1956
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 16, Game #137
G Borisenko vs Byvshev, 1956 
(E73) King's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 16, Game #138
Lisitsin vs A Bannik, 1956
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 44 moves, 0-1

Round 16, Game #139
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1956 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 16, Game #140
Polugaevsky vs Kholmov, 1956
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16, Game #141
Averbakh vs Boleslavsky, 1956
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16, Game #142
Ragozin vs Simagin, 1956
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 64 moves, 0-1

Round 16, Game #143
V Zurakhov vs Tal, 1956
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

Round 16, Game #144
Tolush vs Antoshin, 1956 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 36 moves, 0-1

Round 17, Game #145
Antoshin vs A Khasin, 1956 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 17, Game #146
Tal vs Tolush, 1956 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 17, Game #147
Simagin vs V Zurakhov, 1956 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 80 moves, 0-1

Round 17, Game #148
Boleslavsky vs Ragozin, 1956
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 17, Game #149
Kholmov vs Averbakh, 1956
(A36) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 17, Game #150
Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1956
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 17, Game #151
A Bannik vs Korchnoi, 1956 
(C01) French, Exchange, 60 moves, 0-1

Round 17, Game #152
Byvshev vs Lisitsin, 1956
(A28) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 17, Game #153
Taimanov vs G Borisenko, 1956 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Play-off, Game #1
Taimanov vs Averbakh, 1956 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

Play-off, Game #2
Spassky vs Taimanov, 1956 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 0-1

Play-off, Game #3
Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Play-off, Game #4
Averbakh vs Taimanov, 1956
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Play-off, Game #5
Taimanov vs Spassky, 1956 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 57 moves, 1-0

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