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Moscow 1959
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The Moscow Central Chess Club organized their first international chess tournament, as an Alekhine Memorial, in 1959. Twelve grandmasters were invited to the Soviet capital to compete in the all-play-all round robin tournament. Seven of the grandmasters were members of the Moscow Central Chess Club representing the Soviet Union, including Lev Aronin, David Bronstein, Anatoly Lutikov, Vladimir Simagin, Vasily Smyslov, Boris Spassky, and Evgeni Vasiukov. The remaining five seats went to Miroslav Filip from Czechoslovakia, Bent Larsen from Denmark, Zdravko Milev from Bulgaria, Fridrik Olafsson from Iceland, and Lajos Portisch from Hungary. Soviet superiority was very much on display here as former world champion Smyslov, former vice champion Bronstein, and future world champion Spassky finished equal first, each with +3 at the final.

The final standings and crosstable:

=1st Bronstein 7/11 * 1 1 1

=1st Smyslov 7/11 * 1 1 1

=1st Spassky 7/11 0 * 1 1 1 1

=4th Filip 6/11 0 * 1 1

=4th Portisch 6/11 0 * 1 1

=4th Vasiukov 6/11 0 * 1 1

=7th Aronin 5/11 0 * 1 0

=7th Milev 5/11 0 0 * 1

=9th Larsen 4/11 0 0 0 * 1

=9th Olafsson 4/11 0 0 * 0 1

=9th Simagin 4/11 0 0 0 1 *

12th Lutikov 3/11 0 0 0 1 0 0 *

Round One
Aronin vs Smyslov, 1959
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Filip vs Larsen, 1959
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lutikov vs Simagin, 1959
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs Z Milev, 1959
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Bronstein, 1959
(C10) French, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Portisch, 1959
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two
Bronstein vs Vasiukov, 1959
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Z Milev vs Larsen, 1959
(A53) Old Indian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs Aronin, 1959
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Lutikov, 1959
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Simagin vs Filip, 1959
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Spassky, 1959 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 52 moves, 1-0

Round Three
Aronin vs Z Milev, 1959
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 40 moves, 1-0

Filip vs Portisch, 1959 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Simagin, 1959 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lutikov vs Bronstein, 1959
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs F Olafsson, 1959
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

Vasiukov vs Smyslov, 1959
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four
Aronin vs Spassky, 1959
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Filip, 1959 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 32 moves, 1-0

Z Milev vs Simagin, 1959
(E15) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

F Olafsson vs Vasiukov, 1959
(E90) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Larsen, 1959 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 79 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Lutikov, 1959 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Round Five
Filip vs Smyslov, 1959
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Bronstein, 1959 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 0-1

Lutikov vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 50 moves, 0-1

Simagin vs Portisch, 1959
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Z Milev, 1959
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Aronin, 1959
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six
Aronin vs Lutikov, 1959
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 62 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs Simagin, 1959
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Z Milev vs Portisch, 1959
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs Filip, 1959
(A14) English, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Larsen, 1959
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Vasiukov, 1959 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 30 moves, 1-0

Round Seven
Filip vs Aronin, 1959 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 73 moves, 0-1

Lutikov vs Spassky, 1959
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 39 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs Bronstein, 1959
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Simagin vs Smyslov, 1959
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Z Milev, 1959
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
Aronin vs Larsen, 1959
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Z Milev vs Bronstein, 1959
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs Simagin, 1959
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 50 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Portisch, 1959
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Filip, 1959
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Lutikov, 1959
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine
Bronstein vs Smyslov, 1959 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Filip vs Vasiukov, 1959
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Spassky, 1959 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lutikov vs Z Milev, 1959
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs F Olafsson, 1959
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Simagin vs Aronin, 1959
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten
Aronin vs Portisch, 1959
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lutikov vs Filip, 1959
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Z Milev vs Smyslov, 1959
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 43 moves, 0-1

F Olafsson vs Bronstein, 1959 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 48 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Simagin, 1959
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 1-0

Vasiukov vs Larsen, 1959 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven
Bronstein vs Aronin, 1959
(A48) King's Indian, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Filip vs Z Milev, 1959
(A14) English, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Lutikov, 1959 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 41 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Spassky, 1959
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Simagin vs Vasiukov, 1959 
(A61) Benoni, 71 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs F Olafsson, 1959
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

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