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Alekhine Memorial Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik11/15(+8 -1 =6)[games]
Vasily Smyslov11/15(+7 -0 =8)[games]
Mark Taimanov10.5/15(+6 -0 =9)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
David Bronstein9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Miguel Najdorf9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Paul Keres8.5/15(+4 -2 =9)[games]
Ludek Pachman8.5/15(+3 -1 =11)[games]
Wolfgang Unzicker8/15(+4 -3 =8)[games]
Gideon Stahlberg8/15(+4 -3 =8)[games]
Laszlo Szabo6/15(+1 -4 =10)[games]
Nikola Padevsky5.5/15(+1 -5 =9)[games]
Wolfgang Uhlmann5.5/15(+2 -6 =7)[games]
Victor Ciocaltea3.5/15(+1 -9 =5)[games]
Bogdan Sliwa3/15(+2 -11 =2)[games]
Harry Golombek2.5/15(+0 -10 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Alekhine Memorial (1956)

For a quarter-century after he fled the Soviet Union, Alexander Alekhine was treated as a traitor and an enemy of the people. This attitude softened within a decade of his death, and in 1956 the Soviet Union held an important international event in his memory. Earlier that year, in April, a Soviet delegation, including Smyslov, Keres, Bronstein, Geller and Petrosian, had marked the tenth anniversary of his death at a ceremony, organised by FIDE, in the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.

The Alekhine Memorial was held in Moscow from October 9-November 2, 1956, and featured a star-studded field including World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik and his usual challenger at the time, Vasily Smyslov. They, along with reigning Soviet Champion Mark Taimanov, forged into the lead around the half-way point and stayed one step up on the field the rest of the way.

It was Botvinnik who broke the logjam with a spurt of 4.5 points from rounds 10-14, taking a full point lead into the last round. His opponent was an out-of-form Paul Keres, who nevertheless pulled himself together to administer a stunning defeat (Keres vs Botvinnik, 1956). Taimanov settled for a short last-round draw, but Smyslov ground out a win over Gideon Ståhlberg to tie for first place.

Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia), 9 October - 2 November 1956

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Botvinnik * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 2 Smyslov ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 3 Taimanov ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 10.5 4 Gligoric ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 5 Bronstein ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 9.5 6 Najdorf 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 9.0 7 Keres 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 8.5 8 Pachman ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 8.5 9 Unzicker ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 8.0 10 Ståhlberg 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 8.0 11 Szabo 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 6.0 12 Padevsky 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ 5.5 13 Uhlmann 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * 1 ½ ½ 5.5 14 Ciocaltea 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ 3.5 15 Sliwa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ 3.0 16 Golombek 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 2.5

Original collection: Game Collection: Alekhine Memorial International Tournament, 1956, by User: Resignation Trap.

 page 2 of 3; games 26-50 of 61  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Taimanov vs Gligoric  ½-½321956Alekhine MemorialE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
27. Szabo vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½631956Alekhine MemorialE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
28. Pachman vs Smyslov  ½-½381956Alekhine MemorialE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
29. Unzicker vs Botvinnik ½-½201956Alekhine MemorialB07 Pirc
30. Smyslov vs Bronstein  ½-½171956Alekhine MemorialE14 Queen's Indian
31. Golombek vs N Padevsky  ½-½271956Alekhine MemorialE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
32. Keres vs Najdorf ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
33. Uhlmann vs Unzicker  ½-½331956Alekhine MemorialE46 Nimzo-Indian
34. Stahlberg vs Szabo  ½-½171956Alekhine MemorialD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
35. Botvinnik vs Taimanov  ½-½241956Alekhine MemorialA16 English
36. Bronstein vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½431956Alekhine MemorialB53 Sicilian
37. Taimanov vs Uhlmann  ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
38. Stahlberg vs Gligoric  ½-½581956Alekhine MemorialE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
39. Szabo vs Pachman  ½-½191956Alekhine MemorialD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
40. Gligoric vs Szabo  ½-½351956Alekhine MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
41. Pachman vs Bronstein  ½-½231956Alekhine MemorialA04 Reti Opening
42. Uhlmann vs Sliwa  ½-½521956Alekhine MemorialE07 Catalan, Closed
43. V Ciocaltea vs N Padevsky  ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
44. Smyslov vs Najdorf ½-½391956Alekhine MemorialE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
45. Keres vs Taimanov  ½-½461956Alekhine MemorialB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
46. Gligoric vs Botvinnik ½-½121956Alekhine MemorialC11 French
47. Unzicker vs Smyslov  ½-½261956Alekhine MemorialC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
48. N Padevsky vs Pachman  ½-½161956Alekhine MemorialD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
49. Smyslov vs Taimanov  ½-½211956Alekhine MemorialE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
50. Golombek vs Sliwa  ½-½401956Alekhine MemorialD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
 page 2 of 3; games 26-50 of 61  PGN Download
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