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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 5; games 26-50 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Bronstein vs Gligoric 1-0791956Alekhine MemorialC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
27. Szabo vs Golombek ½-½491956Alekhine MemorialD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
28. V Ciocaltea vs Uhlmann 0-1321956Alekhine MemorialC02 French, Advance
29. Pachman vs Botvinnik  ½-½201956Alekhine MemorialA36 English
30. N Padevsky vs Stahlberg  ½-½201956Alekhine MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
31. Unzicker vs Taimanov ½-½181956Alekhine MemorialC70 Ruy Lopez
32. Najdorf vs Sliwa  1-0271956Alekhine MemorialD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
33. Stahlberg vs Najdorf ½-½351956Alekhine MemorialA37 English, Symmetrical
34. Gligoric vs N Padevsky 1-0411956Alekhine MemorialD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
35. Uhlmann vs Pachman  ½-½251956Alekhine MemorialD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
36. Botvinnik vs Bronstein  ½-½191956Alekhine MemorialD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
37. Golombek vs Smyslov 0-1331956Alekhine MemorialE00 Queen's Pawn Game
38. Keres vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½211956Alekhine MemorialB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
39. Sliwa vs Unzicker  1-0861956Alekhine MemorialA16 English
40. Taimanov vs Szabo  ½-½241956Alekhine MemorialD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
41. Unzicker vs Stahlberg 1-0411956Alekhine MemorialB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
42. V Ciocaltea vs Golombek  ½-½481956Alekhine MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
43. Szabo vs Smyslov 0-1361956Alekhine MemorialE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
44. N Padevsky vs Botvinnik 0-1251956Alekhine MemorialB89 Sicilian
45. Taimanov vs Sliwa 1-0281956Alekhine MemorialE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
46. Najdorf vs Gligoric  ½-½281956Alekhine MemorialE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
47. Bronstein vs Uhlmann 1-0411956Alekhine MemorialC05 French, Tarrasch
48. Pachman vs Keres 0-1361956Alekhine MemorialA28 English
49. Golombek vs Pachman  0-1421956Alekhine MemorialA15 English
50. Smyslov vs V Ciocaltea 1-0421956Alekhine MemorialB58 Sicilian
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