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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 3 of 5; games 51-75 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
51. Golombek vs Pachman  0-1421956Alekhine MemorialA15 English
52. Smyslov vs V Ciocaltea 1-0421956Alekhine MemorialB58 Sicilian
53. Sliwa vs Szabo  1-0411956Alekhine MemorialA10 English
54. Stahlberg vs Taimanov  ½-½221956Alekhine MemorialE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
55. Gligoric vs Unzicker 1-0411956Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
56. Uhlmann vs N Padevsky 1-0461956Alekhine MemorialE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
57. Unzicker vs Botvinnik ½-½201956Alekhine MemorialB07 Pirc
58. Bronstein vs Golombek 1-0351956Alekhine MemorialE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
59. N Padevsky vs Keres ½-½361956Alekhine MemorialE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
60. Najdorf vs Uhlmann 1-0371956Alekhine MemorialE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
61. Pachman vs Smyslov  ½-½381956Alekhine MemorialE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
62. Szabo vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½631956Alekhine MemorialE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
63. Taimanov vs Gligoric  ½-½321956Alekhine MemorialE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
64. Sliwa vs Stahlberg  0-1541956Alekhine MemorialA48 King's Indian
65. Botvinnik vs Taimanov  ½-½241956Alekhine MemorialA16 English
66. Smyslov vs Bronstein  ½-½171956Alekhine MemorialE14 Queen's Indian
67. Keres vs Najdorf ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
68. V Ciocaltea vs Pachman 0-1411956Alekhine MemorialB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
69. Stahlberg vs Szabo  ½-½171956Alekhine MemorialD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
70. Gligoric vs Sliwa 1-0431956Alekhine MemorialC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
71. Uhlmann vs Unzicker  ½-½331956Alekhine MemorialE46 Nimzo-Indian
72. Golombek vs N Padevsky  ½-½271956Alekhine MemorialE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
73. Sliwa vs Botvinnik 0-1451956Alekhine MemorialC01 French, Exchange
74. Bronstein vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½431956Alekhine MemorialB53 Sicilian
75. Unzicker vs Keres 1-0391956Alekhine MemorialC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
 page 3 of 5; games 51-75 of 120  PGN Download
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