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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 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Stahlberg vs V Ciocaltea  1-0451956Alekhine MemorialE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. Taimanov vs Bronstein 1-0411956Alekhine MemorialE73 King's Indian
3. Najdorf vs Szabo  ½-½451956Alekhine MemorialE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
4. Botvinnik vs Golombek 1-0451956Alekhine MemorialB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
5. Gligoric vs Smyslov  ½-½231956Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
6. Uhlmann vs Keres  ½-½431956Alekhine MemorialD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. Unzicker vs N Padevsky  ½-½231956Alekhine MemorialB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
8. Sliwa vs Pachman  0-1281956Alekhine MemorialD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
9. Golombek vs Uhlmann  ½-½211956Alekhine MemorialE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
10. Szabo vs Keres 1-0771956Alekhine MemorialA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
11. N Padevsky vs Taimanov  0-1321956Alekhine MemorialB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. V Ciocaltea vs Gligoric 0-1301956Alekhine MemorialE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
13. Pachman vs Stahlberg  ½-½361956Alekhine MemorialA17 English
14. Smyslov vs Botvinnik  ½-½461956Alekhine MemorialB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
15. Najdorf vs Unzicker  1-0641956Alekhine MemorialA30 English, Symmetrical
16. Bronstein vs Sliwa 1-0291956Alekhine MemorialC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. Gligoric vs Pachman  ½-½291956Alekhine MemorialD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
18. Botvinnik vs V Ciocaltea 1-0361956Alekhine MemorialC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
19. Keres vs Golombek  1-0451956Alekhine MemorialB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. Sliwa vs N Padevsky 0-1371956Alekhine MemorialE51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. Stahlberg vs Bronstein  ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Uhlmann vs Smyslov 0-1181956Alekhine MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
23. Unzicker vs Szabo ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialC71 Ruy Lopez
24. Taimanov vs Najdorf 1-0391956Alekhine MemorialA16 English
25. Smyslov vs Keres  ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
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