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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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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 1; 22 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sliwa vs Pachman  0-1281956Alekhine MemorialD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
2. V Ciocaltea vs Gligoric 0-1301956Alekhine MemorialE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
3. N Padevsky vs Taimanov  0-1321956Alekhine MemorialB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Sliwa vs N Padevsky 0-1371956Alekhine MemorialE51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
5. Uhlmann vs Smyslov 0-1181956Alekhine MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
6. V Ciocaltea vs Uhlmann 0-1321956Alekhine MemorialC02 French, Advance
7. Golombek vs Smyslov 0-1331956Alekhine MemorialE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. N Padevsky vs Botvinnik 0-1251956Alekhine MemorialB89 Sicilian
9. Pachman vs Keres 0-1361956Alekhine MemorialA28 English
10. Szabo vs Smyslov 0-1361956Alekhine MemorialE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. Golombek vs Pachman  0-1421956Alekhine MemorialA15 English
12. Sliwa vs Stahlberg  0-1541956Alekhine MemorialA48 King's Indian
13. V Ciocaltea vs Pachman 0-1411956Alekhine MemorialB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
14. Sliwa vs Botvinnik 0-1451956Alekhine MemorialC01 French, Exchange
15. N Padevsky vs Smyslov 0-1501956Alekhine MemorialC47 Four Knights
16. Golombek vs Unzicker 0-1511956Alekhine MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
17. Sliwa vs Keres 0-1411956Alekhine MemorialA22 English
18. Szabo vs Bronstein 0-1401956Alekhine MemorialC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
19. Uhlmann vs Gligoric 0-1401956Alekhine MemorialA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
20. V Ciocaltea vs Unzicker 0-1951956Alekhine MemorialC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Sliwa vs Smyslov 0-1601956Alekhine MemorialA92 Dutch
22. Golombek vs Gligoric  0-1271956Alekhine MemorialE81 King's Indian, Samisch
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