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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 3; games 1-25 of 61  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gligoric vs Smyslov  ½-½231956Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
2. Unzicker vs N Padevsky  ½-½231956Alekhine MemorialB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
3. Najdorf vs Szabo  ½-½451956Alekhine MemorialE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
4. Uhlmann vs Keres  ½-½431956Alekhine MemorialD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
5. Smyslov vs Botvinnik  ½-½461956Alekhine MemorialB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
6. Pachman vs Stahlberg  ½-½361956Alekhine MemorialA17 English
7. Golombek vs Uhlmann  ½-½211956Alekhine MemorialE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
8. Unzicker vs Szabo ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialC71 Ruy Lopez
9. Gligoric vs Pachman  ½-½291956Alekhine MemorialD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
10. Stahlberg vs Bronstein  ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. Unzicker vs Taimanov ½-½181956Alekhine MemorialC70 Ruy Lopez
12. Szabo vs Golombek ½-½491956Alekhine MemorialD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. N Padevsky vs Stahlberg  ½-½201956Alekhine MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Smyslov vs Keres  ½-½411956Alekhine MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Pachman vs Botvinnik  ½-½201956Alekhine MemorialA36 English
16. Taimanov vs Szabo  ½-½241956Alekhine MemorialD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
17. Keres vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½211956Alekhine MemorialB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
18. Botvinnik vs Bronstein  ½-½191956Alekhine MemorialD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. Uhlmann vs Pachman  ½-½251956Alekhine MemorialD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Stahlberg vs Najdorf ½-½351956Alekhine MemorialA37 English, Symmetrical
21. V Ciocaltea vs Golombek  ½-½481956Alekhine MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. Najdorf vs Gligoric  ½-½281956Alekhine MemorialE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
23. Keres vs Bronstein  ½-½231956Alekhine MemorialC05 French, Tarrasch
24. Stahlberg vs Taimanov  ½-½221956Alekhine MemorialE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. N Padevsky vs Keres ½-½361956Alekhine MemorialE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 61  PGN Download
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