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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Mark Taimanov14.5/21(+10 -2 =9)[games]
Yuri L Averbakh13/20(+7 -1 =12)[games]
Boris Spassky12/20(+7 -3 =10)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi11/17(+6 -1 =10)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov10.5/17(+5 -1 =11)[games]
Mikhail Tal10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky10.5/17(+8 -4 =5)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Vladlen Zurakhov8.5/17(+4 -4 =9)[games]
Vladimir S Antoshin8/17(+4 -5 =8)[games]
Anatolij Bannik7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[games]
Vasily Byvshev7.5/17(+4 -6 =7)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin7/17(+5 -8 =4)[games]
Alexander Tolush6.5/17(+3 -7 =7)[games]
Vladimir Simagin6.5/17(+4 -8 =5)[games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko6/17(+3 -8 =6)[games]
Abram Khasin5.5/17(+2 -8 =7)[games]
Georgy Lisitsin4/17(+0 -9 =8)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1956)
The 23rd USSR Championship was held in Leningrad from January 10 through February 15, 1956. While not as strong at the previous year's edition, it did feature the first appearance of perennial contenders Tal and Polugaevsky as part of this cast of characters:

Vladimir Antoshin; Yuri Averbakh; Anatolij Bannik; Isaac Boleslavsky; Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko; Vasily Byvshev; Abram Khasin; Ratmir Kholmov; Viktor Korchnoi; Georgy Lisitsin; Lev Polugaevsky; Viacheslav Ragozin; Vladimir Simagin; Boris Spassky; Mark Taimanov; Mikhail Tal; Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush; Vladlen Yakovlevich Zurakhov.

Though both newcomers did well, Averbakh and Spassky spent most of the tournament conducting the major battle for the crown. Kholmov, Korchnoi, Taimanov, and Tal stayed close, but were not able to maintain themselves in the top places. By round 14, Averbakh and Spassky had 10 points, a full point ahead of Kholmov and 1 1/2 ahead of Korchnoi, Polugaevsky, Taimanov and Tal.

Averbakh then drew his remaining three games to reach 11.5. Spassky reached the same score more adventurously with a win over Lisitsin followed by a loss to Korchnoi and a last round draw. Thus, Averbakh and Spassky shared first - with a hard-charging Taimanov, who did what he had to do by winning his last three games.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Spassky * 1 1 0 = 1 = 1 = = = = 1 = = 1 = 1 11.5 2 Taimanov 0 * = = = = 1 1 1 1 = 1 0 = 1 1 1 = 11.5 3 Averbakh 0 = * = = = 1 = = 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 11.5 4 Korchnoi 1 = = * = = 1 = 1 = 1 1 0 = 1 = = = 11.0 5 Kholmov = = = = * = = 0 = 1 1 1 = = 1 1 = = 10.5 6 Tal 0 = = = = * = = 0 = 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 1 10.5 7 Polugaevsky = 0 0 0 = = * 1 1 1 1 = = 1 1 0 1 1 10.5 8 Boleslavsky 0 0 = = 1 = 0 * = = = 0 1 = = 1 1 1 9.0 9 Zurakhov = 0 = 0 = 1 0 = * = = = 0 1 1 1 = = 8.5 10 Antoshin = 0 0 = 0 = 0 = = * = = 0 1 1 1 1 = 8.0 11 Bannik = = = 0 0 0 0 = = = * = 1 1 0 = = 1 7.5 12 Byvshev = 0 0 0 0 = = 1 = = = * = 0 0 1 1 1 7.5 13 Ragozin 0 1 = 1 = 0 = 0 1 1 0 = * 0 0 0 0 1 7.0 14 Tolush = = 0 = = 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 1 * = 0 1 = 6.5 15 Simagin = 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 1 1 1 = * = 0 1 6.5 16 Borisenko 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 0 0 = 0 1 1 = * = = 6.0 17 Khasin = 0 0 = = 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 1 0 1 = * = 5.5 18 Lisitsin 0 = 0 = = 0 0 0 = = 0 0 0 = 0 = = * 4.0

Taimanov's momentum carried over into the play-off match. This was marred by Spassky's illness, which prevented him from playing his second game with Averbakh. However, it made no difference as Taimanov had clinched the gold medal by that point.

1 Taimanov ** == 11 3.0 2 Averbakh == ** =1 2.5 3 Spassky 00 =0 ** 0.5

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1956, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 158  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Taimanov vs Spassky 1-0571956USSR ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
2. Averbakh vs Spassky ½-½731956USSR ChampionshipE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
3. Spassky vs Taimanov 0-1481956USSR ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
4. Taimanov vs Averbakh ½-½1151956USSR ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
5. Averbakh vs Taimanov  ½-½421956USSR ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. Korchnoi vs Byvshev 1-0621956USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Polugaevsky vs A Bannik 1-0441956USSR ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
8. Ragozin vs Kholmov  ½-½421956USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Tolush vs Simagin  ½-½341956USSR ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
10. Averbakh vs Spassky 0-1411956USSR ChampionshipA15 English
11. Lisitsin vs Taimanov  ½-½631956USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
12. Antoshin vs Tal  ½-½421956USSR ChampionshipA61 Benoni
13. G Borisenko vs A Khasin  ½-½521956USSR ChampionshipE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
14. V Zurakhov vs Boleslavsky  ½-½211956USSR ChampionshipC11 French
15. Taimanov vs Korchnoi ½-½251956USSR ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
16. Byvshev vs Polugaevsky ½-½741956USSR ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
17. Spassky vs Ragozin 1-0411956USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
18. Simagin vs Antoshin  0-1581956USSR ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
19. A Khasin vs Tal 0-1361956USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
20. G Borisenko vs Lisitsin  ½-½221956USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
21. A Bannik vs Averbakh  ½-½281956USSR ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
22. Kholmov vs V Zurakhov  ½-½691956USSR ChampionshipA10 English
23. Boleslavsky vs Tolush  ½-½291956USSR ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
24. Korchnoi vs G Borisenko  ½-½411956USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Polugaevsky vs Taimanov 0-1571956USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 158  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-07-16  RookFile: Taimanov's effort has to be considered one of the great come from behind tournament wins in chess history.
Nov-10-17  ZonszeinP: A great succes of the young Spassky. If the S.Berger system was used here, he would have been champion of the USSR at only 19!
Dec-03-17  ZonszeinP: Not even Botvinnik did that

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