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USSR Championship Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik8.5/12(+7 -2 =3)[games]
Boris Verlinsky6/8(+5 -1 =2)[games]
Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann6/8(+6 -2 =0)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan5.5/8(+5 -2 =1)[games]
Abram Borisovich Poliak4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[games]
Vsevolod Rauzer4/8(+3 -3 =2)[games]
Mikhail Andreevich Makogonov2/5(+2 -3 =0)[games]
Viktor Arsentievich Goglidze1.5/2(+1 -0 =1)[games]
Abram Yakovlevich Model1.5/5(+1 -3 =1)[games]
A S Bernshteyn1/4(+1 -3 =0)[games]
Nikolay Pavlov-Pianov1/5(+0 -3 =2)[games]
Grigory Ionovich Ravinsky1/2(+1 -1 =0)[games]
Vasily Panov1/2(+1 -1 =0)[games]
Nikolay Tikhonovich Sorokin1/3(+1 -2 =0)[games]
Sergei Alexandrovich Mudrev1/3(+1 -2 =0)[games]
Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky1/1(+1 -0 =0)[games]
Veniamin Sozin1/1(+1 -0 =0)[games]
Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov1/1(+1 -0 =0)[games]
Konstantin Alekseyevich Vygodchikov1/2(+0 -0 =2)[games]
Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev1/5(+1 -4 =0)[games]
Pyotr Izmailov1/1(+1 -0 =0)[games]
Yakov S Vilner1/1(+1 -0 =0)[games]
Vladimir Nenarokov0.5/3(+0 -2 =1)[games]
Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin0/3(+0 -3 =0)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]
Vladislav Silich0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]
Yakov Geraisimovich Rokhlin0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]
Nikolay Zubarev0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]
Nikolay Nikolaevich Rudnev0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]
(29 players total; 0 player not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1929)
The 6th USSR Championship was held in Odessa from October 2-20, 1929, and was weird. The site was strange enough, with the event being held outside Moscow or Leningrad for the first time. And the set-up was different as well. First, 36 players completed in four quarterfinal sections, with the top three in each section advancing into two six-player semifinals. The top two from each semi section were then to play a double round final to determine the champion.

However, the event was plagued by an accelerated schedule requiring three rounds every two days. Botvinnik later blamed the resulting fatigue and bad nutrition for his failure to qualify for the final.

In addition, three of the favorites--defending champions Bohatirchuk and Romanovsky, plus Levenfish--did not participate. It seems they made "unacceptable financial demands", seeking compensation for their expenses. And maybe the decision of Those At The Top to abolish prizes had something to do with it.

The outcome was a unpredictable free-for-all with surprising results, as many new players were determined to upset the established order. It made for an exciting tournament, but not one which was considered a representative championship. By the next championship in 1931, a system had been set up with preliminary nationwide qualifying tournaments, and the experiment of 1929 was not repeated.

I'm going to take this one section at a time, OK? As usual, many games are missing; those in the collection will be indicated by an asterisk (*) in the round-by-round pairings.

Quarterfinal 1: A S Bernstein; Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Vasily Panov; Yakov Geraisimovich Rokhlin; Vladislav Silich; Nikolay Tikhonovich Sorokin; Veniamin Sozin; Konstantin Alekseyevich Vygodchikov; Yakov S Vilner.

Round 1: Sozin-Bye; Rokhlin 1 Vilner; Bernstein 1 Vigodchikov; Silic 1 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Panov 0 Sorokin*

Round 2: Bye-Sorokin; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Panov; Vigodchikov 1/2 Silic; Vilner 0 Bernstein; Sozin 1 Rokhlin

Round 3: Rokhlin-Bye; Bernstein 0 Sozin*; Silic 0 Vilner; Panov 1/2 Vigodchikov; Sorokin 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky

Round 4: Bye-Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Vigodchikov 1/2 Sorokin; Vilner 0 Panov; Sozin 0 Silic; Rokhlin 1 Bernstein

Round 5: Bernstein-Bye; Silic 0 Rokhlin; Panov 1/2 Sozin; Sorokin 0 Vilner*; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Vigodchikov

Round 6: Bye-Vigodchikov; Vilner 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Sozin 1/2 Sorokin; Rokhlin 1/2 Panov; Bernstein 0 Silic

Round 7: Silic-Bye; Panov 1 Bernstein*; Sorokin 1/2 Rokhlin; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1 Sozin; Vigodchikov 1 Vilner

Round 8: Bye-Vilner; Sozin 0 Vigodchikov; Rokhlin 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Bernstein 1 Sorokin*; Silic 1 Panov

Round 9: Panov-Bye; Sorokin 1/2 Silic; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1 Bernstein*; Vigodchikov 1/2 Rokhlin; Vilner 1/2 Sozin

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts 1 Rokhlin * 1 = = = = 0 1 1 5.0 2 Silic 0 * = 1 1 = 1 0 1 5.0 3 Vigodchikov = = * = = = 1 1 0 4.5 4 Ilyin-Zhenevsky = 0 = * = = 1 = 1 4.5 5 Panov = 0 = = * 0 = 1 1 4.0 6 Sorokin = = = = 1 * = 0 0 3.5 7 Sozin 1 0 0 0 = = * = 1 3.5 8 Vilner 0 1 0 = 0 1 = * 0 3.0 9 Bernstein 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 * 3.0

Three surprising qualifiers here. Ilyin-Zhenevsky lost out on tiebreaks thanks to this fragment from <Silich - Rokhlin>, with White to play:


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Now 37.Qe4+! wins, but the game finished <37.Be4+?? Qf5!!> and black forces mate! Had Rokhlin lost this game, Ilyin-Zhenevsky would have made the semifinals. A proposal was made to admit Ilyin-Zhenevsky to the semis anyway, but was shot down by the 18-year-old Botvinnik who insisted that rules were rules.

Quarterfinal 2: Mikhail Botvinnik; Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann; Sergei Mudrov; Vladimir Nenarokov; Nikolay Pavlov-Pianov; Abram Borisovich Poliak; Viacheslav Ragozin; Vsevolod Rauzer; Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin.

Round 1: Pavlov Pianov-Bye; Poliak 1 Nenarokov*; Freymann 0 Botvinnik*; Rauzer 1 Ragozin; Mudrov 0 Riumin

Round 2: Bye-Riumin; Ragozin 1/2 Mudrov;; Botvinnik 1/2 Rauzer*; Nenarokov 0 Freymann*; Pavlov Pianov 1/2 Poliak*

Round 3: Poliak-Bye; Freymann 1 Pavlov Pianov*; Rauzer 1 Nenarokov; Mudrov 0 Botvinnik*; Riumin 1 Ragozin

Round 4: Bye-Ragozin; Botvinnik Riumin*; Nenarokov 1 Mudrov; Pavlov Pianov 1/2 Rauzer*; Poliak 0 Freymann

Round 5: Freymann-Bye; Rauzer 0 Poliak*; Mudrov 1 Pavlov Pianov*; Riumin 1 Nenarokov; Ragozin 0 Botvinnik*

Round 6: Bye-Botvinnik; Nenarokov 1/2 Ragozin; Pavlov Pianov 0 Riumin; Poliak 1 Mudrov; Freymann 1/2 Rauzer

Round 7: Rauzer-Bye; Mudrov 0 Freymann*; Riumin 0 Poliak*; Ragozin 1 Pavlov Pianov; Botvinnik 1/2 Nenarokov*

Round 8: Bye-Nenarokov; Pavlov Pianov 0 Botvinnik*; Poliak 1 Ragozin; Freymann 1 Riumin; Rauzer 1 Mudrov

Round 9: Mudrov-Bye; Riumin 0 Rauzer*; Ragozin 0 Freymann; Botvinnik 1 Poliak*; Nenarokov 1 Pavlov Pianov

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts 1 Botvinnik * 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 7.0 2 Freymann 0 * = 1 1 1 1 1 1 6.5 3 Rauzer = = * 0 1 1 1 1 = 5.5 4 Poliak 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 = 5.5 5 Riumin 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 4.0 6 Nenarokov = 0 0 0 0 * = 1 1 3.0 7 Ragozin 0 0 0 0 0 = * = 1 2.0 8 Mudrov 0 0 0 0 0 0 = * 1 1.5 9 Pavlov Pianov 0 0 = = 0 0 0 0 * 1.0

Before the last round, Botvinnik had clinched a spot in the semifinals; Poliak, his opponent, needed just a draw to advance. Botvinnik played hard and won the game, leaving Poliak out of the semis on tiebreaks. Freymann's qualification was not a surprise, but the experienced players Nenarokov and Pavlov Pianov were never in it.

Quarterfinal 3: Viktor Arsentievich Goglidze; Dmitri Grigorenko; Ilia Abramovich Kan; Mikhail Andreevich Makogonov; Abram Yakovlevich Model; Grigory Ionovich Ravinsky; Nikolay Nikolaevich Rudnev; Boris Verlinsky; Nikolay Zubarev.

Round 1: Model-Bye; Rudnev 1/2 M. Makogonov; Zubarev 1/2 Kan; Goglidze 1/2 Verlinsky; Grigorenko 0 Ravinsky

Round 2: Bye-Ravinsky; Verlinsky 1/2 Grigorenko; Kan 1 Goglidze; M. Makogonov 1/2 Zubarev; Model 1 Rudnev*

Round 3: Rudnev-Bye; Zubarev 1 Model; Goglidze 1/2 M. Makogonov; Grigorenko 1/2 Kan; Ravinsky 0 Verlinsky

Round 4: Bye-Verlinsky; Kan 1 Ravinsky*; M. Makogonov 1 Grigorenko; Model 0 Goglidze*; Rudnev 0 Zubarev

Round 5: Zubarev-Bye; Goglidze 1/2 Rudnev; Grigorenko 1/2 Model; Ravinsky M. Makogonov; Verlinsky 0 Kan*

Round 6: Bye-Kan; M. Makogonov 0 Verlinsky; Model 1/2 Ravinsky; Rudnev 1 Grigorenko; Zubarev 1 Goglidze

Round 7: Goglidze-Bye; Grigorenko 1/2 Zubarev; Ravinsky 0 Rudnev; Verlinsky 1/2 Model*; Kan 1/2 M. Makogonov

Round 8: Bye-M. Makogonov; Model 0 Kan*; Rudnev 0 Verlinsky; Zubarev 0 Ravinsky*; Goglidze 1/2 Grigorenko

Round 9: Grigorenko-Bye; Ravinsky 0 Goglidze; Verlinsky 1 Zubarev; Kan 1 Rudnev; M. Makogonov 1 Model*

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts 1 Kan * 1 1 1 1 1 6.5 2 Verlinsky 0 * 1 1 1 1 5.5 3 M Makogonov 0 * 1 1 1 1 5.5 4 Zubarev 0 * 1 1 1 0 4.5 5 Goglidze 0 0 0 * 1 1 3.5 6 Rudnev 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 3.0 7 Grigorenko 0 0 * 0 2.5 8 Model 0 0 0 0 1 * 2.5 9 Ravinsky 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 2.5

This started as a three-way battle between Kan, Makogonov, and Zubarev, but a late charge by Verlinsky put him into the semifinals. Model, who had done so well in 1927, absolutely collapsed at the end.

Quarterfinal 4: Solomon Borisovich Gotthilf; Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev; Pyotr Izmailov; Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov; Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov; Solomon Konradovich Rozental; Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev; Solomon Moiseevich Slonim; Boris Yuriev.

Round 1: Selezniev-Bye; Kirillov 1 Gottgilf; Grigoriev 1 Rozental; Slonim 1 Yuriev; Izmailov 1 V. Makogonov

Round 2: Bye-V. Makogonov; Yuriev 0 Izmailov; Rozental 1 Slonim; Gotthilf 1/2 Grigoriev; Selezniev 1 Kirillov

Round 3: Kirillov-Bye; Grigoriev 1/2 Selezniev; Slonim 1 Gotthilf; Izmailov 1/2 Rozental; V. Makogonov 1 Yuriev

Round 4: Bye-Yuriev; Rozental 1 V. Makogonov; Gotthilf 1 Izmailov; Selezniev 1/2 Slonim; Kirillov 1 Grigoriev*

Round 5: Grigoriev-Bye; Slonim 0 Kirillov; Izmailov 1 Selezniev; V. Makogonov 1 Gotthilf; Yuriev 1/2 Rozental

Round 6: Bye-Rozental; Gotthilf 1/2 Yuriev; Selezniev 0 V. Makogonov; Kirillov 0 Izmailov; Grigoriev 1 Slonim

Round 7: Slonim-Bye; Izmailov 0 Grigoriev; V. Makogonov 1 Kirillov; Yuriev 1/2 Selezniev; Rozental 1/2 Gotthilf

Round 8: Bye-Gotthilf; Selezniev 0 Rozental; Kirillov 1 Yuriev; 9 Grigoriev 1/2 V. Makogonov; Slonim 1/2 Izmailov

Round 9: Izmailov-Bye; V. Makogonov 1 Slonim; Yuriev 0 Grigoriev; Rozental 0 Kirillov; Gotthilf 1/2 Selezniev

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts 1 Grigoriev * = 1 0 1 = = 1 1 5.5 2 V Makogonov = * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 5.5 3 Izmailov 0 1 * 1 = 0 1 = 1 5.0 4 Kirillov 1 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 5.0 5 Rozental 0 1 = 0 * = 1 1 = 4.5 6 Gotthilf = 0 1 0 = * = 0 = 3.0 7 Selezniev = 0 0 1 0 = * = = 3.0 8 Slonim 0 0 = 0 0 1 = * 1 3.0 9 Yuriev 0 0 0 0 = = = 0 * 1.5

An exciting and hard-fought section, with the qualifiers not decided until the last moment. Unfortunately, only only one complete game score has survived, but we do have a fragment from a crucial game featuring the ever-popular dancing rook:


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is from <Izmailov-Grigoriev>, with White needing to get out of check. Obviously, he must go to a dark square, but his choice of 1.Ke3 led to 1...Re2+! winning on the spot. But then, none of the other moves saves White. 1.Kg3 Rg2+!; 1.Kg1 Rg2+! 2.Kh1 Rg4 3.Nf3 e4; and, prettiest of all, 1.Ke1 Re2+! 2.Kd1 Bg4 3.Qb6 (where else?) Ra7!!, and black wins.

Semifinals

It was impossible to construct round-by-round pairings for these sections, so only crosstables will be presented. An asterisk (*) following the result indicates the game is in this collection.

Semifinal 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts 1 Izmailov X = = 1* 1 = 3.5 2 Kan = X =* 1* = 1* 3.5 3 Vigodchikov = =* X = = =* 2.5 4 Botvinnik 0* 0* =* X 1 1* 2.5 5 V Makogonov 0 = = 0 X = 1.5 6 Silic = 0* = 0* = X 1.5

Not the most inspired of play here, with 9 of the 15 games being drawn and Vigodchikov sweeping the field. Botvinnik attributed his failure to fatigue, and looking at his two losses one can well believe that. Both qualifiers were big surprises, making their debuts on the national stage.

Semifinal II

1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts 1 Freymann X 1 0 1* 1* 1 4.0 2 Verlinsky 0 X 1* 1* 1* 1 4.0 3 Rauzer 1 0* X 0* 1* 1* 3.0 4 M Makogonov 0* 0* 1* X 0* = 1.5 5 Grigoriev 0* 0* 0* 1* X = 1.5 6 Rokhlin 0 0 0* = = X 1.0

This was considerably harder fought than the other semifinal, with only two draws in fifteen games. Experience paid off here, both Freymann and Verlinsky being veterans on the championship stage.

Finals

1 2 3 Pts 1 Verlinsky XX 1*1 1*= 3.5 2 Freymann 0*0 XX 1*1 2.0 3 Kan 0*= 0*0 XX 0.5

Izmailov did not play in the finals, and the reason remains murky. Officially, he had to leave to take his final exams at university, and there were other contemporary reports that he was ill or physically exhausted. However, many years later, his son stated Izmailov had revealed to his wife that he was fit and ready to continue, but was "forced" to leave.

At any rate, this should not detract from Verlinsky's dominating performance in the finals.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1929, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 53  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Poliak vs Ragozin  1-0351929USSR ChampionshipD95 Grunfeld
2. S A Mudrev vs N Pavlov-Pianov  1-0421929USSR ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. N Pavlov-Pianov vs Rauzer  ½-½801929USSR ChampionshipD65 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line
4. N Pavlov-Pianov vs A Poliak  ½-½401929USSR ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. A Poliak vs Nenarokov  1-0521929USSR ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. A S Bernshteyn vs N Sorokin  1-0241929USSR ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
7. Panov vs A S Bernshteyn  1-0491929USSR ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. Panov vs N Sorokin  0-1521929USSR ChampionshipC00 French Defense
9. Riumin vs Rauzer 0-1261929USSR ChampionshipC00 French Defense
10. Riumin vs A Poliak 0-1171929USSR ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
11. M Makogonov vs S Von Freymann  0-1371929USSR ChampionshipA50 Queen's Pawn Game
12. S Von Freymann vs N Grigoriev  1-0331929USSR ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Rauzer vs A Poliak  0-1511929USSR ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. A Y Model vs N Rudnev 1-0211929USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Rauzer vs Rokhlin 1-0351929USSR ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Rauzer vs N Grigoriev  1-0281929USSR ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
17. M Makogonov vs Rauzer  1-0361929USSR ChampionshipD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
18. N Grigoriev vs M Makogonov  1-0201929USSR ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
19. V Silich vs Kan  0-1431929USSR ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
20. V G Kirillov vs N Grigoriev  1-0361929USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
21. M Makogonov vs A Y Model  1-0191929USSR ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. N Zubarev vs Ravinsky  0-1161929USSR ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
23. A Y Model vs Kan  0-1371929USSR ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
24. A Y Model vs Goglidze  0-1431929USSR ChampionshipD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
25. Kan vs Ravinsky  1-0341929USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
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Nov-09-14  Zonszein: So, Verlnsky was the real Soviet champion of 1929
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