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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik13.5/17(+12 -2 =3)[games]
Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin11.5/17(+9 -3 =5)[games]
Boris Verlinsky10/17(+8 -5 =4)[games]
Vladimir Alatortsev10/17(+7 -4 =6)[games]
Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.10/17(+7 -4 =6)[games]
Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk10/17(+7 -4 =6)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan9.5/17(+6 -4 =7)[games]
Vsevolod Rauzer9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Isaak Mazel9/17(+7 -6 =4)[games]
Georgy Lisitsin8.5/17(+5 -5 =7)[games]
Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov8.5/17(+6 -6 =5)[games]
Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky8.5/17(+7 -7 =3)[games]
Nikolay Tikhonovich Sorokin7/17(+4 -7 =6)[games]
Abram Davidovich Zamikhovsky6.5/17(+5 -9 =3)[games]
Viktor Arsentievich Goglidze6/17(+3 -8 =6)[games]
Veniamin Sozin5.5/17(+3 -9 =5)[games]
Genrikh Kasparian5/17(+2 -9 =6)[games]
Alexander S Budo5/17(+2 -9 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1931)

The 7th USSR Chess Championship was held in the Soviet capital of Moscow from October 24th to November 14th, 1931. Eighteen of the Soviet Union's best masters qualified for the round robin event through eight championship semi-finals held earlier in the year. The qualifiers for 7th championship were: Vsevolod Rauzer and Mikhail Yudovich Sr. qualified from group 1; Viktor Goglidze, Ilia Kan, and Abram Zamikhovsky qualified from group 2; Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky and Isaak Mazel qualified from group 3; Genrikh Kasparian and Mikhail Botvinnik qualified from group 4; Nikolay Sorokin, Vladimir Alatortsev, and Fedor Bohatirchuk qualified from group 5; Alexander Budo and Nikolay Riumin qualified from group 6; Vladimir Kirillov qualified from group 7; and Veniamin Sozin, Georgy Lisitsin, and Boris Verlinsky from group 8. Young Botvinnik finished clear first with a dominating +10 at the final. It was the first of what would be six Soviet chess crowns for the future world champion.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts 1 Botvinnik * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 13 2 Riumin 0 * 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 =3 Verlinsky 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 10 =3 Alatortsev 0 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 10 =3 Yudovich Sr. 0 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 10 =3 Bohatirchuk 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 7 Kan 0 1 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 9 =8 Rauzer 0 1 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 9 =8 Mazel 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 9 =10 Lisitsin 0 1 1 1 * 0 0 0 1 1 0 8 =10 Kirillov 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 0 1 1 8 =10 Ilyin Zhenevsky 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 8 13 Sorokin 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 0 0 7 14 Zamikhovsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 6 15 Goglidze 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 6 16 Sozin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 5 =17 Kasparian 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 5 =17 Budo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 5

This collection would not have been possible without the efforts of <Phony Benoni>.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1931, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Sozin vs Alatortsev  ½-½671931USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
2. A Budo vs Kan  ½-½481931USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Lisitsin vs Riumin 0-1461931USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
4. Goglidze vs Zamikhovsky  ½-½481931USSR ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. V G Kirillov vs Rauzer  ½-½361931USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
6. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Botvinnik 1-0361931USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. I Mazel vs B Verlinsky  0-1441931USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
8. Kasparian vs F Bohatirchuk 0-1701931USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. N Sorokin vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½361931USSR ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. F Bohatirchuk vs Goglidze  1-0351931USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
11. V G Kirillov vs Lisitsin  1-0321931USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
12. M Yudovich Sr. vs Kasparian  ½-½311931USSR ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
13. Riumin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1-0601931USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Kan vs I Mazel  0-1401931USSR ChampionshipA15 English
15. B Verlinsky vs V Sozin  1-0461931USSR ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Zamikhovsky vs A Budo  1-0511931USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. Botvinnik vs N Sorokin 1-0551931USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
18. Rauzer vs Alatortsev  ½-½691931USSR ChampionshipD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
19. Goglidze vs M Yudovich Sr. 0-1481931USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
20. A Budo vs F Bohatirchuk 0-1441931USSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
21. Kasparian vs Botvinnik 0-1471931USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
22. V Sozin vs Kan 0-1571931USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. I Mazel vs Zamikhovsky 0-1331931USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
24. Lisitsin vs Rauzer  ½-½391931USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
25. Alatortsev vs B Verlinsky  ½-½571931USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-05-13  wordfunph: "I got drunk one on vodka when I first became Soviet champion, in 1931. I didn't feel very well afterwards and didn't do it again. I smoked for two months but gave it up because I realised it was harmful."

- Mikhail Botvinnik

Source: Curse of Kirsan - Adventures in the Chess Underworld by Sarah Hurst

the book was a birthday gift from my good-humored friend <nanobrain>.

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