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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik13.5/17(+12 -2 =3)[view games]
Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin11.5/17(+9 -3 =5)[view games]
Boris Verlinsky10/17(+8 -5 =4)[view games]
Vladimir Alatortsev10/17(+7 -4 =6)[view games]
Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.10/17(+7 -4 =6)[view games]
Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk10/17(+7 -4 =6)[view games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan9.5/17(+6 -4 =7)[view games]
Vsevolod Rauzer9/17(+5 -4 =8)[view games]
Isaak Mazel9/17(+7 -6 =4)[view games]
Georgy Lisitsin8.5/17(+5 -5 =7)[view games]
Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov8.5/17(+6 -6 =5)[view games]
Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky8.5/17(+7 -7 =3)[view games]
Nikolay Tikhonovich Sorokin7/17(+4 -7 =6)[view games]
Abram Davidovich Zamikhovsky6.5/17(+5 -9 =3)[view games]
Viktor Arsentievich Goglidze6/17(+3 -8 =6)[view games]
Veniamin Sozin5.5/17(+3 -9 =5)[view games]
Genrikh Kasparian5/17(+2 -9 =6)[view games]
Alexander S Budo5/17(+2 -9 =6)[view 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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Sozin vs Alatortsev  ½-½67 1931 USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
2. A Budo vs Kan  ½-½48 1931 USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Lisitsin vs Riumin 0-146 1931 USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
4. Goglidze vs Zamikhovsky  ½-½48 1931 USSR ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. V G Kirillov vs Rauzer  ½-½36 1931 USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
6. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Botvinnik 1-036 1931 USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. I Mazel vs B Verlinsky  0-144 1931 USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
8. Kasparian vs F Bohatirchuk 0-170 1931 USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. N Sorokin vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½36 1931 USSR ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. F Bohatirchuk vs Goglidze  1-035 1931 USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
11. V G Kirillov vs Lisitsin  1-032 1931 USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
12. M Yudovich Sr. vs Kasparian  ½-½31 1931 USSR ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
13. Riumin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1-060 1931 USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Kan vs I Mazel  0-140 1931 USSR ChampionshipA15 English
15. B Verlinsky vs V Sozin  1-046 1931 USSR ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Zamikhovsky vs A Budo  1-051 1931 USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. Botvinnik vs N Sorokin 1-055 1931 USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
18. Rauzer vs Alatortsev  ½-½69 1931 USSR ChampionshipD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
19. Goglidze vs M Yudovich Sr. 0-148 1931 USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
20. A Budo vs F Bohatirchuk 0-144 1931 USSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
21. Kasparian vs Botvinnik 0-147 1931 USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
22. V Sozin vs Kan 0-157 1931 USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. I Mazel vs Zamikhovsky 0-133 1931 USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
24. Lisitsin vs Rauzer  ½-½39 1931 USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
25. Alatortsev vs B Verlinsky  ½-½57 1931 USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-05-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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