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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Vasily Smyslov13/19(+9 -2 =8)[view games]
David Bronstein13/19(+8 -1 =10)[view games]
Efim Geller12.5/19(+10 -4 =5)[view games]
Mark Taimanov12.5/19(+7 -1 =11)[view games]
Semyon Abramovich Furman11.5/19(+9 -5 =5)[view games]
Isaac Boleslavsky11.5/19(+6 -2 =11)[view games]
Alexander Kotov11.5/19(+8 -4 =7)[view games]
Paul Keres11/19(+7 -4 =8)[view games]
Lev Aronin10/19(+4 -3 =12)[view games]
Ratmir Kholmov10/19(+5 -4 =10)[view games]
Salomon Flohr9/19(+3 -4 =12)[view games]
Alexey Sokolsky8.5/19(+3 -5 =11)[view games]
Andre Lilienthal8/19(+3 -6 =10)[view games]
Vladas Mikenas8/19(+4 -7 =8)[view games]
Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov8/19(+5 -8 =6)[view games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian7.5/19(+4 -8 =7)[view games]
Viacheslav Ragozin6.5/19(+3 -9 =7)[view games]
Grigory Levenfish6/19(+3 -10 =6)[view games]
Victor Liublinsky6/19(+2 -9 =8)[view games]
Grigory Abramovich Goldberg6/19(+2 -9 =8)[view games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1949)

The 17th USSR chess championship took place in the Soviet capitol of Moscow from October 16th to November 20th, 1949. Twenty of the Soviet Union's best grandmasters and masters qualified or received invitations to participate in the round robin event. Twelve players qualified from semi-final tournaments held earlier in the year: Igor Bondarevsky, Mark Taimanov, and Grigory Levenfish qualified from Leningrad; Vladas Mikenas, Alexey Sokolsky, and Semyon Furman qualified from Vilnius; Lev Aronin, Grigory Goldberg, and Victor Liublinsky qualified from Moscow; and Efim Geller, Tigran Petrosian, and Ratmir Kholmov qualified from Tbilisi. Bondarevsky could not attend the final, so he was replaced by Leningrad fourth place Nikolai Kopilov. The eight remaining players were invited to fill out the field were: David Bronstein and Alexander Kotov as returning champions from the 16th championship; previous Soviet champions Andre Lilienthal and Paul Keres; and four previous final participants Isaac Boleslavsky, Salomon Flohr, Viacheslav Ragozin, and Vasily Smyslov. This tournament saw two of Mikhail Botvinnik 's greatest rivals finish shared first with thirteen points out of nineteen rounds. It was Bronstein's second consecutive Soviet crown, and his last. He would face Botvinnik two years later for the world crown, coming closer than anyone else to being world champion without succeeding. While this championship was Smyslov's first and last Soviet crown, he too would go on to face Botvinnik, but unlike his fellow shared first, he would defeat Botvinnik in their second of three encounters, earning the highest of all chess honors: the champion of the world.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts =1 Smyslov * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 13 =1 Bronstein 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 =3 Geller * 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 =3 Taimanov * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 =5 Furman 1 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 11 =5 Boleslavsky 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 =5 Kotov 0 1 * 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 8 Keres 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 11 =9 Aronin 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 10 =9 Kholmov 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 10 11 Flohr 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 9 12 Sokolsky 0 1 0 1 0 1 * 0 0 8 =13 Lilienthal 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 8 =13 Mikenas 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 0 0 1 1 8 =13 Kopilov 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 1 1 8 16 Petrosian 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 1 0 7 17 Ragozin 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 6 =18 Levenfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 6 =18 Liublinsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 6 =18 Goldberg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 6

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

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1949, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kotov vs Petrosian 1-013 1949 USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. N Kopilov vs Levenfish ½-½54 1949 USSR ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
3. Smyslov vs Aronin  1-035 1949 USSR ChampionshipA14 English
4. Flohr vs Lilienthal  1-055 1949 USSR ChampionshipD72 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line
5. Geller vs Keres 0-138 1949 USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
6. Ragozin vs G Goldberg  1-035 1949 USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Furman vs Kholmov  ½-½31 1949 USSR ChampionshipD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
8. V Liublinsky vs V Mikenas  ½-½49 1949 USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. Taimanov vs Bronstein ½-½30 1949 USSR ChampionshipD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
10. Sokolsky vs Boleslavsky  ½-½22 1949 USSR ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Lilienthal vs Geller  1-043 1949 USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
12. G Goldberg vs V Liublinsky ½-½43 1949 USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
13. Boleslavsky vs N Kopilov 1-025 1949 USSR ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. Levenfish vs Taimanov  ½-½31 1949 USSR ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
15. Kholmov vs Keres  ½-½40 1949 USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Petrosian vs Smyslov 0-146 1949 USSR ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. Furman vs Sokolsky  ½-½25 1949 USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. Bronstein vs Ragozin 1-072 1949 USSR ChampionshipB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
19. V Mikenas vs Kotov 1-042 1949 USSR ChampionshipA80 Dutch
20. Aronin vs Flohr  ½-½32 1949 USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
21. Ragozin vs Levenfish  ½-½41 1949 USSR ChampionshipC52 Evans Gambit
22. Kotov vs G Goldberg 1-041 1949 USSR ChampionshipA90 Dutch
23. Smyslov vs V Mikenas ½-½27 1949 USSR ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
24. Flohr vs Petrosian 1-043 1949 USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
25. V Liublinsky vs Bronstein ½-½26 1949 USSR ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Bronstein started the tournament with 6/11, but a run of 7/8 propelled him to the title.
Jul-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Small error in the text.

"While this championship was Smyslov's first and last Soviet crown."

Smyslov shared it again in 1955.

Game Collection: USSR Championship 1955

Jul-26-16  ughaibu: But Smyslov lost the play-off, in 1955.

How did Bronstein come closer to being world champion, without succeeding, than Schlechter or Leko?

Jul-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Fair question!
Jul-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: 'Smyslov lost the play-off'

Then the small error is in the Smyslov Bio.

USSR Championship (1949)

Soviet champion in 1955 sharing the first place with Efim Geller.

(no mention of a play-off.)

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