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🏆 USSR Championship (1949) Chess Event Description
The 17th USSR chess championship took place in the Soviet capital 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: ... [more]

Player: Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kotov vs Petrosian 1-0131949USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Petrosian vs Smyslov 0-1461949USSR ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Flohr vs Petrosian 1-0431949USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
4. Petrosian vs Geller 0-1271949USSR ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
5. Keres vs Petrosian 1-0391949USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
6. Petrosian vs Lilienthal 1-0441949USSR ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
7. Aronin vs Petrosian  ½-½181949USSR ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
8. Kholmov vs Petrosian ½-½251949USSR ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
9. Petrosian vs V Mikenas 1-0701949USSR ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. G Goldberg vs Petrosian 1-0631949USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Petrosian vs Bronstein ½-½231949USSR ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Levenfish vs Petrosian 0-1381949USSR ChampionshipE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
13. Petrosian vs Boleslavsky ½-½371949USSR ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
14. Furman vs Petrosian 1-0411949USSR ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. Petrosian vs Sokolsky ½-½511949USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
16. N Kopilov vs Petrosian  ½-½421949USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Petrosian vs Taimanov  ½-½321949USSR ChampionshipE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
18. Ragozin vs Petrosian 1-0831949USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
19. Petrosian vs V Liublinsky 1-0261949USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  GrahamClayton: Bronstein started the tournament with 6/11, but a run of 7/8 propelled him to the title.
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  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?

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  whiteshark: Fair question!
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  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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  Chessical: Petrosian's first Soviet Championship, he qualified from the semi-final held in Tiflis.
Apr-26-17  Nosnibor: This was Geller`s debut and he scored 10 wins which exceeded both of the joint winners decisive games.Also noticeable is that he scored 4.5 points against the first six without losing a single game.
Sep-02-17  Arconax: Goldberg got lost in all the variations.
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  fiercebadger: Petrosian lost five games
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  Check It Out: <fiercebadger: Petrosian lost five games>

Not eight as listed here?

Sep-02-18  siimens: Well, closest probably because Bronstein didn't lose Botvinnik but tied the 1951 title match
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