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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: Grigory Levenfish

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Kopilov vs Levenfish ½-½541949USSR ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
2. Levenfish vs Taimanov  ½-½311949USSR ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
3. Ragozin vs Levenfish  ½-½411949USSR ChampionshipC52 Evans Gambit
4. Levenfish vs V Liublinsky  1-0411949USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
5. Kotov vs Levenfish 1-0411949USSR ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Levenfish vs Smyslov 1-0341949USSR ChampionshipD98 Grunfeld, Russian
7. Flohr vs Levenfish  1-0731949USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
8. Levenfish vs Geller 0-1511949USSR ChampionshipD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
9. Keres vs Levenfish 1-0351949USSR ChampionshipC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. Levenfish vs Lilienthal ½-½401949USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
11. Aronin vs Levenfish  1-0351949USSR ChampionshipA25 English
12. Levenfish vs Petrosian 0-1381949USSR ChampionshipE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
13. V Mikenas vs Levenfish  ½-½861949USSR ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Levenfish vs G Goldberg  0-1441949USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. Bronstein vs Levenfish 1-0761949USSR ChampionshipB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
16. Kholmov vs Levenfish  1-0501949USSR ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Levenfish vs Boleslavsky  ½-½471949USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
18. Furman vs Levenfish  1-0301949USSR ChampionshipA80 Dutch
19. Levenfish vs Sokolsky 1-0381949USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
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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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