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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: Paul Keres

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs Keres 0-1381949USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
2. Kholmov vs Keres  ½-½401949USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Keres vs Lilienthal  1-0681949USSR ChampionshipC14 French, Classical
4. Aronin vs Keres  ½-½331949USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
5. Keres vs Petrosian 1-0391949USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
6. V Mikenas vs Keres 0-1211949USSR ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
7. Keres vs G Goldberg  ½-½611949USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Bronstein vs Keres 1-0351949USSR ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. Keres vs Levenfish 1-0351949USSR ChampionshipC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. Boleslavsky vs Keres  ½-½431949USSR ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Keres vs Furman 0-1481949USSR ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
12. Sokolsky vs Keres 0-1421949USSR ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
13. Keres vs N Kopilov  ½-½611949USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
14. Taimanov vs Keres 1-0411949USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Keres vs Ragozin  1-0381949USSR ChampionshipA13 English
16. V Liublinsky vs Keres  1-0561949USSR ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
17. Keres vs Kotov  ½-½311949USSR ChampionshipA13 English
18. Smyslov vs Keres ½-½701949USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. Keres vs Flohr  ½-½241949USSR ChampionshipD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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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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