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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: Alexey Sokolsky

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sokolsky vs Boleslavsky  ½-½221949USSR ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. Furman vs Sokolsky  ½-½251949USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
3. Sokolsky vs Kholmov 1-0241949USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
4. Sokolsky vs N Kopilov  0-1551949USSR ChampionshipB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
5. Taimanov vs Sokolsky 1-0401949USSR ChampionshipE09 Catalan, Closed
6. Sokolsky vs Ragozin ½-½1031949USSR ChampionshipA90 Dutch
7. V Liublinsky vs Sokolsky  ½-½391949USSR ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Sokolsky vs Kotov 1-0401949USSR ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Smyslov vs Sokolsky  ½-½561949USSR ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
10. Sokolsky vs Flohr ½-½691949USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
11. Geller vs Sokolsky 0-1721949USSR ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
12. Sokolsky vs Keres 0-1421949USSR ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
13. Lilienthal vs Sokolsky  ½-½231949USSR ChampionshipE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
14. Sokolsky vs Aronin  ½-½541949USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
15. Petrosian vs Sokolsky ½-½511949USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
16. Sokolsky vs V Mikenas  ½-½471949USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
17. G Goldberg vs Sokolsky  ½-½561949USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Sokolsky vs Bronstein 0-1691949USSR ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
19. Levenfish vs Sokolsky 1-0381949USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
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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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