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🏆 USSR Championship (1951)

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The 19th Soviet Chess Championship took place in the capital city of Moscow from November 11 to December 14, 1951. Eighteen of the Soviet Union's strongest players, including the reigning world champion, participated in the round robin event. Fourteen of the players qualified from the semi-final tournaments played earlier in the year. Nikolai Novotelnov, Isaac Lipnitsky, and Mark Taimanov qualified from Baku; Vasily Smyslov, Evgeny Terpugov, Oleg Moiseev, and Nikolai Kopilov qualified from Leningrad; Lev Ar ... [more]

Player: Yuri Averbakh

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lipnitsky vs Averbakh  1-0421951USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
2. Averbakh vs Bronstein 0-1421951USSR ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. Novotelnov vs Averbakh 0-1311951USSR ChampionshipE08 Catalan, Closed
4. Averbakh vs Smyslov 1-0401951USSR ChampionshipC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
5. Simagin vs Averbakh  ½-½491951USSR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Averbakh vs Petrosian  ½-½291951USSR ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
7. Keres vs Averbakh  ½-½371951USSR ChampionshipC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Averbakh vs E Terpugov  1-0381951USSR ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
9. N Kopilov vs Averbakh  ½-½571951USSR ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Averbakh vs Aronin  1-0501951USSR ChampionshipD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
11. Geller vs Averbakh  ½-½301951USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Averbakh vs Bondarevsky 1-0421951USSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
13. Kotov vs Averbakh  ½-½301951USSR ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
14. Taimanov vs Averbakh 1-0551951USSR ChampionshipE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
15. Averbakh vs O Moiseev  ½-½371951USSR ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Flohr vs Averbakh  ½-½291951USSR ChampionshipE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
17. Averbakh vs Botvinnik  ½-½201951USSR ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: This was Kopylov's only participation in a USSR Championship final tournament. Although he finished 11th, he did have the satisfaction of defeating tournament winner Keres, =2nd place finisher Geller and the current World Champion Botvinnik.
Jul-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Funny to see Keres, Petrosian, and Geller bunched together at the top of the cross-table. Eleven years later at Curacao they were bunched together almost exactly the same way - except there it was Petrosian who finished half a point above the other two.
Dec-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: A magnificent victory by Keres, who didn't have sunny days under the Soviet regime. I think this was his renaissance after having been in a deep cellar of depression in the second half of the 1940s. We shall never learn what Paul Keres could have achieved if he was not forced to live in the Soviet. Well, the same could be said for many others. Only a few, primarily Botvinnik, Petrosian and Karpov were favoured by the regime.
Jun-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zydeco: The tournament was also a zonal for the 1951-54 Candidates cycle. Botvinnik, Bronstein, Keres, and Smyslov were already seeded into the Candidates tournament. Geller, Petrosian, Taimanov, and Averbakh qualified for the Interzonal. The Soviet Union had a fifth spot - which would have gone to Lev Aronin if he had won his last-round game (Aronin vs Smyslov, 1951) - but instead of organizing a tiebreak between Flohr and Aronin, they 'socially promoted' Kotov, who wasn't even close to qualifying but was a member of the Sports Committee -- and justified his rather corrupt qualification by making a record score at the Interzonal. It's a really sad story for Aronin -- who apparently never got over the setback.

This tournament is right up there as one of Keres' greatest achievements. He played smooth, attractive chess, overcame a couple of early defeats, went 4.5/5 down the stretch, and cold-bloodedly won a tough last-round game against Taimanov. He was pretty clearly the best player in the world in 1951 -- and made such an impression that the Soviet grandmasters orchestrated a remarkable coup: they dumped Botvinnik, the reigning world champion, from board one on the 1952 Olympiad team, with the rationale that his recent results hadn't been anywhere close to Keres'.

It's interesting to think about Geller and Petrosian playing as a pair. They don't seem to have much in common stylistically or temperamentally -- but rose up through the ranks at exactly the same time.

Kopilov was definitely the tournament wild card.

Good games from this tournament:

Bronstein vs Kotov, 1951
Smyslov vs Bronstein, 1951
Botvinnik vs Geller, 1951
Smyslov vs Keres, 1951
Geller vs Keres, 1951
Keres vs Taimanov, 1951
Kotov vs Geller, 1951
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1951
E Terpugov vs Petrosian, 1951
N Kopilov vs Bondarevsky, 1951

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