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USSR Championship Tournament

Mikhail Tal12.5/18(+10 -3 =5)[games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian12/18(+6 -0 =12)[games]
David Bronstein11.5/18(+7 -2 =9)[games]
Yuri Averbakh11/18(+6 -2 =10)[games]
Boris Spassky10.5/18(+7 -4 =7)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky10.5/18(+6 -3 =9)[games]
Efim Geller10/18(+5 -3 =10)[games]
Bukhuti Gurgenidze10/18(+6 -4 =8)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi9.5/18(+5 -4 =9)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky9.5/18(+3 -2 =13)[games]
Nikolai Krogius9.5/18(+5 -4 =9)[games]
Mark Taimanov9/18(+6 -6 =6)[games]
Alexander Kotov9/18(+5 -5 =8)[games]
Alexey Suetin8/18(+5 -7 =6)[games]
Aivars Gipslis7.5/18(+3 -6 =9)[games]
Anatolij Bannik7/18(+4 -8 =6)[games]
Semyon Abramovich Furman6/18(+2 -8 =8)[games]
Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush4/18(+3 -13 =2)[games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1958)

The 25th Soviet Chess Championship was played in the city of Riga from January 12 to February 14, 1958. Nineteen of the Soviet Union's strongest masters and grandmasters were invited to, or qualified for, the round robin event. This event was also a FIDE zonal. At stake were four seats at the Portoroz Interzonal (1958).

While the race for the top four places was hotly contested, it would eventually be Mikhail Tal who emerged as the sole winner. It was his second consecutive Soviet crown, and the second time he won clear first, a feat which had only been accomplished before by Efim Bogoljubov, Mikhail Botvinnik and Paul Keres.

The other three interzonal places went to second place Tigran Petrosian, third place David Bronstein, and fourth place Yuri Averbakh. The results were a major disappointment for young Boris Spassky, who had been one of the top contenders until he lost his last two games.

Tal's momentum from this championship victory propelled him on to win both at Portoroz and at the Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959). He went on to become the eighth world chess champion after the Tal - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1960).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts 1 Tal * 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 + 12 2 Petrosian * 1 1 1 1 1 + 12 3 Bronstein * 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 11 4 Averbakh 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 11 5 Spassky 0 1 * 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 10 6 Polugaevsky 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 + 10 7 Geller 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 + 10 8 Gurgenidze 0 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 + 10 9 Korchnoi 1 1 1 * 0 1 0 0 0 + 9 10 Boleslavsky 1 0 1 * 0 1 9 11 Krogius 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 9 12 Taimanov 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 1 0 0 + 9 13 Kotov 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 + 9 14 Suetin 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 1 1 0 8 15 Gipslis 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 7 16 Bannik 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 + 7 17 Furman 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 0 6 18 Tolush 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 0 4 19 Borisenko - - 0 0 - 0 - - - - - 1 - 1 * 4

Georgy Borisenko dropped out of the tournament after nine rounds, and his remaining games were scored as forfeit wins for his opponents. These are indicated in the crosstable as <+> for the opponent, <-> for Borisenko.

Source: The Soviet Chess Championships by Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov (Cadogan, 1998), pp. 96-98.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1958, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 162  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Petrosian vs Tolush 1-0371958USSR ChampionshipA10 English
2. Spassky vs Suetin 1-0531958USSR ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
3. Spassky vs G Borisenko 1-0491958USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Spassky vs Boleslavsky ½-½421958USSR ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
5. A Bannik vs Spassky ½-½421958USSR ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
6. Spassky vs Tolush 1-0271958USSR ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Suetin vs Furman  1-0411958USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. Averbakh vs Suetin 1-0561958USSR ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
9. G Borisenko vs Suetin  1-0421958USSR ChampionshipA61 Benoni
10. Krogius vs Suetin  ½-½371958USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
11. Suetin vs A Bannik  ½-½721958USSR ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Suetin vs Boleslavsky  ½-½371958USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
13. Suetin vs Gurgenidze  1-0341958USSR ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Suetin vs Tolush  1-0451958USSR ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. Tal vs Suetin ½-½391958USSR ChampionshipB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
16. Petrosian vs Suetin 1-0611958USSR ChampionshipE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
17. Boleslavsky vs Taimanov  ½-½261958USSR ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
18. Furman vs Taimanov  1-0431958USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
19. Furman vs Spassky 0-1551958USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Spassky vs Krogius 1-0501958USSR ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
21. Spassky vs Tal 0-1731958USSR ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
22. Petrosian vs Taimanov  ½-½231958USSR ChampionshipA10 English
23. Petrosian vs Furman 1-0451958USSR ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
24. Polugaevsky vs Petrosian  ½-½351958USSR ChampionshipE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
25. Polugaevsky vs Suetin 1-0281958USSR ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: This interzonal qualifier was a curious mix of results: the ever-solid Petrosian finished, as so often, undefeated, pounding on the tailenders and drawing all his other games; Korchnoi scored three victories over the eight contestants to finish ahead of him, but only one against those players who finished beneath him, while Polugaevsky managed two draws from five games at the top of the table while scoring solidly against the rest. The latter may well have gone to Portoroz had he fared better against his fellow contenders.
May-10-15  Howard: Maybe I'm wrong, but Spassky's famous last-round loss to Tal, was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the event.
Jun-06-16  Howard: RIP, Victor !
Aug-03-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: There is some background to the tense last round of this tournament at Spassky vs Tal, 1958 (kibitz #32) and the following posts.
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