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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 13 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. Spassky vs G Borisenko 1-0491958USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Spassky vs Polugaevsky 1-0411958USSR ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Polugaevsky vs Tolush  1-0641958USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Gurgenidze vs Polugaevsky  ½-½281958USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Averbakh vs Polugaevsky 1-0301958USSR ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
6. A Bannik vs Polugaevsky  ½-½291958USSR ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
7. Polugaevsky vs Boleslavsky  ½-½301958USSR ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
8. Bronstein vs Polugaevsky 1-0431958USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Taimanov vs Spassky  ½-½151958USSR ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
10. Spassky vs Krogius 1-0501958USSR ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
11. Furman vs Spassky 0-1551958USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Spassky vs Boleslavsky ½-½421958USSR ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
13. Spassky vs Tolush 1-0271958USSR ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Suetin vs Furman  1-0411958USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. Polugaevsky vs Suetin 1-0281958USSR ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
16. Polugaevsky vs Petrosian  ½-½351958USSR ChampionshipE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
17. Suetin vs Kotov 0-1511958USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. Boleslavsky vs Kotov  ½-½181958USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. Kotov vs Averbakh 0-1421958USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
20. Petrosian vs Kotov  ½-½261958USSR ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
21. Kotov vs A Bannik  1-0531958USSR ChampionshipA16 English
22. Taimanov vs Kotov 1-0681958USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Kotov vs Tal 0-1481958USSR ChampionshipE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
24. Kotov vs Gurgenidze  ½-½621958USSR ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
25. Gurgenidze vs Petrosian  ½-½301958USSR ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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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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