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USSR Championship Tournament

Viktor Korchnoi14/19(+12 -3 =4)[view games]
Efim Geller13.5/19(+10 -2 =7)[view games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian13.5/19(+10 -2 =7)[view games]
Vladimir Bagirov12/19(+7 -2 =10)[view games]
Lev Polugaevsky11.5/19(+7 -3 =9)[view games]
Yuri Averbakh11/19(+4 -1 =14)[view games]
Vasily Smyslov10.5/19(+3 -1 =15)[view games]
Mark Taimanov10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[view games]
Nikolai V Krogius10/19(+5 -4 =10)[view games]
Boris Spassky10/19(+5 -4 =10)[view games]
Vladimir Simagin9.5/19(+6 -6 =7)[view games]
David Bronstein9/19(+5 -6 =8)[view games]
Anatoly S Lutikov9/19(+5 -6 =8)[view games]
Eduard Gufeld7.5/19(+5 -9 =5)[view games]
Iivo Nei7.5/19(+3 -7 =9)[view games]
Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon6.5/19(+3 -9 =7)[view games]
Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich6.5/19(+4 -10 =5)[view games]
Bukhuti Gurgenidze6/19(+4 -11 =4)[view games]
Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov6/19(+5 -12 =2)[view games]
Alexey Suetin6/19(+2 -9 =8)[view games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1960)

The 27th USSR Championship was held at the Chigorin Chess Club in Leningrad from January 26th to February 26th, 1960. Twenty of the Soviet Union's best grandmasters and masters participated in the event. Mikhail Tal was absent because of his preparation for the coming world championship match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Tigran Petrosian and Vasily Smyslov were exempted into the championship, but the remaining eighteen competitors all qualified from semi-finals. The tournament was the first of four Soviet final wins for Viktor Korchnoi. Here he dominated with 14/19, earning wins against over half the field. However, he only edged out Efim Geller and Petrosian by half a point at the end with a stellar three win streak in the final rounds. This tournament also saw the famous King's Gambit game between Boris Spassky and David Bronstein in the sixteenth round that would later be featured in the James Bond film, From Russia With Love.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Korchnoi * 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14 =2 Geller 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 =2 Petrosian * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 4 Bagirov 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 12 5 Polugaevsky 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 6 Averbakh 1 1 * 0 1 1 11 =7 Smyslov 0 * 1 1 1 10 =7 Taimanov 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 10 =9 Krogius 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 1 0 1 10 =9 Spassky 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 10 11 Simagin 1 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 9 =12 Bronstein 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 9 =12 Lutikov 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 9 =14 Gufeld 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 * 1 0 0 0 1 7 =14 Nei 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 7 =16 Liberzon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 0 6 =16 Shamkovich 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 0 0 1 6 =18 Gurgenidze 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 * 0 6 =18 Sakharov 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 * 0 6 =18 Suetin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 6

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1960, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Bagirov vs Averbakh  ½-½23 1960 USSR ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. Suetin vs Bronstein ½-½78 1960 USSR ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Geller vs Petrosian ½-½25 1960 USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. Spassky vs Polugaevsky ½-½24 1960 USSR ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Y Sakharov vs Gufeld  1-029 1960 USSR ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Krogius vs Gurgenidze  ½-½24 1960 USSR ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. I Nei vs L Shamkovich  1-056 1960 USSR ChampionshipA16 English
8. Smyslov vs Simagin  ½-½51 1960 USSR ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
9. Lutikov vs Korchnoi 1-066 1960 USSR ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
10. Taimanov vs V Liberzon  1-030 1960 USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
11. V Liberzon vs Y Sakharov  1-050 1960 USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
12. Gurgenidze vs Geller 0-141 1960 USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. Bronstein vs Lutikov 1-029 1960 USSR ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
14. L Shamkovich vs Smyslov  ½-½65 1960 USSR ChampionshipD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. Polugaevsky vs Simagin 1-042 1960 USSR ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
16. Averbakh vs Krogius  ½-½74 1960 USSR ChampionshipD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
17. Petrosian vs Suetin 1-024 1960 USSR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. Korchnoi vs Taimanov  ½-½29 1960 USSR ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
19. Gufeld vs I Nei  ½-½18 1960 USSR ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
20. Spassky vs Bagirov 0-141 1960 USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Taimanov vs Bronstein ½-½44 1960 USSR ChampionshipA21 English
22. Y Sakharov vs Korchnoi 0-145 1960 USSR ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
23. Bagirov vs Polugaevsky  ½-½29 1960 USSR ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Smyslov vs Gufeld ½-½38 1960 USSR ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. Geller vs Averbakh  ½-½26 1960 USSR ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-02-14  Everett: From 59-61, Bronstein's results went significantly south, this tournament being but one example.

From 62-65, buoyed perhaps by a last gasp at the WC cycle before getting up in age, he played some strong and inventive chess.

Mar-02-14  waustad: 19 rounds in an era with adjournments. It is hard to imagine that many rounds for anything other than a blitz tournament now.
Sep-07-16  ughaibu: Have reasons been mooted for Spassky's poor result in this championship?
Sep-07-16  Troller: <ughaibu: Have reasons been mooted for Spassky's poor result in this championship?>

In his early career, Spassky was known to finish poorly, Korchnoi had a remark that he would lose against Spassky in the first half of a tournament, but win in the second. Korchnoi attributes this to tiredness resulting from overambitious play, but I think also he was viewed as getting nervous towards final rounds.

However, I have not checked the order of the rounds if this explanation fits this particular tournament. It was the case for USSR Championship 1961a (1961) though.

Sep-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: USSR championships in this era were brutal - really tough competition - +1 is not a bad score
Sep-07-16  ughaibu: Troller and Plang: I don't think that general considerations, such as those, can account for his result. He first played in the Soviet Championship in 1955, this is said to have been one of the strongest, and finished equal third to fourth, half a point behind the winners. Here are his full results, place and distance behind winner:

1955: 3/4 -0.5
1956: 1/3
1957: 4/5 -1
1958: 5/6 -2
1959: 2/3 -1
1960: 9/10 -4
1961a: 5/6 -2.5
1961b: 1
1962: 5 -1.5
1963: 1/3
1973: 1

Sep-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Whilst one would could hardly refer to it as his annus horribilis, the year 1960 was not the kindest to Spassky, given his performance here, as well as the loss to Lombardy at Leningrad and the retribution which followed.
Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I just saw this post at Smyslov vs Petrosian, 1960, made at a time when this tournament did not have its own page.

<ughaibu: Players names followed by number of draws in this tournament and average number of moves in those draws:

Korchnoi: 4-28
Geller: 7-39
Petrosian: 7-33
Bagirov: 10-31
Polugaevsky: 9-40
Averbakh: 14-48
Smyslov: 15-48
Taimanov: 9-41
Spassky: 10-46
Krogius: 10-39
Simagin: 7-35
Lutikov: 8-31
Bronstein: 8-40
Gufeld: 5-30
Nei: 9-36
Shamkovich: 5-46
Liberzon: 7-41
Gurgenidze: 4-36
Suetin: 8-37
Sakharov: 2-53

Total number of draws: 69, overall mean length: 44...>

Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Bit surprising really to see Korchnoi with the shortest average of moves in his draws and not Petrosian, but matters would have been different but for Iron Tigran's 105-mover with Smyslov, which offset all his usual brevities.
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