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USSR Championship 1961b Tournament

Boris Spassky14.5/20(+10 -1 =9)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky14/20(+10 -2 =8)[games]
David Bronstein12.5/20(+6 -1 =13)[games]
Evgeni Vasiukov12/20(+7 -3 =10)[games]
Mikhail Tal12/20(+7 -3 =10)[games]
Yuri Averbakh11.5/20(+7 -4 =9)[games]
Mark Taimanov11.5/20(+7 -4 =9)[games]
Aivars Gipslis11/20(+5 -3 =12)[games]
Paul Keres11/20(+4 -2 =14)[games]
Vasily Smyslov11/20(+6 -4 =10)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov11/20(+7 -5 =8)[games]
Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich10.5/20(+7 -6 =7)[games]
Abram Khasin9.5/20(+5 -6 =9)[games]
Boris T Vladimirov8/20(+6 -10 =4)[games]
Yury Isakovich Kots8/20(+5 -9 =6)[games]
Vladislav Shiyanovsky8/20(+3 -7 =10)[games]
Anatoly Lein7.5/20(+2 -7 =11)[games]
Vladimir Savon7.5/20(+4 -9 =7)[games]
Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov7/20(+4 -10 =6)[games]
Vladimir Bagirov6/20(+1 -9 =10)[games]
Bukhuti Gurgenidze6/20(+3 -11 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship 1961b

The 29th Soviet Chess Championship was the second of two championships held in the calendar year 1961. Twenty-one of the Soviet Union's strongest masters and grandmasters participated, many of whom had participated in the previous championship earlier in the year, which had also been counted as a zonal tournament. In particular were Boris Spassky and Vasily Smyslov, who had both barely lost seats to the Stockholm interzonal to be played in 1962. Spassky had had an amazing run until he was derailed by a loss to Lev Polugaevsky, then lost his last two games of the previous championship to finish sixth behind Smyslov. In this championship, with the absence of Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Viktor Korchnoi, Leonid Stein, and Efim Geller (who had all respectively finished in the top four, securing their participation at Stockholm), Spassky and Smyslov dominated from the start by leading 3/4 after the first four rounds. Spassky then defeated Smyslov in their head-to-head encounter in round five, securing his lead for the rest of the tournament. Another significant victory on his road to the crown was his rematch with Polugaevsky, who had put a stop to his previous run. This time Spassky defeated Polugaevsky, which ended up being the decisive game of the tournament, as Polugaevsky went 7/8 in the final rounds, but was not enough to overcome Spassky's superb play. The future world champion won his first of two career Soviet crowns with an impressive 14/20, having scored wins against half the field. Spassky's success was credited in part to his taking on Igor Bondarevsky as his trainer after his disappointing result at the Moscow championship. Spassky would eventually triumph at the next Soviet zonal and begin his journey to becoming champion of the world.

Baku, Soviet Union (Azerbaijan), 16 November - 20 December 1961 (1)

S P B V T A T G K S K S K V K S L S N B G Pts 1 Spassky * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 14 2 Polugaevsky 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14 3 Bronstein * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 =4 Vasiukov 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 12 =4 Tal 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 12 =6 Averbakh 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 11 =6 Taimanov 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 11 =8 Gipslis 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 11 =8 Keres 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 11 =8 Smyslov 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 11 =8 Kholmov 1 0 0 * 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 11 12 Shamkovich 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 10 13 Khasin 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 9 =14 Vladimirov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 8 =14 Kots 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 0 0 1 1 8 =14 Shiyanovsky 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 0 8 =17 Lein 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 7 =17 Savon 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 * 7 19 Nezhmetdinov 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 7 =20 Bagirov 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 6 =20 Gurgenidze 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 6

(1) Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov, The Soviet Championships (Cadogan 1998), pp. 112-115.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1961 b, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 210  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Kots vs Spassky 0-1241961USSR Championship 1961bC87 Ruy Lopez
2. Keres vs A Lein  ½-½411961USSR Championship 1961bC10 French
3. Gipslis vs Gurgenidze  1-0281961USSR Championship 1961bB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. V Shiyanovsky vs B Vladimirov  ½-½421961USSR Championship 1961bB44 Sicilian
5. Savon vs Nezhmetdinov  ½-½321961USSR Championship 1961bA21 English
6. Smyslov vs Polugaevsky 1-0421961USSR Championship 1961bC26 Vienna
7. Averbakh vs Taimanov  ½-½301961USSR Championship 1961bE14 Queen's Indian
8. Vasiukov vs A Khasin  ½-½191961USSR Championship 1961bC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Kholmov vs Bronstein  ½-½201961USSR Championship 1961bC42 Petrov Defense
10. Bagirov vs L Shamkovich  0-1391961USSR Championship 1961bC48 Four Knights
11. Gurgenidze vs Savon  ½-½581961USSR Championship 1961bB10 Caro-Kann
12. A Khasin vs Y Kots  1-0321961USSR Championship 1961bB89 Sicilian
13. Tal vs Bagirov  ½-½411961USSR Championship 1961bB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. A Lein vs Smyslov  0-1411961USSR Championship 1961bC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. B Vladimirov vs Averbakh 0-1201961USSR Championship 1961bE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
16. Polugaevsky vs Kholmov  ½-½421961USSR Championship 1961bE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
17. L Shamkovich vs V Shiyanovsky  ½-½521961USSR Championship 1961bC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
18. Nezhmetdinov vs Keres  ½-½211961USSR Championship 1961bB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
19. Taimanov vs Vasiukov  ½-½491961USSR Championship 1961bE92 King's Indian
20. Spassky vs Gipslis 1-0301961USSR Championship 1961bB24 Sicilian, Closed
21. Keres vs Gurgenidze  ½-½481961USSR Championship 1961bA48 King's Indian
22. Kholmov vs A Lein  1-0421961USSR Championship 1961bC77 Ruy Lopez
23. Averbakh vs L Shamkovich  ½-½281961USSR Championship 1961bB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Gipslis vs A Khasin  ½-½271961USSR Championship 1961bC18 French, Winawer
25. Y Kots vs Taimanov  1-0531961USSR Championship 1961bB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
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