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USSR Championship 1961a Tournament

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian13.5/19(+9 -1 =9)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi13/19(+9 -2 =8)[games]
Leonid Stein12/19(+8 -3 =8)[games]
Efim Geller12/19(+8 -3 =8)[games]
Vasily Smyslov11/19(+5 -2 =12)[games]
Boris Spassky11/19(+7 -4 =8)[games]
Yuri Averbakh10.5/19(+4 -2 =13)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[games]
Vladimir Simagin10/19(+6 -5 =8)[games]
Mark Taimanov10/19(+7 -6 =6)[games]
Semyon Abramovich Furman9.5/19(+6 -6 =7)[games]
David Bronstein9/19(+5 -6 =8)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky9/19(+2 -3 =14)[games]
Eduard Gufeld8/19(+4 -7 =8)[games]
Alexander Cherepkov7.5/19(+3 -7 =9)[games]
Anatoly S Lutikov7.5/19(+3 -7 =9)[games]
Vitaly Georgievich Tarasov7/19(+2 -7 =10)[games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko6.5/19(+3 -9 =7)[games]
Abram Khasin6.5/19(+2 -8 =9)[games]
Anatolij Bannik6/19(+1 -8 =10)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship 1961a

The 28th USSR Championship was played in Moscow from January 11 - February 11, 1961. It was the first of two championships that year, as the January-February scheduling was changed to November-December. The tournament also served as the Soviet Zonal, qualifying four players for the Stockholm Interzonal (1962). The players hoping for an all expenses paid trip to Sweden included:

Yuri Averbakh Anatolij Bannik Isaac Boleslavsky Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko David Bronstein Alexander Cherepkov Semyon Abramovich Furman Efim Geller Eduard Gufeld Abram Khasin Viktor Korchnoi Anatoly S Lutikov Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian Lev Polugaevsky Vladimir Simagin Vasily Smyslov Boris Spassky Leonid Stein Mark Taimanov Vitaly Georgievich Tarasov.

The most prominent newcomer was Leonid Stein, whose sixth round win over Petrosian marked him as a player to be watched. It also irked Petrosian to the extent that he unleashed his claws and scored 9 points in his next 11 games, taking a 1.5 point lead with two rounds to go and coasting from there.

Korchnoi came second with a furious finish, winning his last four games. Geller and Stein took the final two qualifying spots; the former was at or near the top most of the way, while the newcomer won a crucial last-round game against Spassky for the final slot.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Petrosian * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.5 2 Korchnoi 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.0 3 Stein 1 * 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 4 Geller 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 12.0 5 Smyslov 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 1 11.0 6 Spassky 0 0 * 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 7 Averbakh 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 10.5 8 Polugaevsky 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 10.5 9 Simagin 1 0 0 1 1 1 * 0 1 0 0 1 10.0 10 Taimanov 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.0 11 Furman 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 9.5 12 Bronstein 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 0 1 9.0 13 Boleslavsky 0 0 0 * 1 1 9.0 14 Gufeld 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 1 0 1 8.0 15 Cherepkov 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 7.5 16 Lutikov 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 7.5 17 Tarasov 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 0 0 7.0 18 Borisenko 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 * 0 6.5 19 Khasin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 6.5 20 Bannik 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 6.0

The Most Brilliant Game Prize was awarded for Simagin vs Stein, 1961 from Round 5, which is well worth checking out.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1961a, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Polugaevsky vs Stein 1-0401961USSR Championship 1961aE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
2. Taimanov vs Korchnoi 0-1411961USSR Championship 1961aD94 Grunfeld
3. Bronstein vs Geller 1-0201961USSR Championship 1961aE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
4. V Tarasov vs Lutikov  ½-½371961USSR Championship 1961aE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. Gufeld vs Boleslavsky  ½-½411961USSR Championship 1961aB44 Sicilian
6. Spassky vs Smyslov ½-½421961USSR Championship 1961aC49 Four Knights
7. Averbakh vs Furman 1-0321961USSR Championship 1961aC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
8. G Borisenko vs A Bannik 0-1371961USSR Championship 1961aE73 King's Indian
9. A Khasin vs Cherepkov  1-0721961USSR Championship 1961aE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
10. Simagin vs Petrosian ½-½931961USSR Championship 1961aE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
11. Geller vs A Khasin  ½-½551961USSR Championship 1961aB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. Lutikov vs Simagin 1-0391961USSR Championship 1961aB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
13. Cherepkov vs Spassky ½-½371961USSR Championship 1961aE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
14. Gufeld vs Averbakh  ½-½281961USSR Championship 1961aB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Stein vs Taimanov  ½-½201961USSR Championship 1961aB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
16. Furman vs Bronstein  ½-½221961USSR Championship 1961aD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Boleslavsky vs Petrosian  ½-½181961USSR Championship 1961aB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Korchnoi vs G Borisenko 1-0711961USSR Championship 1961aD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. Smyslov vs Polugaevsky ½-½291961USSR Championship 1961aE14 Queen's Indian
20. A Bannik vs V Tarasov  ½-½351961USSR Championship 1961aE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
21. Taimanov vs Smyslov 0-1741961USSR Championship 1961aD94 Grunfeld
22. Petrosian vs Lutikov 1-0531961USSR Championship 1961aE92 King's Indian
23. Averbakh vs Boleslavsky  ½-½241961USSR Championship 1961aB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
24. Polugaevsky vs Cherepkov  ½-½411961USSR Championship 1961aE14 Queen's Indian
25. G Borisenko vs Stein  ½-½911961USSR Championship 1961aE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Famous game from this tournament: Stein crushing Petrosian's Winawer in a mere 26 moves!

Stein vs Petrosian, 1961

Jun-27-13  ewan14: Infamous game ? !

Spassky's loss to Lev. P while going for an '' immortal '' king march

Apr-06-15  A.T PhoneHome: <notyetagm> <ewan14> Also famous/interesting games from this USSR Championship:

Bronstein vs Geller, 1961

Taimanov vs Smyslov, 1961

Petrosian vs Lutikov, 1961

Bronstein vs Gufeld, 1961

Geller vs Polugaevsky, 1961

Simagin vs Stein, 1961

Averbakh vs Spassky, 1961

Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961

Spassky vs Bronstein, 1961

Lutikov vs Stein, 1961

Cherepkov vs Petrosian, 1961

Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961

Furman vs Petrosian, 1961

Petrosian vs Gufeld, 1961

Bronstein vs Simagin, 1961

Stein vs Geller, 1961

Spassky vs Simagin, 1961

Geller vs Smyslov, 1961

Spassky vs Lutikov, 1961

G Borisenko vs V Tarasov, 1961

Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1961

Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1961

Stein vs Bronstein, 1961

Boleslavsky vs Furman, 1961

Stein vs Spassky, 1961

I know it's a big list but one must consider this tournament page has 190 games. And word "interesting" has more ambiguity than word "famous" so... I hope you enjoy!

P.S. My attempt at humour:

Hard-fought drawing game - A Bannik vs Petrosian, 1961

May-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karne: When Petrosian (who had maintained a perfect record for quite some time) was beaten in a sedulously grotesque manner by a sedated Leonid Stein, the chess world exploded in surprise!
Dec-19-16  ughaibu: Small typo in the introduction: "nor" should be 'or'.
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