|USSR Championship (1967)|
The 35th USSR Championship was held in Kharkov from December 7-26, 1967, and was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution which brought the Communist Party to power. For such an occasion, it was felt that a return to mass participation was in order, so the tournament was organized as a 13-round Swiss for 130 players.|
Of course, there were other reasons. 1967 had been a very busy year for the top Soviet players, with major international tournaments in Leningrad and Moscow as well as the Sousse Interzonal (1967). Many were expected to skip the Championship to rest, so it seemed a good idea to open things up and see what kind of talent was out there.
Quite a few of the top stars did skip the tournament, and were probably not too disappointed. The Swiss System format proved very unpopular with complaints about the pairings starting in the very first round. By the end, several players had dropped out and the general opinion was that the Swiss System might work well enough in bourgeois nations like the United States, but the Soviet Union would henceforth stick to its elitist round robins. Tal summed up matters well by remarking: "The Swiss System is good: we should adopt it again for the one hundred year anniversary of the Revolution!"
Some future stars did make their debuts, such as Lev Alburt, Mark Dvoretsky, Boris Gulko, Gennady Sosonko, Evgeni Sveshnikov, and Rafael Vaganian. However, the co-champions were the experienced players <Mikhail Tal> and <Lev Polugaevsky>. See for yourself:
Kharkov, Soviet Union (Ukraine), 7-26 December 1967
10.0: 1. Lev Polugaevsky; 2. Mikhail Tal
9.5: 3. Evgeni Vasiukov; 4. Mark Taimanov; 5. Igor V Platonov
9.0: 6. Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov; 7. Vladimir Antoshin
8.5: 8. Valerij Zhuravliov; 9. Vladimir Bagirov; 10. Semyon Abramovich Furman; 11. Ratmir Kholmov; 12. Viktor Savelievich Zheliandinov; 13. Alexander Zaitsev; 14. Alexander Izvozchikov; 15. Mikhail Steinberg; 16. Viacheslav Osnos; 17. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov
8.0: 18. Alexander Chistiakov; 19. Eduard Bukhman; 20. Lev Alburt; 21. Vladimir Savon; 22. Alexandr Sinyavsky; 23. Anatoly Lein; 24. Oleg Ivanovich Donchenko; 25. Eduard A Mnatsakanian; 26. Anatoly Volovich
7.5: 27. Anatoly S Lutikov; 28. Sergey Krasnov; 29. Vitaly Tseshkovsky; 30. Bukhuti Gurgenidze; 31. Naum L Levin; 32. Oleg Pavlenko; 33. Yuri Shilov; 34. Vitaly Georgievich Tarasov; 35. Gennady Sosonko; 36. Mark Danilovich Tseitlin; 37. Alexander Cherepkov; 38. Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov; 39. Elizbar Ubilava; 40. Gennadi Kuzmin
7.0: 41. Vladimir V Arseniev; 42. Viacheslav Dydyshko; 43. Samuel Markovich Zhukhovitsky; 44. Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko; 45. Yuri V Nikolaevsky; 46. Vladimir Doroshkievich; 47. Vladas Jonovich Mikenas; 48. <L. Gudim>; 49. Janis Klovans; 50. Yacov Murey; 51. Oleg Privorotsky; 52. Ilya Mikliaev; 53. Iivo Nei; 54. (bad chessgames.com link); 55. Oleg L Chernikov; 56. Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov; 57. Yuri S Gusev
6.5: 58. Algimantas Butnorius; 59. Aleksander S Nikitin; 60. <L. Slutsky>; 61. Vanik Zakharian; 62. Roman Pelts; 63. Nikolay Sergeevich Popov; 64. Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev; 65. Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky; 66. Vladlen Yakovlevich Zurakhov; 67. Rafael Vaganian; 68. Dzhemal Beradze; 69. Iosif Slepoy; 70. Anatoly Shmit
6.0: 71. Valery I Zilberstein; 72. Igor Belov; 73. Yosef Kagan; 74. Valeri S Korensky; 75. Boris Rumiantsev; 76. <B. Sorokin>; 77. Genrikh Chepukaitis; 78. Alexander Shamis-Pavlov; 79. Mikhail Shereshevsky; 80. Vladimir Bykov; 81. <A. Kremenetsky>; 82. Alexander I Tuzovsky; 83. Vladimir I Alterman; 84. V Voloshin; 85. Boris Kalinkin; 86. Vladimir N Kozlov; 87. Khanan Lvovich Muchnik; 88. (bad chessgames.com link)
5.5: 89. Evgeny Gik; 90. E Karkmazov; 91. <E. Belokurov>; 92. Boris Gulko; 93. <I. Kalinsky>; 94. Valentin Kirilov; 95. Yury Isakovich Kots; 96. Vladimir A Muratov; 97. <A. Polikarpov>; 98. V Seleznev; 99. Alexander N Vaisman; 100. Vladimir Zagorovsky; 101. <N. Razvalyaev>
5.0: 102. Evgeny Terpugov; 103. Valery N Bykov; 104. Roman Izrailevich Levit; 105. Archil Tsereteli; 106. <K. Cherskikh>; 107. Vladimir Voronov; 108. Hillar Karner; 109. <A. Smetanin>; 110. <V. Sazonov>; 111. Tonu Oim; 112. <Kh. Lyuk>; 113. Robert Seoev
4.5: 114. Neron Valiev; 115. (bad chessgames.com link); 116. Andrey Lukin; 117. Anatolij Noskov; 118. Anatoly Anokhin; 119. Vakulenko; 120. Rein Toomas Etruk
4.0: 121. <I. Evelnin>; 122. Vladimir Karasev; 123. Valentin Sorokin; 124. <Ya. Amakov>
3.0: 125. <Y. Gureev>
1.5: 126. <M. Varzhepetian>
Did not finish: 127. Valery Zhidkov (5.0/9); 128. Vladimir Simagin (2.5/4); 129. Oleg Leonidovich Moiseev (2.5/6); 130. Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov 0.5/5
Unfortunately, this is about all the information available; no crosstable of the event can be found, and only about one-fourth of the games are available. Told you it wasn't popular.
Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1967, by User: Phony Benoni.
| page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 187
|1. V Mikenas vs N Kopilov
|| ||1-0||40||1967||USSR Championship||A56 Benoni Defense|
|2. Klovans vs Chistiakov
|| ||0-1||51||1967||USSR Championship||C11 French|
|3. V Kirilov vs V S Korensky
|| ||0-1||29||1967||USSR Championship||A28 English|
|4. R Kimelfeld vs L Slutzky
|| ||1-0||42||1967||USSR Championship||A36 English|
|5. R Kimelfeld vs Furman
|| ||0-1||44||1967||USSR Championship||A36 English|
|6. Kholmov vs V Mikenas
|| ||1-0||41||1967||USSR Championship||C42 Petrov Defense|
|7. Karasev vs S Zhukhovitsky
|| ||0-1||37||1967||USSR Championship||D75 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5|
|8. Karasev vs O Pavlenko
|| ||0-1||36||1967||USSR Championship||C70 Ruy Lopez|
|9. I A Kalinski vs I Nei
|| ||0-1||36||1967||USSR Championship||D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|10. Y Kagan vs H Karner
|| ||1-0||26||1967||USSR Championship||B08 Pirc, Classical|
|11. Klovans vs Y Nikolaevsky
|| ||0-1||45||1967||USSR Championship||B06 Robatsch|
|12. Y Kots vs Doroshkievich
|| ||1-0||41||1967||USSR Championship||E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|13. V N Kozlov vs Cherepkov
|| ||½-½||49||1967||USSR Championship||B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation|
|14. A Lukin vs V Zheliandinov
|| ||0-1||42||1967||USSR Championship||B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|15. A Lukin vs Tseshkovsky
|| ||0-1||35||1967||USSR Championship||C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O|
|16. N Levin vs A Zaitsev
|| ||½-½||38||1967||USSR Championship||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|17. N Levin vs Lutikov
|| ||0-1||42||1967||USSR Championship||D94 Grunfeld|
|18. N Levin vs M Dvoretsky
|| ||1-0||36||1967||USSR Championship||E61 King's Indian|
|19. G Kuzmin vs Karasev
|| ||1-0||28||1967||USSR Championship||D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|20. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky
|| ||1-0||27||1967||USSR Championship||A44 Old Benoni Defense|
|21. G Kuzmin vs V Arseniev
|| ||1-0||41||1967||USSR Championship||E20 Nimzo-Indian|
|22. V N Kozlov vs S Zhukhovitsky
|| ||1-0||57||1967||USSR Championship||C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense|
|23. A Izvozchikov vs Furman
|| ||½-½||35||1967||USSR Championship||B44 Sicilian|
|24. Y Gusev vs G Chepukaitis
|| ||1-0||39||1967||USSR Championship||B07 Pirc|
|25. Cherepkov vs Savon
|| ||½-½||48||1967||USSR Championship||D71 Neo-Grunfeld|
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|Apr-03-15|| ||Howard: Certainly never knew that the 1967 edition was a SWISS event !|
|Apr-03-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: The amount of games altogether... Yikes, and so many unkibitzed games! The absence of many top players tells among other possible reasons.|
Even then, multiple debutants here! In that regard, well thought by Soviet chess body to give a chance for many promising names. Need to have a look at these games!
Kudos to <Phony Benoni>!
|Apr-03-15|| ||Benzol: <Howard> <Certainly never knew that the 1967 edition was a SWISS event !>|
Fortunately it was an experiment that was never repeated.
|Apr-03-15|| ||WannaBe: 13-round Swiss, Rashid only played in 4? Or 4 games that we have record of?|
|Apr-03-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: <WannaBe> Hard to say, depends on when or if he dropped out. I really like your avatar by the way! :P|
|Apr-03-15|| ||WannaBe: <A. T PhoneHome> thanks! =)|
|Apr-03-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: <WannaBe> My name isn't a misspelling of E.T by the way; just a play on my name's initials for your knowledge.|
Maybe one day I'll play a sacrifice of my own and sacrifice some for Premium Membership! Until then, I'll try and enjoy myself here.
|Apr-04-15|| ||hemy: In the article "USSR Championship (1967)" the name Vladas Ivanovich Mikenas is wrong. |
On his personal page the name already changed to Vladas Jonovich Mikenas, as per my advise.
|Apr-04-15|| ||alexmagnus: <Fortunately it was an experiment that was never repeated.>|
It was. The <last> Soviet championship, in 1991, was a 64-player, 11-round Swiss without tiebreakers (the latter matters, as there eventually were two champions in that year, Minasian and Magerramov).
|Apr-05-15|| ||Benzol: <alexmagnus> Thanks for the correction. Yes, I'd forgotten about the last championship. |
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