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USSR Championship 1968/69 Tournament

Alexander Zaitsev12.5/19(+6 -0 =13)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky12.5/19(+7 -1 =11)[games]
Anatoly S Lutikov11.5/19(+9 -5 =5)[games]
Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon11/19(+6 -3 =10)[games]
Vitaly Tseshkovsky11/19(+8 -5 =6)[games]
Evgeni Vasiukov10.5/19(+7 -5 =7)[games]
Janis Yanovich Klovans10.5/19(+7 -5 =7)[games]
Mikhail Podgaets10.5/19(+4 -2 =13)[games]
Mikhail Tal10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov10.5/19(+3 -1 =15)[games]
Yuri Averbakh10/19(+4 -3 =12)[games]
Anatoly Lein10/19(+5 -4 =10)[games]
Viacheslav Osnos10/19(+5 -4 =10)[games]
Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov9/19(+5 -6 =8)[games]
Vladimir Bagirov8.5/19(+2 -4 =13)[games]
Bukhuti Gurgenidze8.5/19(+3 -5 =11)[games]
Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev8.5/19(+4 -6 =9)[games]
Igor V Platonov6.5/19(+3 -9 =7)[games]
Alexander Cherepkov4.5/19(+0 -10 =9)[games]
Yuri Mikhailovich Nikitin3.5/19(+1 -13 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship 1968/69

The 36th USSR Championship was held in Alma-Ata (now called Almaty), Kazakhstan. (1) Twenty of the Soviet Union's best grandmasters and masters were invited to, and qualified for, the event. The tournament was a second straight victory for Polugaevsky, who had won the 126 player Swiss-style championship the year before alongside Mikhail Tal. Although Tal was present again, it was Alexander Zaitsev who tied with Polugaevsky after the initial event. A six game playoff to determine first place was held after the championship's completion, and Polugaevsky won clear first with 3 points over Zaitsev's 2 points. This win would be Polugaevsky's final Soviet championship title.

Alma-Ata, Soviet Union (Kazakhstan), 30 December 1968 - 1 February 1969 (2)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts =1 Zaitsev, A * 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 =1 Polugaevsky * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 12 3 Lutikov 0 0 * 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 =4 Liberzon 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 11 =4 Tseshkovsky 0 1 1 * 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 11 =6 Vasiukov 1 0 0 * 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 10 =6 Klovans 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 10 =6 Podgaets 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 10 =6 Tal 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 10 =6 Kholmov 1 0 * 1 1 10 =11 Averbakh 0 1 1 * 0 0 1 1 10 =11 Lein 0 0 1 1 1 * 0 1 0 1 10 =11 Osnos 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 10 14 Sakharov 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 9 =15 Bagirov 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 8 =15 Gurgenidze 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 8 =15 Zaitsev, I 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 8 18 Platonov 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 6 19 Cherepkov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 4 20 Nikitin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 3

First place playoff:

1 Polugaevsky 0 1 1 3 2 Zaitsev 1 0 0 2

(1) Wikipedia article: Almaty.
(2) Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov, The Soviet Championships (Cadogan 1998), pp. 141-143.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1968/69, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 196  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bagirov vs Vasiukov  ½-½161968USSR Championship 1968/69A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
2. Cherepkov vs Podgaets ½-½781968USSR Championship 1968/69B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
3. Tal vs I Zaitsev 1-0491968USSR Championship 1968/69C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
4. Averbakh vs V Osnos  ½-½411968USSR Championship 1968/69A47 Queen's Indian
5. Klovans vs V Liberzon  ½-½411968USSR Championship 1968/69C67 Ruy Lopez
6. A Lein vs Y Sakharov  1-0721968USSR Championship 1968/69B25 Sicilian, Closed
7. Y M Nikitin vs Gurgenidze  ½-½201968USSR Championship 1968/69A30 English, Symmetrical
8. Kholmov vs Polugaevsky  ½-½401968USSR Championship 1968/69E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. I Platonov vs Lutikov  0-1541968USSR Championship 1968/69B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. A Zaitsev vs Tseshkovsky 1-0421968USSR Championship 1968/69A46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Tseshkovsky vs Gurgenidze  0-1331969USSR Championship 1968/69B10 Caro-Kann
12. I Zaitsev vs Kholmov  ½-½151969USSR Championship 1968/69C42 Petrov Defense
13. Y Sakharov vs Cherepkov 1-0371969USSR Championship 1968/69A17 English
14. A Zaitsev vs Tal  ½-½231969USSR Championship 1968/69E61 King's Indian
15. V Liberzon vs Averbakh 0-1431969USSR Championship 1968/69C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
16. Vasiukov vs I Platonov 1-0561969USSR Championship 1968/69B53 Sicilian
17. Lutikov vs Klovans  1-0401969USSR Championship 1968/69C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Polugaevsky vs A Lein  ½-½231969USSR Championship 1968/69D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. Podgaets vs Bagirov  ½-½421969USSR Championship 1968/69D22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. V Osnos vs Y M Nikitin  1-0431969USSR Championship 1968/69E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
21. Tal vs Tseshkovsky 1-0281969USSR Championship 1968/69A25 English
22. Bagirov vs Y Sakharov  0-1371969USSR Championship 1968/69E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
23. Cherepkov vs Polugaevsky 0-1411969USSR Championship 1968/69E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Klovans vs Vasiukov  1-0411969USSR Championship 1968/69B03 Alekhine's Defense
25. A Lein vs I Zaitsev  ½-½361969USSR Championship 1968/69C23 Bishop's Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-13-14  Talis: The Championship took place December 30- February 01, so game dates should be 1969.01.??
Jul-27-17  Eagle41257: It's another Nikitin who played in this USSR championship. Yuri Mikhailovich Nikitin (1941 - January 26, 2009) - Soviet and Kazakh chess player, master of sports of the USSR (1964). Participant of the USSR championships in 1967 and 1968/1969. Champion of the Kazakh SSR (1968, 1969).
Jul-28-17  Eagle41257: Yuri Nikitin was the representative of the republuc which organized the championship, i.e. Kazakhstan. It's according to Russian sources. See also: https://www.365chess.com/players/Yu...
Jul-29-17  Eagle41257: Sonas says the same thing: http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...
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