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USSR Championship Tournament

Vladimir Savon15/21(+9 -0 =12)[games]
Vasily Smyslov13.5/21(+6 -0 =15)[games]
Mikhail Tal13.5/21(+9 -3 =9)[games]
Anatoly Karpov13/21(+7 -2 =12)[games]
Leonid Stein12/21(+8 -5 =8)[games]
Yuri Balashov12/21(+8 -5 =8)[games]
David Bronstein11.5/21(+7 -5 =9)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky11.5/21(+6 -4 =11)[games]
Mark Taimanov11/21(+6 -5 =10)[games]
Albert Zinovievich Kapengut10.5/21(+6 -6 =9)[games]
Nikolai Krogius10.5/21(+5 -5 =11)[games]
Igor V Platonov10/21(+4 -5 =12)[games]
Anatoly Lein10/21(+6 -7 =8)[games]
Efim Geller9.5/21(+4 -6 =11)[games]
Vladimir Karasev9/21(+4 -7 =10)[games]
Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich9/21(+5 -8 =8)[games]
Rafael Vaganian8.5/21(+4 -8 =9)[games]
Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov8.5/21(+4 -8 =9)[games]
Yuri V Nikolaevsky8.5/21(+5 -9 =7)[games]
Karen Ashotovich Grigorian8/21(+4 -9 =8)[games]
Roman Dzindzichashvili8/21(+2 -7 =12)[games]
Mark Danilovich Tseitlin8/21(+6 -11 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1971)

The 39th Soviet Chess Championship was a category XI event held in the city of Leningrad from September 15 to October 18, 1971. Thirteen of the USSR's strongest masters and grandmasters qualified for the round robin tournament from the four Soviet semi-finals held earlier in the year. The qualifiers were (with ELO): Anatoly Lein (2510), Vladimir Savon (2570) and Leonid Shamkovich (2520) from Ivano-Frankovsk; Nikolai Krogius (2575), Karen Grigorian (2430) and Albert Kapengut (2450) from Perm; Anatoli Karpov (2540), Rafael Vaganian (2510), Roman Dzindzichashvili (2480) and Vladimir Karasev from Daugavpils; and Yuri Nikolaevsky (2490), Igor Platonov (2470), and Mark Tseitlin from Novosibirsk. Nine of the Soviet Union's very best players were also invited to complete the field, including (in order of ELO): Lev Polugaevsky (2640), Vasily Smyslov (2620), Mikhail Tal (2620), Efim Geller (2615), Leonid Stein (2605), Mark Taimanov (2600), David Bronstein (2590), Yuri Balashov (2570), and Vladimir Tukmakov (2565). This edition of the championship was witness to an enormous upset as International Master Vladimir Savon, who was not even among the top rated grandmasters present, won clear first in a field that included two former world champions and five former Soviet champions. Savon went undefeated and earned his crown with an impressive score of 15/21.

Leningrad, Soviet Union (Russia), 15 September - 18 October 1971 (1)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts 1 Savon * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15 =2 Smyslov * 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 =2 Tal * 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 13 4 Karpov 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 13 =5 Stein 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 12 =5 Balashov 0 0 1 * 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 =7 Bronstein 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 11 =7 Polugaevsky 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 0 11 9 Taimanov 0 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 11 =10 Kapengut 1 1 0 0 0 * 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 10 =10 Krogius 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 10 =12 Platonov 0 1 * 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 10 =12 Lein 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 0 0 1 1 10 14 Geller 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 1 0 0 1 9 =15 Karasev 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 1 0 9 =15 Shamkovich 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 * 0 0 1 0 9 =17 Vaganian 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 0 1 0 8 =17 Tukmakov 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 0 0 8 =17 Nikolaevsky 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 * 0 0 8 =20 Grigorian 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 8 =20 Dzindzichashvili 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 8 =20 Tseitlin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 * 8

(1) Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov, The Soviet Championships (Cadogan 1998), pp. 154-156. Opening ceremony was on 14 September.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1971, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 231  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs Taimanov 1-0491971USSR ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
2. Karasev vs L Shamkovich 1-0571971USSR ChampionshipD74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O
3. Savon vs Tal  ½-½371971USSR ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. Stein vs Polugaevsky 1-0361971USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
5. I Platonov vs Dzindzichashvili  1-0551971USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. A Z Kapengut vs V Tukmakov 1-0411971USSR ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
7. K Grigorian vs A Lein  ½-½451971USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Y Nikolaevsky vs Krogius 0-1441971USSR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. Smyslov vs Balashov  ½-½251971USSR ChampionshipD95 Grunfeld
10. Bronstein vs M D Tseitlin 1-0401971USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. Geller vs Vaganian  ½-½511971USSR ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. L Shamkovich vs Bronstein 0-1561971USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Taimanov vs Stein 0-1611971USSR ChampionshipA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
14. Tal vs A Z Kapengut  ½-½201971USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Dzindzichashvili vs Krogius  ½-½881971USSR ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
16. Polugaevsky vs Smyslov  ½-½171971USSR ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
17. I Platonov vs K Grigorian 1-0291971USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
18. Balashov vs Savon 0-1481971USSR ChampionshipA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
19. Vaganian vs Karpov 1-0271971USSR ChampionshipA14 English
20. A Lein vs Geller  0-1561971USSR ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
21. M D Tseitlin vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0261971USSR ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
22. V Tukmakov vs Karasev  ½-½241971USSR ChampionshipA22 English
23. Savon vs Polugaevsky 1-0351971USSR ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Bronstein vs V Tukmakov 0-1411971USSR ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. K Grigorian vs Dzindzichashvili  0-1411971USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-17-14  GumboGambit: This tournament represented the pinnacle of Savons career. A resounding victory, going undefeated and finishing more than one point ahead of three different WCs. Now that is something to hang the proverbial hat on.
Dec-16-14  suenteus po 147: <GumboGambit> Karpov wouldn't be world champion for another four years, but your point is still well taken.
Feb-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Does Savon's victory qualify as the biggest USSR championship upset in history?

What do the historians say?

Jul-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SpaceRunner: " Fusilli: Does Savon's victory qualify as the biggest USSR championship upset in history? What do the historians say?"

I don't know about the historians but I would say YES !!

Jul-17-15  Howard: He wasn't even a grandmaster at the time.
Jul-17-15  Harvestman: These days someone would accuse him of cheating via computers.
Jul-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SpaceRunner: Harvestman

Unfortunately you are absolutely right.. I have had the same thought! In case of allegations of cheating there are programs which can determine if there are cheating going on.

Salov learned chess at a very old age compared to most masters then and now!

Jul-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: Where was Spassky?
Jul-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SpaceRunner: I guess he was preparing for the match against Fischer

More about Spassky:

http://www.kingpinchess.net/2007/11...

morfishine: Where was Spassky?

Jul-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <SpaceRunner> Thanks for the very interesting interview article!

I was thinking maybe Spassky was preparing for the 1972 match, but then I thought "What better way to prepare than to play a bunch of Russian Grandmasters?"

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May-06-16  suenteus po 147: Funnily enough, Lein and Shamkovich would compete together in the United States Chess Championships in just a few years too.
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