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USSR Championship Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik12.5/17(+8 -0 =9)[games]
Alexander Kotov11.5/17(+9 -3 =5)[games]
Sergey Vsevolodovich Belavenets11/17(+6 -1 =10)[games]
Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov10.5/17(+5 -1 =11)[games]
Vitaly Chekhover10.5/17(+7 -3 =7)[games]
Igor Bondarevsky10/17(+6 -3 =8)[games]
Georgy Lisitsin9/17(+4 -3 =10)[games]
Grigory Levenfish8.5/17(+6 -6 =5)[games]
Peter Vasilievich Dubinin8.5/17(+3 -3 =11)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin8.5/17(+6 -6 =5)[games]
Vasily Panov8/17(+3 -4 =10)[games]
Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich8/17(+4 -5 =8)[games]
Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan7.5/17(+4 -6 =7)[games]
Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush6.5/17(+4 -8 =5)[games]
Iosif Pogrebissky6.5/17(+5 -9 =3)[games]
Alexander Chistiakov5/17(+2 -9 =6)[games]
Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky3.5/14(+1 -8 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1939)
The 11th USSR Championship was held in Leningrad from April 16 to May 15, 1939, with the following players:

Sergey Vsevolodovich Belavenets, Igor Bondarevsky, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vitaly Chekhover, Alexander Chistiakov, Peter Vasilievich Dubinin, Ilia Abramovich Kan, Alexander Kotov, Grigory Levenfish, Georgy Lisitsin, Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov, Vasily Panov, Iosif Pogrebissky, Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich, Viacheslav Ragozin, Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky, Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush, Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.

Botvinnik was the clear favorite despite a six-year absence from the Championship, but it wasn't that easy. Alexander Kotov, who was not on anybody's radar screen prior to the tournament, got off to a great start by winning his first four games. He couldn't keep up that pace, but it was round 12 before Botvinnik could finally get in front of him.

With three rounds to go Botvinnik had a point lead, but then played two draws while Kotov won twice (including a 111-move game) to catch up. As it happened, the leaders met in the final round, and even Botvinnik was pumped. Here's how he described the atmosphere of the last round in his One Hundred Selected Games:

"The finish was exceptionally interesting. Before the last round Kotov and I had the same number of points; we met in this round, and he played White. Need I say that very many people wished to watch this game? The two halls of the House of Physical Culture were filled before it began. For those who were "unfortunate" the organizers set up a demonstation board on the embankment of the River Moika. The spectators were "accommodated" on the opposite side of the River also, and all traffic came to standstill."

In other words, if the game were broadcast on Live Chess today, the site would crash.

Botvinnik's attitude, at least the one he expressed later, is also enlightening: "... for by my position in the tournament I had to play to win this game."

Remember, he and Kotov were tied! If you can't take the suspense any longer, look at Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1939 or the crosstable below.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Botvinnik * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.5 2 Kotov 0 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.5 3 Belavenets * 1 1 1 1 0 1 + 11.0 4 Makogonov 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 5 Chekhover 1 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 6 Bondarevsky 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 + 10.0 7 Lisitsin 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 9.0 8 Levenfish 1 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 8.5 9 Dubinin 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 8.5 10 Ragozin 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 0 0 1 1 1 8.5 11 Panov 0 1 0 0 * 0 1 1 8.0 12 Rabinovich 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 0 1 8.0 13 Yudovich 0 0 1 1 1 * 0 0 0 7.5 14 Kan 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 7.5 15 Tolush 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 6.5 16 Pogrebissky 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 1 1 6.5 17 Chistiakov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 5.0 18 Romanovsky - 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 3.5

Three games are not included. Romanovsky withdrew after round 15, defaulting his games in round 16 (Bondarevsky) and round 17 (Belavenets). In addition, the score of Levenfish 1 Romanovsky from round 8 is not available. Romanovsky also defaulted adjourned games from round 14 (Panov) and round 15 (Rabinovich), but those games are included.

Compiled by User: Phony Benoni, completing a collection by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 150  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½241939USSR ChampionshipE72 King's Indian
2. Ragozin vs P Romanovsky  1-0571939USSR ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
3. P Dubinin vs Tolush  ½-½421939USSR ChampionshipD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
4. Kan vs Kotov  0-1541939USSR ChampionshipE07 Catalan, Closed
5. Bondarevsky vs Panov  1-0271939USSR ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. I Pogrebissky vs Levenfish 1-0291939USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. S Belavenets vs I Rabinovich  ½-½411939USSR ChampionshipC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. Lisitsin vs Chekhover  ½-½281939USSR ChampionshipA15 English
9. Chistiakov vs V Makogonov  ½-½771939USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
10. P Romanovsky vs P Dubinin  ½-½341939USSR ChampionshipA15 English
11. Kotov vs Lisitsin  1-0331939USSR ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
12. V Makogonov vs I Pogrebissky  ½-½281939USSR ChampionshipD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
13. Chekhover vs Chistiakov  ½-½261939USSR ChampionshipC00 French Defense
14. M Yudovich Sr. vs Kan  ½-½281939USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
15. Tolush vs Botvinnik 0-1371939USSR ChampionshipD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
16. Bondarevsky vs S Belavenets  ½-½511939USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Panov vs Levenfish  ½-½621939USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
18. I Rabinovich vs Ragozin  1-01191939USSR ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. Kan vs Tolush  1-0281939USSR ChampionshipD95 Grunfeld
20. I Pogrebissky vs Chekhover  0-1591939USSR ChampionshipB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. Levenfish vs V Makogonov 0-1421939USSR ChampionshipA14 English
22. Ragozin vs Bondarevsky  0-1431939USSR ChampionshipC11 French
23. Chistiakov vs Kotov 0-1501939USSR ChampionshipC71 Ruy Lopez
24. P Dubinin vs I Rabinovich  1-0431939USSR ChampionshipC71 Ruy Lopez
25. Botvinnik vs P Romanovsky  ½-½411939USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 150  PGN Download
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