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Leningrad Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Max Euwe5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Hans Kmoch5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Vladimir Alatortsev4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Georgy Lisitsin4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Grigory Levenfish4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Vitaly Chekhover3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Leningrad (1934)
In 1934, the Soviet Union was still a largely unknown factor in world chess circles. Botvinnik was making some noise, particularly with his repeated wins in the USSR Championship and his drawn match against Flohr (Botvinnik - Flohr Match (1933)). But the strength and depth of the country remained a mystery, until an international tournament was arranged in Leningrad from August 17-September 1, 1934 with outsiders Max Euwe and Hans Kmoch brought in to give the local boys a few tips. The entire group:

Vladimir Alatortsev, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vitaly Chekhover, Max Euwe, Ilia Abramovich Kan, Hans Kmoch, Grigory Levenfish, Georgy Lisitsin, Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich, Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin, Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky, Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.

As sometimes happens, the tippers became the tippees. Both Euwe and Kmoch started well, and were tied for first place with Botvinnik and Romanovsky after six rounds. That's when things started to happen. Euwe was unable to win another game for the rest of the tournament, while Kmoch, after one more win, lost his last four in a row.

By round nine, Riumin had joined Romanovsky and Botvinnik at the top. Botvinnik took the lead in round 10 with a victory as the two R's drew each other, then held onto it by drawing Riumin in the last round as Romanovsky was unable to win.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts 1 Botvinnik * = = 1 = = 1 1 1 0 = 1 7.5 2 Riumin = * = 1 = 1 0 = = 1 = 1 7.0 3 Romanovsky = = * 0 = = 1 1 = 1 = 1 7.0 4 Rabinovich 0 0 1 * = 1 = = 1 = 1 = 6.5 5 Kan = = = = * 0 1 = = 1 = = 6.0 6 Euwe = 0 = 0 1 * = = = = = 1 5.5 7 Kmoch 0 1 0 = 0 = * 1 0 1 1 0 5.0 8 Yudovich 0 = 0 = = = 0 * 1 = = 1 5.0 9 Alatortsev 0 = = 0 = = 1 0 * = 1 0 4.5 10 Lisitsin 1 0 0 = 0 = 0 = = * = 1 4.5 11 Levenfish = = = 0 = = 0 = 0 = * = 4.0 12 Chekhover 0 0 0 = = 0 1 0 1 0 = * 3.5

Botvinnik's win should not have been a big surprise; he had shown his capabilities already. But having Euwe, fresh from an excellent showing at Zurich (1934), relegated to sixth place with an even score was an eye-opener. These guys would bear watching in the future.

Original collection: Game Collection: Leningrad 1934 by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Yudovich Sr. vs Levenfish  ½-½461934LeningradB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
2. Euwe vs Kan 1-0351934LeningradE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. Kmoch vs Riumin  1-0361934LeningradA90 Dutch
4. P Romanovsky vs Lisitsin  1-0431934LeningradA06 Reti Opening
5. Botvinnik vs Alatortsev 1-0201934LeningradD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Chekhover vs I Rabinovich  ½-½691934LeningradD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. Kan vs Riumin  ½-½381934LeningradA53 Old Indian
8. Lisitsin vs Botvinnik 1-0611934LeningradA09 Reti Opening
9. Levenfish vs Chekhover ½-½631934LeningradA34 English, Symmetrical
10. Alatortsev vs Kmoch  1-0431934LeningradD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. I Rabinovich vs P Romanovsky  1-0541934LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Euwe vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½281934LeningradA90 Dutch
13. Chekhover vs Euwe  0-1581934LeningradD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. M Yudovich Sr. vs Kan  ½-½251934LeningradE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
15. P Romanovsky vs Levenfish  ½-½351934LeningradA14 English
16. Riumin vs Alatortsev  ½-½321934LeningradE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
17. Kmoch vs Lisitsin  1-0541934LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Kan vs Alatortsev  ½-½411934LeningradE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
19. M Yudovich Sr. vs Chekhover  1-0491934LeningradA34 English, Symmetrical
20. Lisitsin vs Riumin  0-1711934LeningradA04 Reti Opening
21. I Rabinovich vs Kmoch  ½-½311934LeningradD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. Euwe vs P Romanovsky ½-½331934LeningradE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
23. P Romanovsky vs M Yudovich Sr. 1-0211934LeningradC15 French, Winawer
24. Alatortsev vs Lisitsin  ½-½771934LeningradE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. Riumin vs I Rabinovich 1-0321934LeningradD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
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