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USSR Championship 1961 b
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 29th Soviet Chess Championship was the second of two championships held in the same year of 1961. This edition was held in the city of Baku from November 16th to December 20th. 21 of the Soviet Union's strongest masters and grandmasters participated, many of whom had participated in the previous championship earlier in the year, which had also been counted as a zonal tournament. In particular among them was Boris Spassky and Vasily Smyslov, who had both just barely lost seats to the Stockholm interzonal to be played in 1962. Spassky had had an amazing run until he was derailed by a loss to Lev Polugaevsky and then lost his last two games of the previous championship to finish sixth behind Smyslov. In this championship, with the absence of Tigran Petrosian, Viktor Korchnoi, Leonid Stein, and Efim Geller (who had all respectively finished in the top four, securing their participation at Stockholm), Spassky and Smyslov dominated from the start by leading 3/4 after the first four rounds. Spassky then defeated Smyslov in their head-to-head encounter in round five, securing his lead for the rest of the tournament. Another significant victory on his road to the crown was his rematch with Polugaevsky, who had put a stop to his previous run. This time Spassky defeated Polugaevsky, which ended up being the decisive game of the tournament, as Polugaevsky went 7/8 in the final rounds, but was not enough to overcome Spassky's superb play. The future world champion won his first of only two Soviet crowns with an impressive 14/20, having scored wins against half the field. Spassky's success was credited in part to his taking on Igor Bondarevsky as his trainer after his disappointing result at the Moscow championship and missing his chance to go to Stockholm. Spassky would eventually triumph at the next Soviet zonal and begin his journey to becoming champion of the world.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Spassky 14/20 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1

2nd Polugaevsky 14/20 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

3rd Bronstein 12/20 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1

=4th Vasiukov 12/20 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1

=4th Tal 12/20 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1

=6th Averbakh 11/20 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0

=6th Taimanov 11/20 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1

=8th Gipslis 11/20 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1

=8th Keres 11/20 0 * 0 1 1 1 1

=8th Smyslov 11/20 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1

=8th Kholmov 11/20 1 0 0 * 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1

12th Shamkovich 10/20 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 1 0 1 1

13th Khasin 9/20 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 0 1

=14th Vladimirov 8/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 1

=14th Kots 8/20 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 0 0 1 1

=14th Shiyanovsky 8/20 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 0

=17th Lein 7/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1

=17th Savon 7/20 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 *

19th Nezhmetdinov 7/20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 0

=20th Bagirov 6/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 *

=20th Gurgenidze 6/20 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 *

Round One
Bagirov vs L Shamkovich, 1961
(C48) Four Knights, 39 moves, 0-1

Averbakh vs Taimanov, 1961
(E14) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs A Khasin, 1961
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gipslis vs Gurgenidze, 1961
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Keres vs A Lein, 1961
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1961
(C42) Petrov Defense, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Kots vs Spassky, 1961 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 0-1

Savon vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961
(A21) English, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Shiyanovsky vs B Vladimirov, 1961
(B44) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(C26) Vienna, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Two
A Khasin vs Y Kots, 1961
(B89) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Gurgenidze vs Savon, 1961
(B10) Caro-Kann, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Lein vs Smyslov, 1961
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 41 moves, 0-1

Nezhmetdinov vs Keres, 1961
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Kholmov, 1961
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Shamkovich vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Gipslis, 1961 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs Vasiukov, 1961
(E92) King's Indian, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Bagirov, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Vladimirov vs Averbakh, 1961 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 20 moves, 0-1

Round Three
Averbakh vs L Shamkovich, 1961
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs B Vladimirov, 1961 
(B20) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Polugaevsky, 1961
(E15) Queen's Indian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gipslis vs A Khasin, 1961
(C18) French, Winawer, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Gurgenidze, 1961
(A48) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kholmov vs A Lein, 1961
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

Y Kots vs Taimanov, 1961
(B49) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 53 moves, 1-0

Savon vs Spassky, 1961 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 44 moves, 0-1

V Shiyanovsky vs Tal, 1961
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 30 moves, 1-0

Round Four
Spassky vs Keres, 1961 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Lein vs Bronstein, 1961
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Khasin vs Savon, 1961
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 0-1

L Shamkovich vs Vasiukov, 1961
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Vladimirov vs Y Kots, 1961
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Averbakh, 1961
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Gipslis, 1961
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bagirov vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 46 moves, 0-1

Nezhmetdinov vs Kholmov, 1961 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

Gurgenidze vs Smyslov, 1961
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
Averbakh vs Bagirov, 1961
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 47 moves, 1-0

Vasiukov vs Tal, 1961 
(C00) French Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gipslis vs B Vladimirov, 1961
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961
(E71) King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3), 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs A Khasin, 1961 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs Gurgenidze, 1961
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

Y Kots vs L Shamkovich, 1961
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 38 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs A Lein, 1961
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs Taimanov, 1961
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Spassky, 1961 
(A06) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Six
L Shamkovich vs Gipslis, 1961
(C18) French, Winawer, 27 moves, 1-0

Bagirov vs Vasiukov, 1961
(A60) Benoni Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gurgenidze vs Bronstein, 1961
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Khasin vs Smyslov, 1961
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nezhmetdinov vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 0-1

V Shiyanovsky vs Averbakh, 1961
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Kholmov, 1961 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Keres, 1961
(A13) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Y Kots, 1961 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Vladimirov vs Savon, 1961 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Seven
Polugaevsky vs Gurgenidze, 1961 
(A53) Old Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Spassky, 1961
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gipslis vs Tal, 1961
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs B Vladimirov, 1961
(B44) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Kholmov vs A Khasin, 1961
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1-0

Y Kots vs Bagirov, 1961
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

A Lein vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961
(C41) Philidor Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

Savon vs L Shamkovich, 1961
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Taimanov, 1961 
(A10) English, 37 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
Gurgenidze vs A Lein, 1961
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Averbakh vs Vasiukov, 1961
(A04) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

Bagirov vs Gipslis, 1961
(A16) English, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Vladimirov vs Smyslov, 1961 
(A93) Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

A Khasin vs Bronstein, 1961
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Shamkovich vs Keres, 1961
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Shiyanovsky vs Y Kots, 1961
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 22 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs Kholmov, 1961
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Savon, 1961 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 66 moves, 1-0

Round Nine
Keres vs Tal, 1961
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Kots vs Averbakh, 1961
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Taimanov, 1961 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Gipslis vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kholmov vs B Vladimirov, 1961
(B44) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs L Shamkovich, 1961
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

A Lein vs Spassky, 1961
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nezhmetdinov vs Gurgenidze, 1961 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs A Khasin, 1961 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 63 moves, 1-0

Savon vs Bagirov, 1961
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten
B Vladimirov vs Bronstein, 1961
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Averbakh vs Gipslis, 1961
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

Bagirov vs Keres, 1961
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Khasin vs A Lein, 1961
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Shamkovich vs Kholmov, 1961 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

V Shiyanovsky vs Savon, 1961
(B06) Robatsch, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Polugaevsky, 1961
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Smyslov, 1961
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Y Kots, 1961
(C18) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven
Smyslov vs Bagirov, 1961
(A36) English, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs L Shamkovich, 1961
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gipslis vs Vasiukov, 1961
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gurgenidze vs Spassky, 1961 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 60 moves, 0-1

Keres vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 35 moves, 1-0

Kholmov vs Tal, 1961 
(B53) Sicilian, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Lein vs Taimanov, 1961 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nezhmetdinov vs A Khasin, 1961
(C18) French, Winawer, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs B Vladimirov, 1961
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 36 moves, 1-0

Savon vs Averbakh, 1961
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve
L Shamkovich vs Polugaevsky, 1961
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 40 moves, 0-1

Averbakh vs Keres, 1961
(E14) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bagirov vs Kholmov, 1961 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

A Khasin vs Gurgenidze, 1961
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 32 moves, 1-0

Y Kots vs Gipslis, 1961
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Vladimirov vs A Lein, 1961
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

V Shiyanovsky vs Smyslov, 1961
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Bronstein, 1961 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs Savon, 1961
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1961
(A43) Old Benoni, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs A Khasin, 1961
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Bagirov, 1961 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 50 moves, 1-0

Gurgenidze vs Taimanov, 1961
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 29 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Vasiukov, 1961 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 46 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

A Lein vs L Shamkovich, 1961
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nezhmetdinov vs B Vladimirov, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 30 moves, 0-1

Savon vs Y Kots, 1961
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Averbakh, 1961 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen
L Shamkovich vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Averbakh vs Kholmov, 1961
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bagirov vs Polugaevsky, 1961
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 58 moves, 0-1

Gipslis vs Savon, 1961 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Y Kots vs Keres, 1961 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 54 moves, 0-1

B Vladimirov vs Gurgenidze, 1961
(E77) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

V Shiyanovsky vs Bronstein, 1961
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Spassky, 1961
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs A Lein, 1961
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Smyslov, 1961
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen
Spassky vs B Vladimirov, 1961 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

Nezhmetdinov vs Tal, 1961 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 29 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Gipslis, 1961
(A48) King's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Khasin vs Taimanov, 1961
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 68 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs Vasiukov, 1961 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 44 moves, 1-0

A Lein vs Bagirov, 1961
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Y Kots, 1961
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Averbakh, 1961
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961
(E70) King's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Gurgenidze vs L Shamkovich, 1961
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Sixteen
Vasiukov vs Bronstein, 1961 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 64 moves, 1-0

V Shiyanovsky vs A Lein, 1961
(B01) Scandinavian, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bagirov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 41 moves, 0-1

Averbakh vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(E70) King's Indian, 25 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Gurgenidze, 1961 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 35 moves, 1-0

B Vladimirov vs A Khasin, 1961
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 66 moves, 1-0

Y Kots vs Kholmov, 1961
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

L Shamkovich vs Spassky, 1961 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 1-0

Savon vs Keres, 1961 
(C49) Four Knights, 68 moves, 0-1

Gipslis vs Smyslov, 1961 
(B07) Pirc, 51 moves, 1-0

Round Seventeen
Gurgenidze vs Bagirov, 1961
(B10) Caro-Kann, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Khasin vs L Shamkovich, 1961
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Y Kots, 1961
(A48) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

A Lein vs Averbakh, 1961
(B56) Sicilian, 55 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs Gipslis, 1961
(A48) King's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nezhmetdinov vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Vasiukov, 1961 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 57 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Savon, 1961 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 33 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Tal, 1961 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 35 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs B Vladimirov, 1961
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Eighteen
L Shamkovich vs Taimanov, 1961
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Averbakh vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 29 moves, 1-0

Bagirov vs Spassky, 1961 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 72 moves, 0-1

Gipslis vs Bronstein, 1961
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 26 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Smyslov, 1961
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Kots vs Polugaevsky, 1961
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs Kholmov, 1961
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs A Khasin, 1961 
(B32) Sicilian, 51 moves, 1-0

V Shiyanovsky vs Gurgenidze, 1961
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 52 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs A Lein, 1961
(C00) French Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Nineteen
Kholmov vs Keres, 1961
(C48) Four Knights, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gurgenidze vs Averbakh, 1961
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 66 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Savon, 1961 
(A48) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

B Vladimirov vs L Shamkovich, 1961 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 25 moves, 0-1

A Khasin vs Bagirov, 1961
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Lein vs Y Kots, 1961
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Nezhmetdinov vs Vasiukov, 1961 
(B07) Pirc, 63 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Gipslis, 1961
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 31 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs Tal, 1961 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Twenty
Smyslov vs Kholmov, 1961
(A13) English, 43 moves, 1-0

Averbakh vs Spassky, 1961 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bagirov vs Taimanov, 1961
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gipslis vs A Lein, 1961
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 59 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Bronstein, 1961
(C42) Petrov Defense, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Kots vs Nezhmetdinov, 1961
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

Savon vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(A04) Reti Opening, 72 moves, 0-1

V Shiyanovsky vs A Khasin, 1961
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs B Vladimirov, 1961 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Vasiukov vs Gurgenidze, 1961 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

Round Twenty-one
A Lein vs Savon, 1961 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 24 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs Smyslov, 1961
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gurgenidze vs Y Kots, 1961 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

A Khasin vs Averbakh, 1961
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 82 moves, 1-0

B Vladimirov vs Bagirov, 1961
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 0-1

Nezhmetdinov vs Gipslis, 1961
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Keres, 1961
(C11) French, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Shamkovich vs Tal, 1961 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Vasiukov, 1961 
(C48) Four Knights, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs V Shiyanovsky, 1961
(A48) King's Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

210 games

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