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USSR Championship 1929
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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The 6th USSR Championship was held in Odessa from October 2-20, 1929, and was weird. The site was strange enough, with the event being held outside Moscow or Leningrad for the first time. And the set-up was different as well. First, 36 players completed in four quarterfinal sections, with the top three in each section advancing into two six-player semifinals. The top two from each semi section were then to play a double round final to determine the champion.

However, the event was plagued by an accelerated schedule requiring three rounds every two days. Botvinnik later blamed the resulting fatigue and bad nutrition for his failure to qualify for the final.

In addition, three of the favorites--defending champions Bohatirchuk and Romanovsky, plus Levenfish--did not participate. It seems they made "unacceptable financial demands", seeking compensation for their expenses. And maybe the decision of Those At The Top to abolish prizes had something to do with it.

The outcome was a unpredictable free-for-all with surprising results, as many new players were determined to upset the established order. It made for an exciting tournament, but not one which was considered a representative championship. By the next championship in 1931, a system had been set up with preliminary nationwide qualifying tournaments, and the experiment of 1929 was not repeated.

I'm going to take this one section at a time, OK? As usual, many games are missing; those in the collection will be indicated by an asterisk (*) in the round-by-round pairings.

Quarterfinal 1: A S Bernshteyn Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky Vasily Panov Yakov Geraisimovich Rokhlin Vladislav Silich Nikolay Tikhonovich Sorokin Veniamin Sozin Konstantin Alekseyevich Vygodchikov Yakov S Vilner.

Round 1: Sozin-Bye; Rokhlin 1 Vilner; Bernstein 1 Vigodchikov; Silic 1 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Panov 0 Sorokin*

Round 2: Bye-Sorokin; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Panov; Vigodchikov 1/2 Silic; Vilner 0 Bernstein; Sozin 1 Rokhlin

Round 3: Rokhlin-Bye; Bernstein 0 Sozin*; Silic 0 Vilner; Panov 1/2 Vigodchikov; Sorokin 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky

Round 4: Bye-Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Vigodchikov 1/2 Sorokin; Vilner 0 Panov; Sozin 0 Silic; Rokhlin 1 Bernstein

Round 5: Bernstein-Bye; Silic 0 Rokhlin; Panov 1/2 Sozin; Sorokin 0 Vilner*; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Vigodchikov

Round 6: Bye-Vigodchikov; Vilner 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Sozin 1/2 Sorokin; Rokhlin 1/2 Panov; Bernstein 0 Silic

Round 7: Silic-Bye; Panov 1 Bernstein*; Sorokin 1/2 Rokhlin; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1 Sozin; Vigodchikov 1 Vilner

Round 8: Bye-Vilner; Sozin 0 Vigodchikov; Rokhlin 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Bernstein 1 Sorokin*; Silic 1 Panov

Round 9: Panov-Bye; Sorokin 1/2 Silic; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1 Bernstein*; Vigodchikov 1/2 Rokhlin; Vilner 1/2 Sozin

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Rokhlin * 1 = = = = 0 1 1 5.0 2 Silic 0 * = 1 1 = 1 0 1 5.0 3 Vigodchikov = = * = = = 1 1 0 4.5 4 Ilyin-Zhenevsky = 0 = * = = 1 = 1 4.5 5 Panov = 0 = = * 0 = 1 1 4.0 6 Sorokin = = = = 1 * = 0 0 3.5 7 Sozin 1 0 0 0 = = * = 1 3.5 8 Vilner 0 1 0 = 0 1 = * 0 3.0 9 Bernstein 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 * 3.0

Three surprising qualifiers here. Ilyin-Zhenevsky lost out on tiebreaks thanks to this fragment from <Silich - Rokhlin>, with White to play:


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Now 37.Qe4+! wins, but the game finished <37.Be4+?? Qf5!!> and black forces mate! Had Rokhlin lost this game, Ilyin-Zhenevsky would have made the semifinals. A proposal was made to admit Ilyin-Zhenevsky to the semis anyway, but was shot down by the 18-year-old Botvinnik who insisted that rules were rules.

Quarterfinal 2: Mikhail Botvinnik Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann Sergei Alexandrovich Mudrev Vladimir Nenarokov Nikolay Pavlov-Pianov Abram Borisovich Poliak Viacheslav Ragozin Vsevolod Rauzer Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin.

Round 1: Pavlov Pianov-Bye; Poliak 1 Nenarokov*; Freymann 0 Botvinnik*; Rauzer 1 Ragozin; Mudrov 0 Riumin

Round 2: Bye-Riumin; Ragozin 1/2 Mudrov;; Botvinnik 1/2 Rauzer*; Nenarokov 0 Freymann*; Pavlov Pianov 1/2 Poliak*

Round 3: Poliak-Bye; Freymann 1 Pavlov Pianov*; Rauzer 1 Nenarokov; Mudrov 0 Botvinnik*; Riumin 1 Ragozin

Round 4: Bye-Ragozin; Botvinnik Riumin*; Nenarokov 1 Mudrov; Pavlov Pianov 1/2 Rauzer*; Poliak 0 Freymann

Round 5: Freymann-Bye; Rauzer 0 Poliak*; Mudrov 1 Pavlov Pianov*; Riumin 1 Nenarokov; Ragozin 0 Botvinnik*

Round 6: Bye-Botvinnik; Nenarokov 1/2 Ragozin; Pavlov Pianov 0 Riumin; Poliak 1 Mudrov; Freymann 1/2 Rauzer

Round 7: Rauzer-Bye; Mudrov 0 Freymann*; Riumin 0 Poliak*; Ragozin 1 Pavlov Pianov; Botvinnik 1/2 Nenarokov*

Round 8: Bye-Nenarokov; Pavlov Pianov 0 Botvinnik*; Poliak 1 Ragozin; Freymann 1 Riumin; Rauzer 1 Mudrov

Round 9: Mudrov-Bye; Riumin 0 Rauzer*; Ragozin 0 Freymann; Botvinnik 1 Poliak*; Nenarokov 1 Pavlov Pianov

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Botvinnik * 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 7.0 2 Freymann 0 * = 1 1 1 1 1 1 6.5 3 Rauzer = = * 0 1 1 1 1 = 5.5 4 Poliak 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 = 5.5 5 Riumin 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 4.0 6 Nenarokov = 0 0 0 0 * = 1 1 3.0 7 Ragozin 0 0 0 0 0 = * = 1 2.0 8 Mudrov 0 0 0 0 0 0 = * 1 1.5 9 Pavlov Pianov 0 0 = = 0 0 0 0 * 1.0

Before the last round, Botvinnik had clinched a spot in the semifinals; Poliak, his opponent, needed just a draw to advance. Botvinnik played hard and won the game, leaving Poliak out of the semis on tiebreaks. Freymann's qualification was not a surprise, but the experienced players Nenarokov and Pavlov Pianov were never in it.

Quarterfinal 3: Viktor Arsentievich Goglidze Dmitry Dmitrievich Grigorenko Ilia Abramovich Kan Mikhail Andreevich Makogonov Abram Yakovlevich Model Grigory Ionovich Ravinsky Nikolay Nikolaevich Rudnev Boris Verlinsky Nikolay Zubarev.

Round 1: Model-Bye; Rudnev 1/2 M. Makogonov; Zubarev 1/2 Kan; Goglidze 1/2 Verlinsky; Grigorenko 0 Ravinsky

Round 2: Bye-Ravinsky; Verlinsky 1/2 Grigorenko; Kan 1 Goglidze; M. Makogonov 1/2 Zubarev; Model 1 Rudnev*

Round 3: Rudnev-Bye; Zubarev 1 Model; Goglidze 1/2 M. Makogonov; Grigorenko 1/2 Kan; Ravinsky 0 Verlinsky

Round 4: Bye-Verlinsky; Kan 1 Ravinsky*; M. Makogonov 1 Grigorenko; Model 0 Goglidze*; Rudnev 0 Zubarev

Round 5: Zubarev-Bye; Goglidze 1/2 Rudnev; Grigorenko 1/2 Model; Ravinsky M. Makogonov; Verlinsky 0 Kan*

Round 6: Bye-Kan; M. Makogonov 0 Verlinsky; Model 1/2 Ravinsky; Rudnev 1 Grigorenko; Zubarev 1 Goglidze

Round 7: Goglidze-Bye; Grigorenko 1/2 Zubarev; Ravinsky 0 Rudnev; Verlinsky 1/2 Model*; Kan 1/2 M. Makogonov

Round 8: Bye-M. Makogonov; Model 0 Kan*; Rudnev 0 Verlinsky; Zubarev 0 Ravinsky*; Goglidze 1/2 Grigorenko

Round 9: Grigorenko-Bye; Ravinsky 0 Goglidze; Verlinsky 1 Zubarev; Kan 1 Rudnev; M. Makogonov 1 Model*

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Kan * 1 1 1 1 1 6.5 2 Verlinsky 0 * 1 1 1 1 5.5 3 Makogonov,M 0 * 1 1 1 1 5.5 4 Zubarev 0 * 1 1 1 0 4.5 5 Goglidze 0 0 0 * 1 1 3.5 6 Rudnev 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 3.0 7 Grigorenko 0 0 * 0 2.5 8 Model 0 0 0 0 1 * 2.5 9 Ravinsky 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 2.5

This started as a three-way battle between Kan, Makogonov, and Zubarev, but a late charge by Verlinsky put him into the semifinals. Model, who had done so well in 1927, absolutely collapsed at the end.

Quarterfinal 4: Solomon Borisovich Gotthilf Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev Pyotr Izmailov Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov Solomon Konradovich Rozental Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev Solomon Moiseevich Slonim Vladimir Borisovich Yuryev.

Round 1: Selezniev-Bye; Kirillov 1 Gottgilf; Grigoriev 1 Rozental; Slonim 1 Yuriev; Izmailov 1 V. Makogonov

Round 2: Bye-V. Makogonov; Yuriev 0 Izmailov; Rozental 1 Slonim; Gotthilf 1/2 Grigoriev; Selezniev 1 Kirillov

Round 3: Kirillov-Bye; Grigoriev 1/2 Selezniev; Slonim 1 Gotthilf; Izmailov 1/2 Rozental; V. Makogonov 1 Yuriev

Round 4: Bye-Yuriev; Rozental 1 V. Makogonov; Gotthilf 1 Izmailov; Selezniev 1/2 Slonim; Kirillov 1 Grigoriev*

Round 5: Grigoriev-Bye; Slonim 0 Kirillov; Izmailov 1 Selezniev; V. Makogonov 1 Gotthilf; Yuriev 1/2 Rozental

Round 6: Bye-Rozental; Gotthilf 1/2 Yuriev; Selezniev 0 V. Makogonov; Kirillov 0 Izmailov; Grigoriev 1 Slonim

Round 7: Slonim-Bye; Izmailov 0 Grigoriev; V. Makogonov 1 Kirillov; Yuriev 1/2 Selezniev; Rozental 1/2 Gotthilf

Round 8: Bye-Gotthilf; Selezniev 0 Rozental; Kirillov 1 Yuriev; 9 Grigoriev 1/2 V. Makogonov; Slonim 1/2 Izmailov

Round 9: Izmailov-Bye; V. Makogonov 1 Slonim; Yuriev 0 Grigoriev; Rozental 0 Kirillov; Gotthilf 1/2 Selezniev

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Grigoriev * = 1 0 1 = = 1 1 5.5 2 Makogonov,V = * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 5.5 3 Izmailov 0 1 * 1 = 0 1 = 1 5.0 4 Kirillov 1 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 5.0 5 Rozental 0 1 = 0 * = 1 1 = 4.5 6 Gotthilf = 0 1 0 = * = 0 = 3.0 7 Selezniev = 0 0 1 0 = * = = 3.0 8 Slonim 0 0 = 0 0 1 = * 1 3.0 9 Yuriev 0 0 0 0 = = = 0 * 1.5

An exciting and hard-fought section, with the qualifiers not decided until the last moment. Unfortunately, only only one complete game score has survived, but we do have a fragment from a crucial game featuring the ever-popular dancing rook:


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is from <Izmailov-Grigoriev>, with White needing to get out of check. Obviously, he must go to a dark square, but his choice of 1.Ke3 led to 1...Re2+! winning on the spot. But then, none of the other moves saves White. 1.Kg3 Rg2+!; 1.Kg1 Rg2+! 2.Kh1 Rg4 3.Nf3 e4; and, prettiest of all, 1.Ke1 Re2+! 2.Kd1 Bg4 3.Qb6 (where else?) Ra7!!, and black wins.

Semifinals

It was impossible to construct round-by-round pairings for these sections, so only crosstables will be presented. An asterisk (*) following the result indicates the game is in this collection.

Semifinal 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Izmailov X = = 1* 1 = 3.5 2 Kan = X =* 1* = 1* 3.5 3 Vigodchikov = =* X = = =* 2.5 4 Botvinnik 0* 0* =* X 1 1* 2.5 5 Makogonov,V. 0 = = 0 X = 1.5 6 Silic = 0* = 0* = X 1.5

Not the most inspired of play here, with 9 of the 15 games being drawn and Vigodchikov sweeping the field. Botvinnik attributed his failure to fatigue, and looking at his two losses one can well believe that. Both qualifiers were big surprises, making their debuts on the national stage.

Semifinal II

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Freymann X 1 0 1* 1* 1 4.0 2 Verlinsky 0 X 1* 1* 1* 1 4.0 3 Rauzer 1 0* X 0* 1* 1* 3.0 4 Makogonov,M 0* 0* 1* X 0* = 1.5 5 Grigoriev 0* 0* 0* 1* X = 1.5 6 Rokhlin 0 0 0* = = X 1.0

This was considerably harder fought than the other semifinal, with only two draws in fifteen games. Experience paid off here, both Freymann and Verlinsky being veterans on the championship stage.

Finals

1 2 3 1 Verlinsky XX 1*1 1*= 3.5 2 Freymann 0*0 XX 1*1 2.0 3 Kan 0*= 0*0 XX 0.5

Izmailov did not play in the finals, and the reason remains murky. Officially, he had to leave to take his final exams at university, and there were other contemporary reports that he was ill or physically exhausted. However, many years later, his son stated Izmailov had revealed to his wife that he was fit and ready to continue, but was "forced" to leave.

At any rate, this should not detract from Verlinsky's dominating performance in the finals.

Quarterfinal 1, Round 1, Game #4
Panov vs N Sorokin, 1929
(C00) French Defense, 52 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 1, Round 3, Game #9
A S Bernshteyn vs V Sozin, 1929
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 26 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 1, Round 5, Game #19
N Sorokin vs Y Vilner, 1929 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 1, Round 7, Game #25
Panov vs A S Bernshteyn, 1929
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 49 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 1, Round 8, Game #31
A S Bernshteyn vs N Sorokin, 1929
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 1, Round 9, Game #34
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A S Bernshteyn, 1929 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 29 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 2, Round 1, Game #37
A Poliak vs Nenarokov, 1929
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 52 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 2, Round 1, Game #40
S Von Freymann vs Botvinnik, 1929 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 2, Round 2, Game #42
Botvinnik vs Rauzer, 1929
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quarterfinal 2, Round 2, Game #43
Nenarokov vs S Von Freymann, 1929
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 2, Round 2, Game #44
N Pavlov-Pianov vs A Poliak, 1929
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quarterfinal 2, Round 3, Game #45
S Von Freymann vs N Pavlov-Pianov, 1929
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 2, Round 3, Game #47
S A Mudrev vs Botvinnik, 1929 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 2, Round 4, Game #49
Botvinnik vs Riumin, 1929 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 2, Round 4, Game #51
N Pavlov-Pianov vs Rauzer, 1929
(D65) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quartrefinal 2, Round 5, Game #53
Rauzer vs A Poliak, 1929
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 51 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 2, Round 5, Game #54
S A Mudrev vs N Pavlov-Pianov, 1929
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 2, Round 5, Game #56
Ragozin vs Botvinnik, 1929 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 2, Round 7, Game #61
S A Mudrev vs S Von Freymann, 1929
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 2, Round 7, Game #62
Riumin vs A Poliak, 1929 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 2, Round 7, Game #64
Botvinnik vs Nenarokov, 1929
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quarterfinal 2, Round 8, Game #65
N Pavlov-Pianov vs Botvinnik, 1929 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 2, Round 8, Game #66
A Poliak vs Ragozin, 1929
(D95) Grunfeld, 35 moves, 1-0

Quartrefinal 2, Round 9, Game #69
Riumin vs Rauzer, 1929 
(C00) French Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 2, Round 9, Game #71
Botvinnik vs A Poliak, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 3, Round 1, Game #75
Goglidze vs B Verlinsky, 1929
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quarterfinal 3, Round 2, Game #80
A Y Model vs N Rudnev, 1929 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 3, Round 4, Game #85
Kan vs Ravinsky, 1929
(B10) Caro-Kann, 34 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 3, Round 4, Game #87
A Y Model vs Goglidze, 1929
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 3, Round 5, Game #92
B Verlinsky vs Kan, 1929
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 36 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 3, Round 7, Game #99
B Verlinsky vs A Y Model, 1929
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quarterfinal 3, Round 8, Game #101
A Y Model vs Kan, 1929
(A47) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 3, Round 8, Game #103
N Zubarev vs Ravinsky, 1929
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 16 moves, 0-1

Quarterfinal 3, Round 9, Game #108
M Makogonov vs A Y Model, 1929
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 19 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal 4, Round 4, Game #124
V G Kirillov vs N Grigoriev, 1929
(C01) French, Exchange, 36 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 1
P Izmailov vs Botvinnik, 1929 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 1
Kan vs Botvinnik, 1929 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 1
Botvinnik vs K Vygodchikov, 1929
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Semifinal 1
Botvinnik vs V Silich, 1929 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 2
S Von Freymann vs N Grigoriev, 1929
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 2
Rauzer vs B Verlinsky, 1929 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 0-1

Semifinal 2; Black should be M. Makogonov
B Verlinsky vs M Makogonov, 1929
(B15) Caro-Kann, 32 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 2
N Grigoriev vs B Verlinsky, 1929 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 20 moves, 0-1

Semifinal 2
M Makogonov vs S Von Freymann, 1929
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

Finals
S Von Freymann vs Kan, 1929
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Finals
Kan vs B Verlinsky, 1929
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 53 moves, 0-1

Finals
B Verlinsky vs S Von Freymann, 1929 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 1
Kan vs K Vygodchikov, 1929
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Semifinal 1
V Silich vs Kan, 1929
(A47) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Semifinal 2
N Grigoriev vs M Makogonov, 1929 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 2
M Makogonov vs Rauzer, 1929
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 36 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 2
Rauzer vs N Grigoriev, 1929
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

Semifinal 2
Rauzer vs Rokhlin, 1929 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

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