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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Vasily Smyslov13/19(+9 -2 =8)[games]
David Bronstein13/19(+8 -1 =10)[games]
Efim Geller12.5/19(+10 -4 =5)[games]
Mark Taimanov12.5/19(+7 -1 =11)[games]
Semyon Abramovich Furman11.5/19(+9 -5 =5)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky11.5/19(+6 -2 =11)[games]
Alexander Kotov11.5/19(+8 -4 =7)[games]
Paul Keres11/19(+7 -4 =8)[games]
Lev Aronin10/19(+4 -3 =12)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov10/19(+5 -4 =10)[games]
Salomon Flohr9/19(+3 -4 =12)[games]
Alexey Sokolsky8.5/19(+3 -5 =11)[games]
Andre Lilienthal8/19(+3 -6 =10)[games]
Vladas Mikenas8/19(+4 -7 =8)[games]
Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov8/19(+5 -8 =6)[games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian7.5/19(+4 -8 =7)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin6.5/19(+3 -9 =7)[games]
Grigory Levenfish6/19(+3 -10 =6)[games]
Victor Liublinsky6/19(+2 -9 =8)[games]
Grigory Abramovich Goldberg6/19(+2 -9 =8)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1949)

The 17th USSR chess championship took place in the Soviet capital of Moscow from October 16th to November 20th, 1949. Twenty of the Soviet Union's best grandmasters and masters qualified or received invitations to participate in the round robin event. Twelve players qualified from semi-final tournaments held earlier in the year: Igor Bondarevsky, Mark Taimanov, and Grigory Levenfish qualified from Leningrad; Vladas Mikenas, Alexey Sokolsky, and Semyon Furman qualified from Vilnius; Lev Aronin, Grigory Goldberg, and Victor Liublinsky qualified from Moscow; and Efim Geller, Tigran Petrosian, and Ratmir Kholmov qualified from Tbilisi. Bondarevsky could not attend the final, so he was replaced by Leningrad fourth place Nikolai Kopilov. The eight remaining players were invited to fill out the field were: David Bronstein and Alexander Kotov as returning champions from the 16th championship; previous Soviet champions Andre Lilienthal and Paul Keres; and four previous final participants Isaac Boleslavsky, Salomon Flohr, Viacheslav Ragozin, and Vasily Smyslov. This tournament saw two of Mikhail Botvinnik 's greatest rivals finish shared first with thirteen points out of nineteen rounds. It was Bronstein's second consecutive Soviet crown, and his last. He would face Botvinnik two years later for the world crown, coming closer than anyone else to being world champion without succeeding. While this championship was Smyslov's first and last Soviet crown, he too would go on to face Botvinnik, but unlike his fellow shared first, he would defeat Botvinnik in their second of three encounters, earning the highest of all chess honors: the champion of the world.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts =1 Smyslov * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 13 =1 Bronstein 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 =3 Geller * 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 =3 Taimanov * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 =5 Furman 1 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 11 =5 Boleslavsky 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 =5 Kotov 0 1 * 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 8 Keres 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 11 =9 Aronin 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 10 =9 Kholmov 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 10 11 Flohr 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 9 12 Sokolsky 0 1 0 1 0 1 * 0 0 8 =13 Lilienthal 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 8 =13 Mikenas 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 0 0 1 1 8 =13 Kopilov 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 1 1 8 16 Petrosian 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 1 0 7 17 Ragozin 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 6 =18 Levenfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 6 =18 Liublinsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 6 =18 Goldberg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 6

This collection would not have been possible without the efforts of <Phony Benoni>.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1949, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 2 of 2; games 26-39 of 39  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Kholmov vs Bronstein 0-1431949USSR ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
27. Levenfish vs G Goldberg  0-1441949USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
28. Ragozin vs Geller 0-1401949USSR ChampionshipC59 Two Knights
29. Flohr vs Kotov 0-1331949USSR ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
30. Ragozin vs Lilienthal 0-1411949USSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
31. Kotov vs Geller 0-1401949USSR ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
32. V Mikenas vs N Kopilov 0-1501949USSR ChampionshipE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
33. Flohr vs Geller 0-1611949USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
34. Kholmov vs Boleslavsky 0-1431949USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
35. Sokolsky vs Bronstein 0-1691949USSR ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
36. Geller vs Kholmov 0-1431949USSR ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
37. G Goldberg vs Taimanov  0-1411949USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
38. Lilienthal vs Smyslov 0-1581949USSR ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
39. Boleslavsky vs Furman 0-1421949USSR ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
 page 2 of 2; games 26-39 of 39  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Bronstein started the tournament with 6/11, but a run of 7/8 propelled him to the title.
Jul-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Small error in the text.

"While this championship was Smyslov's first and last Soviet crown."

Smyslov shared it again in 1955.

Game Collection: USSR Championship 1955

Jul-26-16  ughaibu: But Smyslov lost the play-off, in 1955.

How did Bronstein come closer to being world champion, without succeeding, than Schlechter or Leko?

Jul-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Fair question!
Jul-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: 'Smyslov lost the play-off'

Then the small error is in the Smyslov Bio.

USSR Championship (1949)

Soviet champion in 1955 sharing the first place with Efim Geller.

(no mention of a play-off.)

Apr-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: Petrosian's first Soviet Championship, he qualified from the semi-final held in Tiflis.
Apr-26-17  Nosnibor: This was Geller`s debut and he scored 10 wins which exceeded both of the joint winners decisive games.Also noticeable is that he scored 4.5 points against the first six without losing a single game.
Sep-02-17  Arconax: Goldberg got lost in all the variations.
Sep-02-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  fiercebadger: Petrosian lost five games
Sep-02-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: <fiercebadger: Petrosian lost five games>

Not eight as listed here?

Sep-02-18  siimens: Well, closest probably because Bronstein didn't lose Botvinnik but tied the 1951 title match
Feb-16-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <fiercebadger: Petrosian lost five games>

He lost the first five.

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