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USSR Championship Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik12.5/17(+8 -0 =9)[games]
Alexander Kotov11.5/17(+9 -3 =5)[games]
Sergey Belavenets11/17(+6 -1 =10)[games]
Vladimir 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 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 Tolush6.5/17(+4 -8 =5)[games]
Iosif Pogrebissky6.5/17(+5 -9 =3)[games]
Alexander Chistiakov5/17(+2 -9 =6)[games]
Peter 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 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 12.5 2 Kotov 0 * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 11.5 3 Belavenets ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ + 11.0 4 Makogonov ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 10.5 5 Chekhover ½ 1 0 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 10.5 6 Bondarevsky ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 + 10.0 7 Lisitsin ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 9.0 8 Levenfish ½ 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 8.5 9 Dubinin 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 8.5 10 Ragozin ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ * 1 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8.5 11 Panov 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 8.0 12 Rabinovich 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ * ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 8.0 13 Yudovich ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ * ½ 0 0 0 ½ 7.5 14 Kan 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ 1 7.5 15 Tolush 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 6.5 16 Pogrebissky 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 0 * 1 1 6.5 17 Chistiakov 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 * 0 5.0 18 Romanovsky ½ ½ - 0 0 - ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 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 2 of 6; games 26-50 of 150  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Lisitsin vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½381939USSR ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
27. S Belavenets vs Panov  0-1521939USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
28. I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik 0-1671939USSR ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
29. Kotov vs I Pogrebissky  1-0301939USSR ChampionshipD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
30. Chekhover vs Levenfish  ½-½411939USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
31. Panov vs V Makogonov  ½-½321939USSR ChampionshipE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
32. S Belavenets vs Ragozin 1-0411939USSR ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
33. Bondarevsky vs P Dubinin  ½-½211939USSR ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
34. P Romanovsky vs Kan 0-1331939USSR ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
35. Tolush vs Lisitsin  ½-½451939USSR ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
36. M Yudovich Sr. vs A Chistiakov  0-1711939USSR ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
37. Botvinnik vs Bondarevsky ½-½641939USSR ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
38. Levenfish vs Kotov 1-0721939USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
39. V Makogonov vs Chekhover 1-0271939USSR ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
40. Lisitsin vs P Romanovsky  ½-½241939USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
41. I Pogrebissky vs M Yudovich Sr.  1-0541939USSR ChampionshipE07 Catalan, Closed
42. A Chistiakov vs Tolush  1-0411939USSR ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
43. P Dubinin vs S Belavenets  ½-½821939USSR ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
44. Kan vs I Rabinovich  0-1801939USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
45. Ragozin vs Panov  1-0501939USSR ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
46. S Belavenets vs Botvinnik ½-½801939USSR ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
47. M Yudovich Sr. vs Levenfish 1-0471939USSR ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
48. Panov vs Chekhover  ½-½311939USSR ChampionshipA15 English
49. Kotov vs V Makogonov  1-0501939USSR ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
50. Ragozin vs P Dubinin  ½-½311939USSR ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
 page 2 of 6; games 26-50 of 150  PGN Download
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