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Sverdlovsk Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik10.5/14(+7 -0 =7)[games]
Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov9/14(+6 -2 =6)[games]
Vasily Smyslov8/14(+5 -3 =6)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan8/14(+7 -5 =2)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky7/14(+3 -3 =8)[games]
Alexander Konstantinopolsky6.5/14(+3 -4 =7)[games]
Evgeny Zagorjansky4/14(+1 -7 =6)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin3/14(+1 -9 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Sverdlovsk (1943)

Played from April 21 to May 15.

1 Botvinnik ** 1= =1 =1 1= 1= 1= 1= 10.5 2 Makagonov 0= ** 1= 11 =1 == =0 11 9.5 3 Smyslov =0 0= ** 01 == 1= 1= 11 8.0 4 Kan =0 00 10 ** 01 =1 11 11 8.0 5 Boleslavsky 0= =0 == 10 ** 1= == =1 7.0 6 Konstantinopolsky 0= == 0= =0 0= ** 11 1= 6.5 7 Zagorjansky 0= =1 0= 00 == 00 ** 0= 4.0 8 Ragozin 0= 00 00 00 =0 0= 1= ** 3.0

"From 1941 to 1943 I gave all my time to my work as an engineer. During the summer I had to travel a great deal, visiting the power stations in the Urals to test high-tension insulation. During the winter I worked in the high-tension laboratory at Molotov, servicing the works of the Molotov Electricity Corporation in the repair and testing of the insulations.

It may not be superfluous to remark that the insulation installations in the charge of our laboratory worked throughout this time without breakdowns.

At the beginning of 1943 I took up chess again. On Wednesdays and Saturdays I was freed from work in order to devote myself to the game. I made use of this free time to prepare for the forthcoming Masters' Tournament to be held in Sverdlovsk.

The tournament brought a group of strong masters together in competition, but, despite my two years' lack of tournament practice, I was in good form and came out first." - Botvinnik in One Hundred Selected Games, p. 205.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus. Round dates were provided by User: Tabanus, from "Schach in Russland 1941-45 mit sämtlichen Partien Swerdlowsk 1943" by Mikhail Botvinnik. The dates for Rounds 6, 7, and 12 are unavailable.

 page 2 of 3; games 26-50 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Konstantinopolsky vs Boleslavsky ½-½331943SverdlovskB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
27. Kan vs E Zagorjansky  1-0711943SverdlovskD00 Queen's Pawn Game
28. Ragozin vs V Makogonov 0-1661943SverdlovskD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
29. V Makogonov vs Botvinnik 0-1551943SverdlovskD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
30. E Zagorjansky vs Boleslavsky  ½-½501943SverdlovskA45 Queen's Pawn Game
31. Smyslov vs Konstantinopolsky 1-0611943SverdlovskC77 Ruy Lopez
32. Botvinnik vs Smyslov 1-0401943SverdlovskC46 Three Knights
33. V Makogonov vs Boleslavsky  1-0381943SverdlovskA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
34. Konstantinopolsky vs Kan  0-1401943SverdlovskB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
35. E Zagorjansky vs Smyslov  ½-½371943SverdlovskA53 Old Indian
36. Ragozin vs Botvinnik ½-½511943SverdlovskE00 Queen's Pawn Game
37. Botvinnik vs Kan 1-0441943SverdlovskB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
38. Smyslov vs V Makogonov  ½-½531943SverdlovskC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
39. Boleslavsky vs Ragozin 1-0371943SverdlovskC16 French, Winawer
40. E Zagorjansky vs Konstantinopolsky 0-1391943SverdlovskD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
41. V Makogonov vs E Zagorjansky  0-1411943SverdlovskD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
42. Ragozin vs Smyslov 0-1561943SverdlovskD02 Queen's Pawn Game
43. Konstantinopolsky vs Botvinnik  ½-½401943SverdlovskC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
44. Kan vs Boleslavsky 1-0331943SverdlovskA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
45. Boleslavsky vs Botvinnik ½-½891943SverdlovskC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
46. E Zagorjansky vs Ragozin  ½-½321943SverdlovskD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
47. Smyslov vs Kan 1-0471943SverdlovskB12 Caro-Kann Defense
48. V Makogonov vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½321943SverdlovskA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
49. V Makogonov vs Kan  1-0411943SverdlovskA50 Queen's Pawn Game
50. Ragozin vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½391943SverdlovskA13 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  GrahamClayton: Interesting to note that Botvinnik scored 1.5/2 against the other seven players competing in the tournament.
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  Calli: Worth mentioning that "Sverdlovsk" is today Ekaterinburg or perhaps Yekaterinburg if directly transliterated from the Russian Екатеринбург. The Soviets called it Sverdlovsk from 1924 and 1991 names after Communist party leader Yakov Sverdlov.
May-05-16  Howard: Wonder how close enemy troops were to this town at the time of the tournament.
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  keypusher: <Howard: Wonder how close enemy troops were to this town at the time of the tournament.>

Not close at all. Sverdlovsk/Yekaterinburg is over 1,000 miles east of Moscow.

May-05-16  Howard: Remind me to brush up on my Russian and Ukrainian geography !

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