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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]
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Chessgames.com 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 3 of 3; games 51-56 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
51. E Zagorjansky vs Botvinnik ½-½231943SverdlovskE17 Queen's Indian
52. Smyslov vs Boleslavsky  ½-½361943SverdlovskC77 Ruy Lopez
53. Boleslavsky vs E Zagorjansky  ½-½391943SverdlovskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
54. Botvinnik vs V Makogonov  ½-½271943SverdlovskB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
55. Kan vs Ragozin  1-0551943SverdlovskB02 Alekhine's Defense
56. Konstantinopolsky vs Smyslov  ½-½481943SverdlovskC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
 page 3 of 3; games 51-56 of 56  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Interesting to note that Botvinnik scored 1.5/2 against the other seven players competing in the tournament.
May-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakov_...
May-05-16  Howard: Wonder how close enemy troops were to this town at the time of the tournament.
May-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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