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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 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Flohr vs Lilienthal  1-0551949USSR ChampionshipD72 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line
2. Kotov vs Petrosian 1-0131949USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Smyslov vs Aronin 1-0351949USSR ChampionshipA14 English
4. Ragozin vs G Goldberg  1-0351949USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. V Mikenas vs Kotov 1-0421949USSR ChampionshipA80 Dutch
6. Lilienthal vs Geller 1-0431949USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
7. Bronstein vs Ragozin 1-0721949USSR ChampionshipB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
8. Boleslavsky vs N Kopilov 1-0251949USSR ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
9. N Kopilov vs Furman 1-0421949USSR ChampionshipA24 English, Bremen System with ...g6
10. Kotov vs G Goldberg 1-0411949USSR ChampionshipA90 Dutch
11. Sokolsky vs Kholmov 1-0241949USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
12. Flohr vs Petrosian 1-0431949USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
13. Keres vs Lilienthal  1-0681949USSR ChampionshipC14 French, Classical
14. Kholmov vs Lilienthal 1-0471949USSR ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
15. Boleslavsky vs Ragozin  1-0491949USSR ChampionshipC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
16. Levenfish vs V Liublinsky  1-0411949USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
17. Furman vs Taimanov  1-0521949USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Smyslov vs Bronstein 1-0931949USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
19. Taimanov vs Sokolsky 1-0401949USSR ChampionshipE09 Catalan, Closed
20. Kotov vs Levenfish 1-0411949USSR ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Ragozin vs Furman 1-0781949USSR ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
22. Keres vs Petrosian 1-0391949USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
23. Levenfish vs Smyslov 1-0341949USSR ChampionshipD98 Grunfeld, Russian
24. Petrosian vs Lilienthal 1-0441949USSR ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
25. Furman vs V Liublinsky  1-0341949USSR ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
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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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