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USSR Championship Tournament

Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky10/12(+9 -1 =2)[games]
Grigory Levenfish9/12(+7 -1 =4)[games]
Vladimir Nenarokov7.5/12(+6 -3 =3)[games]
Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk7.5/12(+6 -3 =3)[games]
Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky7.5/12(+6 -3 =3)[games]
Arvid Kubbel6/12(+5 -5 =2)[games]
Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky5.5/12(+3 -4 =5)[games]
Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich5.5/12(+5 -6 =1)[games]
Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev5/12(+3 -5 =4)[games]
Nikolay Zubarev4/12(+3 -7 =2)[games]
Konstantin Alekseyevich Vygodchikov3.5/12(+1 -6 =5)[games]
Yakov S Vilner3.5/12(+2 -7 =3)[games]
Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev3.5/12(+2 -7 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1923)
The 2nd USSR Championship was held in Petrograd on July 6-24, 1923, and was not the 2nd USSR Championship. It wasn't the 1st either. Though the initial treaty forming the Soviet Union had been signed at the end of 1922, these thirteen players were vying for the title Champion of the RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, or Russia):

Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk; Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky; Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev; Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Arvid Kubbel; Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev; Grigory Levenfish; Vladimir Nenarokov; Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich; Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky; Konstantin Alekseyevich Vygodchikov; Yakov S Vilner; Nikolay Zubarev.

However, I am not going to get technical about it. Everyone these days calls it the 2nd USSR Championship, and I'm not about to rewrite history.

Two of the favorites met in round one, with Levenfish outduelling Romanovsky. However, the latter went on a tear with 10 points in his remaining 11 games, and in the end nobody could keep up.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 1 Romanovsky * 0 = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 2 Levenfish 1 * 0 = 1 1 1 1 1 = = = 1 9.0 3 Nenarokov = 1 * 0 0 0 = 1 1 1 = 1 1 7.5 4 Bohatirchuk 0 = 1 * = 0 1 0 = 1 1 1 1 7.5 5 Dus Chotimirsky 0 0 1 = * = 1 = 1 0 1 1 1 7.5 6 Kubbel 0 0 1 1 = * 0 1 0 1 1 0 = 6.0 7 Ilyin-Zhenevsky = 0 = 0 0 1 * 1 = 0 = = 1 5.5 8 Rabinovich 0 0 0 1 = 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 5.5 9 Grigoriev 0 0 0 = 0 1 = 0 * 1 = 1 = 5.0 10 Zubarev 0 = 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 = 0 4.0 11 Vigodchikov 0 = = 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 * 1 = 3.5 12 Vilner 0 = 0 0 0 1 = 0 0 = 0 * 1 3.5 13 Lebedev 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 = 1 = 0 * 3.5

This finish from Romanovsky-Kubbel in round 6 (the entire game is not available) proved crucial to Romanovsky's victory:


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Black played 42...h2??, which lost to 43.Ba6+! Ka8 44.Bb5! Kb7 45.Bc6+! Kxc6 46.a8Q+ Kxb6 47.Qb8+, and the pawn on h2 comes off. Instead, Black could win with 42...c2! (threatening to promote with check should White try the above line) 43.Kd2 c1Q+ 44.Kxc1 h2, and once again the threat to promote with check wins.

As in several of the early USSR Championships, many of the games from this tournament are missing. The following reconstruction of round-by-round pairings has been prepared from this incomplete evidence. Though it accounts for most of the known information, it should not be considered definitive without firsthand confirmation. Games which are included in the collection are indicated by an asterisk <*>.

Round 1: Vigodchikov-Bye; Romanovsky 0 Levenfish*; Bohatirchuk 1 Lebedev*; Grigoriev 0 Dus Chotimirsky*; Kubbel 1 Rabinovich*: Zubarev 0 Nenarokov*: Vilner 1/2 Illyn-Zhenevsky

Round 2: Bye-Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Nenarokov 1 Vilner; Rabinovich 1 Zubarev*; Dus Chotimirsky 1/2 Kubbel*; Lebedev 1/2 Grigoriev; Levenfish 1/2 Bohatirchuk*; Vigodchikov 0 Romanovsky*

Round 3: Romanovsky-Bye; Bohatirchuk 1 Vigodchikov*: Grigoriev 0 Levenfish; Kubbel 1/2 Lebedev; Zubarev 1 Dus Chotimirsky*; Vilner 0 Rabinovich; 18 Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Nenarokov

Round 4: Bye-Nenarokov; Rabinovich 0 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Dus Chotimirsky 1 Vilner; Lebedev 1 Zubarev; Levenfish 1 Kubbel; Vigodchikov 1/2 Grigoriev; Romanovsky 1 Bohatirchuk*

Round 5: Bohatirchuk-Bye; Grigoriev 0 Romanovsky*; Kubbel 1 Vigodchikov*; Zubarev 1/2 Levenfish; Vilner 1 Lebedev; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 0 Dus Chotimirsky; Nenarokov 1 Rabinovich*

Round 6: Bye-Rabinovich; Dus Chotimirsky 1 Nenarokov; Lebedev 0 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Levenfish 1/2 Vilner; Vigodchikov 0 Zubarev*; Romanovsky 1 Kubbel; Bohatirchuk 1/2 Grigoriev

Round 7: Grigoriev-Bye; Kubbel 1 Bohatirchuk*; Zubarev 0 Romanovsky; Vilner 0 Vigodchikov; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 0 Levenfish; Nenarokov 1 Lebedev*; Rabinovich 1/2 Dus Chotimirsky

Round 8: Bye-Dus Chotimirsky; Lebedev 1 Rabinovich; Levenfish 0 Nenarokov*; Vigodchikov 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Romanovsky 1 Vilner*; Bohatirchuk 1 Zubarev; Grigoriev 1 Kubbel

Round 9: Kubbel-Bye; Zubarev 0 Grigoriev; Vilner 0 Bohatirchuk; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Romanovsky; Nenarokov 1/2 Vigodchikov; Rabinovich 0 Levenfish*; Dus Chotimirsky 1 Lebedev

Round 10: Bye-Lebedev; Levenfish 1 Dus Chotimirsky*; Vigodchikov 0 Rabinovich; Romanovsky 1/2 Nenarokov*; Bohatirchuk 1 Ilyin-Zhenevsky*; Grigoriev 1 Vilner*; Kubbel 1 Zubarev

Round 11: Zubarev-Bye; Vilner 1 Kubbel; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Grigoriev; Nenarokov 0 Bohatirchuk; Rabinovich 0 Romanovsky*: Dus Chotimirsky 1 Vigodchikov; Lebedev 0 Levenfish

Round 12: Bye-Levenfish; Vigodchikov 1/2 Lebedev; Romanovsky 1 Dus Chotimirsky*; Bohatirchuk 0 Rabinovich; Grigoriev 0 Nenarokov; Kubbel 0 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Zubarev 1/2 Vilner

Round 13: Vilner-Bye; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 0 Zubarev; Nenarokov 0 Kubbel*; Rabinovich 1 Grigoriev; Dus Chotimirsky 1/2 Bohatirchuk; 77 Lebedev 0 Romanovsky*; Levenfish 1/2 Vigodchikov

User: resignation trap uncovered this group picture: http://www.chesspro.ru/pict/rc23-0.... Here are the IDs: Sitting (from left to right): Vygodchikov, Nenarokov, Zubarev, Bohatirchuk, Ilyin-Zhenevsky, Romanovsky, Vilner, Levenfish, Ilya Rabinovich, S. Weinstein. Standing in the 1st row: Igor Lebedev, Krylov, N. Grigoriev, Shesterikov, Verlinsky, Arvid Kubbel, Sorokin, Travin, Iglitsky, Burmistrov. Standing in the 2nd row: Lastovets, Dus Chotimirsky, Komarov, Sergeev, Sozin, Lerner, Kutuzov, Segal. Most of the players not from the championship came from the concurrent Hauptturnier, won by Sergeev (5/6) ahead of Verlinsky (4.5), Sozin (4), Komarov (2.5), Sorokin (2.5), Travin (1.5), Shesterikov (1).

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1923, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 29  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Levenfish vs F Bohatirchuk  ½-½551923USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. N Grigoriev vs Y Vilner  1-0381923USSR ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
3. P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner 1-0291923USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
4. K Vygodchikov vs N Zubarev  0-1331923USSR ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
5. A Kubbel vs K Vygodchikov 1-0211923USSR ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
6. N Grigoriev vs P Romanovsky 0-1531923USSR ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
7. K Vygodchikov vs P Romanovsky 0-1781923USSR ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
8. S F Lebedev vs P Romanovsky 0-1501923USSR ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
9. F Bohatirchuk vs S F Lebedev  1-0381923USSR ChampionshipA55 Old Indian, Main line
10. P Romanovsky vs Nenarokov  ½-½471923USSR ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
11. P Romanovsky vs Levenfish 0-1431923USSR ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
12. Levenfish vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-0261923USSR ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
13. N Zubarev vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-0241923USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. Dus Chotimirsky vs A Kubbel  ½-½281923USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. N Grigoriev vs Dus Chotimirsky 0-1491923USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. F Bohatirchuk vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1-0291923USSR ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
17. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich  1-0531923USSR ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
18. Levenfish vs Nenarokov  0-1451923USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. N Zubarev vs Nenarokov 0-1311923USSR ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
20. Nenarokov vs A Kubbel  0-1451923USSR ChampionshipA81 Dutch
21. F Bohatirchuk vs K Vygodchikov 1-0471923USSR ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
22. P Romanovsky vs F Bohatirchuk 1-0261923USSR ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
23. A Kubbel vs F Bohatirchuk 1-0501923USSR ChampionshipC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
24. I Rabinovich vs N Zubarev  1-0671923USSR ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
25. I Rabinovich vs Levenfish 0-1231923USSR ChampionshipC59 Two Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-12-18  Jabot: In his book "Positional Chess Handbook" Israel Gelfer gives a position (#24 p11) as coming from Bogatirchuk-Rabinovich Leningrad 1923. I'm curious because neither Chessgames.com nor chessbase have a game with the position that Gelfer gives. (I found the players in these databases by the spellings used in the databases.) Seems like a good chance it came from this tournament. Just wonder where his record came from.

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