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USSR Championship Tournament

Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky7.5/12(+7 -4 =1)[games]
Efim Bogoljubov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Veniamin Sozin4.5/8(+4 -3 =1)[games]
Arvid Kubbel4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Abram Rabinovich4/8(+4 -4 =0)[games]
Boris Verlinsky4/5(+4 -1 =0)[games]
Grigory Levenfish3.5/5(+3 -1 =1)[games]
Yakov S Vilner3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
Ilya Rabinovich2.5/7(+2 -4 =1)[games]
Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky2/4(+2 -2 =0)[games]
Alexander Sergeevich Sergeev2/4(+1 -1 =2)[games]
Nikolay Zubarev2/5(+1 -2 =2)[games]
Nikolay Grigoriev1/2(+1 -1 =0)[games]
Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky1/3(+1 -2 =0)[games]
Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann1/2(+1 -1 =0)[games]
Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev1/2(+1 -1 =0)[games]
Solomon Borisovich Gotthilf0.5/3(+0 -2 =1)[games]
Vladimir Nenarokov0.5/6(+0 -5 =1)[games]
Nikolay Nikolaevich Kutuzov0/3(+0 -3 =0)[games]
Anton Antonovich Kaspersky0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1925)

The 4th USSR Championship was held in Leningrad from August 11 - September 6, 1925. With some extra incentive provided by the chance that a good finish here could procure an invitation to the great Moscow international tournament held in November/December, the following players went into battle:

Efim Bogoljubov Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann Solomon Borisovich Gotthilf Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky Anton Antonovich Kaspersky Arvid Kubbel Nikolay Nikolaevich Kutuzov Grigory Levenfish Vladimir Nenarokov Abram Isaakovich Rabinovich Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev Alexander Sergeyevich Sergeiev Veniamin Sozin Boris Verlinsky Yakov S Vilner Nikolay Zubarev.

Bogoljubov successfully defended his title, but was not as dominant as in the previous year. He started well enough with 12 of 14 to take a two-point lead over Levenfish, who had started with losses in the first two rounds. However, Bogoljubov then lost to Vilner and Verlinsky in successive rounds. This allowed Levenfish to draw within a half-point, but a critical round 17 loss restored Bogoljubov's full point lead, and the champ made sure by winning his remaining games.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Bogoljubov * = 1 0 1 = = 1 1 = 0 = 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 14.0 2 Levenfish = * 0 0 1 = 0 = 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.0 3 Rabinovich, I 0 1 * 0 0 0 = 1 1 = = 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 + 1 12.5 4 Verlinsky 1 1 1 * = = 1 1 = 1 0 = = 1 0 0 1 0 = 1 12.0 5 Dus Chotimirsky 0 0 1 = * = = 1 1 1 = 0 = = = 0 1 1 1 1 11.5 6 Gotthilf = = 1 = = * 0 = 0 = = 1 1 = = = 1 0 + 1 11.0 7 Ilyin-Zhenevsky = 1 = 0 = 1 * 0 0 = = 1 0 = = 1 1 1 + = 11.0 8 Romanovsky 0 = 0 0 0 = 1 * 1 1 1 1 0 = 1 1 1 = 0 1 11.0 9 Rabinovich, A 0 1 0 = 0 1 1 0 * 1 0 0 0 = 1 1 = 1 = 1 10.0 10 Sergeiev = 0 = 0 0 = = 0 0 * 1 = = = 1 = 1 1 + 1 10.0 11 Vilner 1 0 = 1 = = = 0 1 0 * 0 = = 1 1 0 1 0 = 9.5 12 Kubbel = 0 1 = 1 0 0 0 1 = 1 * 1 = 0 = = = = = 9.5 13 Zubarev 0 = 0 = = 0 1 1 1 = = 0 * = 0 = = 1 = 1 9.5 14 Selezniev = 0 0 0 = = = = = = = = = * = 1 = 1 = = 9.0 15 Grigoriev 0 0 0 1 = = = 0 0 0 0 1 1 = * 0 1 0 + 1 8.0 16 Kaspersky 0 0 0 1 1 = 0 0 0 = 0 = = 0 1 * 0 = + = 7.0 17 Sozin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 = = = 0 1 * 1 = 1 6.5 18 Nenarokov 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 = 0 0 0 = 0 0 1 = 0 * 1 = 6.0 19 Freymann 0 0 - = 0 - - 1 = - 1 = = = - - = 0 * - 5.0 20 Kutuzov 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 = = 0 = - = 0 = + * 4.0

With more Soviet players were now more familiar with the new hypermodern theories, the general playing level was rising and the competition getting tougher. Romanovsky, a dominant figure in previous tournaments, could only tie for 6th-8th places here. Verlinsky had an adventurous result. He defeated the top three finishers while scoring 7.5 points against the other nine players in the top half of the tournament, but could only score 4.5/10 against those in the bottom half. Had the tournament been restricted to just the top ten players, he would have won by a point and a half.

Freymann left the tournament after twelve rounds; his remaining seven games are indicated as "+" and "-" in the crosstable and round-by-round pairings. Only about 50 games from the tournament are available; those in this collection are indicated by an asterisk (*).

Round 1: Freymann 1/2 A. Rabinovich; Kubbel 1 I. Rabinovich*; Selezniev 1 Kaspersky; Bogolyubov 1/2 Sergeiev*; Nenarokov 1 Grigoriev; Romanovsky 1 Kutuzov*; Zubarev 0 Gotthilf; Sozin 0 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Levenfish 0 Verlinsky; Dus Chotimirsky 1/2 Vilner

Round 2: A. Rabinovich 0 Vilner; Verlinsky 1/2 Dus Chotimirsky; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1 Levenfish; Gotthilf 1 Sozin; Kutuzov 0 Zubarev; Grigoriev 0 Romanovsky*; Sergeiev 1 Nenarokov; Kaspersky 0 Bogolyubov; I. Rabinovich 1 Selezniev; Freymann 1/2 Kubbel

Round 3: Kubbel 1 A. Rabinovich*; Selezniev 1/2 Freymann; Bogolyubov 1 I. Rabinovich*; Nenarokov 1/2 Kaspersky; Romanovsky 1 Sergeiev*; Zubarev 0 Grigoriev; Sozin 1 Kutuzov*; Levenfish 1/2 Gotthilf; Dus Chotimirsky 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Vilner 1 Verlinsky*

Round 4: A. Rabinovich 1/2 Verlinsky; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Vilner; Gotthilf 1/2 Dus Chotimirsky; Kutuzov 0 Levenfish; Grigoriev 1 Sozin*; Sergeiev 1/2 Zubarev; Kaspersky 0 Romanovsky; I. Rabinovich 1 Nenarokov*; Freymann 0 Bogolyubov; Kubbel 1/2 Selezniev

Round 5: Selezniev 1/2 A. Rabinovich; Bogolyubov 1/2 Kubbel*; Nenarokov 1 Freymann; Romanovsky 0 I. Rabinovich; Zubarev 1/2 Kaspersky; Sozin 0 Sergeiev; Levenfish 1 Grigoriev; Dus Chotimirsky 1 Kutuzov; Vilner 1/2 Gotthilf; Verlinsky 1 Ilyin-Zhenevsky

Round 6: A. Rabinovich 1 Ilyin-Zhenevsky*; Gotthilf 1/2 Verlinsky; Kutuzov 1/2 Vilner; Grigoriev 1/2 Dus Chotimirsky; Sergeiev 0 Levenfish; Kaspersky 0 Sozin*; I. Rabinovich 1 Zubarev*; Freymann 1 Romanovsky*; Kubbel 1/2 Nenarokov; Selezniev 1/2 Bogolyubov

Round 7: Bogolyubov 1 A. Rabinovich*; Nenarokov 0 Selezniev*; Romanovsky 1 Kubbel*; Zubarev 1/2 Freymann; Sozin 0 I. Rabinovich; Levenfish 1 Kaspersky; Dus Chotimirsky 1 Sergeiev; Vilner 1 Grigoriev; Verlinsky 1 Kutuzov; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1 Gotthilf*

Round 8: A. Rabinovich 1 Gotthilf*; Kutuzov 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Grigoriev 1 Verlinsky; Sergeiev 1 Vilner*; Kaspersky 1 Dus Chotimirsky; I. Rabinovich 1 Levenfish; Freymann 1/2 Sozin; Kubbel 1 Zubarev; Selezniev 1/2 Romanovsky; Bogolyubov 1 Nenarokov*

Round 9: Nenarokov 0 A. Rabinovich*; Romanovsky 0 Bogolyubov*; Zubarev 1/2 Selezniev; Sozin 1/2 Kubbel*; Levenfish 1 Freymann*; Dus Chotimirsky 1 I. Rabinovich*; Vilner 1 Kaspersky; Verlinsky 1 Sergeiev; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Grigoriev; Gotthilf 1 Kutuzov

Round 10: A. Rabinovich 1 Kutuzov; Grigoriev 1/2 Gotthilf; Sergeiev 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Kaspersky 1 Verlinsky; I. Rabinovich 1/2 Vilner; Freymann 0 Dus Chotimirsky; Kubbel 0 Levenfish; Selezniev 1/2 Sozin; Bogolyubov 1 Zubarev*; Nenarokov 1/2 Romanovsky*

Round 11: Romanovsky 1 A. Rabinovich; Zubarev 1 Nenarokov; Sozin 0 Bogolyubov; Levenfish 1 Selezniev*; Dus Chotimirsky 0 Kubbel*; Vilner 0 Freymann; Verlinsky 1 I. Rabinovich*; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1 Kaspersky; Gotthilf 1/2 Sergeiev; Kutuzov 0 Grigoriev

Round 12: A. Rabinovich 1 Grigoriev; Sergeiev 1 Kutuzov; Kaspersky 1/2 Gotthilf; I. Rabinovich 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Freymann 1/2 Verlinsky; Kubbel 1 Vilner; Selezniev 1/2 Dus Chotimirsky; Bogolyubov 1/2 Levenfish; Nenarokov 0 Sozin*; Romanovsky 0 Zubarev

Round 13: Zubarev 1 A. Rabinovich*; Sozin 0 Romanovsky*; Levenfish 1 Nenarokov; Dus Chotimirsky 0 Bogolyubov; Vilner 1/2 Selezniev; Verlinsky 1/2 Kubbel; Ilyin-Zhenevsky + Freymann; Gotthilf 1 I. Rabinovich; Kutuzov 1/2 Kaspersky; Grigoriev 0 Sergeiev

Round 14: A. Rabinovich 1 Sergeiev; Kaspersky 1 Grigoriev; I. Rabinovich 1 Kutuzov; Freymann - Gotthilf; Kubbel 0 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Selezniev 0 Verlinsky; Bogolyubov 0 Vilner*; Nenarokov 0 Dus Chotimirsky; Romanovsky 1/2 Levenfish; Zubarev 1/2 Sozin

Round 15: Sozin 1/2 A. Rabinovich; Levenfish 1/2 Zubarev*; Dus Chotimirsky 1 Romanovsky*; Vilner 1 Nenarokov; Verlinsky 1 Bogolyubov; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1/2 Selezniev; Gotthilf 1 Kubbel; Kutuzov + Freymann; Grigoriev 0 I. Rabinovich; Sergeiev 1/2 Kaspersky

Round 16: A. Rabinovich 1 Kaspersky; I. Rabinovich 1/2 Sergeiev*; Freymann - Grigoriev; Kubbel 1/2 Kutuzov; Selezniev 1/2 Gotthilf; Bogolyubov 1/2 Ilyin-Zhenevsky; Nenarokov 1 Verlinsky; Romanovsky 1 Vilner*; Zubarev 1/2 Dus Chotimirsky; Sozin 0 Levenfish

Round 17: Levenfish 0 A. Rabinovich*; Dus Chotimirsky 1 Sozin; Vilner 1/2 Zubarev*; Verlinsky 1 Romanovsky*; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1 Nenarokov; Gotthilf 1/2 Bogolyubov*; Kutuzov 1/2 Selezniev; Grigoriev 1 Kubbel; Sergeiev + Freymann; Kaspersky 0 I. Rabinovich

Round 18: A. Rabinovich 0 I. Rabinovich; Freymann - Kaspersky; Kubbel 1/2 Sergeiev; Selezniev 1/2 Grigoriev; Bogolyubov 1 Kutuzov*; Nenarokov 1 Gotthilf; Romanovsky 1 Ilyin-Zhenevsky*; Zubarev 1/2 Verlinsky; Sozin 1 Vilner*; Levenfish 1 Dus Chotimirsky*

Round 19: Dus Chotimirsky 1 A. Rabinovich; Vilner 0 Levenfish; Verlinsky 1 Sozin*; Ilyin-Zhenevsky 0 Zubarev; Gotthilf 1/2 Romanovsky; Kutuzov 1/2 Nenarokov; Grigoriev 0 Bogolyubov; Sergeiev 1/2 Selezniev; Kaspersky 1/2 Kubbel; I. Rabinovich + Freymann

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1925, by User: Phony Benoni.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Rabinovich vs Y Vilner  0-1311925USSR ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. P Romanovsky vs A S Sergeev  1-0481925USSR ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
3. A Kubbel vs A Rabinovich  1-0331925USSR ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
4. N Grigoriev vs P Romanovsky  0-1381925USSR ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
5. P Romanovsky vs N Kutuzov  1-0331925USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
6. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich  1-0431925USSR ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. A S Sergeev vs Y Vilner  1-0481925USSR ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. Levenfish vs S Von Freymann 1-0401925USSR ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. S Von Freymann vs P Romanovsky  1-0331925USSR ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Levenfish vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-0311925USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Dus Chotimirsky vs P Romanovsky  1-0371925USSR ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. I Rabinovich vs Nenarokov  1-0291925USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
13. I Rabinovich vs N Zubarev  1-0571925USSR ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Nenarokov vs A Selezniev 0-1521925USSR ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
15. Y Vilner vs N Zubarev  ½-½331925USSR ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
16. Levenfish vs A Rabinovich 0-1631925USSR ChampionshipA15 English
17. P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner 1-0261925USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
18. I Rabinovich vs A S Sergeev  ½-½271925USSR ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Levenfish vs N Zubarev ½-½461925USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. N Zubarev vs A Rabinovich  1-0311925USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. Levenfish vs A Selezniev  1-0291925USSR ChampionshipA21 English
22. Nenarokov vs A Rabinovich  0-1421925USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
23. A Rabinovich vs S B Gotthilf  1-0331925USSR ChampionshipD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
24. P Romanovsky vs A Kubbel  1-0411925USSR ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
25. Dus Chotimirsky vs I Rabinovich  1-0561925USSR ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  mifralu: <The participants of the fourth USSR Chess Championship in 1925>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USSR_...

One player is missing: Arvid Kubbel

Jul-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Are you suggesting he was airbrushed from the picture a la Yezhov?
Jul-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Under the terms of good old Article 58, 'bout anything was possible.
Apr-29-18  faulty: Verlinsky's 3/3 against the top three winners is crazily impressive
Apr-29-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: In the same year Verlinsky beat the World Champion: Capablanca vs B Verlinsky, 1925.

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