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🏆 USSR Championship (1929) Chess Event Description
The 6th USSR Championship was held in Odessa from September 2-20, 1929, and was weird. The site was strange enough, with the event being held outside Moscow or Leningrad for the first time. And the set-up was different as well. First, 36 players completed in four quarterfinal sections, with the top three in each section advancing into two six-player semifinals. The top two from each semi section were then to play a double round final to determine the champion. ... [more]

Player: Mikhail Botvinnik

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs Rauzer  ½-½311929USSR ChampionshipC11 French
2. S Von Freymann vs Botvinnik 0-1341929USSR ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. S A Mudrev vs Botvinnik 0-1281929USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Botvinnik vs Riumin 1-0501929USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. Ragozin vs Botvinnik 0-1141929USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Botvinnik vs Nenarokov  ½-½321929USSR ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. N Pavlov-Pianov vs Botvinnik 0-1491929USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Botvinnik vs A Poliak 1-0371929USSR ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. P Izmailov vs Botvinnik 1-0141929USSR ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Botvinnik vs V Silich 1-0291929USSR ChampionshipA50 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Kan vs Botvinnik 1-0191929USSR ChampionshipC51 Evans Gambit
12. Botvinnik vs K Vygodchikov  ½-½181929USSR ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-09-14  Zonszein: So, Verlnsky was the real Soviet champion of 1929
Jul-24-18  goser: "A proposal was made to admit Ilyin-Zhenevsky to the semis anyway, but was shot down by the 18-year-old Botvinnik who insisted that rules were rules." In 1938, not the 1937 USSR champion Grigory Levenfish (who drew a match with Botvinnik after) but Botvinnik was sent to play in AVRO tournament. In this case rules were not rules.
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  whiteshark: "Verlinsky's two wins from Freiman [in the finals] gave him the championship and the title of <"So­viet Grandmaster,"> which had been created two years earlier. (It was abolished in 1931 and not revived until Botvinnik received it in 1935)."

-- Andrew Soltis, Soviet Chess 1917-1991, p.57

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