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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: Veniamin Sozin

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A S Bernshteyn vs V Sozin  0-1261929USSR ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted

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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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