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USSR Championship Tournament

Grigory Levenfish8.5/10(+8 -1 =1)[games]
Mikhail Botvinnik7.5/9(+7 -1 =1)[games]
Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich7.5/13(+6 -4 =3)[games]
Georgy Lisitsin6/8(+6 -2 =0)[games]
Vitaly Chekhover6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan5.5/10(+5 -4 =1)[games]
Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk4.5/10(+4 -5 =1)[games]
Vladimir Alatortsev4.5/8(+4 -3 =1)[games]
Vsevolod Rauzer3.5/8(+3 -4 =1)[games]
Boris Verlinsky3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Nikolay Tikhonovich Sorokin3/5(+3 -2 =0)[games]
Leonid Savitsky2/6(+1 -3 =2)[games]
Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky2/4(+2 -2 =0)[games]
Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin1.5/5(+1 -3 =1)[games]
Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.1.5/5(+1 -3 =1)[games]
Viktor Arsentievich Goglidze1/6(+1 -5 =0)[games]
Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann1/6(+1 -5 =0)[games]
Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky0/3(+0 -3 =0)[games]
Nikolay Zubarev0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]
Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov0/4(+0 -4 =0)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1933)
The 8th USSR Championship was held in Leningrad from August 16th to September 19th, 1933, with these twenty participants:

Vladimir Alatortsev; Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk; Mikhail Botvinnik; Vitaly Chekhover; Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky; Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann; Viktor Arsentievich Goglidze; Ilia Abramovich Kan; Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov; Grigory Levenfish; Georgy Lisitsin; Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich; Vsevolod Rauzer; Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin; Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky; Leonid Savitsky; Nikolay Tikhonovich Sorokin; Boris Verlinsky; Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.; Nikolay Zubarev.

The tournament was a clash between the new generation of Soviet players (led by Botvinnik) and the "Old Guard" who first made their mark before the Revolution. There was no love lost between the two groups. At one point, Dus Chotimirsky tried to play on against Botvinnik in an ending of rook vs. rook (with no pawns) just to irritate the younger man.

When Botvinnik beat Levenfish in round 14 to take a 2.5 point lead, his friend Ragozin proclaimed it a victory for the new generation. Losing his next two games must have tempered Botvinnik's enthusiasm a bit, but he righted the ship and coasted to victory by a full point.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Botvinnik * 1 1 1 = 1 = 0 = 0 = 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 = 1 14.0 2 Alatortsev 0 * = 0 = 0 = 1 = 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.0 3 Levenfish 0 = * = 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 = 0 1 = = 0 12.0 4 Lisitsin 0 1 = * = 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 = 0 1 1 = 1 1 1 12.0 5 Rabinovich = = 0 = * 0 = 1 1 0 = 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 6 Rauzer 0 1 1 0 1 * = = 0 = 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 11.5 7 Chekhover = = 0 0 = = * 1 1 1 1 0 = 0 1 1 0 1 1 = 11.0 8 Bohatirchuk 1 0 0 0 0 = 0 * 1 = 0 1 = 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 10.5 9 Kan = = 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 0 = = 0 1 0 1 1 1 10.0 10 Riumin 1 0 0 1 1 = 0 = 0 * = 1 = = = = 0 1 = = 9.5 11 Romanovsky = 1 0 1 = 0 0 1 0 = * = = = 0 0 1 = 1 1 9.5 12 Verlinsky 0 0 = 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 = * 1 0 = 1 0 = 1 1 9.0 13 Yudovich 0 0 0 = 0 0 = = = = = 0 * 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 9.0 14 Savitsky 0 0 0 1 = 0 1 0 = = = 1 0 * 1 1 1 = 0 0 8.5 15 Sorokin 0 0 = 0 0 1 0 = 1 = 1 = = 0 * 0 1 0 = = 7.5 16 Goglidze = 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 0 1 * 1 = = 0 7.0 17 Freymann 0 0 0 = 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 0 = 1 7.0 18 Zubarev 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = = = = 1 = 1 * 0 1 6.5 19 Dus Chotimirsky = 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 = = = 1 * = 5.5 20 Kirillov 0 0 1 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 = 1 0 0 = * 5.0

This is one of the lesser known USSR Championships, due in part to the tournament book containing only 46 of the 190 games. While more have been found, along with a number of positions without a complete game score, this collection will be incomplete.

For that reason, the complete round-by-round pairings are given below. However, it should be emphasized that the following reconstruction is conjectural. It is based on a complete list of Botvinnik's opponents and results, and assumes that the Berger table of pairings was used. While it accounts for the known facts, it should not be considered definitive without firsthand confirmation.

An asterisk <*> after a game indicates that the complete score is in this collection.

Round 1: Rauzer 1 Alatortsev*; Lisitsin 0 Kan; Kirillov 0 Romanovsky*; Botvinnik 1 Verlinsky; Zubarev 0 Chekhover*; Rabinovich 1 Goglidze*; Yudovich 1 Freymann*; Savitsky 1/2 Riumin*; Sorokin 1/2 Bohatirchuk; Dus Chotimirsky 1/2 Levenfish

Round 2: Alatortsev 1/2 Levenfish; Bohatirchuk 1 Dus Chotimirsky; Riumin 1/2 Sorokin; Freymann 0 Savitsky; Goglidze 0 Yudovich; Chekhover 1/2 Rabinovich*; Verlinsky 1/2 Zubarev; Romanovsky 1/2 Botvinnik; Kan 1 Kirillov*; Rauzer 0 Lisitsin*

Round 3: Lisitsin 1 Alatortsev*; Kirillov 0 Rauzer; Botvinnik 1/2 Kan*; Zubarev 1/2 Romanovsky; Rabinovich 0 Verlinsky*; Yudovich 1/2 Chekhover; Savitsky 1 Goglidze; Sorokin 1 Freymann*; Dus Chotimirsky 1/2 Riumin; Levenfish 1 Bohatirchuk*

Round 4: Alatortsev 1 Bohatirchuk*; Riumin 0 Levenfish*; Freymann 1/2 Dus Chotimirsky; Goglidze 1 Sorokin; Chekhover 0 Savitsky; Verlinsky 1 Yudovich; Romanovsky 1/2 Rabinovich; Kan 1 Zubarev*; Rauzer 0 Botvinnik*; Lisitsin 1 Kirillov

Round 5: Kirillov 0 Alatortsev*; Botvinnik 1 Lisitsin*; Zubarev 0 Rauzer; Rabinovich 1 Kan*; Yudovich 1/2 Romanovsky; Savitsky 1 Verlinsky; Sorokin 0 Chekhover; Dus Chotimirsky 1/2 Goglidze; Levenfish 1 Freymann*; Bohatirchuk 1/2 Riumin

Round 6: Alatortsev 1 Riumin; Freymann 0 Bohatirchuk; Goglidze 1 Levenfish*; Chekhover 1 Dus Chotimirsky; Verlinsky 1/2 Sorokin; Romanovsky 1/2 Savitsky; Kan 1/2 Yudovich; Rauzer 1 Rabinovich*; Lisitsin 1 Zubarev; Kirillov 0 Botvinnik

Round 7: Botvinnik 1 Alatortsev*; Zubarev 1 Kirillov; Rabinovich 1/2 Lisitsin; Yudovich 0 Rauzer; Savitsky 1/2 Kan; Sorokin 1 Romanovsky; Dus Chotimirsky 0 Verlinsky; Levenfish 1 Chekhover*; Bohatirchuk 1 Goglidze*; Riumin 0 Freymann

Round 8: Alatortsev 1 Freymann; Goglidze 1/2 Riumin; Chekhover 1 Bohatirchuk*; Verlinsky 1/2 Levenfish*; Romanovsky 1 Dus Chotimirsky; Kan 0 Sorokin*; Rauzer 1 Savitsky*; Lisitsin 1/2 Yudovich; Kirillov 0 Rabinovich; Botvinnik 1 Zubarev

Round 9: Zubarev 0 Alatortsev; Rabinovich 1/2 Botvinnik; Yudovich 1 Kirillov; Savitsky 1 Lisitsin*; Sorokin 1 Rauzer*; Dus Chotimirsky 0 Kan*; Levenfish 1 Romanovsky*; Bohatirchuk 1 Verlinsky*; Riumin 0 Chekhover*; Freymann 0 Goglidze

Round 10: Alatortsev 1 Goglidze*; Chekhover 0 Freymann; Verlinsky 0 Riumin; Romanovsky 1 Bohatirchuk* Kan 0 Levenfish*; Rauzer 1 Dus Chotimirsky; Lisitsin 1 Sorokin*; Kirillov 1 Savitsky; Botvinnik 1 Yudovich*; Zubarev 0 Rabinovich

Round 11: Rabinovich 1/2 Alatortsev*; Yudovich 1/2 Zubarev; Savitsky 0 Botvinnik*; Sorokin 1/2 Kirillov; Dus Chotimirsky 0 Lisitsin; Levenfish 0 Rauzer; Bohatirchuk 1 Kan; Riumin 1/2 Romanovsky; Freymann 1 Verlinsky; Goglidze 0 Chekhover

ROUND 12: Alatortsev 1/2 Chekhover; Verlinsky 1 Goglidze; Romanovsky 1 Freymann; Kan 1 Riumin*; Rauzer 1/2 Bohatirchuk; Lisitsin 1/2 Levenfish; Kirillov 1/2 Dus Chotimirsky; Botvinnik 1 Sorokin*; Zubarev 1/2 Savitsky; Rabinovich 1 Yudovich*

Round 13: Yudovich 0 Alatortsev; Savitsky 1/2 Rabinovich*; Sorokin 0 Zubarev; Dus Chotimirsky 1/2 Botvinnik; Levenfish 0 Kirillov; Bohatirchuk 0 Lisitsin; Riumin 1/2 Rauzer; Freymann 1 Kan; Goglidze 1 Romanovsky; Chekhover 0 Verlinsky*

Round 14: Alatortsev 1 Verlinsky; Romanovsky 0 Chekhover*; Kan 1 Goglidze*; Rauzer 0 Freymann*; Lisitsin 0 Riumin; Kirillov 0 Bohatirchuk; Botvinnik 1 Levenfish; Zubarev 0 Dus Chotimirsky; Rabinovich 1 Sorokin; Yudovich 1 Savitsky

Round 15: Savitsky 0 Alatortsev; Sorokin 1/2 Yudovich; Dus Chotimirsky 0 Rabinovich*; Levenfish 1/2 Zubarev; Bohatirchuk 1 Botvinnik*; Riumin 1/2 Kirillov; Freymann 1/2 Lisitsin; Goglidze 1 Rauzer; Chekhover 1 Kan*; Verlinsky 1/2 Romanovsky

Round 16: Alatortsev 0 Romanovsky; Kan 0 Verlinsky; Rauzer 1/2 Chekhover*; Lisitsin 1 Goglidze*; Kirillov 0 Freymann; Botvinnik 0 Riumin; Zubarev 1/2 Bohatirchuk; Rabinovich 0 Levenfish*; Yudovich 1 Dus Chotimirsky; 160 Savitsky 1 Sorokin

Round 17: Sorokin 0 Alatortsev; Dus Chotimirsky 1 Savitsky; Levenfish 1 Yudovich*; Bohatirchuk 0 Rabinovich*; Riumin 1 Zubarev; Freymann 0 Botvinnik*; Goglidze 0 Kirillov; Chekhover 0 Lisitsin*; Verlinsky 0 Rauzer; Romanovsky 0 Kan

Round 18: Alatortsev 1/2 Kan; Rauzer 1 Romanovsky; Lisitsin 1 Verlinsky*; Kirillov 1/2 Chekhover; Botvinnik 1/2 Goglidze; Zubarev 1 Freymann; Rabinovich 0 Riumin*; Yudovich 1/2 Bohatirchuk*; Savitsky 0 Levenfish; Sorokin 1/2 Dus Chotimirsky

Round 19: Dus Chotimirsky 0 Alatortsev*; Levenfish 1/2 Sorokin; Bohatirchuk 1 Savitsky*; Riumin 1/2 Yudovich; Freymann 0 Rabinovich*; Goglidze 1/2 Zubarev; Chekhover 1/2 Botvinnik; Verlinsky 1 Kirillov*: Romanovsky 1 Lisitsin; 190 Kan 1 Rauzer

Thanks to <Benzol> for information necessary for the creation of this collection.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1933, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 38  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Bohatirchuk vs L Savitsky  1-0331933USSR ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
2. Kan vs Goglidze  1-0501933USSR ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
3. Chekhover vs Kan 1-0451933USSR ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
4. B Verlinsky vs V G Kirillov  1-0341933USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Lisitsin vs B Verlinsky 1-0741933USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
6. F Bohatirchuk vs Botvinnik 1-0581933USSR ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
7. Botvinnik vs Alatortsev 1-0381933USSR ChampionshipA90 Dutch
8. Levenfish vs Chekhover 1-0331933USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
9. Goglidze vs Levenfish  1-0521933USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
10. Rauzer vs I Rabinovich  1-0331933USSR ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
11. F Bohatirchuk vs Goglidze  1-0611933USSR ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
12. I Rabinovich vs Goglidze  1-0511933USSR ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Rauzer vs Alatortsev 1-0271933USSR ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
14. M Yudovich Sr. vs S Von Freymann  1-0241933USSR ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Kan vs V G Kirillov  1-0321933USSR ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
16. Levenfish vs F Bohatirchuk  1-0401933USSR ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
17. Lisitsin vs Alatortsev  1-0391933USSR ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
18. N Sorokin vs S Von Freymann 1-0381933USSR ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Kan vs N Zubarev 1-0211933USSR ChampionshipA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
20. Alatortsev vs F Bohatirchuk 1-0431933USSR ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
21. Botvinnik vs Lisitsin 1-0301933USSR ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. I Rabinovich vs Kan  1-0641933USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
23. Levenfish vs S Von Freymann  1-0581933USSR ChampionshipD95 Grunfeld
24. Chekhover vs F Bohatirchuk  1-0441933USSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
25. Rauzer vs L Savitsky  1-0391933USSR ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
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