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50th USSR Championship Tournament

Anatoly Karpov9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Vladimir B Tukmakov9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky8.5/15(+4 -2 =9)[games]
Rafael Vaganian8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Yuri Balashov8/15(+4 -3 =8)[games]
Vladimir P Malaniuk7.5/15(+4 -4 =7)[games]
Tigran V Petrosian7.5/15(+2 -2 =11)[games]
Lev Psakhis7.5/15(+3 -3 =9)[games]
Oleg Romanishin7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Georgy Agzamov7/15(+4 -5 =6)[games]
Zurab Azmaiparashvili7/15(+2 -3 =10)[games]
Alexander Beliavsky7/15(+3 -4 =8)[games]
Yuri S Razuvaev7/15(+2 -3 =10)[games]
Efim Geller6.5/15(+2 -4 =9)[games]
Artur Yusupov6.5/15(+4 -6 =5)[games]
Konstantin Z Lerner5.5/15(+1 -5 =9)[games]
Mikhail Tal1.5/5(+0 -2 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
50th USSR Championship (1983)
There was no USSR Championship held in 1982 so a special effort was made to make the 50th event held in Moscow from the 2nd to the 28th of April 1983 a representative contest. This tournament was considered to be the strongest held since the 41st USSR Championship (1973). Kasparov and Smyslov were absent but Karpov was playing in his first final since his victory in the 44th USSR Championship (1976). Lerner, Azmaiparashvili, Malaniuk, and Razuvaev were the qualifying winners of the four Otborochny tournaments. Agzamov and Vaganian were promoted to the final as the winners of the 18-player First League which had been held at Telavi, Georgia in December 1982. The field began with the odd number of seventeen players but Tal fell ill with dangerously high blood pressure and was forced to withdraw after the ninth round. In the latter rounds two players had byes.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Karpov * 1 0 1 1 1 1 9 2 Tukmakov * 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 9 3 Polugaevsky * 0 0 1 1 1 1 8 4 Vaganian 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 8 5 Balashov 1 * 0 0 1 0 1 1 8 6 Malaniuk 0 1 1 * 0 0 1 1 0 7 7 Petrosian 1 * 0 1 0 7 8 Psakhis 0 1 1 * 0 0 1 7 9 Romanishin 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 1 0 0 1 7 10 Agzamov 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 0 7 11 Azmaiparashvili 1 0 1 0 0 * 7 12 Beliavsky 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 7 13 Razuvaev 0 1 1 * 0 0 7 14 Geller 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 6 15 Yusupov 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 * 6 16 Lerner 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 5 Tal* - x - - - - - - - - 0 - 0 1

*Due to illness Tal only played six games with losses to Geller and Lerner and draws with Petrosian, Vaganian and Razuvaev. His Round 8 game with Tukmakov was adjourned after 40 moves and wasn't resumed. It was subsequently annulled with no result. On medical advice he withdrew from the tournament.

The main source for this collection was the 50th USSR Championship Final Moscow 1983 booklet edited by Robert Wade and Leslie Stephen Fraser Blackstock.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1983 by User: Benzol.

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 126  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tukmakov vs Razuvaev 1-027198350th USSR ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
2. Karpov vs Polugaevsky  ½-½56198350th USSR ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Petrosian vs Psakhis  ½-½41198350th USSR ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. Lerner vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½62198350th USSR ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
5. Vaganian vs Balashov  0-140198350th USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
6. Beliavsky vs Yusupov  1-033198350th USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Geller vs Tal 1-044198350th USSR ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
8. V Malaniuk vs G Agzamov  0-158198350th USSR ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Tal vs Petrosian ½-½29198350th USSR ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
10. Azmaiparashvili vs Vaganian  0-137198350th USSR ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Yusupov vs V Malaniuk  1-057198350th USSR ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
12. Polugaevsky vs Tukmakov  ½-½16198350th USSR ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
13. Psakhis vs Lerner  1-051198350th USSR ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
14. G Agzamov vs Karpov  ½-½35198350th USSR ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
15. Balashov vs Beliavsky  ½-½40198350th USSR ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Romanishin vs Geller  ½-½32198350th USSR ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
17. Karpov vs Yusupov 1-044198350th USSR ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Razuvaev vs Polugaevsky  ½-½22198350th USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
19. V Malaniuk vs Balashov  1-059198350th USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Tukmakov vs G Agzamov 0-177198350th USSR ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Lerner vs Tal 1-045198350th USSR ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
22. Vaganian vs Psakhis 0-136198350th USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Petrosian vs Romanishin 0-152198350th USSR ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
24. Beliavsky vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½39198350th USSR ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. Psakhis vs Beliavsky  ½-½13198350th USSR ChampionshipC59 Two Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-19-15  visayanbraindoctor: These old USSR championships were killers. If the entire present-day Norway Chess participants were to play in this, I would give Carlsen and Anand as the only two who would have fair chances of winning it. And even then I would place my money on Karpov.

Why isn't there a page for USSR Championship 1988? Both Kasparov and Karpov participated in it, the last of the great Soviet tournaments.

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  Benzol: <Why isn't there a page for USSR Championship 1988? Both Kasparov and Karpov participated in it, the last of the great Soviet tournaments>

<visayanbraindoctor> There is the collection Game Collection: USSR Championship 1988 but it will need some work before it could be promoted to a tournament page.

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  Benzol: <visayanbraindoctor> At last 55th USSR Championship (1988)


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  perfidious: Paul, all the games from the '88 event were listed under some random tag or other--do not recall which--but I converted most, if not all of them to the correct form some weeks back.
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  Benzol: Alan thanks, that is great work. The 1988 event was probably the last great USSR Championship and it's good to finally see it as a tournament page. Cheers matey.


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  Fusilli: What was Petrosian's health status during this tournament? He died of cancer 16 months later. Here he broke even, with lots of fightless draws. He beat only Beliavsky (convincingly) and Polugaievsky (blunder) and lost two games with white, uncharacteristic of him. I am guessing he must have been feeling the effects of his illness already, whether he had been diagnosed yet or not...
Sep-29-19  ewan14: I do not think Karpov performed as well as he should have in all the USSR championships he participated in
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  Fusilli: <ewan14> Well... He won the tournament solo. His three short draws in the last five rounds suggest that was his goal. Who can blame him... It was the friggin' Soviet championship!
Sep-29-19  JimNorCal: Just to "bookend" ewan14, I strongly believe Karpov performed exactly as expected for the USSR Championships he did not participate in.

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