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🏆 USSR Championship (1949)

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The 17th USSR chess championship took place in the Soviet capital of Moscow from October 16th to November 20th, 1949. Twenty of the Soviet Union's best grandmasters and masters qualified or received invitations to participate in the round robin event. Twelve players qualified from semi-final tournaments held earlier in the year: ... [more]

Player: Vasily Smyslov

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Smyslov vs Aronin 1-0351949USSR ChampionshipA14 English
2. Petrosian vs Smyslov 0-1461949USSR ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Smyslov vs V Mikenas ½-½271949USSR ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
4. G Goldberg vs Smyslov 0-1461949USSR ChampionshipA25 English
5. Smyslov vs Bronstein 1-0931949USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
6. Levenfish vs Smyslov 1-0341949USSR ChampionshipD98 Grunfeld, Russian
7. Smyslov vs Boleslavsky  ½-½441949USSR ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
8. Furman vs Smyslov 1-0551949USSR ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
9. Smyslov vs Sokolsky  ½-½561949USSR ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
10. N Kopilov vs Smyslov  ½-½591949USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Smyslov vs Taimanov ½-½211949USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Ragozin vs Smyslov 0-1411949USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
13. Smyslov vs V Liublinsky 1-0331949USSR ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
14. Kotov vs Smyslov  ½-½541949USSR ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. Smyslov vs Kholmov 1-0471949USSR ChampionshipB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
16. Smyslov vs Flohr 1-0531949USSR ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. Geller vs Smyslov ½-½551949USSR ChampionshipE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
18. Smyslov vs Keres ½-½701949USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. Lilienthal vs Smyslov 0-1581949USSR ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-06-13
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  GrahamClayton: Bronstein started the tournament with 6/11, but a run of 7/8 propelled him to the title.
Jul-25-16
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  Sally Simpson: Small error in the text.

"While this championship was Smyslov's first and last Soviet crown."

Smyslov shared it again in 1955.

Game Collection: USSR Championship 1955

Jul-26-16  ughaibu: But Smyslov lost the play-off, in 1955.

How did Bronstein come closer to being world champion, without succeeding, than Schlechter or Leko?

Jul-27-16
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  whiteshark: Fair question!
Jul-27-16
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  Sally Simpson: 'Smyslov lost the play-off'

Then the small error is in the Smyslov Bio.

USSR Championship (1949)

Soviet champion in 1955 sharing the first place with Efim Geller.

(no mention of a play-off.)

Apr-26-17
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  Chessical: Petrosian's first Soviet Championship, he qualified from the semi-final held in Tiflis.
Apr-26-17  Nosnibor: This was Geller`s debut and he scored 10 wins which exceeded both of the joint winners decisive games.Also noticeable is that he scored 4.5 points against the first six without losing a single game.
Sep-02-17  Arconax: Goldberg got lost in all the variations.
Sep-02-18
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  fiercebadger: Petrosian lost five games
Sep-02-18
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  Check It Out: <fiercebadger: Petrosian lost five games>

Not eight as listed here?

Sep-02-18  siimens: Well, closest probably because Bronstein didn't lose Botvinnik but tied the 1951 title match
Feb-16-19
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  perfidious: <fiercebadger: Petrosian lost five games>

He lost the first five.

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