The 24th Soviet Chess Championship took place in Moscow from January 20th to February 22nd, 1957. ... [more]
Player: Boris Spassky
| page 1 of 1; 21 games
|1. K Klaman vs Spassky
||1-0||76||1957||USSR Championship||C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|2. Spassky vs Keres
||1-0||46||1957||USSR Championship||E31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line|
|3. Aronin vs Spassky
||½-½||55||1957||USSR Championship||C05 French, Tarrasch|
|4. Spassky vs Gurgenidze
||1-0||29||1957||USSR Championship||E46 Nimzo-Indian|
|5. V Tarasov vs Spassky
|| ||0-1||53||1957||USSR Championship||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|6. Spassky vs Kholmov
||½-½||41||1957||USSR Championship||E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad|
|7. Tolush vs Spassky
|| ||½-½||16||1957||USSR Championship||E59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line|
|8. Spassky vs L Aronson
||1-0||37||1957||USSR Championship||A66 Benoni|
|9. Tal vs Spassky
||½-½||31||1957||USSR Championship||C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense|
|10. Spassky vs Bronstein
||½-½||43||1957||USSR Championship||C17 French, Winawer, Advance|
|11. A Bannik vs Spassky
||½-½||55||1957||USSR Championship||B53 Sicilian|
|12. Spassky vs Korchnoi
|| ||½-½||30||1957||USSR Championship||D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|13. Nezhmetdinov vs Spassky
||1-0||33||1957||USSR Championship||B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation|
|14. Spassky vs Antoshin
|| ||½-½||41||1957||USSR Championship||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|15. V Mikenas vs Spassky
||0-1||43||1957||USSR Championship||B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line|
|16. Taimanov vs Spassky
|| ||½-½||32||1957||USSR Championship||D30 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|17. Spassky vs A Khasin
||½-½||47||1957||USSR Championship||E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System|
|18. Furman vs Spassky
||0-1||23||1957||USSR Championship||A04 Reti Opening|
|19. Spassky vs Boleslavsky
||½-½||41||1957||USSR Championship||B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4|
|20. Petrosian vs Spassky
||½-½||42||1957||USSR Championship||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|21. Spassky vs E S Stoliar
||1-0||42||1957||USSR Championship||E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3|
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|May-11-14|| ||notyetagm: USSR Championship (1957)
Tal's last round (21) win that secured the championship for him:
Tal vs Tolush, 1957
|May-11-14|| ||waustad: Can you really picture getting this many players this good to play a 21 round tournament? Not this century.|
|May-12-14|| ||notyetagm: <waustad: Can you really picture getting this many players this good to play a 21 round tournament? Not this century.>|
Yeah, that's a *lot* of games. ;-)
|May-12-14|| ||HeMateMe: What a lineup! Maybe not so voluntary, as certain obligations must be met to keep one's stipend from the state. Break the rules, and you could lose your apartment too, back in the day.|
|May-12-14|| ||Petrosianic: Actually, there was no requirement to compete in the national championship until after Fischer became world champion. That's when they decided that maybe top players skipping the championship was making them too soft.|
|May-12-14|| ||HeMateMe: Ok, nothing "official", but a nudge from a local party apparatchik meant you play, or you might have stuff taken away from you.|
|May-12-14|| ||Petrosianic: But no evidence that it happened. Pre-Fischer, a lot of top players did skip out on the big one. In all the years the Soviets held the title, a reigning world champion only won three times. But if you look at the early 70's tournaments, you'll start to see names that hadn't been around in a while, because they were starting to crack down.|
Actually, a lot of top players have this disease. Anand hasn't won the Indian Championship since the 1980's. Larsen went years without playing in a Danish Championship. I'm not sure if Kramnik has ever been Russian Champion, or when Topalov last played in the Bulgarian Championship.
|Apr-05-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: Yes, many times Soviet Union's best skipped USSR Championships in order to rest and prepare for international tournaments, but not until mid 60's. I think that up to mid 60's the very best Soviet players competed regularly in their national championships.
Notable is Botvinnik's absence starting from 1952 USSR Championship victory after which he participated in 1955 USSR Championship, but his next (and last) participation would be 12 years later in 1967. As it is, he had to play World Championship matches in 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961 and finally in 1963 which obviously lowered his participation rate.|
The introduction of Candidates Matches in 1965 is when top-flight Soviets started to skip USSR Championships for obvious reasons as many of them reached those said matches. Considering how strong field Soviets had always had, it would've been absurd for Soviet government to decline their entries in favour of USSR Championships.
- Amsterdam Interzonal (1964) produced five(!) Soviet entries to Candidates Matches and this cycle lasted from 1964 to 1966
- Sousse Interzonal (1967) produced four(!) Soviet entries to Candidates Matches, including last cycle's finalists Boris Spassky and Mikhail Tal and this cycle lasted from 1967 to 1969
- Palma Interzonal (1970) produced four(!) Soviet entries to Candidates Matches, including last cycle's final runner-up Viktor Korchnoi and dethroned World Champion Tigran Petrosian
Next was 1973 USSR Championship; the first to mandate participation. However, even when it was "strongly advised" to participate, I think that it didn't differ much from previous USSR Championships mainly because the field was pretty much the same, with the young blood of course so the effect of forced participation may be a bit exaggerated.
It would be really nice to pin medals on Fischer's chest but this one he won't receive. Mind you, he might be relieved due to excessive breathing difficulty stemming from carrying lots of medals on his chest!
|Apr-06-15|| ||Howard: The 1964 interzonal actually could have resulted in seven Soviets (and Larsen) making the Candidates, except for a rule back then limiting the number of players from one country (i.e., the Soviet Union !) to five.|
That rule also came into play in the 1962 interzonal, in Stockholm. In that event, six Soviets normally would have made the Candidates...but there was only room for five.
|Apr-06-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: For some reason I don't think that having five out of eight Candidates as Soviets in place of seven out of eight was much of a comfort for Western chess nations. :P But I didn't consider those facts, thank you for sharing <Howard>!|
The introduction of those matches is the main reason for top-level absentees which just meant that there were more debutants and it presented a great opportunity to bring in more young and new Soviet stars. I don't think this new situation was perceived in negative light in Soviet Union and "being forced to play" only applied for 1973 and maybe 1991 USSR Championship.
|Apr-06-15|| ||Howard: Back in the day when the Soviet Union ruled over chess, the quip was sometimes made that for any Soviet grandmaster who wanted to become world champion, the "hardest" part was qualifying from the Soviet zonal tournament, every three years. After that, it'd be a "downhill" road from there as far as becoming world champion.|
Translated, that means....the Soviet zonal every three years was such a super-strong tournament that even some of the very top Soviet players simply couldn't advance to the interzonal from that point---there was only room for a limited number of Soviet qualfiers. Thus, many exceptionally strong Soviet players had to watch the interzonal and Candidates competition from the sidelines.
Spassky, for example, made it to the 1956 Candidates tournament, at the age of only 19....but then the next two cycles after that, he slipped at crucial moments in the Soviet zonal, and didn't make the interzonal again until 1964.
|Apr-06-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: Leonid Stein is someone I would've loved to see playing for the title. His USSR Championship debut was remarkable! He certainly took no favours from others, playing with confidence and strong will.|
As for Spassky I think it's good he had those slips just so he would listen to someone and do some studying. Obviously it worked for him even though it never meant he was going to eat books for breakfast. :P but he worked a bit for his mid-60's successes and I don't think he regrets that decision today.
Of course it was hard; if you failed, another three years. And there was no way there wouldn't be a new bunch of Soviet youngsters pressing you 100%. And, three years waiting may put one in doubt which I think happened more than once because it's natural.
|Oct-14-15|| ||Howard: Tal's victory in this event was one of the reasons why FIDE awarded him the grandmaster title even though Tal had technically not made any grandmaster norms in international tournaments yet. In other words, FIDE made an exception in his case.|
If anyone thought that that exception was not warranted, they probably would have reconsidered when Tal won the 1958 Soviet championship the following year--and that tournament was tougher than the 1958 edition !
|Apr-05-16|| ||Howard: Oops---slight typo on my part. I meant that the 1958 edition was tougher than the 1957 one, not the "1958".|
Little wonder--1958 was a zonal year.
|Apr-14-17|| ||Benzol: Is the book that Peter Clarke wrote on this Championship available somewhere?|
|Apr-14-17|| ||zanzibar: <Benzol> UC-Los Angeles Library has a copy:|
Not even Amazon has a copy:
Not looking good otherwise:
Maybe time to brush up on your Russian in order to read the original?
(I'm assuming such an original exists)
|Apr-14-17|| ||zanzibar: Maybe here (for $36):
|Apr-14-17|| ||zanzibar: https://picclick.de/PH-Clarke-24th-...|
(White to move after 30...Kh8-h7)
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|Apr-14-17|| ||zanzibar: <Benzol> aren't you in Australia?|
|Apr-15-17|| ||Benzol: <zanzibar> I'm across "The Ditch" in New Zealand.|
|Apr-15-17|| ||Benzol: <zanzibar> Thanks for your efforts in trying to find it. Maybe Ray Keene will do a reissue sometime in the future.|
|Apr-15-17|| ||zanzibar: <Benzol> I wonder if we can find the Russian version of the tb somewhere online. Hmmm.|
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