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USSR Championship Tournament

Viktor Korchnoi14/19(+12 -3 =4)[games]
Efim Geller13.5/19(+10 -2 =7)[games]
Tigran V Petrosian13.5/19(+10 -2 =7)[games]
Vladimir Bagirov12/19(+7 -2 =10)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky11.5/19(+7 -3 =9)[games]
Yuri L Averbakh11/19(+4 -1 =14)[games]
Vasily Smyslov10.5/19(+3 -1 =15)[games]
Mark Taimanov10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[games]
Nikolai V Krogius10/19(+5 -4 =10)[games]
Boris Spassky10/19(+5 -4 =10)[games]
Vladimir Simagin9.5/19(+6 -6 =7)[games]
David Bronstein9/19(+5 -6 =8)[games]
Anatoly S Lutikov9/19(+5 -6 =8)[games]
Eduard Gufeld7.5/19(+5 -9 =5)[games]
Iivo Nei7.5/19(+3 -7 =9)[games]
Vladimir M Liberzon6.5/19(+3 -9 =7)[games]
Leonid Shamkovich6.5/19(+4 -10 =5)[games]
Bukhuti Gurgenidze6/19(+4 -11 =4)[games]
Yuri N Sakharov6/19(+5 -12 =2)[games]
Alexey Suetin6/19(+2 -9 =8)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1960)

The 27th USSR Championship was held at the Chigorin Chess Club in Leningrad from January 26th to February 26th, 1960. Twenty of the Soviet Union's best grandmasters and masters participated in the event. Mikhail Tal was absent because of his preparation for the coming world championship match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Tigran Petrosian and Vasily Smyslov were exempted into the championship, but the remaining eighteen competitors all qualified from semi-finals. The tournament was the first of four Soviet final wins for Viktor Korchnoi. Here he dominated with 14/19, earning wins against over half the field. However, he only edged out Efim Geller and Petrosian by half a point at the end with a stellar three win streak in the final rounds. This tournament also saw the famous King's Gambit game between Boris Spassky and David Bronstein in the sixteenth round that would later be featured in the James Bond film, From Russia With Love.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Korchnoi * 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14 =2 Geller 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 =2 Petrosian * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 4 Bagirov 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 12 5 Polugaevsky 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 6 Averbakh 1 1 * 0 1 1 11 =7 Smyslov 0 * 1 1 1 10 =7 Taimanov 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 10 =9 Krogius 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 1 0 1 10 =9 Spassky 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 10 11 Simagin 1 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 9 =12 Bronstein 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 9 =12 Lutikov 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 9 =14 Gufeld 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 * 1 0 0 0 1 7 =14 Nei 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 7 =16 Liberzon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 0 6 =16 Shamkovich 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 0 0 1 6 =18 Gurgenidze 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 * 0 6 =18 Sakharov 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 * 0 6 =18 Suetin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 6

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1960, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bagirov vs Averbakh  ½-½231960USSR ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. Geller vs Petrosian ½-½251960USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
3. Lutikov vs Korchnoi 1-0661960USSR ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
4. Spassky vs Polugaevsky ½-½241960USSR ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Smyslov vs Simagin  ½-½511960USSR ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
6. Suetin vs Bronstein ½-½781960USSR ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. Taimanov vs Liberzon 1-0301960USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
8. I Nei vs Shamkovich  1-0561960USSR ChampionshipA16 English
9. Y N Sakharov vs Gufeld  1-0291960USSR ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Krogius vs Gurgenidze  ½-½241960USSR ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. Spassky vs Bagirov 0-1411960USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Bronstein vs Lutikov 1-0291960USSR ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
13. Gurgenidze vs Geller 0-1411960USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. Korchnoi vs Taimanov  ½-½291960USSR ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
15. Petrosian vs Suetin 1-0241960USSR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Polugaevsky vs Simagin 1-0421960USSR ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
17. Shamkovich vs Smyslov  ½-½651960USSR ChampionshipD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Gufeld vs I Nei  ½-½181960USSR ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
19. Liberzon vs Y N Sakharov  1-0501960USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
20. Averbakh vs Krogius  ½-½741960USSR ChampionshipD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
21. Bagirov vs Polugaevsky  ½-½291960USSR ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Geller vs Averbakh  ½-½261960USSR ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
23. Y N Sakharov vs Korchnoi 0-1451960USSR ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
24. Smyslov vs Gufeld ½-½381960USSR ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. Suetin vs Gurgenidze  ½-½251960USSR ChampionshipB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-02-14  Everett: From 59-61, Bronstein's results went significantly south, this tournament being but one example.

From 62-65, buoyed perhaps by a last gasp at the WC cycle before getting up in age, he played some strong and inventive chess.

Mar-02-14  waustad: 19 rounds in an era with adjournments. It is hard to imagine that many rounds for anything other than a blitz tournament now.
Sep-07-16  ughaibu: Have reasons been mooted for Spassky's poor result in this championship?
Sep-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: <ughaibu: Have reasons been mooted for Spassky's poor result in this championship?>

In his early career, Spassky was known to finish poorly, Korchnoi had a remark that he would lose against Spassky in the first half of a tournament, but win in the second. Korchnoi attributes this to tiredness resulting from overambitious play, but I think also he was viewed as getting nervous towards final rounds.

However, I have not checked the order of the rounds if this explanation fits this particular tournament. It was the case for USSR Championship 1961a (1961) though.

Sep-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: USSR championships in this era were brutal - really tough competition - +1 is not a bad score
Sep-07-16  ughaibu: Troller and Plang: I don't think that general considerations, such as those, can account for his result. He first played in the Soviet Championship in 1955, this is said to have been one of the strongest, and finished equal third to fourth, half a point behind the winners. Here are his full results, place and distance behind winner:

1955: 3/4 -0.5
1956: 1/3
1957: 4/5 -1
1958: 5/6 -2
1959: 2/3 -1
1960: 9/10 -4
1961a: 5/6 -2.5
1961b: 1
1962: 5 -1.5
1963: 1/3
1973: 1

Sep-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Whilst one would could hardly refer to it as his annus horribilis, the year 1960 was not the kindest to Spassky, given his performance here, as well as the loss to Lombardy at Leningrad and the retribution which followed.
Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I just saw this post at Smyslov vs Petrosian, 1960, made at a time when this tournament did not have its own page.

<ughaibu: Players names followed by number of draws in this tournament and average number of moves in those draws:

Korchnoi: 4-28
Geller: 7-39
Petrosian: 7-33
Bagirov: 10-31
Polugaevsky: 9-40
Averbakh: 14-48
Smyslov: 15-48
Taimanov: 9-41
Spassky: 10-46
Krogius: 10-39
Simagin: 7-35
Lutikov: 8-31
Bronstein: 8-40
Gufeld: 5-30
Nei: 9-36
Shamkovich: 5-46
Liberzon: 7-41
Gurgenidze: 4-36
Suetin: 8-37
Sakharov: 2-53

Total number of draws: 69, overall mean length: 44...>

Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Bit surprising really to see Korchnoi with the shortest average of moves in his draws and not Petrosian, but matters would have been different but for Iron Tigran's 105-mover with Smyslov, which offset all his usual brevities.
Sep-21-17  ewan14: I think Boris Spassky was getting divorced
Feb-28-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Smyslov had the most draws: 15.

Five of those were of 20-29 moves. The other 10 were obviously long games, so as to bring the average up to that 48 moves/game. So it is not as if he just banged out 15 draws so he could go home early. He was putting in a full days's work.

Feb-28-18  Petrosianic: <perfidious: Bit surprising really to see Korchnoi with the shortest average of moves in his draws and not Petrosian, but matters would have been different but for Iron Tigran's 105-mover with Smyslov, which offset all his usual brevities.>

One game can only offsent a whole tournament so much.

For example, suppose you play 18 games, and they're all 20 moves draws. Then in the 19th game you go 105 moves. That raises your move average from 20 to only 24.

Feb-28-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Petrosian only had 7 draws in 19 games. It's hardly a surfeit.

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