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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Viktor Korchnoi14/19(+10 -1 =8)[games]
Mikhail Tal13.5/19(+11 -3 =5)[games]
Mark Taimanov13.5/19(+10 -2 =7)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov13/19(+9 -2 =8)[games]
Boris Spassky12.5/19(+9 -3 =7)[games]
Leonid Stein11.5/19(+8 -4 =7)[games]
Lev Aronin10.5/19(+7 -5 =7)[games]
Anatolij Bannik10.5/19(+7 -5 =7)[games]
Yuri Kots10/19(+5 -4 =10)[games]
Vladas Mikenas9/19(+5 -6 =8)[games]
Nikolai V Krogius8.5/19(+3 -5 =11)[games]
Vladislav Shiyanovsky8/19(+4 -7 =8)[games]
Alexander Zaitsev8/19(+3 -6 =10)[games]
Alexey Suetin8/19(+4 -7 =8)[games]
Arkady Novopashin8/19(+3 -6 =10)[games]
German Khodos7/19(+3 -8 =8)[games]
Eduard Mnatsakanian6.5/19(+2 -8 =9)[games]
Alexander Korelov6.5/19(+3 -9 =7)[games]
Igor A Zaitsev6/19(+1 -8 =10)[games]
Vladimir Savon5.5/19(+2 -10 =7)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1962)

The 30th Soviet Chess Championship was held in the city of Yerevan (Erevan) from November 21st to December 20th, 1962. Twenty of the Soviet Union's strongest grandmasters and masters participated in the round robin event. Seven qualified from semi-final tournaments held earlier in the year: Igor Zaitsev and Vladislav Shiyanovsky qualified from Dnepropetrpvsk (with Shiyanovsky's seat incidently being won in a playoff among three masters who had finished tied for second); German Khodos and Yury Kots qualified from Novosibirsk; and Lev Aronin, Vladas Mikenas, and Leonid Stein qualified from Riga. The remaining thirteen seats went out as invitations, including to the previous year's Soviet champion Boris Spassky, recently deposed world champion and two time Soviet champion Mikhail Tal, winner of the 27th Soviet championship Viktor Korchnoi, winner of the 23rd Soviet championship Mark Taimanov, and perennial Soviet championship participant Ratmir Kholmov. While not as strong as some USSR championships of the past, due to the absence of grandmasters such as Mikhail Botvinnik, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Efim Geller, David Bronstein, Paul Keres, and Lev Polugaevsky, the field assembled was a powerful mix of veterans and up and coming talents. Korchnoi dominated the field with wins against half the participants, starting with 12/14 and coasting to the finish. He had a full-point lead going into the last round, when runners-up Tal and Taimanov made it seem closer by winning their games. Korchnoi's fierce attacking style insured that this second Soviet crown would not be his last, as he would go on to win twice more at Kiev in 1964/65 and Riga in 1970 for a career total of four USSR championship victories.

Yerevan, Soviet Union (Armenia), 21 November - 21 December 1962 (1)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Korchnoi * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 14.0 2 Tal 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 13.5 3 Taimanov ½ 0 * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 13.5 4 Kholmov ½ 0 ½ * 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 13.0 5 Spassky 0 ½ 1 1 * 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 12.5 6 Stein 0 ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 11.5 7 Aronin ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 10.5 8 Bannik 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 10.5 9 Kots ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 10.0 10 Mikenas 1 1 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 9.0 11 Krogius 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 8.5 12 Shiyanovsky ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 8.0 13 Zaitsev, A. 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 8.0 14 Suetin 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 8.0 15 Novopashin 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 8.0 16 Khodos ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 0 ½ 1 7.0 17 Mnatsakanian ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ 0 6.5 18 Korelov ½ 0 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 * 0 ½ 6.5 19 Zaitsev, I. 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * 0 6.0 20 Savon 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 * 5.5

(1) Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov, The Soviet Championships (Cadogan 1998), pp. 116-119.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1962, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs A Zaitsev 1-0291962USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
2. Kholmov vs V Mikenas ½-½621962USSR ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
3. A Bannik vs Spassky 1-0661962USSR ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
4. Y Kots vs Stein  ½-½171962USSR ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Suetin vs E Mnatsakanian  ½-½381962USSR ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
6. I A Zaitsev vs Taimanov  0-1371962USSR ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. A Korelov vs Tal  0-1431962USSR ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. Savon vs Aronin ½-½221962USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
9. A Novopashin vs G Khodos  ½-½231962USSR ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
10. V Shiyanovsky vs Krogius  ½-½331962USSR ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
11. Krogius vs Korchnoi 0-1491962USSR ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
12. V Mikenas vs Suetin  ½-½261962USSR ChampionshipA66 Benoni
13. Stein vs Spassky 1-0431962USSR ChampionshipC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
14. Taimanov vs Kholmov ½-½311962USSR ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
15. Tal vs A Bannik 1-0281962USSR ChampionshipC87 Ruy Lopez
16. A Zaitsev vs Savon ½-½301962USSR ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
17. E Mnatsakanian vs A Korelov 0-1411962USSR ChampionshipC52 Evans Gambit
18. Aronin vs A Novopashin  1-0301962USSR ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. G Khodos vs I A Zaitsev  ½-½421962USSR ChampionshipE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
20. Y Kots vs V Shiyanovsky  0-1621962USSR ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
21. Korchnoi vs Y Kots  ½-½471962USSR ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. A Korelov vs V Mikenas  0-1411962USSR ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
23. Spassky vs Tal ½-½271962USSR ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. Suetin vs Taimanov 0-1421962USSR ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
25. A Novopashin vs A Zaitsev  1-0511962USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-30-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Korchnoi, despite dominating the field with wins against half the participants, only managed to edge out Tal and Taimanov by half a point for first place.>

The above comment is misleading, as Korchnoi made 12/14 for a large lead and finished with four draws and the loss to Mikenas in the sixteenth round. His lead was a full point entering the last round and the runners-up only managed to narrow the gap by winning.

Dec-30-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> Is it better now?
Dec-30-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Phony Benoni> Nice work, and a much better way of conveying the way things went in this event.
Feb-07-13  notyetagm: The famous game from this tournament:

Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962

Oct-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: I wonder if Savon is the only player to both win the USSR championship (USSR Championship (1971)) and finish in last place in the USSR championship final (here).
Jan-10-17  zydeco: <Fusilli> Mark Taimanov finished last in 1948 and won it in 1956. There may be others as well.
Oct-05-19  Olavi: <zydeco: <Fusilli>> Beliavsky even did it in consecutive years, 1973 and 1974.
Oct-06-19  ewan14: Incredibly disappointing for Korchnoi he was out of form in the zonals in 1963 and 1964. He could have challenged ( and beaten ) Petrosian
Feb-14-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: For me, It is very sad that the in the historical event description "the absence of grandmasters such as Mikhail Botvinnik, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Efim Geller, David Bronstein, Paul Keres, and Lev Polugaevsky...", was forgoten the remarkable name of the world chess champion Vasily Vasiliyevich Smyslov. I hope that the Chessgames manager correct it later.

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