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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Leonid Stein14/19(+10 -1 =8)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky13.5/19(+9 -1 =9)[games]
Mark Taimanov13/19(+9 -2 =8)[games]
Semyon Furman11.5/19(+8 -4 =7)[games]
Alexey Suetin11.5/19(+6 -2 =11)[games]
Paul Keres11/19(+4 -1 =14)[games]
Yuri Sakharov10.5/19(+7 -5 =7)[games]
Viacheslav Osnos10/19(+4 -3 =12)[games]
David Bronstein9.5/19(+3 -3 =13)[games]
Vladimir Simagin9/19(+4 -5 =10)[games]
Anatoly Avraamovich Bikhovsky9/19(+5 -6 =8)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi9/19(+6 -7 =6)[games]
Abram Khasin8.5/19(+5 -7 =7)[games]
Evgeni Vasiukov8/19(+3 -6 =10)[games]
Eduard Bukhman8/19(+5 -8 =6)[games]
Vladimir Liavdansky8/19(+2 -5 =12)[games]
Eduard Gufeld8/19(+2 -5 =12)[games]
Gennady Kuzmin7/19(+3 -8 =8)[games]
Vladas Mikenas6.5/19(+3 -9 =7)[games]
Vladimir Lepeshkin4.5/19(+2 -12 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1965)

The 33rd Soviet Chess Championship was held in the city of Tallinn, Estonia from November 21 to December 24, 1965, featuring twenty of the Soviet Union's strongest players, including reigning champion Viktor Korchnoi. Six seats to the championship were won in USSR semi-final tournaments held earlier in the year: Evgeni Vasiukov and Gennadi Kuzmin qualified from Kaliningrad, Semyon Abramovich Furman and Vladas Mikenas qualified from Leningrad, while Eduard Gufeld and Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov qualified from Omsk. Korchnoi performed well below expectation, due to losing more games (seven) than he won (six). Leonid Stein, on the other hand, won his second of three career Soviet titles here.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Stein * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 14 2 Polugaevsky 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 13½ 3 Taimanov ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 13 =4 Furman ½ 0 1 * 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 11½ =4 Suetin ½ ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 11½ 6 Keres ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 11 7 Sakharov 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 1 10½ 8 Osnos 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 10 9 Bronstein ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 9½ =10 Simagin ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 9 =10 Bykhovsky ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 9 =10 Korchnoi 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 9 13 Khasin 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 8½ =14 Vasiukov 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 8 =14 Bukhman 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 * 1 0 ½ 0 1 8 =14 Liavdansky 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ 1 ½ 8 =14 Gufeld 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 * 0 ½ ½ 8 18 Kuzmin 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * 1 1 7 19 Mikenas ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ 6½ 20 Lepeshkin 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 4½

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1965, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs Gufeld  ½-½141965USSR ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Korchnoi vs Keres 0-1401965USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. V Liavdansky vs V Mikenas  1-0501965USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Vasiukov vs Polugaevsky 0-1321965USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
5. Simagin vs A Khasin  0-1641965USSR ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
6. Y Sakharov vs Stein 1-0411965USSR ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
7. E Bukhman vs Suetin  1-0421965USSR ChampionshipA36 English
8. Furman vs Taimanov 1-0651965USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
9. V Osnos vs V Lepeshkin 1-0391965USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
10. A A Bikhovsky vs Kuzmin 1-0751965USSR ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. V Mikenas vs Bronstein 0-1241965USSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
12. Suetin vs Keres  0-1411965USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi 1-0361965USSR ChampionshipA36 English
14. Stein vs Simagin ½-½231965USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. Taimanov vs A A Bikhovsky  ½-½241965USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Gufeld vs Vasiukov  ½-½431965USSR ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
17. A Khasin vs V Osnos  0-1571965USSR ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
18. V Lepeshkin vs Furman  1-0391965USSR ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. Kuzmin vs V Liavdansky  ½-½421965USSR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. E Bukhman vs Y Sakharov 1-0931965USSR ChampionshipA28 English
21. Bronstein vs Kuzmin  ½-½211965USSR ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
22. Keres vs Polugaevsky  ½-½151965USSR ChampionshipE14 Queen's Indian
23. Korchnoi vs Gufeld 1-0381965USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Vasiukov vs V Mikenas  ½-½411965USSR ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
25. Simagin vs E Bukhman  ½-½221965USSR ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-30-12  Kikoman: First!
One of the three USSR Championship of GM Leonid Stein.
Dec-30-12  kia0708: Polugaevsky was pretty strong during that times.
Jun-12-16  EdZelli: Another inaccurate/half-baked and incomplete intro.
'Twenty of the Soviet Union's best masters and grandmasters competed'

How about Thee Very Best (ie. World Champ in 1965). Why isn't his name mentioned?

Jun-12-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <EdZelli: Another inaccurate/half-baked and incomplete intro. 'Twenty of the Soviet Union's best masters and grandmasters competed' How about Thee Very Best (ie. World Champ in 1965). Why isn't his name mentioned?>

Because he didn't participate?

Jun-13-16  Howard: Agreed, keypusher.

Besides, the "intro" merely states that twenty of the Soviet Union's best players took part--no effort was made to imply that there were THE top-20.

Spassky, Geller, and Botvinnik, incidentally, weren't there either. So why single out Petrosian?

Nov-27-16  ughaibu: Neither were Tal or Smyslov.
Dec-10-17  ZonszeinP: They were focused on their candidate matches. That was their main event that year

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