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USSR Championship 1966/67 Tournament

Leonid Stein13/20(+8 -2 =10)[games]
Efim Geller12.5/20(+6 -1 =13)[games]
Mark Taimanov12/20(+7 -3 =10)[games]
Aivars Gipslis12/20(+6 -2 =12)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi12/20(+4 -0 =16)[games]
Anatoly Lein11.5/20(+7 -4 =9)[games]
Nikolai V Krogius11/20(+5 -3 =12)[games]
David Bronstein10.5/20(+5 -4 =11)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky10.5/20(+6 -5 =9)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov10/20(+3 -3 =14)[games]
Vladimir Savon10/20(+4 -4 =12)[games]
Vasily Smyslov10/20(+4 -4 =12)[games]
Eduard Gufeld9.5/20(+4 -5 =11)[games]
Evgeni Vasiukov9/20(+4 -6 =10)[games]
Viacheslav Osnos9/20(+4 -6 =10)[games]
Bukhuti Gurgenidze9/20(+4 -6 =10)[games]
Alexey S Suetin8.5/20(+2 -5 =13)[games]
Iivo Nei8/20(+2 -6 =12)[games]
Vladimir M Liberzon8/20(+2 -6 =12)[games]
Yuri V Nikolaevsky7.5/20(+4 -9 =7)[games]
Vladimir K Doroshkievich6.5/20(+3 -10 =7)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship 1966/67

The 34th Soviet Chess Championship, which doubled as a world championship zonal qualifier, was held in the city of Tbilisi from December 28th, 1966 to February 2nd, 1967. Twenty-one of the Soviet Union's strongest grandmasters and masters competed in the round robin event. The 32-year-old Leonid Stein won the championship, his second straight Soviet crown and his third and final overall. Even more remarkable was that all three of his Soviet championship victories came in just a three year period (of which four tournaments were held). Tragically, this brilliant grandmaster's career was cut short when he died only six years later. (1)

Aivars Gipslis, Viktor Korchnoi and Mark Taimanov engaged in a three-way playoff for the final two Interzonal spots later in 1967, with Taimanov being eliminated on tiebreak after the playoff ended with all three players scoring 2-2. (1)

Tbilisi, Soviet Union (Georgia), 28 December 1966 - 2 February 1967

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Pts 1 Stein * 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 13 2 Geller 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 12 =3 Gipslis * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 12 =3 Korchnoi * 1 1 1 1 12 =3 Taimanov 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 6 Lein 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 11 7 Krogius 0 1 * 1 0 0 1 1 1 11 =8 Bronstein 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 10 =8 Polugaevsky 1 0 0 * 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 10 =10 Savon 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 10 =10 Smyslov 0 0 1 * 1 1 0 0 1 10 =10 Kholmov 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 10 13 Gufeld 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 9 =14 Vasiukov 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 0 9 =14 Gurgenidze 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 9 =14 Osnos 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 * 0 9 17 Suetin 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 8 =18 Liberzon 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 8 =18 Nei 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 8 20 Nikolaevsky 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 * 0 7 21 Doroshkievich 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 6

(1) Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov, The Soviet Championships (Cadogan 1998), pp. 120-136.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1966/67, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 210  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kholmov vs Gipslis 1-0841966USSR Championship 1966/67B42 Sicilian, Kan
2. Y Nikolaevsky vs Suetin  ½-½371966USSR Championship 1966/67A10 English
3. V K Doroshkievich vs A Lein  ½-½281966USSR Championship 1966/67D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
4. V Osnos vs Liberzon  ½-½561966USSR Championship 1966/67E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
5. Stein vs Krogius 1-0351966USSR Championship 1966/67D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. Polugaevsky vs Gurgenidze  ½-½521966USSR Championship 1966/67D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. Gufeld vs I Nei  ½-½171966USSR Championship 1966/67C26 Vienna
8. Savon vs Bronstein  ½-½271966USSR Championship 1966/67E12 Queen's Indian
9. Vasiukov vs Smyslov 1-0571966USSR Championship 1966/67C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Taimanov vs Korchnoi  ½-½301966USSR Championship 1966/67D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Krogius vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0731966USSR Championship 1966/67D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. Suetin vs Taimanov  ½-½381966USSR Championship 1966/67B56 Sicilian
13. A Lein vs Polugaevsky 1-0361966USSR Championship 1966/67A36 English
14. Liberzon vs Stein 0-1781966USSR Championship 1966/67A64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
15. Gurgenidze vs Kholmov  ½-½431966USSR Championship 1966/67B15 Caro-Kann
16. Smyslov vs V Osnos  ½-½731966USSR Championship 1966/67E08 Catalan, Closed
17. Bronstein vs Gufeld 1-0341966USSR Championship 1966/67A10 English
18. Geller vs Vasiukov  1-0691966USSR Championship 1966/67B08 Pirc, Classical
19. Gipslis vs Savon  1-0261966USSR Championship 1966/67C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Korchnoi vs V K Doroshkievich  1-0301966USSR Championship 1966/67E61 King's Indian
21. Gufeld vs Gipslis 0-1471967USSR Championship 1966/67E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. Stein vs Smyslov  ½-½401967USSR Championship 1966/67C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. V Osnos vs Geller 1-0391967USSR Championship 1966/67E60 King's Indian Defense
24. I Nei vs Bronstein 0-1311967USSR Championship 1966/67E10 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Taimanov vs Krogius  0-1421967USSR Championship 1966/67E46 Nimzo-Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-30-12  Kikoman: First!
The last USSR Championship of the great GM Leonid Stein.
Apr-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: It is odd, possibly unique, to see Korchnoi unbeaten in a USSR Ch. 4 wins and 16 (count them) draws.
Apr-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: hard people to beat?
Apr-11-18  Howard: Petrosian probably could have done likewise, if he'd played. But, since he was WC at the time, he apparently felt there'd be little to prove if he won this tournament.

If that's, indeed, what he was thinking, I'd respectfully disagree. His track record for the last three years he was WC was medicore for a WC.

Apr-11-18  ewan14: Remember , it was a USSR W.C. zonal tournament
Apr-12-18  ewan14: Petrosian's record for his first 3 years was not that brilliant
Apr-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: From Petrosian's angle: why play in a world title qualifier when there was nothing in it for him, whereas his opponents had everything at stake? The conditions seem unequal to me; perhaps they struck him the same way.
Apr-12-18  Olavi: A reigning Champion of the World only played six times in the USSR ch: 1951, 1952, 1955, 1976, 1983, 1988.
Apr-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Retireborn: To my mind it makes very little sense for a reigning World Champion to play in a zonal tournament. The one time this happened (Botvinnik in 1955) possibly caused enough irritation and embarassment to rule out a repeat.
Apr-12-18  Petrosianic: Most Soviet Championships were not Zonals, yet it was still very rare for a World Champion to play in one.

Botvinnik played in two, both with undesirable results. He won the first one, but only after a (clasical) playoff match with Taimanov. Had he lost a match, even a short one, it would have looked bad.

In 1955, he lost three games (including losses to the two winners, Smyslov and Geller) en route to a tie for 3-6th, and never bothered with it again. Neither did any other world champion until Karpov in 1976.

Apr-12-18  Olavi: Botvinnik's comparatively bad result in 1951 was part of the reason why he was left out of the 1952 Olympiad team.

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