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USSR Championship Tournament

Evgeni Vasiukov9/12(+8 -2 =2)[games]
Mikhail Tal8/9(+7 -0 =2)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky8/9(+7 -0 =2)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Mark Taimanov6.5/8(+5 -0 =3)[games]
Viktor Savelievich Zheliandinov6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Igor V Platonov6/8(+4 -0 =4)[games]
Semyon Abramovich Furman5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Alexander Zaitsev5.5/8(+5 -2 =1)[games]
Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov5/7(+5 -2 =0)[games]
Gennadi Kuzmin5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Viacheslav Osnos4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[games]
Mikhail Steinberg4.5/8(+3 -2 =3)[games]
Vladimir Bagirov4.5/8(+4 -3 =1)[games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko4/8(+3 -3 =2)[games]
Lev Alburt4/8(+3 -3 =2)[games]
Vladimir Antoshin4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Yuri Shilov4/8(+3 -3 =2)[games]
Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov4/5(+4 -1 =0)[games]
Anatoly S Lutikov4/7(+4 -3 =0)[games]
Algimantas Ionovich Butnorius3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
Alexander Shamis-Pavlov3.5/8(+3 -4 =1)[games]
Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Anatoly Lein3/5(+3 -2 =0)[games]
Valerij Ivanovich Zhuravliov3/6(+3 -3 =0)[games]
Bukhuti Gurgenidze2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[games]
Naum L Levin2.5/7(+2 -4 =1)[games]
Vladimir Savon2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[games]
Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov2/4(+2 -2 =0)[games]
(99 players total; 70 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1967)
The 35th USSR Championship was held in Kharkov from December 7-26, 1967, and was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution which brought the Communist Party to power. For such an occasion, it was felt that a return to mass participation was in order, so the tournament was organized as a 13-round Swiss for 130 players.

Of course, there were other reasons. 1967 had been a very busy year for the top Soviet players, with major international tournaments in Leningrad and Moscow as well as the Sousse Interzonal (1967). Many were expected to skip the Championship to rest, so it seemed a good idea to open things up and see what kind of talent was out there.

Quite a few of the top stars did skip the tournament, and were probably not too disappointed. The Swiss System format proved very unpopular with complaints about the pairings starting in the very first round. By the end, several players had dropped out and the general opinion was that the Swiss System might work well enough in bourgeois nations like the United States, but the Soviet Union would henceforth stick to its elitist round robins. Tal summed up matters well by remarking: "The Swiss System is good: we should adopt it again for the one hundred year anniversary of the Revolution!"

Some future stars did make their debuts, such as Lev Alburt, Mark Dvoretsky, Boris Gulko, Gennady Sosonko, Evgeni Sveshnikov, and Rafael Vaganian. However, the co-champions were the experienced players <Mikhail Tal> and <Lev Polugaevsky>. See for yourself:

Kharkov, Soviet Union (Ukraine), 7-26 December 1967

10.0: 1. Lev Polugaevsky; 2. Mikhail Tal

9.5: 3. Evgeni Vasiukov; 4. Mark Taimanov; 5. Igor V Platonov

9.0: 6. Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov; 7. Vladimir Antoshin

8.5: 8. Valerij Zhuravliov; 9. Vladimir Bagirov; 10. Semyon Abramovich Furman; 11. Ratmir Kholmov; 12. Viktor Savelievich Zheliandinov; 13. Alexander Zaitsev; 14. Alexander Izvozchikov; 15. Mikhail Steinberg; 16. Viacheslav Osnos; 17. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov

8.0: 18. Alexander Chistiakov; 19. Eduard Bukhman; 20. Lev Alburt; 21. Vladimir Savon; 22. Alexandr Sinyavsky; 23. Anatoly Lein; 24. Oleg Ivanovich Donchenko; 25. Eduard A Mnatsakanian; 26. Anatoly Volovich

7.5: 27. Anatoly S Lutikov; 28. Sergey Krasnov; 29. Vitaly Tseshkovsky; 30. Bukhuti Gurgenidze; 31. Naum L Levin; 32. Oleg Pavlenko; 33. Yuri Shilov; 34. Vitaly Georgievich Tarasov; 35. Gennady Sosonko; 36. Mark Danilovich Tseitlin; 37. Alexander Cherepkov; 38. Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov; 39. Elizbar Ubilava; 40. Gennadi Kuzmin

7.0: 41. Vladimir V Arseniev; 42. Viacheslav Dydyshko; 43. Samuel Markovich Zhukhovitsky; 44. Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko; 45. Yuri V Nikolaevsky; 46. Vladimir Doroshkievich; 47. Vladas Jonovich Mikenas; 48. <L. Gudim>; 49. Janis Klovans; 50. Yacov Murey; 51. Oleg Privorotsky; 52. Ilya Mikliaev; 53. Iivo Nei; 54. (bad link); 55. Oleg L Chernikov; 56. Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov; 57. Yuri S Gusev

6.5: 58. Algimantas Butnorius; 59. Aleksander S Nikitin; 60. <L. Slutsky>; 61. Vanik Zakharian; 62. Roman Pelts; 63. Nikolay Sergeevich Popov; 64. Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev; 65. Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky; 66. Vladlen Yakovlevich Zurakhov; 67. Rafael Vaganian; 68. Dzhemal Beradze; 69. Iosif Slepoy; 70. Anatoly Shmit

6.0: 71. Valery I Zilberstein; 72. Igor Belov; 73. Yosef Kagan; 74. Valeri S Korensky; 75. Boris Rumiantsev; 76. <B. Sorokin>; 77. Genrikh Chepukaitis; 78. Alexander Shamis-Pavlov; 79. Mikhail Shereshevsky; 80. Vladimir Bykov; 81. <A. Kremenetsky>; 82. Alexander I Tuzovsky; 83. Vladimir I Alterman; 84. V Voloshin; 85. Boris Kalinkin; 86. Vladimir N Kozlov; 87. Khanan Lvovich Muchnik; 88. (bad link)

5.5: 89. Evgeny Gik; 90. E Karkmazov; 91. <E. Belokurov>; 92. Boris Gulko; 93. <I. Kalinsky>; 94. Valentin Kirilov; 95. Yury Isakovich Kots; 96. Vladimir A Muratov; 97. <A. Polikarpov>; 98. V Seleznev; 99. Alexander N Vaisman; 100. Vladimir Zagorovsky; 101. <N. Razvalyaev>

5.0: 102. Evgeny Terpugov; 103. Valery N Bykov; 104. Roman Izrailevich Levit; 105. Archil Tsereteli; 106. <K. Cherskikh>; 107. Vladimir Voronov; 108. Hillar Karner; 109. <A. Smetanin>; 110. <V. Sazonov>; 111. Tonu Oim; 112. <Kh. Lyuk>; 113. Robert Seoev

4.5: 114. Neron Valiev; 115. (bad link); 116. Andrey Lukin; 117. Anatolij Noskov; 118. Anatoly Anokhin; 119. Vakulenko; 120. Rein Toomas Etruk

4.0: 121. <I. Evelnin>; 122. Vladimir Karasev; 123. Valentin Sorokin; 124. <Ya. Amakov>

3.0: 125. <Y. Gureev>

1.5: 126. <M. Varzhepetian>

Did not finish: 127. Valery Zhidkov (5.0/9); 128. Vladimir Simagin (2.5/4); 129. Oleg Leonidovich Moiseev (2.5/6); 130. Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov 0.5/5

Unfortunately, this is about all the information available; no crosstable of the event can be found, and only about one-fourth of the games are available. Told you it wasn't popular.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1967, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 187  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Mikenas vs N Kopilov  1-0401967USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
2. Klovans vs Chistiakov  0-1511967USSR ChampionshipC11 French
3. V Kirilov vs V S Korensky  0-1291967USSR ChampionshipA28 English
4. R Kimelfeld vs L Slutzky  1-0421967USSR ChampionshipA36 English
5. R Kimelfeld vs Furman  0-1441967USSR ChampionshipA36 English
6. Kholmov vs V Mikenas  1-0411967USSR ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
7. Karasev vs S Zhukhovitsky  0-1371967USSR ChampionshipD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
8. Karasev vs O Pavlenko  0-1361967USSR ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
9. I A Kalinski vs I Nei  0-1361967USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Y Kagan vs H Karner  1-0261967USSR ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
11. Klovans vs Y Nikolaevsky  0-1451967USSR ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
12. Y Kots vs Doroshkievich  1-0411967USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. V N Kozlov vs Cherepkov  ½-½491967USSR ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. A Lukin vs V Zheliandinov  0-1421967USSR ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. A Lukin vs Tseshkovsky  0-1351967USSR ChampionshipC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. N Levin vs A Zaitsev  ½-½381967USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. N Levin vs Lutikov  0-1421967USSR ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
18. N Levin vs M Dvoretsky  1-0361967USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
19. G Kuzmin vs Karasev  1-0281967USSR ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky  1-0271967USSR ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
21. G Kuzmin vs V Arseniev  1-0411967USSR ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
22. V N Kozlov vs S Zhukhovitsky  1-0571967USSR ChampionshipC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
23. A Izvozchikov vs Furman  ½-½351967USSR ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
24. Y Gusev vs G Chepukaitis  1-0391967USSR ChampionshipB07 Pirc
25. Cherepkov vs Savon  ½-½481967USSR ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 187  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-03-15  Howard: Certainly never knew that the 1967 edition was a SWISS event !
Apr-03-15  A.T PhoneHome: The amount of games altogether... Yikes, and so many unkibitzed games! The absence of many top players tells among other possible reasons.

Even then, multiple debutants here! In that regard, well thought by Soviet chess body to give a chance for many promising names. Need to have a look at these games!

Kudos to <Phony Benoni>!

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  Benzol: <Howard> <Certainly never knew that the 1967 edition was a SWISS event !>

Fortunately it was an experiment that was never repeated.

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  WannaBe: 13-round Swiss, Rashid only played in 4? Or 4 games that we have record of?
Apr-03-15  A.T PhoneHome: <WannaBe> Hard to say, depends on when or if he dropped out. I really like your avatar by the way! :P
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  WannaBe: <A. T PhoneHome> thanks! =)
Apr-03-15  A.T PhoneHome: <WannaBe> My name isn't a misspelling of E.T by the way; just a play on my name's initials for your knowledge.

Maybe one day I'll play a sacrifice of my own and sacrifice some for Premium Membership! Until then, I'll try and enjoy myself here.

Apr-04-15  hemy: In the article "USSR Championship (1967)" the name Vladas Ivanovich Mikenas is wrong.

On his personal page the name already changed to Vladas Jonovich Mikenas, as per my advise.

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  alexmagnus: <Fortunately it was an experiment that was never repeated.>

It was. The <last> Soviet championship, in 1991, was a 64-player, 11-round Swiss without tiebreakers (the latter matters, as there eventually were two champions in that year, Minasian and Magerramov).

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  Benzol: <alexmagnus> Thanks for the correction. Yes, I'd forgotten about the last championship.


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