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🏆 Sverdlovsk (1943)

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Mikhail Botvinnik, Evgeny Zagorjansky, Isaac Boleslavsky, Ilia Abramovich Kan, Viacheslav Ragozin, Alexander Konstantinopolsky, Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov, Vasily Smyslov

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Sverdlovsk (1943)

Played from April 21 to May 15.

1 Botvinnik ** 1= =1 =1 1= 1= 1= 1= 10.5 2 Makagonov 0= ** 1= 11 =1 == =0 11 9.5 3 Smyslov =0 0= ** 01 == 1= 1= 11 8.0 4 Kan =0 00 10 ** 01 =1 11 11 8.0 5 Boleslavsky 0= =0 == 10 ** 1= == =1 7.0 6 Konstantinopolsky 0= == 0= =0 0= ** 11 1= 6.5 7 Zagorjansky 0= =1 0= 00 == 00 ** 0= 4.0 8 Ragozin 0= 00 00 00 =0 0= 1= ** 3.0

"From 1941 to 1943 I gave all my time to my work as an engineer. During the summer I had to travel a great deal, visiting the power stations in the Urals to test high-tension insulation. During the winter I worked in the high-tension laboratory at Molotov, servicing the works of the Molotov Electricity Corporation in the repair and testing of the insulations.

It may not be superfluous to remark that the insulation installations in the charge of our laboratory worked throughout this time without breakdowns.

At the beginning of 1943 I took up chess again. On Wednesdays and Saturdays I was freed from work in order to devote myself to the game. I made use of this free time to prepare for the forthcoming Masters' Tournament to be held in Sverdlovsk.

The tournament brought a group of strong masters together in competition, but, despite my two years' lack of tournament practice, I was in good form and came out first." - Botvinnik in One Hundred Selected Games, p. 205.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus. Round dates were provided by User: Tabanus, from "Schach in Russland 1941-45 mit sämtlichen Partien Swerdlowsk 1943" by Mikhail Botvinnik. The dates for Rounds 6, 7, and 12 are unavailable.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Boleslavsky vs Smyslov  ½-½451943SverdlovskB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. Konstantinopolsky vs Ragozin  1-0681943SverdlovskC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Botvinnik vs E Zagorjansky 1-0421943SverdlovskA13 English
4. Kan vs V Makogonov 0-1391943SverdlovskD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Kan vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½411943SverdlovskD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Smyslov vs E Zagorjansky 1-0321943SverdlovskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
7. Botvinnik vs Ragozin 1-0411943SverdlovskE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
8. Boleslavsky vs V Makogonov  ½-½631943SverdlovskC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. V Makogonov vs Smyslov 1-0541943SverdlovskA53 Old Indian
10. Konstantinopolsky vs E Zagorjansky  1-0341943SverdlovskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
11. Ragozin vs Boleslavsky  ½-½601943SverdlovskA48 King's Indian
12. Kan vs Botvinnik  ½-½221943SverdlovskC19 French, Winawer, Advance
13. Boleslavsky vs Kan  1-0451943SverdlovskC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. Smyslov vs Ragozin 1-0421943SverdlovskD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
15. Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky 1-0521943SverdlovskB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
16. E Zagorjansky vs V Makogonov  ½-½381943SverdlovskD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Konstantinopolsky vs V Makogonov  ½-½411943SverdlovskD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. Kan vs Smyslov 1-0341943SverdlovskD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Ragozin vs E Zagorjansky  1-0501943SverdlovskA27 English, Three Knights System
20. Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky 1-0521943SverdlovskB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
21. V Makogonov vs Ragozin 1-0511943SverdlovskA90 Dutch
22. Boleslavsky vs Konstantinopolsky  1-0471943SverdlovskC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. Smyslov vs Botvinnik  ½-½661943SverdlovskC19 French, Winawer, Advance
24. E Zagorjansky vs Kan  0-1271943SverdlovskD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Ragozin vs Kan  0-1431943SverdlovskB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Interesting to note that Botvinnik scored 1.5/2 against the other seven players competing in the tournament.
May-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: Worth mentioning that "Sverdlovsk" is today Ekaterinburg or perhaps Yekaterinburg if directly transliterated from the Russian Екатеринбург. The Soviets called it Sverdlovsk from 1924 and 1991 names after Communist party leader Yakov Sverdlov. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakov_...
May-05-16  Howard: Wonder how close enemy troops were to this town at the time of the tournament.
May-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Howard: Wonder how close enemy troops were to this town at the time of the tournament.>

Not close at all. Sverdlovsk/Yekaterinburg is over 1,000 miles east of Moscow.

May-05-16  Howard: Remind me to brush up on my Russian and Ukrainian geography !

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