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Sverdlovsk Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik10.5/14(+7 -0 =7)[games]
Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov9/14(+6 -2 =6)[games]
Vasily Smyslov8/14(+5 -3 =6)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan8/14(+7 -5 =2)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky7/14(+3 -3 =8)[games]
Alexander Konstantinopolsky6.5/14(+3 -4 =7)[games]
Evgeny Zagorjansky4/14(+1 -7 =6)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin3/14(+1 -9 =4)[games]
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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 1; 24 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs E Zagorjansky 1-0421943SverdlovskA13 English
2. Konstantinopolsky vs Ragozin  1-0681943SverdlovskC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Botvinnik vs Ragozin 1-0411943SverdlovskE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
4. Smyslov vs E Zagorjansky 1-0321943SverdlovskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
5. Konstantinopolsky vs E Zagorjansky  1-0341943SverdlovskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. V Makogonov vs Smyslov 1-0541943SverdlovskA53 Old Indian
7. Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky 1-0521943SverdlovskB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
8. Boleslavsky vs Kan  1-0451943SverdlovskC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. Smyslov vs Ragozin 1-0421943SverdlovskD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
10. Kan vs Smyslov 1-0341943SverdlovskD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Ragozin vs E Zagorjansky  1-0501943SverdlovskA27 English, Three Knights System
12. Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky 1-0521943SverdlovskB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
13. V Makogonov vs Ragozin 1-0511943SverdlovskA90 Dutch
14. Boleslavsky vs Konstantinopolsky  1-0471943SverdlovskC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Botvinnik vs Smyslov 1-0401943SverdlovskC46 Three Knights
16. Kan vs E Zagorjansky  1-0711943SverdlovskD00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Smyslov vs Konstantinopolsky 1-0611943SverdlovskC77 Ruy Lopez
18. V Makogonov vs Boleslavsky  1-0381943SverdlovskA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
19. Botvinnik vs Kan 1-0441943SverdlovskB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Boleslavsky vs Ragozin 1-0371943SverdlovskC16 French, Winawer
21. Kan vs Boleslavsky 1-0331943SverdlovskA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
22. Smyslov vs Kan 1-0471943SverdlovskB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. V Makogonov vs Kan  1-0411943SverdlovskA50 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Kan vs Ragozin  1-0551943SverdlovskB02 Alekhine's Defense
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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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