zanzibar: Hi <WCC> (and others)...
I've had to do a fair bit of chess database archeology while doing the research on tactical positions that brought me here in the first place.
One site cited extremely often was PITT (the Pittsburgh Chess Archive). It's currently an HTML site:
which links to the content on the original ftp site, which is now quite stale (I'm fairly sure):
I would love to get the archived material if anybody has it (am willing to trade RUSBase SCID/PGN in exchange!). I really need the "92 Tal Memorial Quick Play" tournament the most...
Another old, and unfortunately now obsolete, database structure was the RUSBase I, II, III, IV structure. You can find it, still referenced, in the external links at the bottom of this Wiki page:
The old links are as follows:
RUSBASE (part II) 1970-1984
RUSBASE (part III) 1961-1969,1985-1990
RUSBASE (part IV) 1938-1960
RUSBASE (part V) 1919-1937,1991-1994
The original RUSBASE site is archived (afaik) here:
Russian Chess Base:
The old collections were "collected" together to make the "modern" RUSbase site you cite (and where I've downloaded and collated what I call RUSbase). Again, I'm guessing, since I'm doing this all forensically, from information available on the web currently.
Of course, all the geocities webpages are gone, which means RUSBASE II-V aren't necessarily available. By this, I mean you might get the header page as stripped-down webcitation page, but you can't usefully go any further (i.e. to the download or crosstable pages)
If you want to find citations to sources on the web, however, you must reconcile yourself to RUSBASE II-V references, and hope they've been forwarded into the modern site.
That's been my experience, limited though it may be.
So ends RUSBase vs. RUSBase 1.
Now, I'm a little confused about the last paragraph. You say you "downloaded" the <chessbase> version from <RUSbase=http://al20102007.narod>... site?
What is the distinction between <chessbase> and <narod>? I think of <chessbase> as the commercial product, either online or on DVD. <narod> is a site with lots and lots of zipped pgn's that I put together to form RUSBase.
I suppose you mean that the <chessbase> version matches the <narod> (aka RUSBase) version with certain exceptions?
Anyways, my 1953 Garga games from RUSBase show a 11 man round robin (complete with the exception of 7 games involving Bondarevsky). Here is the list of tournament participants:
Ti Age Nat
1: Smyslov, Vassily gm 31 RUS 7.5 / 10
2: Boleslavsky, Isaak gm 33 URS 6.5 / 10
3: Petrosian, Tigran V gm 23 URS 6.0 / 9
4: Averbakh, Yuri L gm 31 RUS 4.5 / 9
5: Kotov, Alexander -6 RUS 4.5 / 9
6: Taimanov, Mark E gm 27 RUS 4.5 / 9
7: Geller, Efim P gm 27 RUS 4.5 / 9
8: Keres, Paul gm 36 URS 4.0 / 9
9: Tolush, Alexander V 3.5 / 9
10: Ragozin, Viacheslav gm 44 URS 2.5 / 10
11: Bondarevsky, Igor gm 39 URS 0.0 / 3
48 games: +17 =18 -13
I generated this crosstable by just selecting the Geller-Smyslov 1953 game with SCID, and then edited it down to player/results.
It doesn't involve anything involving VORONOVO, but it does involve more players than those you listed in a previous comment here (i.e. the 4 versus 4 teams).