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🏆 Moscow (1947)

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The second Mikhail Chigorin Memorial international tournament was held in the winter of 1947 in the Soviet capital of Moscow. ... [more]

Player: Mikhail Botvinnik

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bondarevsky vs Botvinnik ½-½361947MoscowD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Botvinnik vs C Kottnauer 1-0601947MoscowD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
3. Gligoric vs Botvinnik  ½-½411947MoscowD95 Grunfeld
4. Kotov vs Botvinnik ½-½581947MoscowA84 Dutch
5. Botvinnik vs Novotelnov 1-0551947MoscowD74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O
6. K Plater vs Botvinnik 0-1621947MoscowB20 Sicilian
7. Botvinnik vs A Tsvetkov 1-0301947MoscowE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
8. Sokolsky vs Botvinnik 0-1511947MoscowB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Botvinnik vs Kholmov 1-0301947MoscowE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
10. Smyslov vs Botvinnik  ½-½411947MoscowC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Botvinnik vs Ragozin 1-0331947MoscowE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
12. Boleslavsky vs Botvinnik  ½-½161947MoscowC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Botvinnik vs Pachman 0-1451947MoscowA28 English
14. Keres vs Botvinnik 0-1801947MoscowA95 Dutch, Stonewall
15. Botvinnik vs P Trifunovic ½-½131947MoscowD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-02-18  Saniyat24: Four straight losses in the opening four matches for Ratmir Kholmov...were the players too strong, or was Kholmov not at his best form?
Mar-02-18  morfishine: <Saniyat24> Well, Kholmov was "only" 22 years old at this tournament and he didn't earn the GM title for another 13 years. Perhaps, he just wasn't fully developed yet as as world class player

Plus, those first 4 opponents were powerful indeed: Ragozin, Boleslavsky, Pachman & Paul Keres! What a formidable lineup to start a tournament with!

*****

Mar-02-18  Saniyat24: thanks <morfishine> didn't know that Kholmov was only 22 in 1947, must have been an amazing experience though, facing the calibre of players he faced...
Mar-03-18  hemy: In 1946 Ratmir Kholmov moved from Arkhangesk (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkha...) to Grodno, Belarus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grodno). In 1946 he took first place in the Belarus republic, 1st category players, (one bellow master-candidate) tournament. In 1947 he won Soviet Union 1st category tournament in Minsk and later Soviet Union master-candidate tournament in Yaroslavl, before Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov, Georgy Bastrikov and Yakov Estrin

Invitation to the second Mikhail Chigorin Memorial international (Moscow (1947)) tournament was a real surprise for Kholmov. He was invited to represent the Belarus. It was the 1st time Kholmov played with foreign chess players and 1st time he won against GM (Igor Bondarevsky).

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