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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: Vasily Smyslov

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Smyslov vs Kotov 0-1511947MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Smyslov vs Ragozin ½-½421947MoscowD71 Neo-Grunfeld
3. Boleslavsky vs Smyslov  ½-½331947MoscowC77 Ruy Lopez
4. Smyslov vs Pachman 1-0331947MoscowC11 French
5. Keres vs Smyslov  ½-½251947MoscowD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Smyslov vs P Trifunovic  ½-½431947MoscowB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. Bondarevsky vs Smyslov 0-1401947MoscowA48 King's Indian
8. Smyslov vs C Kottnauer 1-0591947MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Gligoric vs Smyslov ½-½1151947MoscowD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Smyslov vs Botvinnik  ½-½411947MoscowC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Novotelnov vs Smyslov  ½-½181947MoscowD98 Grunfeld, Russian
12. Smyslov vs K Plater 1-0231947MoscowE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. A Tsvetkov vs Smyslov 0-1641947MoscowB08 Pirc, Classical
14. Smyslov vs Sokolsky 1-0311947MoscowC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
15. Kholmov vs Smyslov  ½-½431947MoscowC49 Four Knights
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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!

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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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