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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Moscow Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik11/15(+8 -1 =6)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin10.5/15(+8 -2 =5)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
Vasily Smyslov10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Kotov9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Paul Keres9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Nikolay Novotelnov9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Ludek Pachman8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Petar Trifunovic8/15(+3 -2 =10)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric7.5/15(+4 -4 =7)[games]
Igor Bondarevsky6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Ratmir Kholmov5.5/15(+3 -7 =5)[games]
Cenek Kottnauer5/15(+1 -6 =8)[games]
Kazimierz Plater4/15(+1 -8 =6)[games]
Alexey Sokolsky4/15(+1 -8 =6)[games]
Alexandar Tsvetkov2/15(+0 -11 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Moscow (1947)

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

Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia), 25 November - 23 December 1947 (1)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts 1 Botvinnik * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 11 2 Ragozin 0 * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 10½ =3 Boleslavsky ½ 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 10 =3 Smyslov ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 10 5 Kotov ½ ½ ½ 1 * 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 9½ =6 Keres 0 0 1 ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 9 =6 Novotelnov 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 9 8 Pachman 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 8½ 9 Trifunovic ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 8 10 Gligoric ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 7½ 11 Bondarevsky ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 0 1 6½ 12 Kholmov 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * ½ 1 ½ 1 5½ 13 Kottnauer 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 5 =14 Plater 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 1 * ½ ½ 4 =14 Sokolsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 4 16 Tsvetkov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2

Ten of the USSR's best chess masters were pitted against six strong masters from Eastern Europe in what would be one of the strongest post-war tournaments leading up to the 1948 World Championship. Mikhail Botvinnik finished clear first with an impressive 11/15. He was joined by six fellow soviets at the top of the table. Of the foreign masters, only Pachman (Czechoslovakia) and Trifunović (Yugoslavia) managed to score more than 50%, finishing in the middle of the pack. Gligorić (Yugoslavia) finished 10th; Kottnauer (Czechoslovakia) 13th, Plater (Poland) shared 14th; and Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) ended up in 16th and last place.

This event was also notable in that it revived a series that had languished for almost half a century. The first Chigorin Memorial international tournament had been held in St. Petersburg (1909), a year after Chigorin's death.

[1) [rusbase-1] ; Edward Winter ed., "World Chess Champions" (Pergamon Press 1981), p. 149.

Original collection: Game Collection: Moscow 1947, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 53  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bondarevsky vs Botvinnik ½-½361947MoscowD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Keres vs K Plater ½-½411947MoscowB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
3. K Plater vs P Trifunovic  ½-½411947MoscowB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Novotelnov vs Bondarevsky ½-½881947MoscowE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
5. Smyslov vs Ragozin ½-½421947MoscowD71 Neo-Grunfeld
6. P Trifunovic vs A Tsvetkov  ½-½541947MoscowA15 English
7. Gligoric vs Botvinnik  ½-½411947MoscowD95 Grunfeld
8. Boleslavsky vs Smyslov  ½-½331947MoscowC77 Ruy Lopez
9. Ragozin vs Kotov  ½-½301947MoscowD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. Kotov vs Botvinnik ½-½581947MoscowA84 Dutch
11. P Trifunovic vs Kholmov  ½-½211947MoscowE17 Queen's Indian
12. C Kottnauer vs A Tsvetkov  ½-½411947MoscowE17 Queen's Indian
13. Boleslavsky vs Kotov  ½-½241947MoscowB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
14. Pachman vs Ragozin  ½-½571947MoscowE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. Keres vs Smyslov  ½-½251947MoscowD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Boleslavsky vs Pachman  ½-½191947MoscowC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Smyslov vs P Trifunovic  ½-½431947MoscowB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. Sokolsky vs C Kottnauer  ½-½431947MoscowA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
19. Gligoric vs Sokolsky  ½-½631947MoscowE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. C Kottnauer vs Kholmov  ½-½421947MoscowA43 Old Benoni
21. Pachman vs Kotov  ½-½411947MoscowE09 Catalan, Closed
22. Pachman vs Keres  ½-½331947MoscowD98 Grunfeld, Russian
23. K Plater vs A Tsvetkov  ½-½321947MoscowB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. Novotelnov vs Sokolsky  ½-½211947MoscowE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. C Kottnauer vs Ragozin  ½-½571947MoscowD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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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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