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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Mikhail Botvinnik13.5/19(+9 -1 =9)[games]
Mark Taimanov13.5/19(+11 -3 =5)[games]
Efim Geller12/19(+8 -3 =8)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky11.5/19(+8 -4 =7)[games]
Alexander Tolush11.5/19(+8 -4 =7)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi11/19(+8 -5 =6)[games]
David Bronstein10.5/19(+5 -3 =11)[games]
Oleg L Moiseev10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[games]
Vasily Smyslov10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[games]
Paul Keres9.5/19(+5 -5 =9)[games]
Alexey Suetin9.5/19(+6 -6 =7)[games]
Lev Aronin9/19(+3 -4 =12)[games]
Vasily Byvshev9/19(+8 -9 =2)[games]
Georgy Ilivitsky8.5/19(+4 -6 =9)[games]
Vladimir Simagin8.5/19(+4 -6 =9)[games]
Alexander Konstantinopolsky7.5/19(+4 -8 =7)[games]
Isaac Lipnitsky7/19(+3 -8 =8)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan6.5/19(+2 -8 =9)[games]
Genrikh Kasparian5.5/19(+1 -9 =9)[games]
Boris Petrovich Goldenov5/19(+1 -10 =8)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1952)

The 20th Soviet chess championship took place in Moscow from November 29th to December 29th 1952. The field was composed of twenty players: Six were invited, including the world champion Mikhail Botvinnik and the five Soviet grandmasters from the Olympiad, Isaac Boleslavsky, David Bronstein, Efim Geller, Paul Keres, and Vasily Smyslov. The other fourteen players qualifed from semi-final play. Mark Taimanov took an early lead of two points over the field, due in part to a win against Botvinnik, the heavy favorite, in the third round. Taimanov remained with a clear lead until the final round when Geller defeated him, allowing Botvinnik his chance to tie by defeating Alexey Suetin. A playoff match was held to determine an outright winner, so a concert hall was scheduled for the six game encounter, held from January 25th to February 5th, 1953. Botvinnik beat Taimanov +2 -1 =3 to win his sixth and last Soviet Championship.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts =1 Botvinnik * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 13½ =1 Taimanov 1 * 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 13½ 3 Geller 0 1 * 1 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 12 =4 Boleslavsky ½ 1 0 * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 11½ =4 Tolush ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 11½ 6 Korchnoi ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 0 0 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 11 =7 Bronstein 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 10½ =7 Moiseev 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 10½ =7 Smyslov ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 10½ =10 Keres 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 9½ =10 Suetin 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ 9½ =12 Aronin ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 9 =12 Byvshev ½ 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 ½ * 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 9 =14 Ilivitsky 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 8½ =14 Simagin ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 8½ 16 Konstantinopolsky 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 7½ 17 Lipnitsky ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ 0 7 18 Kan 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 6½ 19 Kasparian ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 5½ 20 Goldenov 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * 5

1st place playoff:

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Botvinnik 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 3½ 2 Taimanov 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 2½

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1952, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 196  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky 1-0731952USSR ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
2. Bronstein vs Kan  ½-½251952USSR ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Aronin vs Geller  ½-½151952USSR ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
4. Keres vs Kasparian  ½-½191952USSR ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. Smyslov vs Korchnoi 0-1511952USSR ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
6. Simagin vs G Ilivitsky  0-1371952USSR ChampionshipD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
7. B Goldenov vs Suetin  ½-½161952USSR ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
8. Taimanov vs O L Moiseev  ½-½201952USSR ChampionshipD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
9. Lipnitsky vs Boleslavsky 0-1461952USSR ChampionshipE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
10. Tolush vs Byvshev 1-0361952USSR ChampionshipE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Botvinnik vs B Goldenov 1-0351952USSR ChampionshipA13 English
12. G Ilivitsky vs Bronstein  ½-½331952USSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
13. Geller vs Simagin 1-0501952USSR ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
14. Kan vs Keres 0-1491952USSR ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
15. Konstantinopolsky vs Korchnoi 1-0291952USSR ChampionshipD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
16. Suetin vs Tolush  ½-½211952USSR ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
17. Byvshev vs Taimanov 0-1441952USSR ChampionshipB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
18. Boleslavsky vs Smyslov 1-0421952USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. Kasparian vs Lipnitsky  ½-½671952USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
20. O L Moiseev vs Aronin  ½-½241952USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
21. Tolush vs Botvinnik  ½-½401952USSR ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
22. Bronstein vs Geller  ½-½331952USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Keres vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½211952USSR ChampionshipA15 English
24. Korchnoi vs Boleslavsky ½-½161952USSR ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
25. Simagin vs O L Moiseev  0-1481952USSR ChampionshipA13 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-26-13  ughaibu: The outstanding result in this tournament was Byshev's. His eight wins was only bettered by Botvinnik with nine and Taimanov with eleven. And one of his only two(!) draws was with the winner Botvinnik. On the other hand, he lost more than anyone but the two tailenders. Here are three amusing unkibitzed games; a win, a draw and a loss:

Byvshev vs Boleslavsky, 1952

Aronin vs Byvshev, 1952

Tolush vs Byvshev, 1952

Jul-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: When you look up and see guys like Keres and Smyslov in the middle of the pack, it makes you realize how ridiculously strong these Soviet championships were.
Jul-30-14  kia0708: yes, the Soviet Union was a power house in chess

probably no other country will ever match their dominance

Jan-23-15  Fanques Fair: What a result for Taimanov ! He managed to have not less than 4 (!!!) points more than third place !

Botvinik went marveously well also, winning with an astonishing result ...

But Taimanov inflicted one of his only 2 losses.

Jan-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Both, actually: the only defeat of Botvinnik in the regular event and a win in the playoff.
Mar-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Fanques Fair: What a result for Taimanov ! He managed to have not less than 4 (!!!) points more than third place !>

The six extra playoff games helped. As you can see from the crosstable, in the tournament Botvinnik and Taimanov actually finished a more modest (but still impressive!) 1 1/2 points ahead of third place Geller.

Sep-28-19  me to play: < A playoff match was held to determine an outright winner, so a concert hall was scheduled for the six game encounter, held from January 25th to February 5th, 1953. Botvinnik beat Taimanov +2 -1 =3 to win his sixth and last Soviet Championship.> Wow, a 6 game play-off match just to break the tie for this 1952 USSR championship! Now, we only get 12 for the World Championship. Oh well.
Oct-11-19  Ryan Razo: Could easily be otherwise a super tournament in itself
Oct-11-19  hemy: The book of Michail Judovich "20 первенство СССР по шахматам" (The 20th USSR Chess Championship):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vfcjgdxuq...

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