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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Mikhail Tal12.5/18(+10 -3 =5)[games]
Tigran V Petrosian12/18(+6 -0 =12)[games]
David Bronstein11.5/18(+7 -2 =9)[games]
Yuri L Averbakh11/18(+6 -2 =10)[games]
Boris Spassky10.5/18(+7 -4 =7)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky10.5/18(+6 -3 =9)[games]
Efim Geller10/18(+5 -3 =10)[games]
Bukhuti Gurgenidze10/18(+6 -4 =8)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi9.5/18(+5 -4 =9)[games]
Isaac Boleslavsky9.5/18(+3 -2 =13)[games]
Nikolai V Krogius9.5/18(+5 -4 =9)[games]
Mark Taimanov9/18(+6 -6 =6)[games]
Alexander Kotov9/18(+5 -5 =8)[games]
Alexey Suetin8/18(+5 -7 =6)[games]
Aivars Gipslis7.5/18(+3 -6 =9)[games]
Anatolij Bannik7/18(+4 -8 =6)[games]
Semyon Furman6/18(+2 -8 =8)[games]
Alexander Tolush4/18(+3 -13 =2)[games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1958)

The 25th Soviet Chess Championship was played in the city of Riga from January 13 to February 14, 1958. Nineteen of the Soviet Union's strongest masters and grandmasters were invited to, or qualified for, the round robin event. This event was also a FIDE zonal. At stake were four seats at the Portoroz Interzonal (1958).

While the race for the top four places was hotly contested, it would eventually be Mikhail Tal who emerged as the sole winner. It was his second consecutive Soviet crown, and the second time he won clear first, a feat which had only been accomplished before by Efim Bogoljubov, Mikhail Botvinnik and Paul Keres.

The other three interzonal places went to second place Tigran Petrosian, third place David Bronstein, and fourth place Yuri Averbakh. The results were a major disappointment for young Boris Spassky, who had been one of the top contenders until he lost his last two games.

Tal's momentum from this championship victory propelled him on to win both at Portoroz and at the Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959). He went on to become the eighth world chess champion after the Tal - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1960).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts 1 Tal * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 + 12½ 2 Petrosian ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 + 12 3 Bronstein ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 11½ 4 Averbakh 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 11 5 Spassky 0 ½ 1 ½ * 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 10½ 6 Polugaevsky ½ ½ 0 0 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 + 10½ 7 Geller 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 + 10 8 Gurgenidze 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 + 10 9 Korchnoi 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 * 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 + 9½ 10 Boleslavsky 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 9½ 11 Krogius ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 9½ 12 Taimanov 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 * 1 0 1 1 0 0 + 9 13 Kotov 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 + 9 14 Suetin ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 0 8 15 Gipslis 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 0 1 ½ 7½ 16 Bannik 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ + 7 17 Furman 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 0 * 0 ½ 6 18 Tolush 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 1 * 0 4 19 Borisenko - - 0 0 0 - - - - ½ ½ - - 1 ½ - ½ 1 * 4

Georgy Borisenko dropped out of the tournament after nine rounds, and his remaining games were scored as forfeit wins for his opponents. These are indicated in the crosstable as <+> for the opponent, <-> for Borisenko.

Source: The Soviet Chess Championships by Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov (Cadogan, 1998), pp. 96-98.

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1958, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 162  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Taimanov vs Bronstein ½-½851958USSR ChampionshipA21 English
2. Bronstein vs Spassky 0-1301958USSR ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
3. Geller vs Bronstein  ½-½301958USSR ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
4. Bronstein vs Krogius 1-0461958USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. Kotov vs Bronstein ½-½821958USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Bronstein vs Tal ½-½301958USSR ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
7. Gipslis vs Bronstein 1-0541958USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. Tolush vs Bronstein 0-1371958USSR ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Bronstein vs G Borisenko 1-0531958USSR ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½191958USSR ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
11. Geller vs Krogius 1-0571958USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
12. Boleslavsky vs Geller  ½-½331958USSR ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
13. Geller vs A Bannik  1-0771958USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Suetin vs Geller  ½-½801958USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
15. Geller vs Spassky 1-0391958USSR ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
16. Geller vs Averbakh  ½-½411958USSR ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. Tolush vs Geller 0-1451958USSR ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Gipslis vs Geller  ½-½201958USSR ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
19. Geller vs Gurgenidze ½-½381958USSR ChampionshipB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
20. Gipslis vs Averbakh ½-½531958USSR ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Tolush vs Gipslis 0-1291958USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. Krogius vs Gipslis  ½-½221958USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
23. Boleslavsky vs Gipslis  ½-½301958USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
24. Gipslis vs Furman  0-1801958USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. G Borisenko vs Gipslis  ½-½431958USSR ChampionshipE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: This interzonal qualifier was a curious mix of results: the ever-solid Petrosian finished, as so often, undefeated, pounding on the tailenders and drawing all his other games; Korchnoi scored three victories over the eight contestants to finish ahead of him, but only one against those players who finished beneath him, while Polugaevsky managed two draws from five games at the top of the table while scoring solidly against the rest. The latter may well have gone to Portoroz had he fared better against his fellow contenders.
May-10-15  Howard: Maybe I'm wrong, but Spassky's famous last-round loss to Tal, was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the event.
Jun-06-16  Howard: RIP, Victor !
Aug-03-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: There is some background to the tense last round of this tournament at Spassky vs Tal, 1958 (kibitz #32) and the following posts.
Sep-16-19  ewan14: Spassky had a meltdown towards the end

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