USA-URS Radio Match (1945)

As noted by <WCC>, RUSbase is most trustworthy when it comes to the actual games in the Zip files. The crosstables aren’t always strictly correct, or updated as the game collections get completed or corrected.

I suggest redoing each and every crosstable (even if only partially completed). Really, that should always be done anyways as a form of double-checking. I’ll have more to say on that topic later – but right now I want to show the double round-robin crosstable for the 1945 Radio Match:


Match \"URS-USA\"
USA-URS, 1945
                             Ti Age Nat    Score     Sm Bo Ko Br Ra Bo St Ma Fl Li Pi Ho Bo Fi Ku Fl De Re Ka Sa Se
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 1: Smyslov, Vasily          gm  23 RUS   2.0 /  2   XX .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 11 .. .. ..  (+2 -0 =0)
 2: Botvinnik, Mikhail URS   gm  33 URS   2.0 /  2   .. XX .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 11 .. .. .. ..  (+2 -0 =0)
 3: Kotov Alexander (RUS)                 2.0 /  2   .. .. XX .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 11 .. ..  (+2 -0 =0)
 4: Bronstein, David I       gm  20 RUS   2.0 /  2   .. .. .. XX .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 11 ..  (+2 -0 =0)
 5: Ragozin, Viacheslav      gm  36 URS   2.0 /  2   .. .. .. .. XX .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 11  (+2 -0 =0)
 6: Boleslavsky, Isaac       gm  25 URS   1.5 /  2   .. .. .. .. .. XX .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1= .. .. .. .. .. .. ..  (+1 -0 =1)
 7: Steiner, Herman          im  39 USA   1.5 /  2   .. .. .. .. .. .. XX .. .. .. .. .. 1= .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..  (+1 -0 =1)
 8: Makogonov, Vladimir      im  40 URS   1.5 /  2   .. .. .. .. .. .. .. XX .. .. .. .. .. .. 1= .. .. .. .. .. ..  (+1 -0 =1)
 9: Flor Salo (RUS)                       1.0 /  1   .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. XX .. .. 1. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..  (+1 -0 =0)
10: Lilienthal, Andor        gm  33 HUN   1.0 /  2   .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. XX == .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..  (+0 -0 =2)
11: Pinkus, Albert               41 USA   1.0 /  2   .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. == XX .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..  (+0 -0 =2)
12: Horowitz, Albert Israel  im  37 USA   1.0 /  2   .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 0. .. .. XX .. .. .. 1. .. .. .. .. ..  (+1 -1 =0)
13: Bondarevsky, Igor        gm  31 URS   0.5 /  2   .. .. .. .. .. .. 0= .. .. .. .. .. XX .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..  (+0 -1 =1)
14: Fine, Reuben             gm  30 USA   0.5 /  2   .. .. .. .. .. 0= .. .. .. .. .. .. .. XX .. .. .. .. .. .. ..  (+0 -1 =1)
15: Kupchik, Abraham             52 USA   0.5 /  2   .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 0= .. .. .. .. .. .. XX .. .. .. .. .. ..  (+0 -1 =1)
16: Flohr, Salo              gm  36 URS   0.0 /  1   .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 0. .. .. .. XX .. .. .. .. ..  (+0 -1 =0)
17: Denker, Arnold S         gm  30 USA   0.0 /  2   .. 00 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. XX .. .. .. ..  (+0 -2 =0)
18: Reshevsky, Samuel        gm  33 USA   0.0 /  2   00 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. XX .. .. ..  (+0 -2 =0)
19: Kashdan, Isaac           gm  39 USA   0.0 /  2   .. .. 00 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. XX .. ..  (+0 -2 =0)
20: Santasiere, Anthony          40 USA   0.0 /  2   .. .. .. 00 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. XX ..  (+0 -2 =0)
21: Seidman, Herbert             24 USA   0.0 /  2   .. .. .. .. 00 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. XX  (+0 -2 =0)
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20 games: +8 =5 -7


And we see the Botvinnik-Denker results are as expected. Note that I had to do a little bit of normalization to get SCID to recognize that all 20 games come from the same tournament, which means I had to change some site tags to be consistent. While I was at it, I also normalized the player names (which was easier actually).

A word about crosstables in general – they can serve as a very useful tool in the maintenance of a tournament with a database program, like SCID. Presumably the crosstables are available from some source contemporaneous with the tournament. Since everybody cares first and foremost about who wins, and since a crosstable is simpler than a game score to copy correctly, one might assume a contemporaneous crosstable is the “first” level of trust. If maintained independently then, it can serve as a useful guidepost for ensuring games scores are correct at the most basic level (players and result). 

Determining that the moves for a game are correct is perhaps the most difficult thing to do, but having the games and the crosstable agree serves as the first “sanity” check of correctness.

By the way, it looks as if the USA was getting its can kicked in this match!

 

 

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