URS-ch21 Kiev (1954) – Soviet Chess Championship

<RUSbase> has a problem with this tournament – two games from R12 have the same moves:

<Lisitsin–Sokolsky> and <Kholmov–Borisenko>.

This error most likely was propagated to <CG>, where it manifested itself as a missing game – <Lisitsin–Sokolsky>.

Recognizing <RUSbase> as an authority suggests that either game might be correct, and either game should be missing. Since White won both games according to the tournament’s crosstable, there is no applicable logic to break the degeneracy.

If this were the end of the story my recommendation would be to include both games and note the problem in each games kibitzing. After all, the two games are equal according to <RUSbase>.

Luckily, the tournament book is available online, and I’ll include snapshots of the relevant games below. It’s a wonderful tournament book, done with an excellence shown by Soviet chess of that era. Unfortunately for me, however, I don’t know Cyrillic much at all. I have found what looks like a good site here:

http://masterrussian.com/    especially the very basic  http://masterrussian.com/russian_alphabet.shtml  (my level).

Here is a shortened lookup dictionary for player names in the tournament which might be useful:

URS-ch21
Kiev, 1954

 1. Лисицын, Георгий               Lisitsin, Georgy                 (M/Leningrad)
 2. Холмов, Ратмир D               Kholmov, Ratmir D                (M/Vilnius)
 3. Авербах, Юрий L                Averbakh, Yuri L                 (GM/Moscow)
 4. Суэтин, Алексей S              Suetin, Alexey S                 (M/Minsk)
 5. Геллер, Ефим P                 Geller, Efim P                   (GM/Odessa)
 6. Тайманов, Марк E               Taimanov, Mark E                 (GM/Leningrad)
 7. Бывшев, Василий Михайлович     Byvshev, Vasily Mikhailovich     (M/Leningrad)
 8. Лилиенталь, Андор              Lilienthal, Andor                (GM/Moscow)
 9. Петросян, Тигран V             Petrosian, Tigran V              (GM/Moscow)
10. Фурман, Семен Абрамович        Furman, Semen Abramovich         (M/Leningrad)
11. Борисенко, Георгий К           Borisenko, Georgy K              (M/Leningrad)
12. Сокольский, Алексей            Sokolsky, Alexey                 (M/Minsk)
13. Лившин, Иосиф М                Livshin, Iosif M                 (M/Moscow)
14. Иливицкий, Георгий             Ilivitzki, Georgi A              (M/Sverdlovsk)
15. Шамкович, Леонид               Shamkovich, Leonid               (M/Yaroslavl)
16. Банник, Анатолий               Bannik, Anatoly                  (M/Kiev)
17. Корчной, Виктор                Korchnoi, Victor                 (M/Leningrad)
18. Флор, Сало                     Flohr, Salo                      (GM/Moscow)
19. Нежметдинов, Рашид             Nezhmetdinov, Rashid             (M/Kazan)
20. Рагозин, Вячеслав              Ragozin, Viacheslav              (GM/Moscow)

Вильнюс        Vilnius
Минск          Minsk
Одесса         Odessa
Ленинград      Leningrad
Свердловск     Sverdlovsk
Ярославль      Yaroslavl
Киев           Kiev
Казань         Kazan

OK, here’s the games (at enlarged size to help the eyes):

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And here's the PGN files for the games:
[Event "URS-ch21"]
[Site "Kiev"]
[Date "1954.??.??"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Lisitsin, Georgy"]
[Black "Sokolsky, Alexey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A30"]
[EventDate "1954.??.??"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 e5 7.Nc2 Nc6 
8.Bg2 Be6 9.O-O Be7 10.Ne3 Nxe3 11.Bxe3 O-O 12.Nc3 Nd4 13.Qd3 Rc8 14.
Rfd1 Rc4 15.Qe4 Bf6 16.Qxb7 Qa5 17.Bxd4 exd4 18.Nd5 Bxd5 19.Qxd5 Qxd5
20.Bxd5 Rc2 21.Kf1 Rxb2 22.Rab1 Rc2 23.Rb7 a5 24.Bb3 Rc5 25.h4 h5 26.
Kg2 g6 27.Rd3 Kg7 28.Ra7 Be5 29.Rd7 Bf6 30.Rd1 Be5 31.Kf1 Bf6 32.Bd5 
Rc2 33.Bb3 Rc5 34.Kg1 g5 35.hxg5 Rxg5 36.Kf1 h4 37.gxh4 Rh5 38.Rd3 
Rxh4 39.Rg3+ Kh6 40.Bxf7 Bg5 41.Rd6+ Kg7 42.Bc4 Rh5 43.Rxd4 1-0

[Event "URS-ch21"]
[Site "Kiev"]
[Date "1954.??.??"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Kholmov, Ratmir D"]
[Black "Borisenko, Georgy K"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A27"]
[EventDate "1954.??.??"]

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 4.d4 e4 5.Nd2 Nf6 6.e3 Bb4 7.Be2 O-O 8.O-O
Re8 9.f3 exf3 10.Rxf3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 d6 12.Bd3 Re7 13.Nf1 Ne4 14.Qc2 
Qe8 15.Ba3 Bd7 16.Re1 Nd8 17.Ng3 Nxg3 18.hxg3 Nf7 19.Bxf5 Bxf5 20.
Qxf5 Qa4 21.Bc1 Qxc4 22.e4 Qe6 23.Qb5 c6 24.Qb1 Rae8 25.Qc2 Rd7 26.
Bd2 Qg6 27.Qb3 Rxe4 28.Rxe4 Qxe4 29.Re3 Qxe3+ 30.Bxe3 d5 31.Bf4 Nd8 
32.Bb8 a6 33.Qb6 Ne6 34.Be5 Kf7 35.Qa7 g5 36.g4 Nd8 37.Qb8 Ke7 38.Qc8
Ne6 39.Qh8 Nf8 40.Bf6+ Kf7 41.Bxg5 Rd6 42.Qe5 Re6 43.Qc7+ 1-0

Hopefully correct, but please double-check.

 

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