Title: 39th U S S R Championship Leningrad, 1971
Publisher: Alfred Kalnajs & Son, Chicago
Publication Date: 1972
Binding: Orignial Wrappers
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
2246+[1 ad] pages with diagrams, drawings, tables, photographs and index. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. (Lusis: 1588) First edition. The 39th Soviet Chess Championship was a category XI event held in the city of Leningrad from September 15 to October 18, 1971. Thirteen of the USSR's strongest masters and grandmasters qualified for the round robin tournament from the four Soviet semi-finals held earlier in the year. The qualifiers were (with ELO): Anatoly Lein (2510), Vladimir Savon (2570) and Leonid Shamkovich (2520) from Ivano-Frankovsk; Nikolai Krogius (2575), Karen Grigorian (2430) and Albert Kapengut (2450) from Perm; Anatoli Karpov (2540), Rafael Vaganian (2510), Roman Dzindzichashvili (2480) and Vladimir Karasev from Daugavpils; and Yuri Nikolaevsky (2490), Igor Platonov (2470), and Mark Tseitlin from Novosibirsk. Nine of the Soviet Union's very best players were also invited to complete the field, including (in order of ELO): Lev Polugaevsky (2640), Vasily Smyslov (2620), Mikhail Tal (2620), Efim Geller (2615), Leonid Stein (2605), Mark Taimanov (2600), David Bronstein (2590), Yuri Balashov (2570), and Vladimir Tukmakov (2565). This edition of the championship was witness to an enormous upset as International Master Vladimir Savon, who was not even among the top rated grandmasters present, won clear first in a field that included two former world champions and five former Soviet champions. Savon went undefeated and earned his crown with an impressive score of 15/21. Smyslov and Tal tied for second a full point and half behind. Condition: Wrappers separated from staples, corners bumped, book plate on front wrapper verso, name to title else very good. Bookseller Inventory # 000639
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