The review 5 numbers of the newspaper "64" for MAY, 1939
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The review 5 numbers of the newspaper "64" for MAY, 1939

by Boris Schipkov

The 11th USSR Championship took place in Leningrad 15.04-16.05.1939.
Final standings : 1. M. Botvinnik - 12.5; 2. A. Kotov - 11.5; 3. S. Belavenets - 11; 4-5. V. Makogonov and V. Chekhover - 10.5; 6. I. Bondarevsky - 10; 7. G. Lisitsin - 9; 8-10. P. Dubinin, G. Levenfish and V. Ragozin - 8.5; 11-12. V. Panov and I. Rabinovich - 8; 13-14. I. Kan and M. Yudovich - 7.5; 15-16. I. Pogrebyssky and A. Tolush - 6.5; 17. A. Chistyakov - 5 from 17 scores; 18. P. Romanovsky - 3.5 from 14 scores.
M. Botvinnik beat A. Kotov in the last round.

The Amsterdam tournament 1 took place in Netherlands May 1939.
Final standings : 1-3. L. Szabo, S. Flor and M. Euwe - 3.5 from 5 scores; 4-6. Hortliver, Landau and Fontene - 1.5.
Then they played the 2nd Amsterdam tournament.
The "Spartak" won the Leningrad Club Championship - 551 from 840 scores.
Final standings : 1. "Spartak" - 551; 2. "Elektrik" - 517.5; 3. "Iskusstvo" - 479.5 4. "Zenit" - 467; etc.

Kotov, A. - Botvinnik, M. [E33]
Leningrad 1939

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d5 6. e3 O-O 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. Qxc3 Bd7 9. b3 a5 10. Bd3?!
Better is 10. Bb2 a4 11. b4.
10...a4 11. Nd2 Re8 12. O-O
More precise is 12. f4 Na5 13. b4 Nxc4 14. Nxc4 dxc4 15. Qxc4 Bc6 16. Qc2.
12...e5 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Bb2 axb3








   
15. Nxb3?!
Interesting is 15. Qxb3 Ba4 16. Qc3 Nxd3 17. Qxd3 dxc4 18. Qxd8 Raxd8 19. Nxc4 Ne4 20. Rac1 b5 21. Na5 Ra8 22. Nb7 Nd2 23. Rfe1 Nc4 24. Re2 f5 25. Nc5 Kf7 with minumal advantage to Black.
15...Ne4 16. Qc2 Nxc4 17. Bxc4 dxc4 18. Qxc4 Qg5! 19. f4 Qg6 20. Rfd1 Nd6 21. Qd3
If 21. Qxc7? then 21...Bc6 22. Rd2 Nc4 23. f5 Qg5.
21...Bf5 22. Qc3 Be4
Stronger is 22... Bh3! 23. g3 h5 24. Rd5 Ne4 25. Qxc7 Rac8 winning.
23. Rd2 Bc6 24. Qd3 Nf5 25. Be5 f6 26. Bxc7 Rxe3 27. Qc4+ Kh8 28. Bb6 Ree8 29. Qf1 h5 30. Nd4 Nxd4 31. Bxd4 Re4 32. Re1 Rxe1 33. Qxe1 Rxa3 34. Kh1 Ra8
Better is 34... Rf3! 35. Bxf6 Rxf4! 36. Bb2 Bb5 winning.
35. Re2 Kh7 36. h3








   
36...Re8
Also possible is 36... Qd3!? 37. Be3 Ra1! 38. Qxa1 Qxe2 39. Qg1 Bxg2+ 40. Kh2 Bc6+ 41. Qf2 Qd3.
37. Qf2?
Better was 37. Qd2.
37...Qxg2+ 38. Qxg2 Rxe2
White resigned. 0-1

Pogrebyssky - Botvinnik, M. [C19]
Leningrad 1939

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Nf3 Nbc6 8. Bd3 Qa5 9. Qd2 c4 10. Be2 Qa4 11. O-O Bd7 12. Ng5 h6 13. Nh3 O-O-O 14. f4?!
Maybe better was 14. Nf4.
14...f6! 15. Nf2 h5 16. Nd1 Nf5 17. Nb2 Qa5 18. a4








   
18...g5!
Black has taken the initiative.
19. Nd1 g4! 20. exf6 Rdf8 21. Ba3 Rxf6 22. Bb4 Nxb4 23. cxb4 Qb6?!
More precise is 23... Qc7.
24. c3 Qc7 25. Nb2?! Rhf8 26. Bd1 Ne7 27. g3 Rh8 28. Bc2 h4 29. Kg2 Nf5 30. Bxf5 Rxf5 31. Qe2 Rfh5 32. Rh1 e5! 33. dxe5 Bf5 34. Rag1 hxg3 35. Kf1 Rxh2
White resigned. 0-1

Kotov, A. - Yudovich, M. [D39]
Leningrad 1939

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 Bb4+ 5. Nc3 dxc4 6. e4 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Qa5 9. Bxf6!
A strong novelty.
9...Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 gxf6 11. O-O Nd7 12. Kh1 Nb6 13. Bb3 Bd7 14. Qf3 Ke7
A risky move. More precise is 14... Qg5.
15. Qe3 Rac8 16. Rac1 Nc4 17. Qe2 Nb6
Interesting is 17... Nd6.
18. Qd3 Rc5 19. f4 Rhc8 20. c4 Be8 21. e5! fxe5 22. fxe5 Rxe5 23. Rcd1 Qc5 24. Qg3 Re4








   
25. Rf5!!
A beautiful blow.
25...exf5 26. Nxf5+ Kf6 27. Rd6+ Kxf5 28. Qf3+ Rf4 29. Qh5+ Ke4 30. Bc2+ Ke3 31. Rd3+
Black resigned. 1-0

Levenfish, G. - Tolush, A. [C50]
Leningrad 1939

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 d6 4. c3 Bg4 5. d4 Qe7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Qb3 Nd8 8. Nbd2 g6 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Qb5+ Nd7 11. h3 Be6 12. O-O-O c6 13. Qb3 b5! 14. Bxe6 Nxe6 15. h4 h5 16. Ng5 Ndc5 17. Qc2 a5 18. Nb3
Deserving attention is 18. Ndf3!? f6 19. Nxe6 Qxe6 20. Kb1 with a small advantage to White.
18...Nb7








   
19. Rd2?
Correct is 19. Kb1.
19...a4 20. Na1 Nec5 21. f4 f6 22. Nh3 Bh6 23. Re1 O-O 24. f5 Bxe3 25. Rxe3 gxf5 26. exf5 Qf7 27. Rg3+ Kh7 28. Qd1 Rg8 29. Ng5+
If 29. Rg6 then 29...Rxg6 30. Qxh5+ Kg7 31. fxg6 Qxg6 32. Qxg6+ Kxg6.
29...fxg5 30. hxg5 Kg7 31. Qf3 e4 32. Qf4 Rge8 33. Nc2 Rad8 34. Nd4 Rd5 35. f6+ Kg6
White resigned. 0-1

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