SOVIET CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1920-91

The Top 31 All-time best Scoring percentages (3 tournaments minimum)

# Player Pct. Tnmts. PF PA Games Diff.
1 Botvinnik, Mikhail 69.4% 11 132 58 191 +74
2 Karpov, Anatoly 63.4% 6 68 39 108 +29
3 Bohatirchuk, Fedor 63.0% 6 65 38 104 +27
4 Stein, Leonid 62.6% 9 121 72 194 +49
5 Kasparov, Garry 62.5% 4 42 25 68 +17
6 Spassky, Boris 61.9% 11 133 81 215 +52
7 Petrosian, Tigran 61.6% 16 180 112 293 +68
8 Korchnoi, Viktor 61.2% 16 186 118 304 +68
9 Polugaevsky, Lev 60.5% 20 222 145 367 +77
10 Tal, Mikhail 60.3% 21 216 142 358 +74
11 Keres, Paul 59.5% 13 144 98 243 +46
12 Vizhmanavin, Alexey 58.5% 3 24 17 41 +7
13 Boleslavsky, Isaak 58.5% 11 117 83 201 +34
14 Verlinsky, Boris 58.5% 5 48 34 82 +14
15 Belavenets, Sergey 58.2% 3 32 23 55 +9
16 Smyslov, Vassily 57.2% 19 203 152 356 +51
17 Kholmov, Ratmir 56.5% 16 175 135 310 +40
18 Bareev, Evgeny 56.4% 3 26 20 47 +6
19 Rabinovich, Ilya 56.4% 9 88 68 157 +20
20 Geller, Efim 56.3% 23 238 185 423 +53
21 Makogonov, Vladimir 56.1% 7 64 50 115 +14
22 Bronstein, David 56.0% 20 210 165 375 +45
23 Psakhis, Lev 55.9% 6 57 45 102 +12
24 Sokolov, Andrei 55.9% 4 38 30 68 +8
25 Taimanov, Mark 55.8% 23 245 184 439 +61
26 Romanovsky, Peter 55.7% 9 82 65 148 +17
27 Levenfish, Grigory 55.7% 12 118 94 212 +24
28 Yusupov, Artur 55.5% 6 55 44 100 +11
29 Eingorn, Vereslav 55.2% 8 69 56 126 +13
30 Averbakh, Yuri 54.6% 15 154 128 283 +26
31 Balashov, Yuri 54.5% 16 150 125 275 +25

N.B.: Games played and points scored include play-off games and games won or lost by forfeit.

Pct.  = Scoring Percentage
PF    = Points For
PA    = Points Against
Games = Total Games played
Diff. = Differential, total plus or minus score

- Among the players who participated in only one or two championships, the best scores were as follows:

Efim Bogoljubov      (3rd and 4th Ch.)  80.5 %  
Alexander Alekhine   (1st Ch.)          80.0 % 
Artashes Minasian    (58th Ch.)         77.3 % 
and Elmar Magerramov (58th Ch.)         77.3 %