6th USSR Championship, Odessa 1929
September 2-20

Two 6-man Round Robins with the top qualifiers playing a Double
Round Robin Final

1st Semi-Final          1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Kan, Ilia            x  1   1  3-1
2. Izmailov, P.          x 1  1   3-1
3. Botvinnik, Mikhail   0 0 x  1 1  2-2
4. Vygodchikov             x    2-2
5. Makogonov, Vladimir   0 0  x   1-3
6. Silich, B.           0  0   x  1-3


2nd Semi-Final          1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Verlinsky, Boris     x 0 1 1 1 1  4 -1
2. Freyman, Sergey      1 x 0 1 1 1  4 -1
3. Rauzer, Vsevolod     0 1 x 1 0 1  3 -2
4. Grigoryev, Nikolai   0 0 0 x 1   1-3
5. Makogovov, M.        0 0 1 0 x   1-3
6. Rokhlin, Yakov       0 0 0   x  1 -4


Finals         1  2  3
1. Verlinsky  xx 11 1  3- 
2. Freyman    00 xx 11  2 -2
3. Kan        0 00 xx   -3


  • Izmailov was unable to play in the Finals, as he had to take his final exams at school.

  • Boris Verlinsky was awarded the Soviet Grandmaster title for this tournament, though it was later taken away when the title was abolished in 1931. Botvinnik went on to become the "first" Soviet Grandmaster in 1935.


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