XXXI USSR Chess Championship (Score Sheet)
XXXI USSR Chess Championship (Score Sheet)
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Author: Polugaevsky, Lev Abramovich (1934-1995) and Aivars Ģipslis signed

Year: 1963

Publisher: USSR Chess Federation

Place: Lenningrad

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1 page.(11" x 5 1/2) Original hand written score of the game in round six between Lev Polugaevsky(white) and Aivars Ģipslis ending in a 28 move draw. Signed by each player.

From Chess magazine volume 29, page 145. "The USSR Championship, held in Leningrad, was regarded by the participants as the world title eliminator rather than a genuine national competition; the battle was really to finish in the top six and thus join Smyslov and Tal in the USSR zonal eliminator to start on February 17. This altered the whole character of the event, making the play among the leaders much more cautious. Rather than gamble to secure that vital extra point to finish first, each cautiously made sure of not falling below sixth. "Every contestant" said Smyslov " pursues his won inflexible tactics, aimed at a single goal - for the new-design Challengers' tournament." In the event Bronstein, pulled up adequately from a terrible start while Korchnoi (winner at Havana), Averbakh, Taimanov, and Polugayevsky (who has persistently finished fifth) fell by the wayside. The play-off between the top three, Stein, Kholmov and Spassky, whom scored 12 each for a tie at the top, started in January with Stein winning."

Lev Abramovich Polugaevsky (Russian: Лев Абрамович Полугаевский) (sometimes transliterated as Lyev Polugayevsky) (20 November 1934-30 August 1995) was an International Grandmaster of chess and frequent contender for the world chess championship, although he never achieved that title. He was one of the strongest players in the world from the late 1960s until the early 1980s, as well as a distinguished author and opening theorist whose contributions in this field remain important to the present day.

Aivars Ģipslis (February 8, 1937-April 13, 2000) was a Latvian chess FIDE Grandmaster and also an ICCF Grandmaster , and a chess writer.

Born in Riga, he was champion of Latvia in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, and 1966. He also played in several Soviet Chess Championships, his best result coming in 1966, when he was equal third with 12/20. Ģipslis played in the Sousse Interzonal of 1967, but did not advance to the Candidates' level. Perhaps his best tournament result was the Alekhine Memorial 1967 in Moscow, where he finished on 10/17, a point behind the winner Leonid Stein. His second place was shared with Milko Bobotsov and two World Champions, Vassily Smyslov and Mikhail Tal, ahead of two others, Boris Spassky and Tigran Petrosian, among a host of other strong players. His other outstanding tournament results include equal first at Bad Liebenstein 1963 with Lev Polugaevsky, and equal second at Budapest 1977 behind David Bronstein. Drink affected his performance in later years, but he continued to play right up to the year of his death (Hooper & Whyld 1992:153).

He became an Grandmaster in 1967, and edited the Latvian chess periodical Šahs from 1963.

Condition:

Sheet age darkened at edges, else a very good copy.